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Kyle Broder has achieved his lifelong dream and is an editor at a major publishing house.

When Kyle is contacted by his favorite college professor, William Lansing, Kyle couldn’t be happier. Kyle has his mentor over for dinner to catch up and introduce him to his girlfriend, Jamie, and the three have a great time. When William mentions that he’s been writing a novel, Kyle i
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Zuky the BookBum
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, 3-stars
Oh, I’m so sad I can only give this book a 3 star review. I really wanted to love this one! The synopsis sounds so dark, intense and creepy, but it let me down in that department… almost completely!

The first 40% of this book was definitely enthralling, at times silly and over the top, but still exciting to read. The characters were interesting, the story was moving along nicely and the writing was simple, but not bad. It was about when I got to 50% that I realised I was getting a little bit bore
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Amy
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-arcs
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4.5/5

As most of you know by now, I read a ton of thrillers so I'm always on the lookout for something within the genre that is fresh and unique. I've never read a thriller quite like The Mentor, it has a major literary vibe, it's highly intelligent and very tightly plotted, I loved it!

The premise of this was super interesting to me, I liked the insiders POV into the publishing industry, and as Kyle is an editor, I definitely got a fascinating
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Georgia
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Review can also be found in Chill and read

“The Mentor” is a strong psychological thriller that promises to trouble still waters!

Kyle Broder has become editor at Burke & Burke before reaching 30. It is a lifelong dream and he is more than happy to have achieved that. His author, the one he discovered, has signed a half a million dollar contract and that alone is big news! He is kind of a celebrity!

When his favorite college professor and mentor, William Lansing, contacts him after a decade or
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Reanna
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-reads
This book had promise but it never lived up to it. The title is sort of misleading. The plot isn't revealed until practically the end of the book. The writing was painfully sluggish. For over half the book, I had no idea what the point of anything was.
Margaret Tidwell
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Pump Up Your Book in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

The Mentor by Lee Matthew Goldberg was one of the best books I have read in a while. I am not sure what made me like this book as much as I did but it was one that I didn’t want to put down even when I was at work during the day. One of the people I work with commented that it has been
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Cheryl
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book actually lives up to its hype of being a twisty, nail-biting thriller. While, I may not have bitten my nails, I did lose sleep over this book. You may want to lock your doors and windows and turn on the lights as The Mentor is the stuff of nightmares! The Mentor is the best of both worlds...part horror and part psychological thriller mixed in with a dash of Edgar Allan Poe. I just wanted to read one more page; which turned to another page and another.

Kyle and William were average guys
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Melanie
Lee Matthew Goldberg zags while everyone else seems to be zigging. The Mentor has everything: great sex, rivalries, a psychopath or two or three, a couple of stalkings, a squad of cannibals, and a herd of clueless sheep.

I won't say much because all the twists are evenly distributed and frequent. The risk of a rogue spoiler is too great.

I will say this, the novel within a novel was fascinating. I couldn't wait to read the end of Professor William Lansing's fictional book, Devil's Hopyard. While
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Lee Goldberg
“A dark, whirling, and gripping book, The Mentor pulls you in from the very first page. Goldberg is a masterful storyteller and this tale of jealousy and ambition is one that will stay with you long after you're done.” ―Jennifer Close, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses and The Smart One

“Another title for Lee Matthew Goldberg's newest literary thriller, The Mentor, could be 'Writer Beware.' Hitchcock himself couldn't concoct a more insidious story. Goldberg has created a
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Emily
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: x2017
Man...this book was almost good. The bones are there, but it's like a really good writer gave an outline to a really bad writer and the bad writer did his best with the story but his terrible writing ruined it. And then the good writer read it and flipped a table because the bad writer botched what could have been a great story. Or something. Bah humbug.
Farhan
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
The fact that it's the author's debut effort shows on every page. What could have been an engaging, disturbing read was rendered boring and predictable due to repetitive writing, flat characters, and heavy-handed storytelling.
Moisés
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book that is difficult to put down. The plot grows more and more sinister with every page. Pick up a copy, and be prepared to be engulfed by this bone-chilling story!
Burnie Lancaster
Sep 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
CRAP!!!!!!!
Kelley H.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Started skimming this about halfway through. The premise was interesting enough that I wanted to see how it would end, but the writing was flat.
Gayle Pace
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
MY THOUGHTS
Kyle Broder has always dreamed of being a book editor and now his dream has come true, not only that but he's at a major publishing house. Kyle has been mentored by William Lansing, his college professor. Kyle, his girlfriend, Jamie and his mentor have dinner together and things go great. In conversation, William talks about the novel he's writing. Kyle wants to read it, but as Kyle reads he discovers it is badly written but that's not the bad part. It is depraved, absolutely terribl
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Bridget Hopper
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Professor William Lansing has been writing a novel for a long time and is itching to be discovered. When he reads the paper and sees Kyle Broder's name along with an article about Kyle's newest book deal, he is in awe. You see, William was Kyle's mentor during collage and helped Kyle through a tough time. A time that Kyle would like to forget.

