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Review: Watching You

Watching You

Watching You
By Lisa Jewell
Atria Books, 9781501190087, August 2019, 352pp.

The Short of It:

Twisty and full of surprises.

The Rest of It:

Melville Heights is one of those pristine English neighborhoods with brightly painted houses and manicured landscaping. Newly married Joey Mullen and her husband are invited to move in with her brother and his wife. Her brother and wife are expecting their first baby and could probably use the help down the line. Although Joey loves being close to her brother, she also feels like their company is not wanted and feels out of place at times.

In the same neighborhood is a good looking man who happens to be the head at the local school. Tom Fitzwilliams has this sure way of carrying himself and Joey finds herself looking forward to their run-ins as innocent as they seem, until they aren’t so innocent anymore and she can’t ignore this feeling of being watched. Tom has his own family but Joey doesn’t know much about them except that his son spends a lot of time at home and doesn’t seem to have many friends of his own.

Then, there is a murder. A woman is found dead and the details of the event slowly unfold and become more complicated as various parts of the story are revealed. There is so much more to this story than just the murder. The dynamics of family, teens, married couples and the past all collide in a satisfying way. At times I could see where the story was headed, but in the end, there are surprises that I did not see and it made for a very enjoyable read.

I’ve read four other books by Jewell, see below, but this is probably my favorite of the ones I’ve read.

Invisible Girl
The Family Upstairs
The Girls in the Garden
Then She Was Gone

Source: Purchased
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Review: Anxious People

Anxious People

Anxious People
By Fredrik Backman
Atria Books, 9781501160837, September 2020, 352pp.

The Short of It:

Lots of love for this odd, little story.

The Rest of It:

This is a story about a bank robbery. Well, kind of. What starts off as a bank robbery quickly becomes a hostage situation. But, not really. One bad choice leads to another and it’s kind of a wild ride. The dialogue is a little choppy in places and for many, this is a turn off but trust me, give it time. Ease into its craziness and let these characters do their thing and before you know it, you will be wanting to know them personally.

I know I haven’t said much about the story but it’s best that I just let you experience it yourself. It is the type of story that will make you feel a lot of things. Sadness, happiness, hope. You will laugh but you will also feel for these characters and what life has dealt them. It has a much bigger message than what you would gather from that colorful cover.

My recommendation: read it, enjoy it, laugh, feel good.

Source: Borrowed
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