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Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Watching You

Repeat author

Lisa Jewell is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include Invisible Girl and None of This Is True and The Family Remains and The Family Upstairs and The Night She Disappeared and Then She Was Gone.

by Lisa Jewell

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

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    Multiple viewpoints

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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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Member ratings (1,044)

  • Sheila K.

    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.

  • Lisa A.

    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

  • laurel s.

    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

  • Brianna J.

    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!

  • Alexandria W.

    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.