Joe Bliven

When No One Is Watching
By Alyssa Cole


March 10th, 2022

A soapy thriller may not be the best place to examine an issue as sensitive as gentrification, but man was this book fun. The interpersonal drama was up there with my favorite guilty pleasure reads. The insidious conspiracy drama was a great slow burn, revealed just slowly enough to make you keep questioning whether it was all in the protagonist's head. This next sentence contains a vague spoiler: The indictment of real life gentrification along with the reckoning of the fictional gentrifiers was cathartic, which is a good enough accomplishment for a pulpy work of fiction. I really enjoyed this book at every turn. I also had fun rooting against the romantic affair between the two protagonists throughout the book.