Watching you Mystery/Thriller Published – December 26th 2018 Hardback Pages – 320 Goodreads
Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods 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…
Oh, boy! Finally I read a thriller that I love!! Lately I’ve been reading such lame thrillers.
When starting this, I didn’t know that it actually had multiple POVs and maybe I wouldn’t have even started it had I known, because I have this irrational fear that I won’t understand books with multiple POVs, because it’s gonna be complicated or something like that, but it so wasn’t the case here! It was really easy to follow.
Basically we start off seeing that someone has been killed in their kitchen on 24th of March. And then we go back in time, 2nd of January.
We then start with Joey, she and her husband are going to be staying in her brother’s house in this…weird (shall we put it like that) neighborhood.
So, as I said, we have multiple POVs, we actually have three.
Joey, and two teenagers: Jenna and Freddie.
Basically, everyone’s pretty much obsessed with this older dude, Tom Fitzwilliam, I’m gonna use their words ”women want him, men want to be him.”
Our character, Joey isn’t really an exception here, she really starts liking this older dude, even though she has a husband and he has a wife and a child, Freddie is his son.
Our other character is Jenna, she’s fine, she’s cool, nothing wrong with her, she has a mom who has a sickness, I’m not exactly sure what is its name, so sorry about that, basically she always assumes that people are following her, people come into their house and move stuff just to make her think she’s losing her mind, so Jenna has to deal with that.
And also, Jenna’s friend Bess pretty much fell in love with Tom, he’s her teacher. And she’s like 16.
Our other main character is Freddie, I’m not gonna say anything about him because it’d be a spoiler.
Okay, I’m literally the most naive person you will ever meet in your whole life.
This is a thriller book! So why do I believe everything the characters tell me? I’m actually the worst person at figuring out the plot twists, I don’t see anything coming, ever. I’m the stupidest creature ever to exist.
So I can’t possibly comment on the twists, but (obviously) it surprised me, I mean at the end when we find out everything.
Honestly, this book was a delight (in the weirdest way possible.) Lisa Jewell has a way with words, she’ll just drop you snippets of information, so you have to read the next chapter. I’m not saying this book is flawless, if that were the case I’d give it five stars, but it does have its flaws, which is fine, it’s a really enjoyable book, it keeps you guessing, keeps your interests and that’s the most important thing, especially when it comes to thrillers.
The author really shapes her characters, they aren’t perfect, they’re flawed, they go through some serious stuff, which is how I like it.
I think this is all, it’s a solid book, this rating is really strong, I really enjoyed this author’s book, it’s my first from her, but I definitely can see myself reading more from her, she does have a couple of books, so I’m gonna be reading more from her.
I would 100% recommend this book if you like mystery, if you like neighborhood type of books that are kind of slow-ish, don’t go into this expecting that someone’s gonna die in every chapter, it’s a bit slower, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
But I’m finishing this review here, I don’t wanna bore you guys, thank you so much for reading my review and see you next time! Gooooodbye!