Friday, March 9, 2018

A Gripping Psychological Thriller: Watch Me (Review)

"Riveting, chilling, and page-turning. Be prepared to stay up all night." -- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline

For fans of dark and twisty psychological thrillers, Watch Me is a riveting novel of 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.

Except one.

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
Jody Gehrman
Pub Date: 1/23/18
St. Martin's Press
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Rating: 3/5
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Jody Gehrman walks readers through a story of obsession and desire. Watch Me follows young, brilliant writing student Sam Grist as he shares his observations of his teacher, Kate Youngblood.

Kate is oblivious of Sam's obsessive stalking so when he shows up randomly and focuses all his attention on her, she's caught between doing the right thing or giving into temptation. It's interesting how the story not only reflects both Kate and Sam's point of views, but Sam's point of view is written as though he's speaking to Kate instead of readers. It gives the story that much more of a creepy, thrilling sensation.

I though the story was just fine. While everything is falling away from Kate, she kind of let it shatter around her. I didn't think she was a compelling or redeeming character. I can't recall one thing she did to help herself. In fact, the weird guy following her around was much more interesting because I wanted to know what motivated him and what took him over the edge. I enjoyed reading Watch Me, but by the end I was just ready to move on to the next read.
*ARC provided in consideration for review*
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