3 out of 5 stars
Thank you so much to Atria books and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I feel like Lisa Jewell’s books are hit and miss with me. Some of her books I’ve loved while others I feel meh about. Some of them grip me from the very beginning and others I slog through till I get to the end.
This book is about a group of neighbors who are more intertwined than they realize. Tom is the affluent headmaster that everyone loves with the seemingly loving wife and teenage boy. Joey, who has just returned to live with her brother and his pregnant wife with her new husband that she’s known less than a year finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, which Tom’s son Freddie observes from his attic bedroom. In the neighborhood of Melville Heights Freddie watches everything that goes on in the neighborhood and records all his findings. A student of Tom’s who lives on the same street doesn’t believe Tom is everything he says he is and notices he might be paying too much attention to her very young best friend. It doesn’t help that Jenna’s mother who’s mental health is rapidly declining believes that Tom is stalking her and swears that he’s a man that was questionable on a holiday years prior. In this affluent neighborhood you never know who all is watching you and what they see.
I had a hard time getting into this book at first. It bounced around a lot in the beginning and I found myself getting bored waiting for something to happen or the book to pick up speed. Which it never really did but it got a little bit easier to read.
I really didn’t connect with any of the characters in this book either. Joey drove me insane because she seemed like such a flippy person. Almost 30 years old, has never really held down a job, marries a guy after only knowing him a short amount of time, and can’t seem to ever make up her mind on things. I did like how the book jumped from different POVs in the book instead of just focusing on one person’s point of view on everything. Made it a lot easier to read but certain parts of this book still made me roll my eyes.
Thank you again to Atria books and NetGalley for a copy of this book.