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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  79,442 ratings  ·  7,558 reviews
Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods 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 Fitzwill
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 26th 2018 by Atria Books (first published July 12th 2018)
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A clever play on perspective, taking things out of context and assumptions—something most of us are quick to make—collide in this compulsively readable watchable storyline.

The central theme of being watched or being the watcher is what elevates this novel from what I consider typical suspense to something much creepier in feel. There’s a host of participants running rampant throughout, the mystery found in deciphering which of the watchers/watched are in fact driven by dark motives.

Is it the hea
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Watching you is a fabulous title for this book. I grew up in a community where neighbors kept an eye out for others. They also knew your business and you knew theirs - at least you thought you did! So, what happens when a new family moves into your quiet, safe neighborhood? What is their story? What are they up to? Tom Fitzwilliam is an educator who frequently moves his family from town to town as his job involves coming into troubled schools and "fixing" them. His wife, Nicola, is a fr
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
**Ms.Jewell has a new book coming out in October, The Family Upstairs!! ***

I’m very selective when it comes to phychological thrillers, I need to not only feel some kind of thrill or overall tenseness in order to like them but I also want them to be well written. I am now definitely a Lisa Jewell fan, I think I would read anything she wrote. This is the fourth book of hers that I have read and she never disappoints.

O.K. the cast of characters is quite large so you should set aside enough time th
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Joanne Robertson
I'm between 4-4.5 STARS

My love affair with the Lisa Jewell novel goes back years, and I actually have my UK blogger friends to thank for it. Before her books really took off in the US, I received copious recommendations from Facebook groups stating that Jewell's novels had become a staple in their reading repertoire, so I hastily headed over to Book Depository and searched through her blessed backlist. I believe my first of her books was The Girls in the Garden, but I've also enjoyed I Found You
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 You Have No Idea What's REALLY Going On Behind Closed Doors Stars!

Welcome to Melville Heights - an idyllic, family based, wealthy neighborhood that is the kind of place everyone wishes they could live. Except for the fact that nothing is as it seems. Behind the picturesque closed doors of these painted beauty houses lies dark, ugly and sinister secrets. The kind of secrets that inevitably make it to the light of day through MURDER!

The book opens with a murder scene. We know someone was killed
Emma Giordano
Sep 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
1.5 Stars. Oh man, I really did not like this book. I was genuinely shocked come on to Goodreads and see this novel had been mostly well received. It felt so objectively bland and boring to me, but I guess to each their own.

A misstep on my part may have been listening to the audio version but I strongly believe that is not the main reason why I didn’t like this book. I did listen to a sample of the audio a few months back and determined I didn’t like it. I have a thing with narrators who have re
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Melville Heights, Bristol, England, is a prestigious row of pretty, vividly painted houses that stand proudly overlooking Melville. However, behind the attractive facade someone is watching and waiting, and what develops will stun its inhabitants to the core!

Tom Fitzwilliam lives in Melville Heights, he is the headmaster of the local academy - a charming and popular member of the community, especially with the ladies! But if I’ve painted a picture of perfection, well of course that’s not the way
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Watching You is a multi-genre character-driven mystery that plays on perspective.

The story opens with a murder in the exclusive enclave in Melville, Bristol. The reader only knows that someone has been killed and a red boot tassle has been found at the scene of the crime.

Tom Fitzwilliam is considered to be a superstar in the world of education. Brought in to fix a school on the brink of failure, Tom has charmed both the locals and the students. Women throw themselves at him and men want to
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Watching You by Lisa Jewell is a 2018 Atria Books publication.

Remember to pull your shades and lock your doors- you never know who might be watching!

Lisa Jewell’s latest thriller examines the secrets and obsessions of a seemingly idyllic neighborhood. Melville Heights, an upscale neighborhood, home to professionals like doctors and lawyers, might be one of the last places you’d expect a brutal murder to occur.

However, while the neighborhood’s exterior is charming and enviable, if you pay clos
Entrancing, irresistible and compelling!

