When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

When No One Is Watching

Alyssa Cole

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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?

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Racism (17 reviewers), Violence (8 reviewers), Death (5 reviewers), Gun violence (5 reviewers), Police brutality (5 reviewers), Hate crime (4 reviewers), Gore (3 reviewers), Racial slurs (3 reviewers), Addiction (1 reviewer), Body horror (1 reviewer), Confinement (1 reviewer), Cursing (1 reviewer), Slavery (1 reviewer), Torture (1 reviewer), Forced institutionalization (1 reviewer), Blood (1 reviewer), Kidnapping (1 reviewer), Grief (1 reviewer), and Medical trauma (1 reviewer)


Racism (3 reviewers), Violence (3 reviewers), Kidnapping (3 reviewers), Panic attacks/disorders (2 reviewers), Forced institutionalization (2 reviewers), Police brutality (2 reviewers), Addiction (1 reviewer), Cursing (1 reviewer), Gun violence (1 reviewer), Sexual content (1 reviewer), Slavery (1 reviewer), Xenophobia (1 reviewer), Blood (1 reviewer), and Grief (1 reviewer)


Confinement (2 reviewers), Domestic abuse (2 reviewers), Drug use (2 reviewers), Emotional abuse (2 reviewers), Hate crime (2 reviewers), Addiction (1 reviewer), Death (1 reviewer), Drug abuse (1 reviewer), Gun violence (1 reviewer), Infidelity (1 reviewer), Panic attacks/disorders (1 reviewer), Sexual content (1 reviewer), Toxic relationship (1 reviewer), Forced institutionalization (1 reviewer), and Police brutality (1 reviewer)


dark 87%
tense 84%
mysterious 83%
emotional 34%
challenging 25%
informative 22%
adventurous 16%
reflective 12%
sad 12%
funny 8%
inspiring 1%
hopeful 0%
relaxing 0%


medium 47%
fast 38%
slow 13%

Strong character development?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 26% | No: 16%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 48% | Yes: 36% | No: 12% | N/A: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 98% | It's complicated: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 76% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 10%

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