Watching You

Watching You

by Lisa Jewell

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Overview

The instant New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the “riveting thriller” (PopSugar) Then She Was Gone delivers another suspenseful page-turner about a shocking murder in a picturesque and well-to-do English town, perfect “for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and Luckiest Girl Alive” (Library Journal).

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam...

In Lisa Jewell’s latest brilliant “bone-chilling suspense” (People) no one is who they seem—and everyone is hiding something. Who has been murdered—and who would have wanted one of their neighbors dead? As “Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace” (Booklist, starred review), you will be kept guessing until the startling revelation on the very last page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501190070
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 12/26/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 3,650
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lisa Jewell is the internationally bestselling author of eighteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller Then She Was Gone, as well as I Found You, The Girls in the Garden, and The House We Grew Up In. In total, her novels have sold more than two million copies across the English-speaking world and her work has also been translated into sixteen languages so far. Lisa lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Connect with her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK and on Facebook @LisaJewellOfficial.

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Watching You




  • MARCH 24

    DC Rose Pelham kneels down; she can see something behind the kitchen door, just in front of the trash can. For a minute she thinks it’s a bloodstained twist of tissue, maybe, or an old bandage. Then she thinks perhaps it is a dead flower. But as she looks at it more closely she can see that it’s a tassel. A red suede tassel. The sort that might once have been attached to a handbag, or to a boot.

    It sits just on top of a small puddle of blood, strongly suggesting that it had fallen there in the aftermath of the murder. She photographs it in situ from many angles, and then, with her gloved fingers, she plucks the tassel from the floor and drops it into an evidence bag, which she seals.

    She stands up and turns to survey the scene of the crime: a scruffy kitchen, old-fashioned pine units, a green Aga piled with pots and pans, a large wooden table piled with table mats and exercise books and newspapers and folded washing, a small extension to the rear with a cheap timber glazed roof, double doors to the garden, a study area with a laptop, a printer, a shredder, a table lamp.

    It’s an innocuous room, bland even. A kitchen like a million other kitchens all across the country. A kitchen for drinking coffee in, for doing homework and eating breakfast and reading newspapers in. Not a kitchen for dark secrets or crimes of passion. Not a kitchen for murdering someone in.

    But there, on the floor, is a body, splayed facedown inside a large, vaguely kidney-shaped pool of blood. The knife that had been used is in the kitchen sink, thoroughly washed down with a soapy sponge. The attack on the victim had been frenzied: at least twenty knife wounds to the neck, back, and shoulders. But little in the way of blood has spread to other areas of the kitchen—no handprints, no smear, no spatters—leading Rose to the conclusion that the attack had been unexpected, fast, and efficient and that the victim had had little chance to put up a fight.

    Rose takes a marker pen from her jacket pocket and writes on the bag containing the red suede tassel.

    Description: “Red suede/suedette tassel.”

    Location: “In front of fridge, just inside door from hallway.”

    Date and time of collection: “Friday, March 24, 2017, 11:48 p.m.”

    It’s probably nothing, she muses, just a thing fallen from a fancy handbag. But nothing was often everything in forensics.

    Nothing could often be the answer to the whole bloody thing.

  • Reading Group Guide

    This reading group guide for Watching You includes discussion questions and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
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    Topics and Questions for Discussion

    1. Watching You begins with a diary excerpt from 1996. How does this passage set the tone for the novel? Now that you’ve finished reading, who do you think wrote it?

    2. Lisa Jewell includes a number of red herrings that lead the reader to one suspicion and then another. What were some of the red herrings you noticed in the book? Did you fall for them?

    3. Early on, we see how Freddie thinks about his surveillance “project”: “Freddie was not a voyeur. Voyeurism was a form of control. . . . He watched girls in order to understand them. He was just trying to work it all out” (p. 38). Do you agree that his intent and motivation in spying is what’s most important? And in our privacy-deprived world (where our information, photos, and even thoughts are often available online), what kind of watching is too much? How do we define an invasion of privacy?

    4. Jenna Tripp describes the chat rooms her mother frequents as somewhere “she could go to have her craziness validated” (p. 130). Many people use online communities to form connections and feel less isolated, particularly if they feel misunderstood by those around them. Yet Jenna observes that her mother’s delusions are being exacerbated by talking to people with similar issues. Discuss what makes an insular community (like a chat room) supportive or detrimental. Can it be both?

    5. Freddie recollects that his parents taught him not to embrace the diagnosis his doctors had given him because he would “always be so much more than a label” (p. 234). Do you think claiming an identity label, like the one Freddie eventually reclaims, is limiting? Why, or why not?

