Author: Jody Gehrman
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published: St. Martin’s Press, January 23, 2018
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.
I’m delighted. A little creeped out, but still riding the exhilaration from this dark, twisted-and yes- sexy story.
WATCH ME started off pretty straightforward. A young man who’s obsessed with his college professor succumbs to the darkness inside him. An English professor who thinks she’s fading away in the eyes of men, and of literary success, is spiraling down a dangerous path following her young and handsome student’s obsession. I guess there are a lot of ways to describe this book, and although they’d all do justice to the story, you still need to read it on your own to fully grasp the easy flow of this psychological thriller.
This wasn’t a hit-you-on-the-head kind of thriller though. It was subtle in its darkness and violence and horror. Kate’s character was what connected me to the story the most, because she represents the chase for youth, that nostalgia you feel when thinking about the past, and how irrational and impulsive you could afford to act and get away with it because you had all the time in the world still.
There’s also no denying this read had a sexy undertone to it. The attraction between Kate and Sam is undeniable. I wouldn’t normally think of sexy when it comes to thrillers, but I guess every once in a while a book comes along and reminds you that a fatal attraction can make an erotic read.
I wouldn’t be lying if I said I could hardly put it down. I was so invested in the characters of Sam-the student- and Kate-the teacher. I wanted to know what they thought, what they felt, how they were going to react, and what would happen to them in the end. How their story would end. Like I said, it looks like a pretty straightforward thriller but it grasps you. It is so easily read that if you enjoy psychological thrillers, or thrillers in general, you’d breeze through this easy. And enjoy it. This is a damn good debut novel and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more thrillers from Jody Gehrman.
Highly recommended, I’m adding five spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.
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