Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: December 26, 2018
Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Adult Fiction
Goodreads Average: 4.17 *as of 12/26/18*
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…
Watching You is my very first Lisa Jewell book, and man have I been missing out!
What it’s about: The neighborhood of Melville Heights may be one of the nicest areas in Bristol, but here everyone is watching everyone else. So who killed the woman at 14 Melville Heights? Was it her husband Tom Fitzwilliam who is the current headmaster working miracles at the local school? Is it the new neighbor Joey Mullen who seems to have an obsession with Tom? Is it the divorced woman, Frances Tripp, who is convinced that Tom and other people have been watching her? Everyone is a suspect, and not everyone is as great as they seem…
Suspicion is literally thrown on almost everyone in this book, and I loved it. Watching You is fast-paced, has short chapters, and kept me interested the entire time. I loved that not only did viewpoints switch around, but there were also police interviews throughout the book as well. It was nice having that added bonus which not only built the mystery up of who the killer was, but also broke up the book a little bit and added a bit of a police procedural element (a very small one of course).
There are quite a lot of characters in this book, but luckily they didn’t seem too hard to keep track of. I would probably recommend not putting it down for long periods of time though otherwise you may not remember who everyone is and what their purpose in the book is. There is a lot going on in Watching You, and for me, the pacing was completely on point.
Final Thought: I loved the mystery in Watching You and the creep factor was very high with all the ‘watching’ going on. Fitzwilliam’s son is also tracking and watching people which made it even more creepy since he’s just a teenager. Unfortunately, I *was* able to figure out the who before it was revealed, but it was close to the end and I didn’t know the why. The ending gave me chills so I highly recommend this novel to fans of murder mysteries!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.