Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 23rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Psychological, Thriller
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For fans of You by Caroline Kepnes and Her by Harriet Lane comes a riveting novel of psychological suspense about how far obsession can go.
Kate Youngblood is disappearing. Muddling through her late 30s as a creative writing professor at Blackwood college, she’s dangerously close to never being noticed again. The follow-up novel to her successful debut tanked. Her husband left her for a woman ten years younger. She’s always been bright, beautiful, independent and a little wild, but now her glow is starting to vanish. She’s heading into an age where her eyes are less blue, her charm worn out, and soon no one will ever truly look at her, want to know her, again.
Sam Grist is Kate’s most promising student. An unflinching writer with razor-sharp clarity who gravitates towards dark themes and twisted plots, his raw talent is something Kate wants to nurture into literary success. But he’s not there solely to be the best writer. He’s been watching her. Wanting her. Working his way to her for years.
As Sam slowly makes his way into Kate’s life, they enter a deadly web of dangerous lies and forbidden desire. But how far will his fixation go? And how far will she allow it?
A gripping novel exploring intense obsession and illicit attraction, Jody Gehrman introduces a world where what you desire most may be the most dangerous thing of all.
Watch Me is one those stories that make you think. Not everyone intentions are in the right place all the time. And wow, does this one take an interesting twist. Kate Youngblood has been offered a pretty amazing job, teaching other to write as a professor at the Blackwood College. Being a creative writer is in her blood, and this new job allows her to do what she loves. She has one student who stands out though, and she decides to give him some extra help with his writing. He also happens to be a fans of her recent book. There is an attraction there, a line that shouldn’t be crossed. And this is where the trouble begins. Only, he has already been obsessing over her for some time.
This is told from alternating POV’s from Kate and Sam, the stalker. Seeing Kate’s life through her eyes and also seeing Kate through Sam’s eyes was quite interesting. Kate’s characters however fell a little flat for me and I wasn’t able to connect with her. I felt for her at a few points in the story, but at the same time I questioned her actions. I have to admit, I was more intrigued by Sam. And he was a stalking, obsessive and all around disturbing man. His level of stalking was a whole new level. There was suspense and creepy stalker-ish moments, and how he managed to worm his way into her everyday life, but even now I am still on the fence with the whole obsession thing with Sam when it came to Kate. As well as some of the things that Kate did when it came to Sam and things she allowed to happen. Maybe it the age difference, and the way they met. Just can’t put my finger on it. The ending, I would say was kinda fitting, and fairly how I expected it to end.
Overall, this was an okay read for me, I wanted more from the characters but the writing did keep me reading. I would say for fans of thrillers to give this one a go, it does has it’s eerie moments. And for the most part, it was pretty good.
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