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.
Welcome to Melville heights , and upscale neighbourhood in Bristol. Where doctors and people with old money live . Not where people get murdered in their kitchens and everyone has a secret .
Tom Fitzwilliam is the headmaster of the school that he has turned around . Everyone thinks he is great some more then others . His new neighbour Joey has a crush on the dapper headmaster but is there more to this man then he lets on . Between his son spying on him and Jennifer tripp and her mother nosey around . What is going on .
This book is full of complex characters , we have Tom Fitzwilliam , he is dapper and kind a sexy in his own way , but there is also a darkness to him. You really can't trust him and you just don't know what to think of him at times
I will say my favourite character is Freddie , he is the spy of the neighbourhood , he watches everyone and keeps tabs on the going on of the street . He is interested in the girls that seem to have a crush on his dad . There are so many characters that will keep you wondering who actually did the murder .
This story had me hooked from the second chapter . I love the way the author weaves a tale . We start off with a murder and then we jump back two months before and we try to unravel who did it . The author throws so many twists and turns that will you guess until you reach the end . Trust me you will be reading all night long . I couldn't put it down I needed to know who did the murder . You will love the characters and the story will have you thinking and shaking your head a few times . This is a great story for an evening read . Check it out .