Random House UK Cornerstone|12 July 2018|496 pages|e-book |Review copy|5*
You’re not the only one watching.
Gripping psychological suspense from the #1 bestselling author of Then She Was Gone.
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 Jewel is totally absorbing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s crime fiction that keeps you guessing about everything right from the first page – someone was murdered, but who was it and why, and just who was the killer? It’s full of suspense and drama, interspersed by transcripts of police interviews.
It’s also a great story with convincing characters, told from their different perspectives, many of them watching each other and keeping their own secrets. It’s centred on Tom Fitzwilliam, who is the charismatic head of the local school, married to Nicola, with a teenage son, Freddie. Tom is watching Freddie for reasons that are not immediately clear, Freddie is watching, and photographing, people mainly teenage girls, from his bedroom window in their house on Melville Heights. Joey, their neighbour and newly married, but infatuated with Tom is watching him, teenager, Jenna is watching her friend Bess through social media and Frances, Jenna’s mum is also watching Tom, believing he is the head of a group of people stalking her.
As the story progressed I became increasingly concerned for all of them. There are a number of twists in this tightly plotted mystery that meant I was totally bemused – just what was Tom’s relationship with Nicola, for example, and what had really happened in Burton on Trent in 1997? It is only right at the end of the book that all becomes clear. I loved it.
Many thanks to Random House UK Cornerstone for also providing an e-book review copy via NetGalley and to Lovereading for an uncorrected proof book.