I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
(Finished Reading: 17/11/19
My 47th book this year)
Mr Tom Fitzwilliam, headteacher of Melville School. Known to do great things for improving schools, being attentive, caring, inspiring and well loved by all who know him. Especially his neighbour Joey who seems to have developed quite a crush on him. Joey thinks it is her secret. But Tom’s son Freddie knows her secret. Freddie likes to watch the people in his neighbourhood. He likes to watch them in all his spare time, he likes to take photos and document what he sees.
Nobody is perfect. Even Mr Fitzwilliam. Jenna is one of his current students at Melville. Jenna thinks she has uncovered a highly disturbing secret about her headteacher. She knows her best friend Bess and Mr Fitzwilliam have a strange thing going on and they keep meeting in suspicious places. Jenna needs to keep her best friend safe.
Everyone has their own secrets. Some people have dark secrets they don’t want anyone else to know about. Secrets are being unravelled and some are somehow causing domino effects through Melville.
I love the “watching people” books. I love when one person knows a secret and just keep it to themselves. Just watch how the secret unfolds, because usually secrets cannot be kept forever.
Freddie is a great character. The strange creepy kid who keeps watching people. Tom’s character is exactly the way it should be portrayed and the outcome was very good considering how the story was told. Joey was a complete different story. Highly unlikeable throughout.
The first half of the story was slow going and too obviously pointing out each persons secret. But then the twist made this novel highly worth reading. Worth reading if you don’t mind trudging through the first chunk of the story as it is laid out. I am definitely looking forward to another book by Lisa Jewell.
Written by Ling Lee (17/11/19).