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Watching You by Lisa Jewell
Thriller

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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    Teens

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    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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Prologue

March 24

DC Rose Pelham kneels down; she can see something behind the kitchen door, just in front of the trash can. For a minute she thinks it’s a bloodstained twist of tissue, maybe, or an old bandage. Then she thinks perhaps it is a dead flower. But as she looks at it more closely she can see that it’s a tassel. A red suede tassel. The sort that might once have been attached to a handbag, or to a boot.

It sits just on top of a small puddle of blood, strongly suggesting that it had fallen there in the aftermath of the murder. She photographs it in situ from many angles, and then, with her gloved fingers, she plucks the tassel from the floor and drops it into an evidence bag, which she seals. She stands up and turns to survey the scene of the crime: a scruffy kitchen, old-fashioned pine units, a green Aga piled with pots and pans, a large wooden table piled with table mats and exercise books and newspapers and folded washing, a small extension to the rear with a cheap timber glazed roof, double doors to the garden, a study area with a laptop, a printer, a shredder, a table lamp.

It’s an innocuous room, bland even. A kitchen like a million other kitchens all across the country. A kitchen for drinking coffee in, for doing homework and eating breakfast and reading newspapers in. Not a kitchen for dark secrets or crimes of passion. Not a kitchen for murdering someone in.

But there, on the floor, is a body, splayed facedown inside a large, vaguely kidney-shaped pool of blood. The knife that had been used is in the kitchen sink, thoroughly washed down with a soapy sponge. The attack on the victim had been frenzied: at least twenty knife wounds to the neck, back, and shoulders. But little in the way of blood has spread to other areas of the kitchen—no handprints, no smear, no spatters—leading Rose to the conclusion that the attack had been unexpected, fast, and efficient and that the victim had had little chance to put up a fight.

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Member ratings (1,083)

  • 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!

  • Margo J.

    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!

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