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Watching You by Lisa Jewell
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Watching You

Repeat author
Lisa Jewell is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include Then She Was Gone and The Family Upstairs and Invisible Girl and The Night She Disappeared.

by Lisa Jewell

Quick take

The newest twisty domestic suspense from the author of Then She Was Gone.

Good to know

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    Multiple viewpoints

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Teen

    Teens

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Creepy

    Creepy

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    Whodunit

Synopsis

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…

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Preview

Get an early look from the first pages of Watching You.

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  • Visalia , CA

    Lisa Jewell does it again with another delightful suspenseful thriller! Slow to build in the beginning, the story develops into a ‘who is watching who’ mystery that I couldn’t predict the ending of.

  • Kissimmee, FL

    Amazing read, couldn’t put it down. Scandalous, salacious, jaw-dropping, like a Lifetime movie as a book - but 30x better. It will really have you guessing until the end! Plus, love the short chapters

  • belchertown, MA

    This book has many layers and all of them intertwined and overlapped so well, the mystery of where it was going and who was involved was something that kept me interested and wondering what came next

  • Zionsville, IN

    Really enjoyed this one. Towards the end I couldn’t put it down. I loved the connections between the characters revealed along the way. I was right about the killer, but wrong about the victim!

  • Winter Garden, FL

    My first Lisa Jewel and it took me a Sunday to read. After I ended up buying many of her other books and reading them all. She’s really great - you won’t regret reading any of her books!

  • Wills Point, TX

    Love Lisa Jewell! I heard her referred to as "low-rent Lianne Moriarty" once, so read one of her books. I think it's unfair to say she's low-rent, but the styles are similar. Love them both.

  • Rochester, NY

    So many layers to unwrap throughout this suspenseful read that kept me guessing till the end with a plot twist I really did not see coming. Another great thriller by Lisa Jewell ????????

  • Saginaw , MI

    I couldn't stop reading and every time I thought I knew what was going on I was wrong. The characters were complex and the conclusion had me rethinking previous assumptions I had made.

  • East Petersburgh, PA

    It took me a little bit to get into this, mostly because of how it flip-flopped between points of view. Overall, I LOVED the story and definitely did not guess the correct murderer.

  • Naples, FL

    Excellent thriller! This is why I love this genre. Tiny details wove together in a way I couldn’t have ever totally guessed. So many possibilities. Everyone is being watched!

  • Buffalo, NY

    Each character's chapter left out just enough details to have me making assumptions that turned out to be all wrong. I was left wondering who was guilty up until the very end.

  • Bentonville, AR

    I am obsessed with Lisa Jewell, she keeps you on the edge of your seat and can throw you for a loop that is unexpected but totally believable. Another great book from her.

  • Hagerstown, MD

    Lisa Jewell comes through again with her writing style that keeps me saying “just one more chapter”, which turns into me finishing the book in one sitting.

  • Niantic , CT

    I read four books of a month. This is literally one of the best books I’ve ever read. I wanted the rest of my life to stop so I could just read this!!!

  • Brunswick, ME

    Great book! Better than her last one I read. I really thought the ending was fantastic, it wasn't super predictable like some others in this genre.

  • San Francisco, CA

    I LOVE Lisa Jewell. Her writing rocks. This was well done and had a fast-moving plot. I just wanted to know what happened! Wasn't disappointed.

  • Racine , WI

    Great writing, interesting story. Handed this one off to Mom as soon as I finished! ( that is a great measure of how much I like something).

  • Manchester, NH

    Intriguing cast of characters and perspectives. There were twists and turns, building up suspision and suspence until the very last page!

  • Kingsport , TN

    Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors, and this newest book didn’t disappoint! This one left me guessing until the final pages!

  • Hanover, MN

    Couldn't put this book down! While I could guess some parts a good portion of the book kept me guessing. Very enjoyable read.

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