Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Mystery, 320 pages, published in 2018

Someone in Melville Heights is murdered in their kitchen and someone knows who did it. This story revolves around a neighborhood and it’s inhabitants.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Content Warnings: sexual assault, stalking, mental health, cheating, suicide, bullying, murder

This book just did not really work for me. I was ready for a mystery but it just felt like it was trying to shock me and not drop hints for me to put together.

The story is told in a split timeline, one in the past and one in the present, where people are being interviewed by the police. I have not read very many mystery/thrillers, but this trope already seems so overdone to me. I don’t think it worked well in this story, or at least, it didn’t add anything to the story.

Joey is kind of the ‘main’ character, and I just really couldn’t stand her. She just makes so many bad and lazy choices before and throughout the book, so I didn’t really feel for her at all. There were actually quite a few characters in this book, and out of all of them, there were only a couple of teenagers that I was really invested in at all.

I definitely was curious to see how everything came together, so I didn’t struggle to get through this book or anything. I pretty much just felt underwhelmed.

I don’t think the way Lisa Jewell writes endings is quite my style. With this book as well as The Family Upstairs, I was kind of left confused and feeling like there was information that was dropped right at the end that needed a conclusion.

This just ended up being a super forgettable book for me because I didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters and I didn’t feel drawn in by the mystery.

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