What I Read In February | www.designbysydnee.com

What I Read In February

What I Read In February | www.designbysydnee.com

Hello and happy Tuesday! I have reviews from 3 books I read lately. Starting with …

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

From Goodreads: 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…

My Review: You know there are going to be many suspects when the book starts off with a murder! I really enjoy books that keep me guessing. I’m not very good at figuring it out but it’s fun nonetheless, lol. This was only my second Lisa Jewell book and I can say that I’ll be looking out for her other books/new releases. I loved her story telling in this book and despite this one having multiple characters, I didn’t get lost trying to figure out who’s who. And guess what? I didn’t guess the ending at all.

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald*
From Goodreads: In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, she’s pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia’s wrists.

When the police unexpectedly rule Olivia’s fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughter’s life. Was Olivia’s fall an accident? Or something far more sinister?

Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mother’s love. With flashbacks of Olivia’s own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?

My Review: This story pulled on my mama heartstrings and I couldn’t stop reading to find out how Olivia fell and ended up in a coma. There were several characters who appeared guilty and the ending was so obvious that I completely overlooked it! This was a quick and easy read.
The Witch Elm by Tana French

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we’re capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

My Review: The build-up in this novel took SOOOOOO long! If you’re not as patient as me, you might want to jump ship sooner rather than later. It wasn’t the most thrilling, suspenseful novel but I love Tana French so I stuck it out. To be honest, I kept setting this aside to read other new releases so it took me a while to finish this one if that tells you anything. 

So there you go. My reading list for February. I’m reading this now and wow, I almost gave up sleep last night because you know, one more chapter! There are over 3,000 reviews on Amazon and over 15,000 on Goodreads. If you’re into thrillers, you have to read it. I’m not far into it but omg, my heart was pumping! So good!

*Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy.
Linking up with Steph & Jana.

16 Replies to “What I Read In February”

  1. I am a grudge-holder and Tana French lost me with her first book in a series I can no longer remember the name of but it’s popular. I do think she’s a good writer … but slow and descriptive, like you mentioned. Lisa Jewell’s name keeps popping up and I need to give one of her books a try. I love a good mystery. The Night Olivia Fell also sounds really good, adding it to my TBR!

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