Book Review – Watching You

Watching You is about the people of Melville Heights, an English neighborhood with wealth, charm and secrets. When neighbors lives begin to intermingle, the secrets begin to come out, the tension begins to thicken and drama begins to unfold. Who knows whom? Who loves whom? Who's spying on whom? Who will murder whom?

When book club picked a mystery/thriller/suspense, I left not planning on reading it. I don’t like having additional reasons to be scared of people, and sometimes stories like these give me that, so I try to avoid them. However, I’m a team player, and decided to read the book after all…

Book 18:
Watching You
by Lisa Jewell

Genre:
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Published:
December 2018

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Watching You is about the people of Melville Heights, an English neighborhood with wealth, charm and secrets. When neighbors lives begin to intermingle, the secrets begin to come out, the tension begins to thicken and the drama begins to unfold. Who knows whom? Who loves whom? Who’s spying on whom? And who will murder whom?

Favorite Quote(s):

“Babies did that to you: they pinned you down in the moment at precisely the same time as hurtling you into the future and hitching you back to the past.”

– Lisa Jewell, Watching You

Awards (based upon my brief research):
None yet.

Pages:
320

My Overall Rating:
3 – I was obviously skeptical from the start – I wasn’t even going to read this at first. However, I was unimpressed with the actual mystery of this story. It felt, largely, like contemporary fiction until the second half, and by the time the climax was happening I already knew the conclusion. Though this is not my type of book, I do appreciate when this genre is done well. I would have liked to see some better hints/twists/turns earlier on in the story. I would have liked for the conclusion to have been deeper.

It was a fine story with fine writing, but for me, I just didn’t think Jewell did the genre well.

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