Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods 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…
I’m fan of Lisa Jewell’s work, how she weaves together a story and the various different characters. Watching You is not my favorite work of hers but it was still a good read.
I felt that the pacing/plot dragged in the middle. I found it suspenseful/interesting the beginning and at the end. I think it should have had less points of view and been cut down a bit to focus on the main mystery.
My favorite aspect was the reveal at the end. I was able to figure out some of it but I love how Jewell always leaves you with a twist in the last few pages of her thrillers. She always does a great job of shocking the reader.
I recommend checking out this interesting thriller, it was a solid read.
3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.