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Watching You: A Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, August 6, 2019
“Quickly and assuredly, Jewell builds an ecosystem of countervailing suspicions…Tricky, clever, unexpected.” —New York Times Book Review
“Brace yourself as Jewell stacks up the secrets, then lights a long, slow fuse.” —People
“A seize-you-by-the-throat thriller and a genuinely moving family drama.” —A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
The instant New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Then She Was Gone delivers another suspenseful page-turner about a shocking murder in a picturesque and well-to-do English town, perfect “for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and Luckiest Girl Alive” (Library Journal).
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.
In Lisa Jewell’s latest “bone-chilling suspense” (People), no one is who they seem—and everyone has something to hide. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Ruth Ware, Watching You will keep you guessing as “Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace” (Booklist, starred review) until the startling revelations on the very last page.
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (August 6, 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1797101366
- ISBN-13 : 978-1797101361
- Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 1 x 5.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Several chapters in and I had concluded that the majority of the characters weren’t very nice people. There were a few that had likeability potential, others I just felt plain sorry for, and two in particular that frankly made my skin crawl. It also became clear early on that almost every character was either watching a neighbour, being watched by a neighbour, or sometimes both. They lurked in bushes, took photographs, recorded video, used binoculars, looked in windows, followed one another, and bumped into each other on purpose. Disturbing behaviour, right? At least that’s what I thought...
Then the last half of the book pretty much took everything I thought I knew and threw it out the window. Lisa Jewell is the queen of misdirection, and I’m the sucker that fell for it. I still can’t get over how wrong I was. And that last page – man-oh-man, so good! Aside from edge-of-your-seat crime suspense the author always succeeds at injecting a lot of emotion and heart into her stories. I admit to tearing up a couple of times. ‘Watching You’ is every bit as impressive and memorable as ‘Then She Was Gone’ in my book. Run, don’t walk, to read it!
Jewell keeps readers, along with the rest of the neighborhood, looking over their shoulders with this sinister, who’s coming out tonight so engaging thriller.
What is it about Tom that is so magnetic, wonders Joey Mullen, who with her new husband, moves in with her brother and sister-in-law two doors away. He is nearly twice Joey’s age and yet she feels an instant, almost sexual attraction to him. Little does she know that Freddie, Tom’s teenage son, is secretly recording her every interaction with his father.
Jenna Tripp, on the other hand, is unsettled by Tom. A student at his school, she is discomforted by his seemingly inappropriate relationship with Bess, her best friend. Jenna grows so concerned that she finds herself becoming friendless. As if this weren’t enough for the young teen, Jenna is the daughter of a paranoid mother, who is convinced that Tom is stalking her.
Added to the cast of characters are Tom’s enigmatic wife, Nicole; women from his past; Joey’s young husband, Alfie; her brother; and an old diary. Oh, and a violent crime scene!
Working backward from the bloody crime scene, Lisa Jewell spins a tale filled with intricate twists. Just when I thought I had put the puzzle together, the pieces no longer fit. WATCHING YOU is an old-fashioned whodunnit; in fact, I had to reread the epilogue and am still shaking my head. Her characters are...characters, every one drawn so vividly. Despite the intricacies of the plot, the story is straightforward. No weird Quentin Tarantino-esque time travel; no interchanging first person points-of-view - these vehicles for storytelling are getting tiresome for me.
Lisa Jewell has been a favorite of mine since I read her first book. WATCHING YOU might be her best work yet.
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I really enjoyed this story and became really immersed in it. So much so that I didnt want it to end! I think it is the way the author writes, her way of capturing subtle actions and speech that make it so interesting and absorbing.
Im not going to go into the story line but just to say read it and enjoy it!