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Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods 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…
In Lisa Jewell’s latest brilliant “bone-chilling suspense” (People) no one is who they seem—and everyone is hiding something. Who has been murdered—and who would have wanted one of their neighbors dead? As “Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace” (Booklist, starred review), you will be kept guessing until the startling revelation on the very last page.
“This compulsive, propulsive novel is both a seize-you-by-the-throat thriller and a genuinely moving family drama. Stellar.”
— A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
Read the first 4 chapters of the newest novel from domestic suspense queen Lisa Jewell! Share your thoughts with us @AtriaBooks and @LisaJewellUK, and pre-order your copy at LisaJewellBooks.com. Enjoy!
I’ve been enjoying Lisa’s writing for a long time now. Each one of her stories is different than the last and if you think you’ll be able to figure things out before it’s revealed, you have another thing coming!
She has a way of joining you to her story, engrossing you and totally consuming you with her words. All so carefully chosen that I wonder how she develops a story – does it just come to her or is it planned out and outlined? The reason I ask, is because it seems like she must sculpt it from end to beginning in order top include ever single detail that ties it altogether.
If you haven’t read her writing before, I implore you to start today!