When No One is Watching

When No One is Watching

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?

Title:When No One is Watching
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062982650
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    When No One is Watching Reviews

  • Roxane

    Hmmm. I understand what the author was going for here, a gentrification based take on "Get Out," but the pacing is off. The ending happens all at once and is so wild and then it's the end. This had a ...

  • Cindy

    3.5 stars. I LOVED the premise of this story and was so ready to rate it 4 or even 5 stars in the first 1/3 of the book. I love it when thrillers incorporate real world issues and social injustice, an...

  • Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

    “HISTORY IS FUCKING WILD.” When No One is Watching is a powerful and uncomfortable book to read. It is also difficult to describe, and although it's being marketed as a thriller, it is only part t...

  • Melanie

    ARC provided by the publisher via EdelweissReviews you should check out: Bee's, Jazmen's, Carole's I have adored everything Alyssa Cole has written, so when I heard about this new mystery thriller I k...

  • Melissa ~ Bantering Books

    I have never read a novel quite like Alyssa Cole’s, When No One is Watching.Primarily marketed as a thriller, it has, for the most part, all the prerequisite tension, psychological suspense, and une...

  • Warda

    “When I think of a Black community, the first thing that comes to mind—even if I don’t want it to—is crime. Drugs. Gangs. Welfare. That’s all the news has talked about since I was a kid. ...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    "People bury the parts of history they don't like, pave it over like African cemeteries beneath Manhattan skyscrapers. Nothing stays buried in this city, though."When No One Is Watching is an expertly...

  • daph pink ?

    Great effort but pacing was off!Didn't work for me!...

  • myo (myonna reads)

    The craziest thing about this book? Is that this shit could actually happen. Usually when i read thrillers i’m like “okay this could happen” but like it’ll have to be like the craziest thing e...

  • ? A ?

    “People bury the parts of history they don't like, pave it over like African cemeteries beneath Manhattan skyscrapers.”Sydney returns home to Brooklyn after her divorce to take care of her sickly ...