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Watching You

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  5,280 ratings  ·  1,226 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
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
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
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 that you can read a large part of the book at one time. I found if I tried to
(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
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
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 be
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 marriage,
Norma * Traveling Sister
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 Nic
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
Christina - Traveling Sister
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 cho
Kaceey - Traveling Sister
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
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. Every
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
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
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
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
Brenda - Traveling Sister
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Diane S ☔
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 it seems as if everyone is watching someone else. Is the woman raising her teenage daughter crazy, or is her neighbor actually guilty of something? Is the new bride, with red tassels on her red boots happily married or is she watching snd yearning for the teacher who lives a few doors down? Is the young boy in the attic watching everyone just creepy or does he have another reason? From the beginning we know there has been a murder, but we don't know who nor why. As the story unravels, we are ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

After reading great praise for Lisa Jewell's books, and while having never read one myself, I was very excited to get my hands on this one.

The story opens, like so many other thrillers, with a murder scene and what follows is everything leading up to that scene. Again, a tired premise for this genre but what's a reader to do? Next, we are introduced to a plethora of characters, and while I'm all for complicated plots with a lot of players, I found myself confused more often than not. I
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

Tom Fitzwilliam is the headmaster of the local school. He is the charming man whom everyone loves him, admires him, has a crush on him, obsessed with him. Flirty guy… Freddie is his son and the one who is watching everyone in the neighborhood. He knows everything about everyone. He takes pictures... Creepy… There is Jenna, she lives with her mother who is mentally ill. She’s a student at Tom’s school. Her best friend has a crush on Tom. She, unlike others, doesn’t like Tom. Actually, she
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
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
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have to admit that Watching You is only my second Lisa Jewell novel but with enjoying both of the ones I have read I do see why reviewers are usually raving about her stories. This is another great psychological thriller that is easy to become captivated by once you pick it up. The story is told from multiple points of view but still became easy to follow once getting started.

The book begins with a short diary entry from a young girl in love with her teacher in 1996 before jumping ahead twenty
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Lisa Jewell was true to her usual form in Watching You, crafting a clever and compelling story with engaging, multi-faceted characters and a well-plotted mystery. I did guess at the ending early on, but not how it came to pass, so I was very happy to read on and wasn't bored. This is just one of those authors I will always reach for when she has a new book, because I just find her style so readable. Recommended!

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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intelligent, suspenseful, and shocking—my first experience reading the incredible Lisa Jewell blew my mind!!!

There are times when an author is hyped up (for good reason), but I feel a small sense of disappointment when I finally join in on their work. Perhaps because I don’t have the history with the author, or because the book I came in on wasn’t their most ground-breaking work. NONE of that can be said about my first experience with Lisa Jewell. If anything, all of the amazing things I’ve hear
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg,Lisa Jewell has totally blown me away again.Watching You is a mesmerizing,twist packed,gripping tale of secrets,obsessions,stalking,misconceptions,friendships and deception that hooks the reader in from the very first page right through to the jaw dropping final twist

The reader has to get to quite a large number of diverse characters as this enthralling thriller unfolds.But the story is largely voiced by Joey who is newly married to Alfie, they are both staying in one of the stunning houses
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

Watching You by Lisa Jewell is a story of schoolgirl crushes, creepy teenagers and adults who should behave better. I like Lisa Jewell books but this one was slow to start and I had to reread certain parts because there were are lot of characters to remember. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading Watching You on 12/7/2018 and finished it on 12/9/2018. This book is a fantastic read! I was hooked right from the start and couldn't put down until chapters later. I actually read all of rainy Saturday and couldn't do much of anything else. I like the interesting set of characters. They each have a keen sense of observation and obsession. Freddie started out such a loner with his neighborhood watch. I'm surprised that he transformed later, changed into someone who is able to w ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Are you a lover of the neighborhood voyeur type of story who constantly finds themselves being suckered into reading anything about “watching” or “watchers” but generally is left feeling very meh about the whole thing when finished reading – only to immediately repeat the process? If so, look no further . . . .

Because this might be the book you've been waiting for. I’m as surprised as anyone to be giving this (or really ANY) mystery
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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 & ...more
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“Because that's the thing with getting what you want: all that yearning and dreaming and fantasizing leaves a great big hole that can only be filled with more yearning and dreaming and fantasizing.” 1 likes
“Freddie couldn’t help himself sometimes. His dad was just so fucking perfect. Or at least that was the overriding narrative. Amazing Tom Fitzwilliam. Isn’t he handsome? Isn’t he clever? Isn’t he charming? Isn’t he tall? Hasn’t he got an enormously huge dick? Well, no one had ever actually said that, but he did. Freddie had seen it.” 1 likes
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