Monday, February 25, 2019

Watching You; Lisa Jewell

Watching You; Lisa Jewell
Atria - 2018

AUTHOR:  Lisa Jewell
PUB. YEAR: 2018
SETTING:  Bristol, England
FORMAT:  - library -  (336 pp)
RATING: 4.5/5

Watching You was a bit of a different psychological thriller, a book that had me quickly turning the pages.

We know early on that someone has been brutally murdered but, who the victim is and why they were killed is never known until the end.  The title of this novel is perfect because, in this novel, it seems that everyone is watching someone - some of them a bit creepier than others.

Set in Bristol, England in an upscale neighborhood called Melville Heights where 27 multi-colored Victorian villas align the streets, there are several neighbors who seem a little off and several have more than a few secrets.

Josephine (Joey) Mullen is back in the area with her new husband Alfie. Both strapped for cash, they move into her brother Jack's villa where he lives with his expectant wife.  Joey's husband Alfie is kind and sweet yet, Joey finds herself obsessed with Tom Fitzwilliam, headmaster of a private school,  who lives a few houses down the street with his odd teenaged son, Freddie and his wife Nicolla. There's also the Tripp family who play a role in this story.

I loved the way this story played out with short chapters and police interviews that gave you clues to the suspects. The characters were well drawn, some quirky and just enough twists to throw me off track.  If psych thrillers are the kinds of books you enjoy, be sure to try this one.


  1. Oh, this does sound good. I only read one or two thrillers a year, but this might be it. Plus, I'm on a roll will your recommendations! ;-)

  2. So you felt the payoff at the end was worth it? Sometimes the endings of books like these are anticlimactic.

  3. I'm going to have to read this author one of these days. This looks like a good place to start.

  4. Sounds good and a bit like Hitchcock!

  5. There are so many new thrillers and I got burned out on them last year, but this one sounds like a winner. I'll see about getting it at the library. Or maybe I'll listen. Decisions, decisions!

  6. I had marked this one as a want-to-read - it sounds so good! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review -


    Book By Book

  7. Diane,
    This does sound worth seeking out! As you know I like psychological thrillers as a diversion from the Classics and then the literary fiction I read. Thanks!

  8. I love that this one has the whole street of characters involved.

  9. I have only read I Found You by Lisa Jewell. It sure did hit some of my sweet spots.


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