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When No One Is Watching: A Thriller

When No One Is Watching: A Thriller

Написано Alyssa Cole

Озвучено Susan Dalian и Jay Aaseng


When No One Is Watching: A Thriller

Написано Alyssa Cole

Озвучено Susan Dalian и Jay Aaseng

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4/5 (649 оценки)
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8 hours
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Издано:
Sep 1, 2020
ISBN:
9780063036048
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Примечание редактора

Heart-pounding chills…

In “When No One Is Watching,” Cole turns her attention from heart-melting romance to heart-pounding chills. Gentrification has never been creepier than in this tense page-turner. As property rates rise in an historically Black neighborhood in Brooklyn, longtime community members start disappearing. One local resident — reeling from a bad breakup, her mother’s illness, and insomnia — is convinced foul play is afoot. She can’t go to the cops, so she sets out to sleuth out the truth herself.

Описание

"I was knocked over by the momentum of an intense psychological thriller that doesn’t let go until the final page. This is a terrific read." – Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author

Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller from a critically acclaimed and New York Times Notable author, in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning…

Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo.

But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.

When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other—or themselves—long enough to find out before they too disappear?

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Издано:
Sep 1, 2020
ISBN:
9780063036048
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Об авторе

Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, and Entertainment Weekly. She can usually be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.


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  • (5/5)
    This book kept my attention start to finish. I often find in thriller novels there is a lot of fluff filling the pages, beating around the bush. None to be found here! Well written, great narration, good storyline! I would definitely recommend!
  • (5/5)
    Bloody awesome story, kept my intrigued right to the end
  • (3/5)
    I don't read many thriller genre books so I can't make comparisons, but I enjoyed this book though I don't know if I would categorize it as a thriller specifically. Maybe Social and Economic Horror story. I enjoyed the characters and the overall story. I think there could have been more suspense and build-up; A bit tightening of certain moments. The ending was a bit fantastical BUT if you are aware of the past and present treatment of BIPOC people it's not that far fetched. The climax and end does feel a little bit rushed and the deus ex machina was an eyeroll moment. Overall a thoughtful book with a clear statement about social issues, specifically gentrification. And as someone who has family in neighborhoods undergoing their own brands of "rejuvenation" it is a horrific and chilling tale .
  • (5/5)
    This book was amazing! I was not expecting this at all. What transpired in this story seems inconceivable, but is totally plausible. I can’t stop thinking about it and sharing it with friends. Can’t wait to read Ms. Cole’s next thriller. Keep ‘em coming!
  • (4/5)
    A wild ride that ends more horror than thriller. The crazy part, it's completely plausible
  • (5/5)
    What a thriller! The plot had me going back and forth. Just when I thought I figured it out, things got twisted. This is a great audiobook to listen to while walking. At the end, I just had to listen to the last chapters in one session because it was too good to stop. The narrators were great and I'm looking for another Alyssa Cole book!
  • (5/5)
    I was enthralled, enraged, pleased, excited, disappointed and flabbergasted at the sheer bravado of the characters.
    As an African, I don’t understand the pain of African Americans and the struggles they have endured. This was a good lesson through some of their pain and the fact that it was fictionalized made it more real to me since I could step into the main character’s shoes and become an American citizen going through the pain of being treated as less than a human being.

    Thanks for this book
  • (4/5)
    This was such an amazing book. I was hooked from beginning to end.
  • (5/5)
    Chilling to slowly get into it and really see the us vs them develop into an all too realistic dystopian
  • (5/5)
    Utterly brilliant, bone-chilling and unsettling!

    When No One is Watching is a thriller debut novel from a well-loved romance novel author Alyssa Cole. The novel is the best thriller I’ve read, it’s one of the best paced and plotted novel I’ve had the pleasure of reading! I was hooked from the first page and the story got a strong grip on me.
    It’s a novel about a community of Black people being steadily overrun and overtaken by white people. We follow two protagonists who slowly discover the sinister nature of the changes happening. It’s the horrors of gentrification and institutionalized rooted-in-long-history racism on the marginalized communities, Black communities in particular.
    The two main leads Sydney and Theo were wonderful, both of them are messed up flawed individuals, which is typical for the genre. But in contrast to many other trillers both of them are lovable and they do make smart decisions, things go astray as they do but it’s not because of stupid actions of the protags. There also is a romantic subplot which I enjoyed and I was rooting for the couple.
    The audiobook narrators Susan Dalian and Jay Aaseng have done stellar job. I enjoyed their dual narration!

