Watching You, by Lisa Jewell (published 12th July 2018)

I’m astounded at how many fantastic books there are out there currently. I’ve had the opportunity to read some absolute crackers prior to publication and this is yet another.

Watching You is a murder mystery / thriller set in and around Melville Heights where various well defined and intriguing characters become more central to the plot as past connections between them are revealed.

It’s so cleverly written that right from the start your perception of what is happening and to whom is tested. It’s a pacey, proper crime thriller that I absolutely did not have a chance of solving. The perpetrator could be one of many and in that respect it has a Broadchurch-esque quality to it that I loved.

The story seamlessly weaves its way back and forth from the recent past to the present and characters are revealed from altering perspectives. It’s about people and relationships and involves the recollection of a chance meeting many years earlier. The characters are believable and I found my feelings towards them change as the story unfolded.

Without giving away any spoilers, watch out for a jaw dropping ‘WHAT??’ moment. I won’t say where it comes in the book but it left me cold.

It’s a chart busting, fabulous 5 stars from me. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for this advance copy, Watching You is released TODAY 12 July 2018.

 

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