Watching You by Lisa Jewell [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: Watching You

Author: Lisa Jewell

Publisher: Atria Books

Publish Date: December 26, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Watching You by Lisa Jewell


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.

Watching You by Lisa Jewell


Multiple people in the same neighborhood have connections in their lives. They watch one another, think about one another, and keep secrets from one another.

This book has a lot of characters and multiple stories happening. At first, I found this confusing, but once I got the hang of who everyone was and how they were connected, it was an enjoyable read. The characters include Joey and her husband Alfie, Jack and his wife Rebecca, The Fitzwilliams, and Jenna and her mom Frances. Joey and Alfie are young newlyweds who got married after a whirlwind romance. They are living with Joey’s brother Jack and his wife Rebecca. The Fitzwilliams are neighbors, and Joey is attracted to Tom Fitzwilliam. Tom is married to Nicola and they have a son, Freddie. Tom is charming and handsome, and attracts the ladies. Freddie spends his free time spying on the neighborhood. Also in the neighborhood are Jenna and her mother Frances. Jenna is a student at the school where Tom works, and Frances is paranoid and mentally unstable.

These residents of the same neighborhood have current lives that intersect, but some of them also have connections in their past. Making things more interesting, some of the neighbors spend time watching one another, and almost everyone has secrets. When a murder takes place in the neighborhood, secrets start to be revealed.

Watching You is a character driven psychological thriller. Maybe it’s because I read a lot of thrillers, but the twists didn’t really come as a surprise. It was still an intriguing read, and one I recommend. Dark, complex, and twisted.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Lisa Jewell:
  1. The Third Wife
  2. The Girls in the Garden
  3. I Found You
  4. Then She Was Gone
  5. Watching You
  6. Invisible Girl
  7. The Night She Disappeared
  8. None of This Is True

9 thoughts on “Watching You by Lisa Jewell [Book Review]

    1. Thanks, Jonetta! I know you read a lot of thrillers too, so I imagine you know exactly what I mean. Hope you enjoy this one! Looking forward to your review! ?

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