When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole @AlyssaColeLit @librofm @HarperAudio #fiction #suspense #bookreview #bookblogger

Susanne’s Review:

Something Sinister is Going on in this Brooklyn Neighborhood and it’s not what you think..

Sydney Green loves her home and her neighborhood, that is until everything starts changing around her.  While Sydney understands and appreciates the idea behind gentrification, she wouldn’t mind it so much if all of her neighbors weren’t being uprooted out of their homes, seemingly disappearing overnight.  

Theo is new to the neighborhood.  Though he’s nice and seems to have everyone’s best interests at heart, Sydney is having a hard time trusting him and yet, with strange things afoot, she has no one else to turn to.  

As both work to research the old neighborhood for a historic tour, they discover things they never would have imagined and it takes them down a path that is disturbing and scary.  

Way more is going on here than meets the eye and Sydney and Theo are smack dab in the middle of it.  

What starts out as a novel about discrimination, gentrification and racism, turns into a wild romance/thriller that didn’t quite work the way I think it was intended.  Though I started out really enjoying this novel, as it got towards the end, the plot became extremely far-fetched and way too unbelievable for me to enjoy the rest of the ride.

A buddy listen with Kaceey.

Thank you to Libro.fm and Harper Audio for the alc. 

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Kaceey’s Review:

You ever get the feeling you read a different book than anyone else?🤷🏻♀️. I saw such great reviews for this book. I’d been looking forward to it for so long. But…then I listened to it.

This book had a bit of an identity crisis. This book was touted as a thriller. Hmmm…. but it didn’t come off as one at least till the end (sort of).

I felt like I was listening to three books all smooshed together into one. And well…. that never works well.  

We start with Sydney Green who lives in Brooklyn keeping her mother’s secrets. She is watching her neighborhood in the midst of gentrification. And more and more of her long-time friends and neighbors are simply ‘disappearing’.  

Midway the book moves into a bit of a romance mode. And don’t get me wrong at love a good romance! And these characters did have chemistry. But it just didn’t really fit with the feel of the book. Not sure why it was added in.🤷🏻‍♀️

The ending went full speed into thriller mode that was just too much too late! Once again didn’t fit the book….at all. I’m actually at a loss for words when it came to the ending.

A buddy read with Susanne who thankfully had a better experience with this book so make sure to check out her review!

Thank you to Libro.fm  for my 🎧 to listen to.

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