    6. On page 239, Freddie tells Jenna about how his mother accommodates all of his father’s desires, from the food in the house to the temperature on the thermostat. Looking back at this passage with what you now know about their relationship, do you see this in a different light? Why do you think Nicola went to these lengths to bend to Tom’s wishes?

    7. The complexities of the marital abuse described in Watching You undermine some of the assumptions we often make about what gives someone power in a relationship. What power dynamics do we see in the various marriages in the novel? How do these fit or defy our expectations?

    8. A cult of personality builds around Tom Fitzwilliam, although once disillusioned, Joey wonders what she saw in him. What do you think enables someone to have such a widespread draw? Have you known anyone who amassed that type of adoration in your own life? Are there other examples from popular culture who Tom reminded you of?

    9. Considering what the men in her life have told her, Joey wonders if, “while most women spent their lives searching for the perfect man, men sat around waiting to be chosen and then made the best of it” (p. 313). Do you think this is true? Why, or why not?

    10. While it is normal for people, and particularly for schoolgirls, to get crushes on someone they shouldn’t become involved with, in Watching You some of these “crushes” appear to be unhealthy. Where is the line between infatuation and obsession? Who are some characters that you think fell on the infatuation side of that line? Who became dangerously obsessed? Looking at examples, what do you think distinguishes them?

    Enhance Your Book Club

    1. At the end of the novel, we are left uncertain about what exactly happened to Viva Hart. What was the nature of her relationship with Tom Fitzwilliam? Did she commit suicide, or was she murdered? What do you think really happened in 1996? Have each person in your reading group share their theories, and vote to see who has the most convincing theory.

    2. Although we see several different perspectives in the novel, we never are shown Tom, Nicola, Rebecca, Jack, or Alfie’s points of view. Choose one of these characters and write a short story looking through their eyes. You can rewrite any scene in the book, or consider writing a flashback scene. Bring your short story to share and discuss with your reading group.

    3. Check out more of Lisa Jewell’s books, such as Then She Was Gone, I Found You, and The Girls in the Garden. To find out more about Lisa, visit www.facebook.com/LisaJewellofficial, or follow her on Twitter @lisajewelluk.

