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Watching You by Lisa Jewell

By Charlotte Walker on 23rd July 2018

Lisa Jewell’s latest novel Watching You is the perfect book to send a shiver down your spine this summer. The latest in a list of best-selling books, Watching You introduces us to Joey, moving home with her new husband after working abroad for a number years. While setting up the rest of her life, Joey gets a crush on her brother’s next-door neighbour. Twice her age and a head teacher at the local school, Joey’s crush turns into a deadly obsession. She doesn’t realise that someone else is watching her watch someone else. 

Our Expert Reviewer, Liz Robinson, was eager to get her hands-on Lisa Jewell’s latest release and she was not disappointed. 

An electrifying and riveting tale, my thoughts and feelings were captured from the moment I opened ‘Watching You’. Joey returns home to Bristol, she soon becomes rather obsessed with an older man, however doesn’t realise that while she is watching him, someone else is watching her. I was absolutely thrilled to hear I would be reviewing Lisa Jewell (sharp elbows and pushing to the front of the queue may have been involved), as her books have the ability to really get under my skin. Intrigue and suspicion smiled slyly as they settled over the first page and prologue. I adored the way this book opened out in front of me, tight fast moving chapters created a throbbing energy which played havoc with my emotions. I met each character with a certain amount of uncertainty, weighing, judging, evaluating as I got to know them. Information is steadily and exquisitely revealed, a beautiful balance is maintained, keeping thoughts on a knife edge. ‘Watching You’ is a completely wonderful, intensely satisfying tale. I can highly recommend just letting go and sinking into the pages, be warned though, I didn’t want to come up for air and it was a one-sitting read for me. 

Some of our Reader Review Panel also had the opportunity to read Watching You. This is what they had to say:

Sarah Jones - An utterly compelling twist of a tale, that will grip you instantly and keep you involved and intrigued.

Marjorie Lacy - This is a crime fiction that is quite unique, its story laid out in a totally different way.

Emma Barton - This book is another triumph from Lisa Jewel who never fails to provide the reader with a thrilling story line containing well developed characters and a few twists along the way.

Lucy Hall - Lisa Jewell has done it again... fantastic book, it grips you right from the first page and keeps you hooked throughout... a page turner and one you won’t be able to put down!!!!

Julie Evans - Wow! A page turner from the very beginning. With lives interweaving throughout the story line this book takes on a real twist and ends with a cliff-hanger. I hope that this means there is a sequel planned! Great summer holiday read, you won't be able to put it down!

To read more of our Reader Reviews of Lisa Jewell's latest book, head to the reviews page.

One of our Books of the Month for July, this is a riveting Thriller, filled with drama, suspense and mystery. Add the book to your bookshelf, get yourself a copy and prepare to get dragged under.