Watch Me by Jody Gehrman

Watch MeKate 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?

Review

The idea of being stalked has always scared me. Can you imagine what it would be like to have someone watch your every move, obsess over you and wrap their minds on some crazy fantasy about you? Scary thought! This is the world that Kate found herself in. She is an author and a college professor. Sam is a student in her writing class and he is totally obsessed with her.

The story is narrated through the two POVs. Sam’s narration, for the most part, is written almost like diary entries or letters addressed to Kate. His thoughts are dark and obsessive. Kate’s narration is also interesting. Readers get to see how an innocent attraction soon turns deadly.

I liked the premise of this book. The first chapters were captivating as the stalking escalated. I looked forward to the inevitable explosion when the characters, especially Kate, wisen up to who Sam really was. At the same time, I wanted to see what Sam would do. There were a couple of tense moments as Sam’s obsession escalated. However, I felt like the pace really slowed down towards the end. Sam’s obsession became the main focus of the narrative and not much else was going on. My interest started waning off towards the end and I ended up not enjoying the final 100 pages as much as the rest of the book.

In the end, I am still undecided about this book. I liked the premise and the writing. There are phrases that I really liked such as this one, ‘to be seen, to be savored, is a gift’. It took me two evenings to read the book. I couldn’t wait to get home from work on both evenings to get back to the book. However, there a few things that nagged me about the story. I didn’t like the two main characters and feel like I didn’t understand the motives behind their actions. Kate especially did a lot of things that made it hard to connect with her. I guess what I am trying to say is that I liked the book but not as much as I expected.Watch Me by Jody Gehrman is still an interesting, stalker novel that I’d recommend to fans of this genre.

 

23 thoughts on “Watch Me by Jody Gehrman

  1. Great review Diana! I totally understand where you’re coming from because I’ve felt the same way with several books this last few months! There’s nothing that disappoints me more than not enjoying the last pages of a book as much as I had been enjoying the previous ones!

    1. This one really started out with a bang the more I got to know the characters, the lesser invested I became in the story. I liked the creepy feel though but I wish there was more to the narrative.

  2. This sounds very unputdownable! It’s a shame that the motivations weren’t clear on the characters. That would have made it a better thriller. But overall, sounds fun and creepy enough to read when I’m looking for a dark read.

    1. I definitely recommend it especially if you are looking for a stalker thriller. I think I just didn’t connect with the characters at all. I didn’t like them and that is part of the reasons why I didn’t understand their motivations. I wish it was different though since the premise is quite good.

    1. I also liked the stalker subject and Sam reminded me of Joe from the series You. He was so creepy but kinda fascinating so I couldn’t wait to see what he would do though. The premise of this book was certainly interesting 🙂

  3. You can apparently start of too good 🙂 and the ending just can’t touch the beginning of a novel. Motives are really important too for me and if they’re not well developed, that annoys me too so I completely understand your take on this. I’m happy you reviewed this novel!

    1. Thanks Inge. I know most books start out slow and then end with a bang but this felt like it took the opposite direction for me. I couldn’t put it down and first but then the characters just stopped making sense to me. The writing still carried me to the end though and I liked the creepy feel of the story 🙂

    1. I read this book because it was compared to You. I really enjoyed that series too and can’t wait for the third book already. However, this one didn’t meet my expectations especially in the final pages. Others seem to have enjoyed it though so maybe its just me.

  4. Great review Diana. I initially passed on this and then saw a few really great reviews and decided to give it a go. Need to start it soon, sometimes I don’t like stalker stories if they are too creepy, so we’ll see.

    1. I hope that you will enjoy it more than I did. I have also read some really positive reviews so I am in the minority here although I did enjoy the first part of the book and the creepy aspect. Its not too creepy though(in my opinion) so I hope it will be okay for you.

  5. Stalking is definitely scary to read (and hopefully I will never have to experience haha).. but it does gives me an adrenaline rush reading it. One I like best is I See You by Clare MacKintosh. Have you read it? I’m glad the story drawn you in enough to want to turn the pages but that’s too bad that it lacked in character developments. I hope your next read is better for you 🙂 Excellent review as always!

    1. I have heard so much about I See You but I can’t seem to find a copy of the book. That one is definitely on my TBR though.

      Thank you Jasmine 🙂

  6. Nice review Diana. You enjoyed this one more than I did, I just couldn’t bring myself to care about the characters in here at all and kept thinking about You the entire time, seemed a bad copy of that book to me.

    1. I can see why it reminded you of You. I think for me Sam just doesn’t compare with Joe at all. He lacked the extra creepiness, darkness and charm that made Joe a ‘likeable’ serial killer. However, my main issue with this one was Kate. I just didn’t get her. Otherwise, I can’t resist a stalker story 🙂

      1. You’ve actually nailed my problems with it exactly. I just didn’t like either one of them at all and missed that spark that Joe had that made people almost want to root for him, he was funny and charming in a way along with his creepiness.

  7. I feel what you’re saying Diana, I gave this a try because it was compared to YOU but I just couldn’t get into the writing style and I wasn’t interested in listening to Sam’s obsession which is weird because I loved Joe’s craziness in YOU. Just goes to show the same topic can work or not depending on the author. Hope your next book is a page turner!

    1. I totally agree with you. The concept for the two books is quite similar but Joe and Sam were totally different. I was interested in his narrations at first but at some point, I felt like he just got repetitive and I just wasn’t drawn to him like I was to Joe. The stalker idea was great but I think that the characters in this one didn’t work out as well as the ones in You.

      Thanks Renee 🙂

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