Watching You - Lisa Jewell

Watching You

By Lisa Jewell

  • Release Date: 2018-12-26
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 337 Ratings


“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.


  • Loved it!!

    By t!aylor!
    Good character development and lots of twists!! Really enjoyed this book!!
  • Such an incredible read!

    By kaykaybean13
    So captivated from the very beginning. The story brings the reader in and out of different characters lives going back and forth in time as they slowly share their part in this tragic story. LOVED IT!
  • First book of 2019 sets a high standard

    By ANW0715
    I loved this book! It sucked me in right away and kept me hooked. The pace was perfect and it had all of the elements of an amazing story: love, justice, plot twists and moral lessons. Lisa Jewel is like the perfect mix of two of my most favorite authors,m: Judy Blume and Jodi Picoult.
  • Enjoyable

    By Criteen
    Interesting premise and characters.
  • The ending?

    By sazak89
    It was okay. I’m a little confused as to why some characters were developed and why some weren’t developed at all. I wouldn’t recommend.
  • Unsatisfying ending but overall a good read

    By HMF14
    I liked this book and enjoyed reading it, but it wasn’t my favorite of Lisa Jewell’s books. This is mainly attributed to the fact that so much time and attention was devoted to a few characters, only to have them shift to other characters at the end. I wanted more resolution for the characters that had been more developed, and found the ending a bit unsatisfying and unrealistic. Definitely worth a read for fans of the author - always adore her creative characters and use of setting.