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    Watching You: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    3.5 Stars After reading great praise for Lisa Jewell's books, and while having never read one myself, I was very excited to get my hands on this one. The story opens, like so many other thrillers, with a murder scene and what follows is everything leading up to that scene. Again, a tired premise for this genre but what's a reader to do? Next, we are introduced to a plethora of characters, and while I'm all for complicated plots with a lot of players, I found myself confused more often than not. It took me well over half of the book to be able to start a chapter without thinking ..."hhhmmmmm...which one is this again?". For me, the characters lacked their own unique voice which is necessary to pull off this type of storyline. Now for the good stuff! I very much enjoyed the plot, I love how all of these characters in the neighborhood are linked together with invisible, twisty, tied-in-a-knot silly string. It's a slow build with just the exact amount of mystery to keep you turning the pages. I only had one "omg what is happening?" moment around the 85% mark and was never, at any time, sure of what was actually going on until it was revealed. Oh but alas... the author chose to end things with a futile and hurried attempt at wrapping up the story with an epilogue that went and ruined it for me. Overall it was a quick read with an intriguing plot, despite the slow crawling pace. Would I read another book by this author? Heck yeah I would. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I%27m+a+Lisa+Jewell+fan%2C+and+as+always%2C+I+was+captivated+from+cover+to+cover.++she+sure+knows+how+to+write+a+thriller+without+giving+away+the+plot.++if+you+enjoy+psychological+thrillers%2C+then+you+won%27t+regret+buying+this+book.+
    Shanaya_Ayuzawa More than 1 year ago
    Brilliantly plotted!!! Set in the backdrop of the beautiful and prosperous Bristol, this brilliant mystery thriller tells the story of a shocking murder with many complex twists and turns, forging its way to the conclusion. Joey, a newly-wed, happy-go-lucky 27-year-old, suddenly falls for her new neighbor, Tom Fitzwilliam, a married gentleman. What began as Joey's innocent crush and childish stalking soon turns to an obsession. And then one day, Tom Fitzwilliam is found dead. I felt gripped from the very first page of this book and couldn't stop until I read the last page. The plot is unusually interesting and full of surprises, penned in a concise and compelling writing style by Lisa Jewell. The main characters are also well-developed and I loved how the mystery was resolved at the end. The cover illustration is also a sight-for-sore-eyes type of gorgeous and manages to set the mood for the story. Highly recommend to all mystery/thriller fans.
    Anonymous 19 days ago
    Wow...just+finished.+What+a+fabulous%2C++and+TOTALLY++unexpected+ending.%0A%0AThis+is+the+second+book+I%27ve+read%2C+by+this+author%2C+and+I+can%27t+wait+to+read+the+others.+
    JMBS1212 25 days ago
    Amazing! Edge of your Seat! You never know who is watching you! The story starts off with a murder, and leaves you wondering….how well do you really know your neighbors? Family? I really liked this book, I have read a couple other books from this author but this one I enjoyed the most. I think the buildup was great - I think the "big reveal/twist" was a surprise, it was the ol’ bait and switch and it was executed to perfection with fast paced action! There was a whole cast of characters in the novel (so pay attention!) that made tracking a little difficult but I must say I enjoy “neighborhood” drama. I will of course keep reading every novel Lisa Jewell puts out with great excitement!
    Cristine Paquette 26 days ago
    Just like previous Lisa Jewell books, this was a fast and easy read because it was so hard to put down and I wanted to know what would happen next! I added it on to my book of the month in January because of how much I loved "Then She Was Gone" from a previous month. The multiple alternating perspectives in this book kept it interesting and gave you a bit of insight into different things happening through-out the story. I started to predict and guess the end when I got closer to it but Lisa Jewell still kept my guessing and mildly surprised at the end! This book is very tactful when revealing clues so as not to spoil it but also doesn't give you whip lash at the end from everything being revealed all at once
    Avid4books 3 months ago
    Confusing and boring. Nothing to drive the plot, as characters one-dimensional and uninteresting. About half way through this book, I didn't care who died and just wanted the book to be over. So slow and plodding that I didn't waste my time finishing it. Don't understand the praise for this dreadful novel.
    Fictionophile 4 months ago
    British crime thriller with a brilliant cast of characters. High on a hill in Bristol, England there is a street of colourful houses. The neighbourhood is called Melville Heights. It is here, in this affluent, innocuous location, that a brutal murder took place... We meet some of the people who live there... Tom Fitzwilliam - a 'super' head teacher who has made a reputation for himself turning around schools who have fallen below expectations. Charismatic, Tom is in his early fifties and is married with one son, Freddie. Tom is watching Freddie. Nicola Fitzwilliam - Tom's wife. Much younger than her husband, Nicola seems besotted with him and does everything to please him - often to the detriment of her relationship with her son. Nicola is watching Tom. Freddie Fitzwilliam - Fifteen years old, fiercely intelligent, and friendless, Freddie lives at the top of the house. It is here that he uses his digital binoculars to 'watch' everyone. He keeps a journal he calls the Melville Papers. Nothing escapes his notice. Freddie watches everyone. Joey (Josephine) Mullen - is a twenty-seven year old newlywed who married in haste and is now questioning her decision. She is very fond of her handsome husband, Alfie, but she treats him like a puppy - and doesn't want to break his heart.... She and Alfie live with her brother Jack and his pregnant wife, Rebecca . Joey works at a children's daycare centre and is