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Today, I'll be discussing 2018 mystery and new release, Watching You. Lisa Jewell's latest novel will be on sale December 26, 2018!
A BIG thanks to Atria Books (Simon & Schuster) for sending me a free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Watching You by Lisa Jewell
Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England. 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...
Tom Fitzwilliam, the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, is beloved by everyone—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor. Quickly, Joey develops an infatuation with this charming man. But she's certainly not the only one.
Jenna Tripp, one of Tom’s students, also lives on the same street. However, she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he's taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate.
And after doing some digging, Jenna discovers that a twenty-year-old diary reveals some unyielding information—information that reveals a young schoolgirl's obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam.
Lisa Jewell's latest novel is a fine, character-based mystery. Despite a lack of intense suspense or thrill, there's no doubt that Watching you will have readers hooked until the very last page.
This upcoming piece features Jewell's excellent writing style—one that both paints a vivid picture but is also quite easy to follow. Her word choice is detailed but not overwhelming, which is great because it makes this book an easy and enjoyable read for fans of all genres.
The storyline of Watching You is also quite compelling. Although the novel is based around a gruesome crime, the scenes that lead up to the attack are also gripping, intriguing, and thought-provoking. Fans of psychological thrillers will take pleasure in the fact that Jewell's latest includes more than one mystery.
In spite of the book's unique plot, the star of Watching You is the cast itself. Although the cast appears quite large, most characters play a fundamental role in the story. The author manages to perfectly create and develop each persona, which in turn, makes Melville Heights come alive.
Watching You is an ideal piece for readers who enjoy psychological thrillers but prefer to stay away from dark and gory mysteries.
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Today, I'll be discussing the Hercule Poirot mystery, Death in the Clouds.
Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot #12)
From seat No.9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow passengers. Over to his right sat an attractive young woman, clearly delighted by the man opposite to her. Ahead, in seat No.13, sat a Countess with a poorly-concealed cocaine habit; across the aisle in seat No.8, a mystery writer was being troubled by a wasp. But what the passengers on the plane did not know was that in seat No.2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman.
This Hercule Poirot mystery is quite bold and striking. The crime featured in this story is peculiar yet fascinating, and the cast of characters is unique and unusual. Because of this, Death in the Clouds is a one-of-a-kind narrative.
Although the storyline is noteworthy, this Poirot mystery can be described as a good whodunnit. It's certainly not a standout among the series. Some of the characters, although intriguing at first, quickly become uninteresting. And unfortunately, after the halfway point, the murderer becomes a bit apparent.
Nonetheless, Detective Poirot and his unlikely companion make this an enjoyable tale!
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Today, I'll be discussing a Christie favorite: Ordeal by Innocence.
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
According to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence was life in prison. But when Dr. Arthur Calgary arrives with the proof that confirms Jacko’s innocence, it is too late—months prior, Jacko had died behind bars following a bout of pneumonia. Worse still, the doctor’s revelations reopen old wounds in the family, increasing the likelihood that the real murderer will strike again.
Christie's Ordeal by Innocence is a great whodunnit that entails a fan favorite: family betrayal. The featured writing is captivating and engaging, the cast of characters is enticing, but the standout element in this novel is the storyline itself...
When Mrs. Argyle is found in a pool of blood, her family and the police is sure that her son has committed the crime. Jacko Argyle is charged with murder and his family decides to let him pay for his actions.
But months later, the alibi he has sworn by comes to save him too late. Jacko is dead, and Dr. Arthur Calgary assures police that he couldn't have been guilty--they were together at the time of the crime. If Jacko didn't do it, then someone else in that house must have. Everyone else loved Mrs. Argyle... didn't they? Who would betray her in such a horrific way and why?
This Christie standalone shows readers that everyone has secrets to hide, and more importantly, that trusting someone blindly can put your life at risk.
Ordeal by Innocence is a fantastic mystery, but it doesn't invoke an intense sense of suspense or danger. That's why, a shocking turn of events occurs, it quickly becomes apparent that danger had been present all along...
This book is a great pick for Christie fans who enjoyed Crooked House or And Then There Were None. Readers of murder mysteries and psychological thrillers should also consider it.
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Today, I'll be discussing the third novel in Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series.
The Faithful Place by Tana French (DMS #3)
Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping his family's cramped flat and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank thought she'd dumped him--probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. Regardless, Frank left on his own and never went home again. However, neither did Rosie.
Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in an abandoned house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not.
After loving Broken Harbor, I decided to pick up The Faithful Place. Fortunately, this time around was as delightful as the first! Although Broken Harbor's plot is slightly more riveting, the familial and reminiscent aspect of Faithful Place makes this a great novel as well.
Like in Broken Harbor, the writing in the third DMS novel is complex and colorful. However, although the author's word choice is elaborate and flowery, it's not at all off-putting.
Another great element of Faithful Place is its engaging storyline. The novel features both a sense of nostalgia and evident distrust among a family that works to make the mystery compelling while also making it relatable and realistic.
Nonetheless, the star element in this book is the cast of characters. French paints very vivid pictures of each and every character, whether primary or secondary. Through these impressions, readers receive small clues that reveal the killer.
The third pick in the Dublin Murder Squad series is a great choice for readers who prefer character-based novels and authentic, real life mysteries.
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