Book Title: Watch Me
Author: Jody Gehrman
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Fiction
Pub Date: 01/23/18
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?
This big mouth is at a loss for words. Wow. Watch Me is Jody Gehrman’s debut suspense novel? You couldn’t pay me to believe that. Watch Me is intense, scary, and kinda sexy if you like psychopath unilateral romances. Seriously, for this thriller junkie, the romance in this story is exactly what I wanted. #AmIPsychoTho In small town Blackwood, Kate Youngblood is a creative writing professor in the English department at Blackwood College. After her painful divorce, Kate is sinking into a minor depression; a funk or a bump in the road. In her late 30s, she’s fully aware of how life continues on whether you’re happy or not—her best friend is in a committed relationship with a baby on the way, her ex-husband is getting re-married, and her second book’s sales have been flopping. Kate is in a rut and needs to get out of it.
Enter Sam Grist. Sam is a student in one of Kate’s classes, and he is fully enamored by her. He’s exhibiting stalker tendencies, but his behavior is all devoted to Kate and trying to convince her that he’s the one she should be with. Sam is an aspiring writer who fell in love with Kate’s first book, Pay Dirt, and has been idolizing her ever since. Sam has been watching Kate, wanting her, and is now ready to make the move. As Sam enters Kate’s life, they are masked by deception, seduction, and murder.
Watch Me is definitely not going to be for everyone—let me just make that clear now. I usually cannot stand when authors write their stories about writers or people in the “book world”, because I feel like it’s a cheap way to come up with storyline. HOWEVER, Ms. Gehrman (may I call you that?) takes this concept and meticulously aligns it with the plot perfectly. At various points throughout the story, I felt like there was a story-within-a-story concept or even a breaking the fourth wall vibe, which was refreshing and also kind of fun. With this first person POV narrative and plot nuances, it truly immersed me into the story. For the first 60% of the story, you couldn’t pry me away from the book. Literally, I think I brought it into a team meeting at work because I wanted to sneak-in some chapters. When we get to 70% of the story, I was kind of disappointed. I was expecting more sexy, more drama, more over-the-top bizarre behavior. I was begging for more! I wanted this story to keep erupting and although it didn’t go the direction I was praying for, the end was satisfying enough for me to close the book in awe. Jody Gehrman, you have a new fan.