I have been a fan of Lisa Jewell's books since her first novel, Ralph's Party, back in 1999. Back then, she used to write chick lit/women's fiction, which is what I was into at the time. My tastes changed to suspense/thrillers, which is also what Lisa started writing like so many other authors. Her books have been a bit of hit or miss for me recently. Watching You ended up being just OK. I'm not a huge fan of books where there are a lot of characters, and that was the case with Watching You.
Tom Fitzwilliam, a headmaster who is beloved by everyone, including Joey, his new neighbor, who develops an intense infatuation with Tom, who is married. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s son who is a techie loves spying on people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.
Jenna, one of Tom's students, is not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one, he has taken a liking to her best friend and classmate, and Jenna’s mother, whose mental health has 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 obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam.
The stories became a bit convoluted, but the ending was done really well.