The Blonde Bookworm: Watching You by Lisa Jewell -- Review

Watching You by Lisa Jewell -- Review

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Title: Watching You
Author: Lisa Jewell
Pages: 320
Publishing: December 26th 2018 by Atria Books 


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…


TOTALLY DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING! I like to pride myself on the fact that I can generally figure out most suspense novels before the end, but this one definitely caught me off guard. I had a little bit of a tough time initially getting into the novel, but about 50 pages in I was hooked and couldn't put it down. The characters are all unique and interesting and the plot was twisty and full of suspense. 

I am a huge fan of Lisa Jewell and this novel just adds to my love for her writing. It was fast paced, unique, and had me guessing on every page. I would highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy suspense novels and other Lisa Jewell books. Thank you to Atria and NetGalley for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 4/5  


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