A Gripping Psychological Thriller
By: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publication Date: 1/23/2018
My Rating: 3 Stars (ARC) For fans of dark and twisty psychological thrillers comes 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.
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.
"Mesmerizing and provocative, Watch Me is a riveting tale of a writer, her student, and an obsession that has gone too far. Page by page, Gehrman turns up the tension on a story that is intricately plotted and impossible to put down." —Paula Treick DeBoard, author of Here We Lie and The Drowning Girls
"Her characters are confused, believable and utterly human, which is one of the main reasons the book strikes so many lonely, bewildered and true notes." —Publishers Weekly
"Gehrman's writing is crisp, her observations astute, and her story utterly absorbing and affecting." —Booklist "Sassy and fun." —Kirkus Reviews
"Hauntingly realistic...a powerful critique of a superficial society in which only those with youth and beauty command notice." — Publishers Weekly
"Riveting, chilling, and page-turning. Be prepared to stay up all night." — New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline
"Jody Gehrman's WATCH ME is a mesmerizing, intimate, and utterly terrifying journey inside the mind of a psychopath and his prey. Sam's obsession with Kate will make you uncomfortable, but you won't be able to look away. Sharp, twisted, and seductive, Gehrman has written the ultimate cat-and-mouse thriller." - Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts
About the Author
Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of eleven novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novel Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association's Teen Choice Award. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communications at Mendocino College. Read More