lusting after her attractive neighbour, Tom Fitzwilliam. Joey is watching Tom. Jenna Tripp - a schoolgirl who attends the school where Tom Fitzwilliam is the head. She lives with her mentally ill mother, Frances who is paranoid and thinks she is being 'gang-stalked' and spied upon. Jenna is watching her mother - and her best friend Bess. Bess Ridley - Jenna's best friend also lives alone with her mother. She has a schoolgirl crush on the new head teacher. Bess is watching Tom. MY THOUGHTS You have to admire this author who can create a myriad of characters, keep them all distinct, and create a convoluted scenario that works magnificently. The teenagers are the stars in this novel. Freddie and Jenna were my favourite characters. Freddie, with his first crush (with which his brilliance cannot help him) and Jenna with her struggles to maintain a normal life living with her paranoid mother. I even became fond of Joey, despite her poor life choices. As a naive adult, I was astonished at how much the teens used 'Snapchat' to communicate and to track each other with 'Snap Map'. It was an eye-opener. This novel has many themes in addition to it being a crime thriller. It tells of conflicted teenagers in the age of advanced social media. It explores people who feel 'trapped' by their choice of marriage partners. It gives credence to the idea of 'grooming' adolescents by adults in positions of authority. I liked the way the story was told via flashbacks which were interspersed with police interviews following a brutal murder. This is Lisa Jewell's sixteenth novel and she has honed her craft to such an extent that she is now one of my automatic buy/read authors. I need not even read the blurb, I'm sure to enjoy her work. Highly recommended!
    BuriedUnderBooks 5 months ago
    By now, Lisa Jewell has firmly established herself in the crime fiction field as one of the best suspense/thriller writers today, especially those involving domestic and/or women’s issues. With Watching You, she certainly did not disappoint this reader and, in fact, takes things to another level of creepiness. Secrets abound in this community and different residents of the neighborhood have varying opinions about their neighbors and even their own families but it’s Tom Fitzwilliam who seems to be at the center of everything. Why is this man, rightfully admired for his headmaster abilities and accomplishments, such a magnet for attention? Which of these neighbors is dangerously obsessed with him? Ms. Jewell begins her story with a dead body and then backtracks to give the reader glimpses of the previous few weeks and the odd—and chilling—behavior of these people who spy on each other with the precision of a trained professional. A reader will wonder why do they do so and, just when you think you have a handle on things, the author tosses everything you thought you knew into the ozone. Pacing is almost frenetic, the characters are diverse in their personalities and in their likeability (or not) and you can’t help wondering if some of your own neighbors might be behaving oddly, perhaps dangerously. The web of lies and rumors that seemed to keep growing had me guessing from beginning to end…well done, Ms. Jewell!
    Anonymous 6 months ago
    Great read from beginning to end.
    Anonymous 7 months ago
    I read this book over a weekend, really felt like i could not put it down! Lisa Jewell has created an awesome psychological thriller that speaks to our own self doubt, and our need for new affirmation, new experiences, to break out of routines and to question our past choices. The protagonist is caught in a past prison, and this uneasiness leads to obsession. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoyed The Girl on the Train, and Gone Girl. The cover art is really cool, it contains more to it than meets the eye, take a close look! Lisa Jewell's prose style is really unique, it flows and keeps the reader compelled, the suspense is awesome. It's hard these days to hold attention and she knows how!
    Anonymous 7 months ago
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
    Anonymous 10 months ago
    The story line was interesting. I couldn’t put it down
    miss_mesmerized 11 months ago
    After years abroad, Joey returns to England with her husband Alfie. In lack of alternatives, they move in with her brother Jack and his pregnant wife. The neighbourhood is full of strange people, first of all this woman who seems to have mental issues and is convinced that people are following and watching her. Then Tom Fitzwilliam’s family, he a charming teacher who immediately starts to flirt with Joey, his wife, a somehow excessive runner who only seems to live for her husband and their teenage son who closely observes everything that is going on in their street. It is all but a peaceful suburb of Bristol, it is soon to become a crime scene – but who killed whom and for which reason? Lisa Jewell opens her sixteenth novel actually with the crime scene. You know from the start that somebody has been murdered, but the victim’s identity isn’t given, only one clue to lead you in a certain direction and to keep your attention fixed on one character throughout the novel. I really liked that because the author so cleverly puts you on a track that – even if you are careful and know how crime novels sometimes play with you – you eagerly follow into the trap. It is not easy to talk about the novel without revealing too much and spoiling the fun for other readers. I especially appreciated the wrong leads, the assumptions you have about what might have happened, who the murderer could be and the reasons for his deed, that all turn out to be completely wrong. The style of writing and the artfully dropped hints keep you read on excited to come to the end and see the full picture. Carefully orchestrated, a brilliant psychological crime novel that could hardly be surpassed.
    MicheleJ 11 months ago
