PUBLISHER: Atria Books
PUBLICATION DATE: December 26th, 2018
Thank you to the publisher for the eARC of this book via NetGalley.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 found myself hooked to this novel from the beginning. I enjoyed how the novel was told from alternating timelines and perspectives. We got to learn about several different and intriguing characters, some you will like and some you will loathe.
Freddie was quite an interesting and likeable character. A teenager who leads a pretty isolated life, spending a lot of his free time alone in his bedroom and watching people. He would often spy on them and take photos, and enjoyed secretly observing others. When he observes Joey acting strangely around his father he cannot help but wonder what exactly is going on between the two of them.
Some characters in the novel are not as they appear to be, and what ensues will keep you guessing to the very end. Without giving too much away, the novel is full of secrets, lies and deception. A book that you will enjoy right to the very twist at the end that you will not see coming.
MY RATING: 4/5 stars