Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Watching You by Lisa Jewell


Paperback: 488 pages                                                                                                

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Arrow Books 2019

Source:  My own bookshelves

First Sentence: DC Rose Pelham kneels down; she can see something behind the kitchen door, just in front of the bin.

Favourite Quote: “The blackness faded over the years, but it never went away. Sometimes a good day might feel grey. But nothing ever felt white. Not ever.”

Review Quote: 'Jewell writes wonderfully engaging characters who weave plausibly tangled webs and the whodunit was largely incidental until the closing pages. She masterfully draws all her threads together, throwing in some cunning twists for good measure…The countdown is on for the next Lisa Jewell novel.' - Daily Express

Setting: Bristol Suburbs

My Opinion:  As this is the sixth book, I have read by Lisa Jewell one can safely say I am a fan of her writing.  The last two were for Book Club, having enjoyed them I purchased ‘Watching You’ as part of a Penguin Book Pack Deal last year, now I need to catch up and read her more recent novels.  

‘Watching You ’has a great plot with relatable characters.  At times though it did feel like there were just too many convenient coincidences, but then it would not have made the intriguing tale it did without them, so enjoy for what it is entertaining fiction.

The theme of ‘Being Watched’ is what for me makes this a psychological thriller and not just another crime novel.  The inevitable dead body is found right at the start of the story. We are then led in an intriguing way through the days prior to the body being found. There are several main characters, but the plot is really centred on just one, Joey Mullen who lives with her husband, brother and sister-in-law in a respectable Bristol suburb.

Certainly, recommended to anyone that enjoys a contemporary psychological thriller, a quick read because you will not want to put it down, as it keeps you guessing right until the end. 

Précis Courtesy of Goodreads:

You’re back home after four years working abroad, new husband in tow.

You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re crashing in your big brother’s spare room.

That’s when you meet the man next door.

He’s the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinarily attractive. You find yourself watching him.

All the time.

But you never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession.

Or that someone is watching you.

Author Profile:

Lisa Jewell is the internationally bestselling author of eighteen novels. Her debut novel in 1998 Ralph’s Party, was an instant bestseller. In total, her novels have sold over 2 million copies across the English speaking world. Her work has also been translated into sixteen languages. Born on the 19th July 1968,  Lisa now lives in London with her husband and their two teenage daughters.

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