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…
As a big fan of psychological thrillers, I have to say I’m surprised that I hadn’t picked up a Lisa Jewell book until now. Now that I have, I can honestly say it won’t be my last Lisa Jewell read as I’m already itching to dive into both Then She Was Gone and I Found You.
First off, the title pinpoints it exactly. Watching You. Everyone seems to be watching everyone in this book. There’s a lot of secrets being hidden, spying being done and so much happening throughout the book.
The characters cast in Watching You is a quite large, differing bunch. Some teenagers, some middle-aged and some newlyweds. Told in different points of view, you need to pay attention to each character’s perspective in order to garner clues as to what’s going on. Some of those clues come in the form of interviewing statements between police detectives and characters, both main and secondary.
The plot is intriguing, the writing is of good quality and the book is well plotted out. The characters are all solid and as a reader you can picture each and every one of them. Dialogue was vivid and consistent throughout the entire book. While I had a good guess on who was murder and who committed the murder, I didn’t guess the entire laid out plot and once it was laid bare, it was a good one.
Full of twists and turns – many I didn’t see coming – Watching You is one of those books that is hard to put down once you’ve started reading. I had it read within hours because I needed to know what was going to happen next.