When No One is Watching
by Alyssa Cole
🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻 (five stars as rated in Sydney’s mamma’s sunflowers)
The residents of Gifford Place are disappearing. One by one they are being pushed out of their homes – some forced to sell to highfalutin property investors while others just up and vanish. Sydney Green knows that there’s more going on here than meets the eye and is determined to get to the bottom of what’s happening to her friends and neighbors.
This book blew me away. Gentrification is a nasty business and this book succeeds in giving it an even more sinister spin with a very Get Out feel. Every twist and turn was genuinely enjoyable to me and the ending had me completely gripped! I love a good thriller, particularly one that is believable. I think what was most chilling about this book is that it isn’t really that far-fetched. After all, what’s more terrifying and depraved than the 400+ year legacy of white supremacy?
“People bury the parts of history they don’t like, pave it over like African cemeteries beneath Manhattan skyscrapers.”– Alyssa Cole, When No One is Watching
✨ Rep in this book: Black author, Black protagonist, WOC, LGBTQ relationship (side characters)
✨ Content warnings for this book: medical stuff, forced institutionalization, wrongful accusation, racism, death of a parent, murder, domestic violence, abuse, dysfunctional relationship, white supremacy, abuse of power by police and government officials
About the Author: Alyssa Cole
Alyssa Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of romance (historical, contemporary, and sci-fi) and thrillers. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018, and A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime or wrangling her pets. (copied from the author’s personal website.)
Personal Note: girl on diversifying
One of my goals for 2021 was to be more intentional with not just diversifying my reading, but diversifying it in a more specific way. For example, instead of just saying “I want to read more books by Black authors,” as if Black folx are a monolith, I want to give attention to Black Caribbean authors. I had seen When No One is Watching floating around bookstagram for awhile. But when I learned that Alyssa Cole lives part-time in the Caribbean, I moved her to the top of my list! Also, she has some pretty spicy looking romance novels that I may need to check out in the near future….
All the best to you all!
6 thoughts on “Book Review: When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole”
I loved this one as well. I am familiar with Alyssa Cole as a romance writer, but am so delighted to see her take on another genre. Hoping this thriller won’t be her last.
I agree! She’s clearly very skilled at it so hopefully there is more to come.
I really need to pick this one up soon! It’s always exciting to see an author branch into new genres and I love the idea of looking into the sinister side of gentrification
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Yes! What a great idea for a thriller, right?
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