September 1, 2020

When No One is Watching

"They're gonna learn today." ~ 78%

Alyssa Cole brings reality into fiction with new release, When No One is Watching. Sydney Green is born and raised in Brooklyn. But "For Sale" signs are popping up everywhere and the neighbors she grew up knowing are disappearing. Sydney teams up with a neighbor, Theo, to organize a walking tour: "Displaced: A People's History of Brooklyn." While digging into history and channeling their frustration, feelings turn into fear. Where do people really go when gentrification pushes them out?  

Characters are key to the success of a story. When No One is Watching is told from alternating points of view: Sydney and Theo. I found one character's narration way more interesting than the other. I believe the story could have been told with just one POV. Although, I understand why the author chose this writing style. This was my only dislike.

Is When No One is Watching the book version of Get Out? Could be! The gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood is a sinister thrilling read that I definitely recommend. It kept me flipping the ePages, reading all day because I wanted to see where in the heck the story dummy mission was going. The suspense build-up was excellent with a crashing end that earned a "Woop Woop" yelp from my dropped jaw. There's room for a sequel too!🤞🏾

Happy Pub Day, Alyssa Cole! When No One is Watching is now available.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: When No One is Watching
Author: Alyssa Cole
Published: September 2020
Pages: 364
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤


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