Maybe this is William's chance to finally make a name for himself. He decides to call Kyle in the hopes that his manuscript will finally receive the attent
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Lee Goldberg
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Review “A dark, whirling, and gripping book, The Mentor pulls you in from the very first page. Goldberg is a masterful storyteller and this tale of jealousy and ambition is one that will stay with you long after you're done.” ―Jennifer Close, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses and The Smart One

“Another title for Lee Matthew Goldberg's newest literary thriller, The Mentor, could be 'Writer Beware.' Hitchcock himself couldn't concoct a more insidious story. Goldberg has cr
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Andrea Guy
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't always read thrillers, but when one has such a great premise as this one, I have to dive in, and OMG this one was fabulous.

This is a literary thriller. I have to say I love books about people who create books or get books to readers. Books about books = joy.

The principal characters are all intriguing. Kyle and his backstory are exceptionally so, especially as you see his life tied in to the novel that Professor Lansing wrote. As the story goes on, you really sit on the edge of your seat
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Sean Gill
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Definitely a page turner, I read it in about a day. It reads like a fable, perhaps parody, of the publishing/literary world. I'm sure I missed a number of the clever literary references - but I wonder how intentionally satirical the book is meant to be. Given the tone, it is hard to take the major characters too seriously, which lowers the stakes by the end. A few loose ends aren't really resolved. William (the mentor) is pretty much a cartoon, although the very-META interplay between the narrat ...more
Ben
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knuckle-biting psychological thriller about a rising young agent increasingly distressed by his old English professor's interference in and destruction of his life. There were some truly head scratching moments (why did his girlfriend insist he read a sickeningly sadistic 1000 page script in its entirety before passing judgment?), but overall a good tense read.
Ann Plutzer & Arthur Plutzer
A joy to read

This mystery has twists and turns a nd at each junction you will be both surprised and delighted as I am by the breadth of the writer's accurate depiction in a whole range of subjects. His settings of the new York city publishing world and the small-town academic world are spot on to marvel at while you are gripped by the mystery.
Jess
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
After reading this novel, I would give it a 3.5. I thought it was very thrilling, especially at the end. I also could not stop reading, even if I was disgusted by the novel's villain. There were times where I was disinterested, however, overall this story is a chilling read. It also makes me hope that I will never have any issues with my beloved professors later in life.
Hannah
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eye-catching read, but not super memorable.

The concept of the story was great and it is a very interesting read. However, there are points where the plot and writing almost seems like a Lifetime movie. I do recommend this book as a beach read, but not a book that you want to read twice
Janyne
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, suspense
Four stars. This is a well done thriller/suspense/horror book. If you are into that, definitely read this. It was really well done and so creepy that it bordered on disturbing for me. Definitely read past the first few chapters, it really gets going after that.
Leslie
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Very good, but I'm still being stingy with my 5's.
Kerry
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was pleasantly surprised by this book. Definitely recommend.
Andrea Noronha
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
riveting book. keeps you on the edge of your seat. I wanted to give up on this book so many times, but something just kept me going. Good writing does that to you
Barbara Nutting
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a five star book - very well plotted and written - but I had to knock off a star because of the gruesome gore - I had to skip reading it it was so sickening.
Julia Connor
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5

Ironically poorly edited, considering the main character, and a little too reliant on derivative sources. I wanted to love it but just couldn’t.
Joshua
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whew! What a ride as I read this one, and though it took me longer to get through it for some reason; I must stress that Mr. Goldberg is a very talented writer, and for this to be his second novel I have to check out his first. For this review, I'm going to keep it fairly short in that the overall story is just right where it needs to be regarding its stated genre on the cover -- a thriller. However, there are many instances of contemporary literary fiction within this book in that it touches up ...more
Mariora
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Highly entertaining and suspenseful.
I even loved the ending!
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Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR from St. Martin’s Press with the film in development. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The first two books in a thriller series, THE DESIRE CARD and PREY NO MORE, are forthcoming from Fahrenheit Press in 2019. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeli
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