Watching You

Continuing my journey of Lisa Jewell’s older books. I really loved this one. The book opens with a murder, and a red tassel sitting in a pool of blood. It is set in a neighborhood outside of London, where all of the neighbors are sort of watching each other for their own different reasons. Newlywed Joey has a crush on the teacher next store. Meanwhile, the teacher’s wife has hired Joey’s husband to decorate. The teacher’s son spies on Joey (and the neighborhood girls, one of whom also has a crush on the teacher). It’s twisty with tons of surprises, but also a little bit heartwarming (kind of similar to The Maid in that regard; though the two books couldn’t be more different). I really loved this and tore through it in under 24 hours.