Y'all. This book had me stressed and put me into all of this dis tew much feels.
So I am back at it again with another book review. This time the books is When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole which is the quintessential spooky season fall time thriller.
When No One is Watching is the story of Sydney Green a resident of a brownstone in a small Brooklyn community. Sydney is back in town to take care of her sick mother, and while she is around to do that, her community is experiencing gentrification. But not just gentrification, but a particularly shady version of gentrification. Add into Sydney's experiences, Theo. Theo is one of those new people to the community, but he is realizing that there is shady something going on. Together they set out to find out what is going on....
This book is everything, and I don't like many thrillers, but I was thrilled by this book. Every element was just fantastic and for me, one of the reasons it was so good was because of how realistic it was. This whole book felt like something that could really happen or may have already happened which made it all the more.. thrilling for lack of a better word. I enjoyed that this book was unapologetically Black. Not only was the main character Black, but the language used was AAVE and Black, and the personalities, were Black and I loved that aspect of the book because it's not seen as often and adds a whole new and important element to diversity in books.
This book had me in all of the dis tew much feels and I loved the way that it ended. I read this book as I was finishing Caste, whose review you can find here, and reading this book with the context of Caste still on my mind just made everything that much more realistic for me. That much more true, that much more of "yup this could happen."
This is the essential spooky season book and one of the best books that I have read this year, and trust me I have been doing a lot of reading this year. If you read nothing else I recommend, outside of Caste, you should read this book.
Zuhri's Final Thoughts
Star Rating: 5 Stars ( how could it be anything less.)
Reading Scenario: A long Saturday with nothing else to do but read and finish this book at once.
Book Club Recommendation: Hell yes!