Watch Me by Jody Gehrman [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: Watch Me

Author: Jody Gehrman

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Publish Date: January 23, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

Watch Me by Jody Gehrman


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 by Jody Gehrman


Kate is a professor at a small college. She is an intelligent, attractive, and recently divorced author in her late thirties. Sam is a student in her creative writing class. Sam is a charming, smart, and handsome college student in his early twenties. Kate isn’t in the best place in life, and Sam comes along at just the right time. He knows her. Understands her. Wants her.

An intriguing novel about obsession. The story was told from alternating points of view, and I enjoyed reading both Kate’s and Sam’s stories. Kate seemed vulnerable, a bit trusting, and lonely. Sam studied Kate in such a way that was creepy, and he wanted desperately to be in her life. I liked Sam’s character a little more than Kate’s, but both characters could have been a little better developed.

This was a “stay up late to finish” type book. I was curious how far Sam’s obsession would go. I was a little disappointed in the ending, but, overall, it was a good read.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Jody Gehrman:
  1. Watch Me
  2. The Girls Weekend
  3. The Summer We Buried
  4. The Protégé

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