    This book sucked me in from page one and kept me intently reading until the end. Lisa Jewell’s writing is very captivating, as shown in her enthralling new psychological thriller Watching You. I love books that keep me wondering how everything is possibly going to fit together, and this book did just that and more! The slow build of suspense was exceptional—it allowed time for me to analyze the story and form some ideas of what was going on. The storyline was a little slower than some may prefer, but it worked for the reading mood I happened to be in. The ending was fine, but it didn’t necessarily wow me. That was probably my least favorite part of the book. I think I was hoping for something really crazy and out there. Instead, I felt like I was left with a few unanswered questions that I would have liked to see addressed. However, the majority of this book was exceptional! Overall, I would recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers and Lisa Jewell.
    SammyReadsBooks 12 months ago
    “Watching You” is a new mystery thriller by Lisa Jewell. The book starts with a murder in a town in England where the residents all seem to be watching each other. Joey and her husband, Alfie, have just moved in with her brother Jack and his wife Rebecca. They live in a cute neighborhood, two doors down from the Fitzwilliam’s, a husband and wife and their teenage son. Mr. Fitzwilliam, is the headmaster of a school, and it seems that everyone is infatuated with him, including Joey and some of the students at his school. His young wife, Nicola, seems to only care about him and running. Freddie, their son, is obsessed with watching everyone and everything going on in their neighborhood. As the book progresses, we find many more of the residents watching each other, and trying to uncover what is going on in their small town. We know the police are interrogating some of the key players, but we don’t find out until close to the end who was murdered. It was pretty obvious to me who the murdered was when a key detail is given by them to another character. I just wasn’t sure which person they murdered which kept me interested and intrigued. This is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Jewell, and definitely will read others by her. It was very well written, the chapters were not too long, and the pace was great. I like how it was told by multiple points of view which helped us to have a better understanding of the characters and what motivates them. Thank you NetGalley and Atria Books for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
    KimPr 12 months ago
    I have not read anything by Lisa Jewell and after this book, she is definitely going on my author list. Watching You had me guessing up until the very end! I found it interesting how we weave stories about people we see after glimpsing a very small or short snapshot of their lives. Stalking our neighbors...no not us. But yes, we all do that! The danger is when we hear a rumor about a person and then take it for gospel and then every action that person takes, we plug that into the narrative we have for the person. I did that about Tom when I went back and forth about whether he crossed the line with Bess. Seeing Freddie find love with a young girl diagnosed with Asperger's and then finding out he too had it. That was beautiful to see because Freddie was able to understand parts of himself that he previously couldn't comprehend. In the end, I wonder had Rebecca been able to really talk to someone about her sister's death and her feelings towards the girls who bullied her, would she had made a different choice. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel!
    JHSEsq 12 months ago
    Twenty years ago, a schoolgirl wrote in her diary, detailing her tragic obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam. Author Lisa Jewell delivers a mystery set in a seemingly idyllic little village where everyone is acquainted, but nothing is as it seems on the surface. As they go about their seemingly unremarkable lives, they are harboring secret pasts and motivations. At the center of the story is Joey, who has returned to England to settle down with the husband she met while working at a tropical resort and married too quickly. Now he wants the to have a baby, but Joey knows she is neither reader to become a mother -- despite the fact that she is trained as a nanny -- nor fully devoted to her marriage. She is working at a dead-end job and restless, which contributes to her fascination with Tom. Freddie
    Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
    Facedown she laid on the kitchen floor, her blood pooling around her. The weapon which had pierced this woman’s body had been left behind, cleaned and ready for whatever use someone needed it for. The book begins with this murder and as a reader, we’re introduced to a variety of characters with diverse points of view. I liked how we went back in time to set the story up and how things progressed, there wasn’t a lot of jumping around. I found some of the characters creepy and as I read about them, I thought “man, someone should really be keeping an eye on that one, something is definitely going on there!” Lisa does a great job keeping things rolling and not giving too much away as you’re reading. There was one thing about this novel that slowed me down. After I finished reading this novel, I read some reviews and I saw that some individuals liked how the author inserted this information but I, myself didn’t. I would have liked this information included inside the author’s story instead of making it a separate issue. These were the recorded interviews. I found myself absorbed into the drama of the novel until the author slips the recorded interviews from the police station into the storyline. I thought the flow of the story was thrown off. These recorded interviews are a different typeset, they have a he said/she said format and I felt thrown off in my reading. It’s just my own opinion and we all are entitled to have one. These are important to the novel so you need to read them but they threw me off. It was another great read by Lisa Jewell and it made me think, yes…..someone could be watching me.
    TheBookishHooker More than 1 year ago
