- Publisher: Century (July 12, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780896433
- ISBN-13: 978-1780896434
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Watching You: Brilliant psychological crime from the author of THEN SHE WAS GONE Hardcover – July 12, 2018
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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!
As well as a big cast, we have a story that has more tangles than a ball of wool that has been over played with by a hyperactive kitten! The unravelling of which is the most delightful part of the book. Talk about secrets, lies and what goes on behind closed doors! Things that at first seem unconnected suddenly come together. Misconceptions are revealed. Assumptions blasted away as slowly the author peels back the layers to expose the truth of what really happened at the beginning. To say that I was completely floored and shocked by it all would be an understatement. Not that it came completely out of left field by the way. The pointers were there, it was just my interpretation at the time that was severely lacking. Not that I feel cheated at any of the duplicity. Indeed, hats off to the author for such an ingeniously well plotted book.
I'll leave you with a warning. This book will get under your skin. You will need to get to the end. It's not really the best book to start if you have anything important to do. once I started it, I read through right to the end with very few pauses. I needed to know. I got a bit obsessed. Even considering I was pretty much flummoxed throughout, I was left completely satisfied with a big grin on my face, thanking the author for a job very well done.
My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
There is quite a big cast of characters in this novel and the way they all intertwine with one another must have taken a lot of planning. We have some classic unreliable narrators but we also have some characters who are much more difficult to work out and keep you intrigued right up until the last page. I wouldn't say I particularly warmed to any of the characters particularly, perhaps with the exception of teenager Jenna who is a young carer for her mother. But boy was I obsessed with finding out more about every single one of these characters, what made them tick and how they fitted into the story. They are people you know, people you recognise from everyday life, they are your neighbours! Characters we can all relate to is just something else which this author excels at!
To say this book was a thriller, there isn't a lot of gore or violence in it, there are definitely moments that make the reader uncomfortable and moments that lead you down a path you never saw coming. This is definitely a slow burn but the short chapters will mean you will continue to turn those pages way past your bedtime. Some of the ways things that seem trivial are connected to the story are just mind-blowing and I am just in awe of how cleverly written this novel is. I enjoyed every moment and would love to have the chance to read it for the first time all over again. Another amazing Lisa Jewell novel to add to your reading list right now!
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