Watch Me

Watch Me

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

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Title:Watch Me
Author:Jody Gehrman
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Watch Me Reviews

  • Kaceey

    Deliciously creepy!! Wow!

    Kate is a best-selling author. She’s also holding down a second job teaching creative writing at the local college. Newly divorced, Kate desperately struggles to hold onto what little she has, while watching everyone around her move successfully toward fulfilling their dream lives.

    Sam is a student, currently enrolled in Kate’s class. He

    over his professor-he

    his professor-he

    his professor. In the worst way.

    Sam methodically begins worming himself

    Deliciously creepy!! Wow!

    Kate is a best-selling author. She’s also holding down a second job teaching creative writing at the local college. Newly divorced, Kate desperately struggles to hold onto what little she has, while watching everyone around her move successfully toward fulfilling their dream lives.

    Sam is a student, currently enrolled in Kate’s class. He

    over his professor-he

    his professor-he

    his professor. In the worst way.

    Sam methodically begins worming himself into Kate’s life. So chilling you feel like a fly on the wall, watching the events unfold, unable to step in and shout a warning. But does she really need one…?

    The chapters are short, and seamlessly alternate from Sam’s to Kate’s POV with no interruption or repetition. This book gripped me from the beginning. And I devoured it in basically two sittings. I’ve read a few books recently dealing with obsession and stalking, but this one had a different feel to it. You really felt the heat and intensity from both perspectives.

    Jody Gehrman writes a taught, chilling thriller that will leave you breathless and constantly glancing over your shoulder! So well done!

    Highly recommend!

    A chilling Traveling Sister read with Brenda, Lindsay and Mary Beth!:)

    Thank you to Goodreads Giveaway and St Martin’s Press

    For this review and our full Traveling Sister Review please visit Brenda and Norma’s fabulous blog:

  • Brenda

    4.5 Stars

    I was lost in the creepy, open barren coulee with three of my Traveling Sisters reading Watch Me. We settled in a nice grassy sunny open spot all set to dive into this story of obsession. We soon felt a little exposed and uneasy as we were drawn to the depth of Sam Gist’s intense, obsession for older damaged Kate Youngblood. We started to sweat with the extreme unnerving creepiness we started to feel as we were pulled deeper and deeper into Sam’s mind. The hairs on the back of our necks

    4.5 Stars

    I was lost in the creepy, open barren coulee with three of my Traveling Sisters reading Watch Me. We settled in a nice grassy sunny open spot all set to dive into this story of obsession. We soon felt a little exposed and uneasy as we were drawn to the depth of Sam Gist’s intense, obsession for older damaged Kate Youngblood. We started to sweat with the extreme unnerving creepiness we started to feel as we were pulled deeper and deeper into Sam’s mind. The hairs on the back of our necks started to rise and we wanted to run out of the heat and find a shadier less exposed part of the coulee. We became so fascinated with the story we couldn’t move but kept looking over our shoulder with an escape route in mind.

    Watch Me is a highly entertaining, fascinating and disturbing story of the most intense obsession some of us have ever read. Our excitement and uneasiness had us hooked on this one from the very start and we didn’t let go until the very end.

    The story is told by both Sam’s and Kate’s point of view. We had some different reactions to Kate that lead to an interesting discussion for us. Most of us enjoyed Sam’s point of view more and felt his POV was more interesting than Kate’s. Even though we were in the same coulee with this one some of us ended up on different sides of the coulee. We highly recommend.

    Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Jody Gehrman for providing me with a copy to read and review.

    Publication Date January 23, 2018

    Traveling Sisters Review also can be found on our sister blog:

  • Lindsay

    4.5 creepily addictive stars!!

    Wow this was disturbingly good! I devoured this twisted story with heart-pounding intensity. I was fascinated by the dynamic between the two main characters, Kate and Sam. Kate is a creative writing professor and well-known novelist and Sam is her student. The relationship between these two had me glued to the pages, feeling the tension, anxiety, obsession and paranoia.

    The author, Jody Gehrman, did an outstanding job with the narratives! The story is told from both

    4.5 creepily addictive stars!!

    Wow this was disturbingly good! I devoured this twisted story with heart-pounding intensity. I was fascinated by the dynamic between the two main characters, Kate and Sam. Kate is a creative writing professor and well-known novelist and Sam is her student. The relationship between these two had me glued to the pages, feeling the tension, anxiety, obsession and paranoia.

    The author, Jody Gehrman, did an outstanding job with the narratives! The story is told from both Kate and Sam’s alternating POV’s and it truly pulls you into each of their minds. The writing was superb!

    The language does get explicit at times, but I found it perfectly suited this dark and mesmerizing stalker story. There is also an undercurrent of humour throughout that lightened the dark tone of the novel.

    I read this with my Traveling Sisters and we all LOVED it!! This is Gehrman’s debut suspense novel and it is definitely a winner in our eyes! To find this review, along with Brenda and Kaceey’s, please visit Brenda and Norma’s fabulous blog at:

    A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Jody Gehrman for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!!