    Lisa Jewell always delivers an amazingly suspenseful read and Watching You is no exception. It follows the secrets and obsessions behind Melville Heights, one of Bristol's poshest neighborhoods. Tom Fitwilliam is one of those men everyone admires. As headmaster brought in to help the failing local academy, he has loads of charm and is handsome enough to become the infatuation of many local women and female students. When Jenna Tripp, one of his students, becomes suspicious of his intentions with her best mate, Bess, she uncovers buried secrets that will change the lives of those living in Melville Heights. I was excited to receive a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read several of the author's previous books but this is by far my favorite. The pacing was perfect and never seemed to lag. I loved the characters! They were flawed, but most were likable, which made them seem as if the could be my real life neighbors. The suspense built in a quick way and remained steady through the rest of the book. Overall, a five star read for me!
    ShihTzuMama More than 1 year ago
    With more twists and turns than San Francisco’s famed Lombard Street, WATCHING YOU by Lisa Jewell takes the reader hostage with a rollercoaster ride of a novel where everyone is watching everyone and no one is quite what they seem. This is a tale where stalking, sociopathy, devotion, secrets and betrayal play roles in the tangled plot and just when you think you have it all figured out you are blindsided by another development. Jewell is at her page-turning best —not only providing an engrossing story but also examining the long lasting effects of the evils of bullying while taking a close look at Asperger’s and untreated mental illness and human nature in general. All of her characters are well developed and all of them are confronted by complications and obstacles, presenting an intriguing premise that completely involves the reader. I like the author's writing style and the way she develops not only the story but the personalities and problems of each of her characters. Ms. Jewell gives you a clue here in there about what’s really going on but she doesn't disclose which parts you should be paying particular attention to. WATCHING YOU is most definitely the ticket for lovers of well written and engrossing psychological thrillers that portray what happens when worlds collide.
    Twink More than 1 year ago
    Watching You is the new release from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell. Melville Heights is a well to do neighbourhood in Bristol, England. But there are always secrets behind closed doors aren't there? And there most definitely are some in Melville Heights... The local headmaster Tom Fitzwilliam is loved by his students, faculty and most of his neighbors. Joey, a married neighbor wants to get a little closer. Jenna, one of his students is quite sure he's nowhere near what he purports to be. Jenna's mother agrees - and watches the Fitzwilliam house. Diary entries from the past give the reader even more food for thought. As well as police interview transcripts. Inside the Fitzwilliam house, Tom's son Freddie, keeps watch as well from his upstairs bedroom window. He takes photos and keeps detailed notes. Oh, Lisa Jewell puts a wonderful spin on the concept of Neighborhood Watch! We know there's a crime from the opening prologue. Jewell then takes us back to before the crime. Watching You is told from various viewpoints - mostly Joey, Jenna and Freddie. Despite his watching being the 'creepiest' - I enjoyed Freddie's observations the most. His outlook isn't predatory, but is instead driven by his desire to join MI5. Jewell manipulates the reader's expectations, giving us lots of reasons to think one way, while all the while laying the groundwork for an unexpected (and clever) finale. Well played Lisa Jewell! I chose to listen to Watching You. Gabrielle Glaister was the reader and she did a fantastic job. Her voice is expressive and changed to reflect who was speaking. Her accent suited the book and was very easy to understand. Her tone is lower and is pleasing to listen to. She was a new-to-me narrator that I would listen to again. Watching You was an excellent listen. I've said it before and I'll say it again - I always feel immersed in a story when I listen. Five stars for Watching You.
    Linda romer More than 1 year ago
    Watching You was an excellent read! I loved it! Thrilling and suspenseful, this book will have you guessing until the end. Full of unexpected twists and an unbelievable ending. I loved Joey, a relatable character that rings true. I thought all the characters were great and the story mesmerizing. I enjoyed this Authors writing and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books. I give Watching You 5 stars for its Thrilling read. I would recommend this book to fans of Suspense and Thrillers.
    AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
    Bravo! Lisa Jewell delivers another nail-biting thriller that unfolds with the same alluring anticipation that all of her other books do! This always invites you to never put the book down. One thing I loved most about this story was that I never really knew who the center of the story was because there were so many interesting stories going on at once and one never lingered long enough for me to quite figure it out. It kept me guessing; On top of the guessing who has been killed! We meet a group of people living in a town outside of London and get to know them. Intimately! They get to know one anther intimately. Some because they choose to, and some don’t even know they are being watched and someone is learning all about them. I was left clapping my hands at the end.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    What a ride Watching You was! I spent the majority of the book not knowing who was doing what, where the story was going, and sometimes I didn't even know what the heck was going on! Joey and her new husband Alfie have moved into a big, colorful house with her brother Jack and sister-in-law Rebecca. One day she runs into Tom, the man who lives two doors down from her brother, and she is immediately infatuated with him. At the same time, one of Tom's students--Jenna--is beginning to wonder why her mother and her best friend have such a fascination with Tom, and why her mother keeps watching Tom, his family, and his home. On the inside, Tom's life is not what it seems, nor are his wife and son. And when a woman is found murdered in her kitchen, the small town in which they all live gets turned upside down. There were numerous story lines throughout this book and each of them was fascinating in their own way, and in the way they combine. Thank you, NetGalley for the ARC!