WATCHING YOU by LISA JEWELL is a clever, unputdownable, and suspenseful psychological thriller novel that immediately drew me in and had me totally engrossed and interested right from the very first page.

The opening scene had me so intrigued in finding out who was murdered and why that I was racing through those pages as fast as I possibly could. We the readers aren’t privy to any of that information and that is definitely the strong point of this novel.
Susanne  Strong
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
4 Super Creepy Stars.

Lisa Jewell’s latest novel gives a different meaning to the phrase “neighborhood watch association.” In the case of “Watching You” the motive however, is obsession.

It’s unhealthy, it’s unwelcome and yes, it’s salacious and I couldn’t get enough.

Joey and her husband Alfie are newlyweds who recently moved in with her brother Jack and his wife Rebecca. Joey has developed an unnatural interest in their neighbor, Tom Fitzsimmons, the Headmaster at School. Tom & his wife Nicola’
Holly  B

I always feel like somebody's watching me...

A picturesque street in a nice neighborhood in England. Painted pastel houses with cozy surroundings. Behind closed doors, someone is watching...

Tom Fitzwilliam, the headmaster at a local school is a husband, a father, and a rather flirty guy who knows he has a way with the women.

Joey Mullen and her husband Alfie, have just moved in with her brother so they can get their lives sorted.  Joey is going through a bit of a crisis in her marriag
Mary Beth
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

The setting takes place in Bristol, England in a rich neighborhood called Melville Heights. We learn early on in the story that someone was murdered. Secrets are kept in the past and end up haunting some of the characters. There are several creepy characters that are very unlikable but they aren't exactly what they seem to be and end up being likable characters in the end.

Everyone seems to be watching people, especially Jenna's Mom who is convinced that someone is stalking her. Her mental heal
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardback, library
I'm going to have to check out more of Lisa Jewell's books because I really enjoyed this one. The book starts with a murder and then we go back a few months to events leading up to the murder. There are so many people involved in this story but it all seems revolve around Tom Fitzwilliam, the 51 year old headmaster of the local school. Tom has a much younger wife Nicola and a 14 year old son Freddy. Add in the two couples living two doors down from the Fitzwilliams, two schoolgirls from Tom's sc ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A creepy compulsive character driven thriller that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!

This is my very first book by Lisa Jewell, I know, I know, shame on me! But before you start writing me hate male, LOL, this absolutely will not be my last! Miss Jewell won me over after the first chapter! Her exceptional character developMent made my heart sing! Add in a complicated twisty plot that sucked me in from the very first page and short chapters that kept me on my toes.... and all
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

So Many Admirers! So Many Enemies!

Okay ... I really, really enjoyed listening to this suspenseful drama. Great cast of characters, twisty-turny “gotcha” storyline, and never a dull moment.

BUT ... friends out there who have read this book, please HELP ME! What in the world did I miss at the very end?? (view spoiler) I have re-listened to cha
Christina - Recipe & a Read
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read
4, everyone is watching stars!!!

Full review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read!

Lisa Jewell’s Watching You starts out with an immediate hook – there’s a dead body laying on the floor and Detective Rose Pelham as she examines the crime scene to try to solve the mystery. Following this shocking first chapter, we fall right into the story, told mostly through one of three major POVs – Josephine “Joey” Mullen. Joey is speaking to her late mother at her grave, updating her on her life and the choices
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
Ever have that feeling someone is watching you?

Lisa Jewell has done it again. She’s given us the perfect thriller guaranteed to keep you guessing right to the end!

Joey and her husband Alfie move in with her brother Jack and his wife Rebecca. It was intended to be temporary stay - just long enough for the newlyweds to get their feet under them.

Down the street is the new headmaster Tom Fitzwilliam, specifically brought in to rescue the local school from looming disaster. Tom is charismatic, charmi
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

Given the number of mysteries I read, I’m always amazed to discover a popular author whose works have previously escaped me. But while I own an audiobook of her’s, I had yet to read or listen to anything by Lisa Jewell. So, it was a pleasant surprise to find out how much I enjoyed her upcoming book.