    Highly recommend! It was a hot 2020 release and I can clear see why, the book deserves all the attention and love it has gotten!
  • (5/5)
    Phenomenal. A slow burn at the start, but picks up fast. Captures the horrors of systemic racism.
  • (5/5)
    I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but whatever it was didn’t amount up to what I got. It was REALLY good!! It moved fairly slow at the beginning, but by the start of the end, I understood why.

    This was a tale of what so many neighborhoods are dealing with right now. I’ve wondered how gentrification can happen right under the noses of people and while I truly hope this isn’t exactly how it goes, it definitely provided a thrillingly believable narrative. I would love to see this turned into a screenplay!
  • (5/5)
    Very entertaining, but a little predictable. I Loved the characters.
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic book that keeps you on your toes. Highly recommend it!
  • (5/5)
    Freaking AMAZING!! Needs to be made into a movie! This really is like Get Out but gentrification.
  • (5/5)
    This was my first Alyssa Cole read and I must say I look forward to more. This takes gentrification which happens in real life and let's you see it through a different lense. Our protagonist Sydney, who is a POC, takes us on a journey through her experiences. It also shows how POC have different experiences and are systematically oppressed. As a Latina, I myself have dealt with these type of issues. It is always refreshing to see things like this portrayed in books. Alyssa Cole did an amazing job with not only portraying these issues, but keeping me on my toes and turning the pages for more!
  • (5/5)
    Wow! I was definitely at the edge of my seat reading this.
  • (4/5)
    This book was truly terrifying, horror without anything supernatural. This all could really happen. This novel really has helped me to understand better how there are systems that are not designed by or for everyone equally. Reading through this fictional nightmare through the eyes of Sydney, the protagonist, helped me to identify how POC must feel powerless when the deck is stacked against them. This was my first Alyssa Cole novel and I look forward to reading others by her.
  • (5/5)
    This was so good! I had figured a couple twists out, but more in the "wow I feel so clever that I put it together" as opposed to thrillers where it's so heavy handed and obvious that it's not fun to have solved it. There was so much tension at the end and I kept going "whoa" and stopping to tell my husband what was happening. I always like her romances, and decided to give this a try - I liked it even better
  • (5/5)
    What an awesome thriller that brings real-life fears that whole communities have to the forefront. Gentrification only benefits those that come in, not the ones who are already there.
  • (5/5)
    It’s keeps you on your toes itching to read the next chapter. Horrifying truth everyone should read.
  • (5/5)
    This book is filled with a depth of knowledge about blacks in Brooklyn alongside a thrilling mystery of (what’s going on here??) feel. I enjoyed the narrative voice so much. Fantastic!
  • (5/5)
    Loved the book. Strong characters and a topic that is ar the forefront in every American city. Unfortunately, what happened in this book feels like it could really happen. I thoroughly enjoyed it and as someone top producing in real estate for the past 15 years, this gave me a different perspective.
  • (5/5)
    This was one amazing thriller that I recommend everybody read.
  • (5/5)
    This book is so captivating! I couldn’t stop listening
  • (5/5)
    Pulled me right in from the start and kept me to the very end.
  • (5/5)
    The tension keeps building and does not let up!! Fantastic!
  • (3/5)
    The concept was brilliant, the pitfalls of gentrification. A Brooklyn neighborhood where residents are being forced out of their homes to build luxury townhouses was timely & realistic but the execution and pacing was off. Not quite thrilling enough.
  • (3/5)

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    Interesting premise. But it wasn’t holding together in the end!

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  • (4/5)
    This is my first introduction to Alyssa Cole and I appreciated her expanding into the mystery/thriller genre.

    These pages were filled with Black history - distrust of medical & research spaces, gentrification, police brutality, redlining, poverty, etc. I enjoyed Cole turning gentrification into a mystery/thriller because whew, it certainly feels like one.

    I really appreciated the resources included in the back. Although this was a fictional story, all of the things Sydney experienced are true.

    There were a few things that I didn’t enjoy which included the romance or the pacing of the book. The romance was giving me white savior vibes and I just didn’t enjoy it. The final 50 or so pages were too fast. We quickly moved through the ending & ya girl wasn’t feeling it.

    Overall, I enjoyed the novel because I’m a history nerd and the history shared via these pages added to my ever growing Black history knowledge.