When No One Is Watching Lib/E: A Thriller (Compact Disc)
If I had read When No One Is Watching six weeks ago, I would have found it to be a suspenseful, timely, and disturbing thriller. I might have found the ending to be frightening but over the top. Reading it in this moment, at the end of June, it seems like a nightmarish horror novel. But a needed one. I haven’t read Alyssa Cole’s romance novels (although I’ve had my eye on A Princess in Theory) but I enjoyed her writing in When No One Is Watching so much that I’m looking forward to catching up on her previous work. My main criticism is that it was too short! I would have liked to know even more about Sydney and Theo, and I thought the final chapters could have been fleshed out further. I think this is a great title for people who primarily read fiction but want to learn more about our racist history, specifically in regard to gentrification.— Tom
September 2020 Indie Next List
“Cole’s thriller exposes the underbelly of gentrification and prosperity, taking a searing look at systemic racism. When a pharmaceutical firm plans to move its headquarters to a historically Black Brooklyn neighborhood, an influx of rich white people displace Black residents from their homes and their roots. Timely, groundbreaking, and thought-provoking, When No One Is Watching is essential reading for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”
— Alyssa Raymond, Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA
Winter 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List
“This is a timely and entertaining social thriller. It’s an inside look at the gentrification of a well-established, predominantly Black Brooklyn neighborhood. It’s not too far-fetched, and it served as an eye-opener for this white reader. Comparison to the movie Get Out is apt.”
— Laura Harvey, Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA
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?