Review: Watching You
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…
I liked this book, but there was something just “meh” about it that I couldn’t put my finger on. I didn’t have an edge of my seat experience like I wanted to or hoped to.
I had an easy time putting together each piece of the puzzle by following the trail of breadcrumbs left by the author. The only plot twist I didn't see coming was the very, very, very last one and that was my only "Oh wow!" revelatory moment throughout.
I appreciated all of the different characters and getting insight into their individual worlds. Joey, Jenna, and Freddie were all strong and compelling heroines in their own right. Overall, the story flowed well and was well-written, with a good storyline and likable cast of characters, I, however, just wanted more.