By – Alyssa Cole
When No One is Watching is an amazing and awkward novel to read. It is additionally hard to describe, and in spite of the fact that it’s being advertised as a thriller, it is just part thriller, and not generally close to the end. It is a combination of different genres to create an incredible message on social equity and improvement.
Sydney Green, a woman in her 30’s, is in a real sense battling to hold onto her mom’s home in Gifford Place, a neighbourhood going through “renewal” in Brooklyn. Companies, apartment suites, and soul-crushing Bougie millennials are moving in and driving out culture and people who fabricated the neighbourhood. Constrained to sell, however not ready to move, Sydney puts together a visit of the neighbourhood that envelops its African roots and a past that is nearly vanishing.
Theo, a white man with a mysterious past, starts up an unlikely friendship with Sydney and turns into her assistant on the visit. As the two start investigating and planning, their neighbours start to vanish. They are both in danger.
The narrative is divided between Sydney and Theo. Both are dynamic characters. Sydney’s resentment at the treachery of what is befalling her neighbourhood radiates off the pages. Her displeasure veils her agony and dread of losing all she has ever known. Then again, Theo’s character is somewhat obscure. He conceals his feelings, thus numerous different things, and is a touch of mystery. He plays the function of the white individual who needs to help the reason, and yet is careless in regards to what’s truly going on.
The story caused me to remain alert, as I wasn’t ever truly sure where things were going, however where it GOES there in an exceptionally outright and clear way. There is a degree of hidden pressure and mystery all through that step by step builds as the narrative advances.
I need to state this book goes off the rails in the last 25% or so. I was thinking whether what was truly happening was all an insane dream, yet it was all genuine. I was somewhat put off by how far Cole went, however then I understood she needed to go in this manner to convey her idea.
This is a timely, provocative, and engaging reading. It’s a page-turner with a message that will, ideally, keep the peruser pondering about racism, history, improvement, and social equity.