  • Selene

    Mystery and Thriller

    Somewhere in Ohio

    Dual, 1st person

    4/5

    4/5

    4/5

    Calling all lovers of

    books!

    Okay, so the chemistry between Sam and Kate was

    Not just because they were physically attracted to each other but because they

    Mystery and Thriller

    Somewhere in Ohio

    Dual, 1st person

    4/5

    4/5

    4/5

    Calling all lovers of

    books!

    Okay, so the chemistry between Sam and Kate was

    Not just because they were physically attracted to each other but because they

    complimented one another by sharing the same gritty, raw, and selfish perspective of life.

    Sam reminded me of a slightly watered down version of "Ryan" in Ker Dukey's

    . They shared that same kind of dark humor, charm, dangerous edge,

    and magnetic draw. Some of Sam's thoughts?

    The

    of Sam's thoughts?

    I loved the female protagonist in this story! I didn't agree with all of her viewpoints but she kept me chuckling from page to page with her unapologetic ways of thinking. Some of Kate's thoughts on motherhood?

    I would've rated this story higher if there were graphic scenes mixed in, but this book was a solid four-star read up until the 97% mark. An incident occurred there that had me rolling my eyes with

    and shame for being fully invested in these characters, only to watch the ending amount to . . . that?

    Disappointment doesn't begin to cover how I felt after reading that scene, but hopefully other readers will feel differently.

    It took me several chapters of reading to adjust to the writing style because Sam's POV read like a private journal addressed solely to Kate. After a while, I didn't mind. I also strongly disliked how Sam addressed the reader at the start of this story as well as at the 39% mark. I'm not a fan of narrators speaking directly to the reader, but that's just me. In addition, Kate and Sam sometimes used the exact same terms/ phrases within their inner monologues.

    Fav lines in Kate's thoughts:

    ▣ Overall, I enjoyed these characters!

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  • Berit☀️✨

    Not sure what it says about me that I enjoyed spending time in the mind of crazy... there is just something I find enjoyable (for lack of a better word) when people like Sam justify their crazy actions in their own mind....

    Sam is definitely completely out of his mind.... he has spent the past five years planning his perfect life with Kate, the problem is Kate and Sam have never even met... Kate is a lesser known author, but after Sam saw her picture on the back of

    Not sure what it says about me that I enjoyed spending time in the mind of crazy... there is just something I find enjoyable (for lack of a better word) when people like Sam justify their crazy actions in their own mind....

    Sam is definitely completely out of his mind.... he has spent the past five years planning his perfect life with Kate, the problem is Kate and Sam have never even met... Kate is a lesser known author, but after Sam saw her picture on the back of a book cover, he just knew they were meant to be!

    Sam takes stalking to the next level... however, Kate( who I am assuming is an intelligent woman because she is an English professor) doesn’t seem to clue into this when it seems fairly obvious.... and then even when she does clue in she seems more flattered than anything else, I think this just encouraged Sam even more....

    Ironically I really actually like Sam more than Kate in this book, he did have a certain charm to him(Please keep in mind I have extremely bad taste in men).... Kate was really hard for me to read and very hard for me to relate to, I almost would have preferred a book from only Sam’s perspective.... perhaps then I would have more empathy for Kate..... The very ending to this book was ironic and perfect!

    This book definitely is not for everybody, but if you enjoy twisted, disturbed, and interesting characters, I’d recommend this to you!

    *** i’d like to thank Net Galley and St Martins Press for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review ***

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Fans of one of the creepiest stalking thrillers I’ve read,

    , should thoroughly enjoy my new favorite, Watch Me! Instead of creepy Joe, we had obsessed Sam, and his short chapters alternated with Kate’s, his victim. Have I mentioned how much I love short chapters in thrillers? #justonemorepage #justonemorechapter 💗

    As one might expect, this is a dark story filled with twists. The build-up left me feeling anxious, and that’s how I know I’m

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    Fans of one of the creepiest stalking thrillers I’ve read,

    , should thoroughly enjoy my new favorite, Watch Me! Instead of creepy Joe, we had obsessed Sam, and his short chapters alternated with Kate’s, his victim. Have I mentioned how much I love short chapters in thrillers? #justonemorepage #justonemorechapter 💗

    As one might expect, this is a dark story filled with twists. The build-up left me feeling anxious, and that’s how I know I’m reading a satisfying thriller. 👀

    The only drawback for me? I only wanted to read Sam’s chapters. They were more engaging, and Kate’s somehow made her feel more distant and less intriguing than she might have been if the whole story had been told in Sam’s voice.

    Overall, kudos to Jody Gehrman for a chilling, taut, obsessive thriller!

    Thanks to Jody Gehrman, St. Martin’s Press, and Netgalley for the complimentary copy to review.

