Two Posts. One Day. YAS!! I have to fit in all the blogging before the 11th because who knows how my life is going to shake out during the end of the year into the start of 2019. Sneak Peak Sunday is a meme created by the wonderful Traveling Sisters and Brenda and I are linking up this week to bring you all another installment! Sneak Peak Sunday is a meme used to highlight books we’ve recently started and our initial thoughts right out of the gate! We’d love to see what everyone else is reading so feel free to participate and link up!
This week I’m bringing you my initial thoughts on Watching You by Lisa Jewell. This is a group read with the Traveling Sisters and I’m really excited to see what everyone thinks! The initial response in the reviews on Goodreads has been excellent so I’m even more excited than I was before. Well, this baby starts out with a serious BANG. I love little formatting changes, and the first pages of this are in the form of a diary entry. I’m not sure why I love little things like this so much but changes in formatting and the way information is delivered has always helped break up a novel for me and create a sense of urgency to understand more.
We’ve got all the makings of a knock-out here folks! We’ve got a police detective, looking over a dead body – murdered in a frenzy, evidence washed clean in the sink and suspicious circumstances abound! This is clearly going to be done in flash-backs, which if you read my reviews you know I love them! Joey is going to be one of our MCs and we start off with her speaking to her late mother at her grave, so emotional heartstrings are also at play here. I can already tell I’m going to fly through this one because I’ve got to get back to work but I absolutely don’t want to!
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 Watching You – what did you think? What are some reads you’ve just started that you’re already excited about? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!