Watching You by Lisa Jewell
by Lisa Jewell
Atria Books (December 26, 2018)
Electronic copy provided by publisher; hardcover personal copy
After my absolute enjoyment of three other of Lisa Jewell’s novels, I’ve been looking forward to the release of her latest, Watching You; mysteries and thrillers usually make up a small portion of the total number of books I read each year, so I’m rather particular about the ones I choose; I never have doubts about Lisa’s work.
Since I definitely do not want to spoil anything, I thought I’d share some of the things that I really liked about Watching You.
All of the novels I’ve read by Lisa Jewell have fascinating and captivating settings; any description I could provide will not do them justice but, suffice it to say, Jewell is great at setting the scene and helping to create a warm, welcoming, friendly neighborhood vibe and then injecting just enough creepiness to keep readers guessing but not so much that we’re forced to put the book down when it gets dark outside. I love being outdoors, that should not come as a surprise to most of you, and there is usually an outdoor element to her stories; I always feel very connected to the settings of her stories.
In addition, Jewell injects just enough detail to keep those discerning (and fact-checking,) mystery lovers interested, but also provides enough distraction to prevent these same folks from predicting the way the entire plot will unfold after the first chapter. One of these distractions is the development of a relationship between two characters, previously unknown to one another, who both have Asperger’s syndrome; these two are an absolute delight and I’m always so thankful when authors include characters from whom I can learn more about an issue, health condition, etc. Diverse characters are something I always appreciate.
For those of you who are already familiar with, and fans of, Lisa Jewell’s work, I hope you’ll make sure to pick up a copy of Watching You; otherwise, take a chance on a new author, maybe even a new genre, because this is a highly entertaining winter read!