Watching You by Lisa Jewell is an upcoming psychological thriller, which takes place in the Melville Heights neighborhood within Bristol, England. I was lucky to receive an ARC from NetGalley, Atria Books and Simon & Schuster before it's released December, 26 2018.
Tom Fitzwilliam is a headmaster with a knack for turning around schools and everyone seems to be enamored with him. A family man, he has moved from town-to-town with his wife and son improving schools that need his help along the way. Joey, who lives across the street, can't shake the undeniable attraction and pull she feels towards him despite being married herself. Then there's Jenna, one of Tom's students who also lives on the street and suspects there may be something much more sinister behind Mr. Fitzwilliam's facade after watching his interactions with her best friend. Meanwhile, journal entries surface from twenty years past where a former student writes about her obsession and infatuation with none other than Tom Fitzwilliams. Finally, when a murder occurs in Melville, everyone seems to have something to hide.
I really enjoyed this book and it was the first from Lisa Jewell I had read. I had really been looking forward to this one so I was thrilled when I scored a copy. The suspense definitely builds as you go along and every time I thought I had figured out the ending something shifted and revealed I was wrong. This is not your heart-pounding, thumping, psychological thriller. The way Jewell teases out each reveal is much smarter than that. The story unravels at a deliberate pace and even when I thought I had figured out the final twist, Jewell shocked me once more on the very last page. I totally didn't see it coming. Lovers of smart, deliberate thrillers will really enjoy this one. Make sure to pick up a copy of Watching You when it comes out December 26, 2018!
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