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When No One Is Watching

A Thriller
Narrated by: Susan Dalian, Jay Aaseng
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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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
  • 06-09-20

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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  • Kindle Customer & IR reader
  • 16-09-20

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
  • 04-09-20

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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  • autumnseden
  • 08-10-20

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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  • Amazonholic
  • 16-09-20

A must hear!

Wow! Ms. Cole had me hooked at the title. I became more and more entangled in this novel with each chapter! I really enjoyed the suspense and twists and unexpected romance A++ can’t wait for the sequel....... there has to be a sequel!! 😊

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  • Rachel
  • 12-09-20

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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  • E. Beh
  • 27-10-20

This needs to be made into a movie

Or an HBO series. So many great lines, fantastic writing and performances. I can’t wait to read more by Alyssa Cole!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-20

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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  • Annette M. Aeberhard
  • 20-10-20

Thought provoking

I'm not a conspiracy theory believer but this book will definitely make you think about EVERYTHING!

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  • charlette thompson
  • 20-10-20

Gentrification,Racism

When no one is watching By Alyssa cole. The downside of gentrification. This book was a terrible disappointment.I don’t know who compared this to the the movie get out.This is a story about gentrification.A story about what happens when white people decide to revitalize a neighborhood.I’m still waiting on the thriller.