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 the 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.

Book Review – Emma in the Night

Thrillers… not my thing, but I have a confession: My problem with thrillers is that I love them too much. They pull me in. I have to know what happens. Like any story I read, I throw myself in and become a part of it, but thrillers are not stories I want to be a part of. So I avoid them until the Book Club girls choose one for our next book. Therefore, book 14…

Thrillers… not my thing, but I have a confession: My problem with thrillers is that I love them too much. They pull me in. I have to know what happens. Like any story I read, I throw myself in and become a part of it, but thrillers are not stories I want to be a part of. So I avoid them until the Book Club girls choose one for our next book. Therefore, book 14…

Book 14:
Emma in the Night
by Wendy Walker

Genre:
Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Published:
August 2017

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Emma in the Night is about two sisters, Cass and Emma, who go missing on the same night. After putting the search to rest, Cass returns three years later and shares her story of being kidnapped and brought to an island where the sisters were held captive to help the forensic team find Emma. As they work to crack the case, things fail to add up, the untold details of the sisters’ family history begin to seep in and the pressure reveals the truth of the crime.

Favorite Quote:

“The hope is easy. I believe children do that to us. They make us have it because without it, my God, can you imagine? Looking at your child without hope for the future would be like feeling the sun on your face five billion years from now.”

―Wendy Walker, Emma in the Night

Awards (based upon my brief research):
Amazon Best Book of August 2017
Nominated for Book of the Year by Book of the Month Club
An August 2017 Indie Next selection
An August 2017 LibraryReads List selection
One of Barnes & Noble’s Best New Thrillers of August 2017
An Entertainment Weekly Must List selection

Pages:
308

My Overall Rating:
3.5 – This was, no doubt, a good book. It was an easy read – I read it in about four days. While it wasn’t predictable (I spent the bulk of the time trying to figure out what had happened, and I was genuinely surprised by the outcome), the predictable element was that things were not as they seemed. I immediately knew better than to read it for what it is, which, in a way, lessened the blow of the outcome for me. Had Walker not been up front about there potentially being a twist, I might have been more impressed, but regardless, I would love to see this as a movie, because I think it could be done very well.

Still, this is a very engaging story, and I feel I have to share I tolerated the “thriller” aspect of it very well… only one night of nightmares. (Haha!)