  • Mary Beth

    Watch Me is a dark and twisty psychological thriller. It has lots of twists and turns with suspense and shows you how far obsession can go. Kate is a professor at Blackwood College and is an author. She has a lot going for her. Sam also wants to be an author. Sam Grist is Kate's most promising student. But he is not there solely to be the best writer. He's been watching her, wanting her, and has been working his way to her for years. This is a gripping novel exploring intense obsession and illic

    Watch Me is a dark and twisty psychological thriller. It has lots of twists and turns with suspense and shows you how far obsession can go. Kate is a professor at Blackwood College and is an author. She has a lot going for her. Sam also wants to be an author. Sam Grist is Kate's most promising student. But he is not there solely to be the best writer. He's been watching her, wanting her, and has been working his way to her for years. This is a gripping novel exploring intense obsession and illicit attention. What you desire may be the most dangerous thing of all. Sam's writing has a lot of dark themes with twisted plots. How far will he let his obsession go and how far will Kate allow it.

    This was a very fast read. I thought the author did a great job on the characters. They were very well developed. I really got to know the characters very well. I was able to get in the mind of Sam's. He is an extremely creepy psychopath and also a sociopath and does not have any empathy.

    The author really did a great job of his character. It kept me turning the pages to see what he would do next. He was full of hate. Sam's obsession was very scary. He hates his mother but he had a terrible childhood. Some of Sam's thoughts and one liners are jaw dropping. I would not want to meet Sam in real life.

    I thought Kate was a very complicated character. I didn't care for her so much. It just took her too long to realize what a sociopath Sam was. She just seemed to love his attention and enjoyed him watching her. Kate had her own obsession. She just thrives on attention. She didn't seem like she could make her own mind up or make good decisions. One minute she wanted Sam and the next minute she didn't want him. I didn't like her behavior.

    I did find this to be an entertaining story. There were parts that I loved and other parts that I didn't care so much for. It did keep me turning the pages and had to find out what was going to happen next.

    This was a great dark psychological thriller. It was a Traveling Sister read and I really enjoyed reading everyone's thoughts. It was a fun discussion. I recommend this to those that like a creepy psychological thriller.

    I want to thank Netgalley, St. Martin's Press and Jody Gehrman for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Meredith

    A breakdown of my star rating:

    Sam Grist’s character: 5 stars

    The plot and Kate’s character: 2.5 stars

    Overall star rating: 3.5

    The narrative alternates between Sam and Kate’s POV’s.

    Sam is a 22 year-old student in Kate’s creative writing course. After reading Kate’s f

    A breakdown of my star rating:

    Sam Grist’s character: 5 stars

    The plot and Kate’s character: 2.5 stars

    Overall star rating: 3.5

    The narrative alternates between Sam and Kate’s POV’s.

    Sam is a 22 year-old student in Kate’s creative writing course. After reading Kate’s first novel when he was 17, Sam made it his life’s mission to meet Kate and make her fall in love with him. He creates this epic fantasy in which the two of them will fall in love, move to NYC and become famous writers. But Sam’s fanatasy is far removed from reality. He enrolls in Kate’s class, and begins obsessively watching and stalking her.

    Kate’s in a vulnerable position. Recently divorced, finds Sam’s attention exhilarating. She’s aware that he’s watching her and basks in the glory of being “seen” by a younger man. She begins craving his attention more and more, to the point where the two develop an inappropriate relationship.

    But crazy, obsessive stalkers can only function “normally” for so long. The more Sam immerses himself in Kate’s world, the more his obsession grows to the point where goes off the rails and commits several crimes all in the name of "helping" Kate. Even though Kate knows there’s something off about Sam, she still wants him; the way he sees her is like a drug.

    The push and pull between Sam and Kate grows redundant. I loved reading Sam’s chapters--his voice is cold, creepy, and captivating. But Kate’s chapters were irksome, as her character lacks the dynamism of Sam’s.

    I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway!

  • Holly  B

    3.5

    Obsession meets sexual attraction....

    This novel gets into the minds of Kate (a college writing professor) and Sam (her student who is stalking her). Written in alternating first person narratives of Kate and Sam. What made this one different from other "stalker" type novels is that Kate also has an attraction to Sam. This creates a lot of sexual tension and causes Kate to put herself at risk and then has to "check" her ethics and motives. This part intrigued me and set it apart from a run of

    3.5

    Obsession meets sexual attraction....

    This novel gets into the minds of Kate (a college writing professor) and Sam (her student who is stalking her). Written in alternating first person narratives of Kate and Sam. What made this one different from other "stalker" type novels is that Kate also has an attraction to Sam. This creates a lot of sexual tension and causes Kate to put herself at risk and then has to "check" her ethics and motives. This part intrigued me and set it apart from a run of the mill stalker story.

    Sam is a sociopath and has plans to spend the rest of his life with Kate. No matter what! I thought the author did great job with Kate's character, but Sam was lacking some development and his thoughts were somewhat repetitive and limited to his obsession with Kate.

    It is fast paced and starts to get repetitive, but it really picks up in the last third. I liked the end, but also didn't think it was realistic. This has been compared to You by Caroline Kepnes, but it reminded me more of Exquisite by Sarah Stovell. Although I enjoyed this one much more.

    I think fans of stalker stories will enjoy this one and it wasn't overly dark or graphic in my opinion.

    I liked it and would like to read more from this author!

    Thanks to St. Martins and Netgalley for my ARC. Released on January 23, 2018

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