Joey returns to Bristol after four years away in Spain. She’s recently married but already unsure of her decision. She and her husband have moved in with her brother and sister in law. She becomes ob
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 smart and suspenseful stars! And happy pub day! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Even though I own most of her backlist, this is the first Lisa Jewell book I’ve read, and Watching You was an ideal first read from the author!

Melville Heights is a quaint neighborhood in Bristol, England. It consists of several colorfully-painted Victorian homes overlooking the city. Melville Heights reminded me of the Painted Ladies in San Francisco, and I immediately imagined that type of setting because it was described so well. E
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Next stop.....Legoland.......where missing pieces are apparent and connections are complicated until the very end.

Bristol, England is home to Melville Heights housing upscale abodes of professional doctors, lawyers, and academics. One would not envision murder on the horizon here. But Lisa Jewell cracks the kitchen door open wide enough to reveal a body lying in a pool of blood. Not many Lego pieces to attach yet, except for a red suede tassel on the out of place.

Prepare yourself fo
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Awesomeness is what you get when you read a mystery and just when you think you know who has done what, a switcharoo happens and what you thought is not remotely even close to what is. I’m in awe.

So....Who is watching whom? You? me? He? She? In a small town, people watch each other. Talk about each other. Sometimes a death happens. And sometimes the truth is some.

Jewell you kicked this one up a notch. A terrific twisty tale that left my jaw dropping with that wicked ending.

I’ll b
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars!

A tense, secretive and twisty story that had me guessing until the end.

This is my third Lisa Jewell book and she continues to impress me. I love how addictive, fast paced and gripping her novels are. I just can’t seem to put them down once I start the first chapter. Her storylines are current, suspenseful and highly intriguing.

There are several characters in this book, all are well developed with perfectly timed introductions, leaving no room for confusion. The plot largely focuses on
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Lisa Jewell does it again!! She nailed it with this one and satisfied the anticipation we had here with Watching You! She has written another well-layered story in her traditional way of layering those clues and reveals at just the right time but this time with a little bit of a different twist here to that. She maintained creating that suspense she is a master at but left that final reveal right up to the end. Now there were some clues there and normally I pick up on Jewell’s clues but this tim ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book!!

I've been pushing myself to read for a bit over a year. This book actually made me want to read.
It had nosey neighbors, a bad thing that happened,twists done actually right and some flawed ass characters that you can't look away much juicy goodness.

That's all the review you getting from me on this one. I'm going to go bask in my book hangover.

Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read by this author and I have to say I have become a huge fan of her!

4.5 watching stars!

A cozy picture perfect neighborhood with bright colors that makes anyone want to live on this street. Behind closed doors... someone is watching and is watching always.

Joey and her husband Alfie have recently moved in with her brother to help get their lives sorted. Joey I feel like is going through something as she stumbles across her neighbor Tom Fitzwilliam. Tom is the headm
Katie B
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one and will definitely be checking out the author's other novels in the near future. The title, Watching You, is spot on not only because it is a theme within the book but also because the story goes back and forth between multiple characters, and as the reader you almost feel like you have your own pair of spyglasses as you watch everything unfold.

In the Melville Heights neighborhood it seems like just about everyone has a secret. From the beginning you find out that someon
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Full review here

This book was best I've read from Lisa Jewell so far. OK, here and there, there might be a few exaggerated things in the story line, but overall it was so gripping and delivers everything you would expect from a mystery/thriller. Lisa Jewell's writing is always above average and in this book she's exceptional.

Sometimes it makes me cringe when I am reading thrillers with sloppy writing, where characters constantly bit their lips, have pounding hearts, having goosebumps in a madden
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read and enjoyed several Lisa Jewell novels in the last two years. When an opportunity to read Watching You surfaced last month, I requested the book via NetGalley and was awarded it overnight. I was super excited and planned it for my October schedule so I could have a little scary / psychological stuff to read as the temperature got chillier and the sun set earlier. Overall, I was pleased with the book and would recommend it, but there were a few things that needed some additional attenti ...more
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Lisa was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & De ...more

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