Watch Me, Jody Gehrman

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher *

Author: Jody Gehrman
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 320
Format: DRC
Publisher: Paperback
Watch Me

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?

This book is creepy. It makes me distrust every person who is ever going to pay a bit more attention than socially acceptable in the future.
I liked Kate. She just lost her husband to a person she does not like and her best friend is having a baby. I liked how her true thoughts where not hidden. The fact she did not really like her friend having a baby and the realisation that it might not be accepted to be angry at a baby but being it anyway was refreshing. I like how she was trying to keep herself going despite the fact that she was clearly very lonely. Often a character in her situation ends up being depressed and seeing no way out and the whole world is bad but Kate fought to stay on her feet as best as she could.
Sam is a different story. He is to scary and crazy to say I like you but it was possible to follow his train of thoughts and why he did what he felt he had to do. What I did miss was a proper explanation for his behaviour. It is clear he is damaged but this amount of psycho behaviour is not only the upbringing. I cannot imagine there was not a psychological trigger somewhere which is not really developed.
The story clearly builds to a climax but the atmosphere did not always grab me. There are some really tense scenes but at other moments this book is easy to put away. Still a very good read for a rainy day.
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