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"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 best-selling 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?

©2020 Alyssa Cole (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Queen Dee
  • 06-09-2020

Good Story

I like the story a lot. The character development was great and I like Alyssa Cole, but I'm just wondering why her protagonist has to have a non-black love interest all the time. Being purposeful in choosing a black author, I want to have black characters in lead roles.

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  • Rachel
  • 12-09-2020

Not Quite Science Fiction

The Audible summary of this book calls it Rear Window meets Get Out, which is pretty fair. I’d add that it’s got some Orwellian, Ray Bradburyian (?) dystopian elements. It’s a thriller until the end, although there’s a lot of factual historical information along the way. The underlying scary part is this book presents not a dystopia, but a... topia (everyday life?) When No One is Watching is about protagonists dealing with their pasts, their differences, and some seriously creepy Shizuoka. Also, actually, everybody is watching... Ooooh spooky... but seriously, it is.

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  • autumnseden
  • 08-10-2020

Meh

There is some good information in the book about redlining and gentrification but the characters are annoying. There’s really not a plot to “sink your teeth into”. I’d like a refund, honestly.

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  • Kindle Customer & IR reader
  • 16-09-2020

Where have all the neighbors gone?

Suspenseful. Neighbors form a reluctant team on a historical project and become amateur sleuths as people disappear. Although this is fiction, it is good social commentary. Gentrification often has victims - intentional or not. The narrators were very good. I like the two person narration. I am a fan of Ms. Cole's other works.

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  • Javada Hill
  • 04-09-2020

Amazing!!!

Ugh. So good. So happy this was writing. I’m a realtor and it spoke to me, wasn’t expecting that.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-11-2020

Boring

When No One Is Watching is not all what I was expecting. It is listed as a “thriller” and it was no where near that! I’m not a prude by any means, but the constant profanity was unnecessary. I didn’t feel invested in the characters and sometimes felt lost. For me, this book was boring until the last hour and a half then the ending felt rushed. I gave the performance 3 stars only because it isn’t their fault the writing was slow.

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  • Samantha
  • 08-11-2020

Train Wreck

First time ever leaving a review because this plot line was horrific. Gentrification was clearly the focus but lost its believability extremely early on. Whacky story, annoying characters...didn’t finish listening to the last 30 minutes.

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  • Claire Ferguson
  • 31-10-2020

What A Thriller!

I loved the characters and the storyline. Sydney and Theo make a great team. This book provides a lot of thrills and surprises. I think this book could lay the foundation for a great series.

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  • Valkyrie
  • 31-10-2020

Loved it!

With a very few exceptions, I don’t read Thrillers anymore. I used to devour Thrillers. But I think I over did it. Also, some of the aspects, like gaslighting, became all too real. Too much gaslighting sets me off. And while the gaslighting in this book gave me fits, all I can say is “Worth it!” My heart *might* recover by the time Cole publishes her next Thriller, which I will definitely be picking up!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-2020

Great read/listen

I'm not usually a fan of thrillers and chose this only because I know Alyssa Cole's other work. It was a great read which I would recommend even to people who don't generally like thrillers. The suspense/danger elements are interwoven with snappy often funny dialog. As is typical in the thriller genre, the "what is going on" story goes over the top and builds to a violent climax, even as the general story underneath about what is happening is drawn from real issues of gentrification and displacement and racism. The book is written in first person with alternating chapters from the two protagonists, a Black woman and a White man, which is very effective in audio with two narrators. I appreciated Cole's work in the violent episodes to make sure her characters stayed human and cared about what they were doing. I'll be recommending this book to others.

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  • C Frost
  • 16-11-2020

Loved it! A bit far fetched - or is it?

I absolutely loved this book, one of my favourites that I’ve read in ages actually. The narrators voices are perfect, and I actually wished the book had been a bit longer and more in depth on some parts. It was really pacy, with lots of twists that kept me guessing. Some of the twists felt a little OTT towards the end, and the ending did start to get a little bit far fetched, even though it was satisfying and enjoyable. I guess I’m 2020 though, part of me wouldn’t be THAT surprised if some of these plots were really going on! It did make me think from a different perspective though, about gentrification and how it impacts communities. It was clever to see both sides - black and white - with the two narrators. Both characters were very likeable. Highly recommend

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