Hey ya’ll, hey! It’s time for another edition of Can’t Wait Wednesday with two of my favorite bloggers! The ladies over at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee and It’s All About the Thrill. Can’t wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. This week we are featuring another exciting group read: Watching You by Lisa Jewell!
While I’ve not read any books by Jewell myself just yet, she’s a fan favorite of many of the Traveling Sisters. I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again – but these ladies have great taste and sure know how to pick great reads! I currently have Then She Was Gone also by Lisa Jewell checked out from the library. It is another of the many books I’ve fallen behind on reading but am eagerly anticipating. So in the next month I’m looking at getting a solid one-two punch and crash course in all that is the glory of Lisa Jewell. With rave reviews and an enticing synopsis I couldn’t have been more thrilled with my approval from Netgalley!
Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.
As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.
One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.
Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…
Have you read anything by Lisa Jewell? What did you think? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!