Joy Fielding

Someone Is Watching

Random House / 2015

Inspired by the voyeuristic suspense of Rear Window, the New York Times  bestselling author of Shadow Creek  and See Jane Run, Joy Fielding, tells the pulse-pounding story of a woman caught in a dangerous web of deceit.

Deeply shaken after a brutal attack, Bailey Carpenter struggles to reclaim control over what had once seemed like a neatly-ordered life. Unable to face her job, her friends, or even the world outside her apartment, Bailey is trapped with her thoughts, replaying the attack in a desperate search for a detail that will help the police uncover the identity of her unknown assailant. Bailey sees her attacker in the face of every stranger, and is unable to trust anyone other than her half-sister, Claire, and Claire’s snarky teenage daughter Jade. To pass the time in her lonely apartment, Bailey plays with the binoculars she once used in her career as a private investigator, scanning the high-rise buildings around hers for entertainment. She quickly discovers a favorite source: a handsome, wealthy playboy in the apartment across the street. But as she watches him strut around his bedroom, she starts to wonder if he’s putting on a show - with her as his intended audience. Looking out the window late one night, she sees him looking tauntingly right back at her, binoculars in hand. Could it be the assailant she’s been so desperate to identify has been right there, watching her, the whole time? The police, exasperated after Bailey’s many paranoid false alarms, believe she’s crying wolf, and Claire tries to convince her she’s wrong. Doubting her own sanity, Bailey has only Jade left to turn to, and together the two hatch a dangerous plot to discover just what exactly is going on in the apartment across the way.

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What Critics Say

“This modern and equally chilling take on Hitchcock’s Rear Window will keep you up well into the night.”
Zoomer Magazine
“The mystery is not the point in Fielding’s work: A page-turning ride with a likable protagonist is, and here, she succeeds admirably.”
Kirkus Reviews
“This engrossing standalone from bestseller Fielding makes you care about Bailey Carpenter. . . . The characters pulsate with life, and there are a few shocks in store-for Bailey and the reader-before the denouement. And the presence of Jade, Claire's outspoken teen daughter, blows everyone else off the page.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] gripping, fast-paced psychological thriller reminiscent of Rear Window  and the works of Lisa Gardner.”
“Joy Fielding’s latest follows an investigator trying to recover from a violent attack. Too traumatized to leave home, she discovers a new menace close by.”
National Enquirer
“Alfred Hitchcock's famous Rear Window  is the inspiration for a thriller that builds upon a favorite theme, transcending the risk of the voyeur in a plot that ratchets up the mystery and the consequences.”
Curled Up With a Good Book
Someone Is Watching  gripped me from the first to the very last page. Bailey Carpenter is a heroine who's both victim and warrior woman, a fascinating sleuth who will linger with you long after you've finished this thrilling read.”
Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Die Again
“Joy Fielding has long been a go-to author for me. She never fails to deliver an edge-of-your-seat read, and with her patented blend of complex characters and escalating suspense she is in top form here. I highly recommend Someone Is Watching.”
Karen Robards
“Joy Fielding pens a spiraling tale of paranoia and suspense, as sultry as a Miami night. Readers will find a heroine to root for, scold, and ultimately adore in Bailey Carpenter. Though comparisons to Rear Window  will inevitably arise, Fielding has created something even more remarkable: a modern-day Gaslight in which both cat and mouse are real, flawed, and eminently relatable.”
Jenny Milchman
“The first of this excellent entertainer's thrillers I've read in a while, and what a pleasure to be reminded how good she is. It starts with a close-up point-of-view character (our narrator, in fact) you don't like much. Then, just as you're getting really fed up with this woman it raises such hell with her that you can't help beginning to feel for her. And then her struggles grow her in such a way that you root for her gladly as the suspense winds tighter and tighter. Really shrewdly done, tense and gripping.”
Sullivan County Democrat