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Watching You: A Novel
by Lisa Jewell

Published: 2018-12-26
Hardcover : 336 pages
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“Quickly and assuredly, Jewell builds an ecosystem of countervailing suspicions…Tricky, clever, unexpected.” —New York Times Book Review

“Brace yourself as Jewell stacks up the secrets, then lights a long, slow fuse.” —People

“A seize-you-by-the-throat thriller and a ...
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“Quickly and assuredly, Jewell builds an ecosystem of countervailing suspicions…Tricky, clever, unexpected.” —New York Times Book Review

“Brace yourself as Jewell stacks up the secrets, then lights a long, slow fuse.” —People

“A seize-you-by-the-throat thriller and a genuinely moving family drama.” —A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

The instant New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Then She Was Gone delivers another suspenseful page-turner about a shocking murder in a picturesque and well-to-do English town, perfect “for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and Luckiest Girl Alive” (Library Journal).

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…

In Lisa Jewell’s latest brilliant “bone-chilling suspense” (People) no one is who they seem—and everyone is hiding something. Who has been murdered—and who would have wanted one of their neighbors dead? As “Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace” (Booklist, starred review), you will be kept guessing until the startling revelation on the very last page.

Editorial Review

An Amazon Best Book of December 2018: Watching You is a twisty cat-and-mouse thriller of voyeurism, obsession, and murder. Multiple narratives guide the action, which begins with a brutal death and works backwards to unmask the killer. A charming little English town is the ideal setting for characters who become more complex and intriguing as the pages go by. It’s not just the adults keeping a watchful eye on the neighbors and trying to uncover each other’s secrets—a couple of the local teenagers also have their own theories as to who is doing what--and with whom. Everyone in this quaint neighborhood seems to have a secret they’re desperate to keep, but whose is worth killing for? Author Lisa Jewell keeps readers guessing all the way through to an ending you won’t see coming. --Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review


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  "Just Keep Reading!"by Brenda M. (see profile) 04/21/21

This is the first Lisa Jewell I have read; it will not be the last. She crafted an amazing tale that literally doesn't unfold completely until the last page. The best part is that she takes the reader... (read more)

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  "A Murder Mystery"by ELIZABETH V. (see profile) 09/13/20

Lisa Jewell is one of my go-to authors. In other words, I can trust I will like her books before I even know a thing about them. In the case of WATCHING YOU, though, I was initially afraid I... (read more)

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  "Watching You"by Elizabeth P. (see profile) 12/26/18

Just who is Tom Fitzwilliam? Does anyone really know?

To the outside world he is a handsome, popular, successful man, but is he really all that?

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