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 gave this one 3.5 stars.
I liked it and would like to read more from this author!
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.
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.