by Alyssa Cole
Narrator: Susan Dalian, Jay Aaseng
Length: 8 hours and 30 minutes
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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?
Narrated by Susan Dalian & Jay Aaseng, When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole, quickly pulled me into this addictive, suspenseful and fascinating story surrounding gentrification. Grab a cup of pumpkin spice and check out my thoughts…
gen·tri·fi·ca·tion (noun) the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste.
Told from the perspective of two unreliable yet intriguing characters, Cole quickly pulled me into the goings on of a little street in historic Brooklyn. The author sheds light on racisms, privilege and history as she pulls us along in this unexpected mystery thriller.
Wow… this was my first experience with Alyssa Cole and her writing is smooth, poignant and twisted.
The story provides two perspectives in alternating chapters. The principal character a black woman named Sydney whose world is falling apart bit by bit. Divorce, moving home, her mother’s illness, debt collectors and now witnessing the strange happenings from her front stoop.
The second perspective is from a white man named Theo, who bought the home across the street with his affluent girlfriend. Only she lives on the first floor with the air conditioning and he lives in the sweltering hot attic with the crappy bathroom.
Research for a local block party has Theo and Sydney working on a project together. They bear witness to strange occurrences, injustice and more…but with two unreliable narrators who can trust who. Eep!
The dynamics between Theo and Sydney were interesting. Their friendship start with mistrust and is hampered by his racist girlfriend. The trust between them builds, but both are keeping secrets and when attraction factors into the equation, it complicates things.
While this was a story about the gentrification of a neighborhood it delivered a suspenseful mystery with clever unthinkable twists. All I can say is find a quiet place, plug in your headphones and devour this!Narrated by Susan Dalian & Jay Aaseng, When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole delivers a suspenseful and fascinating story surrounding gentrification. #audiobook #mystery #thriller Click To Tweet
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