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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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published February 2017)
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Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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THE MENTOR by Lee Matthew Goldberg is an intense psychological thriller. Literary references, a cynical look into the book publishing industry and a college literary professor who dreams of immortal fame. A twisted and dark page-turner. (This thriller is not for the squeamish.)

Kyle Broder is a young New York house editor who has a new deal with a debut author that has put him in the limelight. The publicity is noticed by college pr
Zuky the BookBum
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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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
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
Helen Power
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Kyle earns a prestigious position as an editor at a large New York publishing house, he's surprised and delighted to hear from his favourite professor from his college days.  Apparently, Professor William Lansing has been writing a novel these last ten years, and he asks if Kyle would consider publishing it.  Kyle is thrilled to be the first to read this novel, but that excitement is short lived. It's a thousand pages of horribly written depravity.  Kyle tries to let his prof
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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“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 so,
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
Kathryn in FL
Oct 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Depraved. Horror. Human Cannibalism and Animal Mutilation -Trigger Warning.

Psychopathic manic destroys those around him.

Yeah, I had to abandon this at page 176, I don't apologize for that either. In fact, I have no idea why I didn't ditch this debauched trash much sooner, as it was just plain evil decorated as a story regarding a psychopath (job well done). I am not talking about it just being scary, it was utterly depraved, sick, demonic, these terms all apply. It was not entertaining, it was
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
Sep 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Anne Carty
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Honestly I didn’t read very much of this synopsis but I knew I wanted to read it so I asked for a review copy and to be a part of this blog tour.

I had no idea what was going to happen in this book but let me tell you I was captured from chapter one. I read this book in two sittings while in a reading slump. Yep this book got me out of an eleven day reading slump.

We follow mainly two characters the old student Kyle and the mentor William. As the synopsis tells us William is a bit unhinged and los
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
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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. ...more
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“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
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.
Isobel Blackthorn
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Lee Matthew Goldberg’s The Mentor is a tense, dark, psychological thriller. It starts in the urbane world of an upwardly mobile young professional, and descends, step by terrifying step, into a nightmare world of depravity and murder. It is a thriller that cuts across genres and works on many levels. There is a nail-biter of a crime mystery, which keeps the reader hooked from deceptive start to gruelling finish, with twists and turns that leave them wondering what is real and what isn’t. There i
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
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
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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. ...more
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. ...more
Jul 31, 2017 added it
Wow. That was creepy. Definitely one of those books that I will never read again. Add that one to my donate pile. That being said, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and my heart was definitely racing.
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!
Aug 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Too dark and convoluted for my taste. Got halfway through before giving up.
De Gevallene
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The hero of this novel (not, I have to say, particularly interesting – in this novel, as so often, the devil gets the best lines) is a nice enough young man. And the devil, as it turns out, is his old college mentor.
He certainly doesn’t need his mentor to return, though the suggestion of a meeting is quite flattering, and the old professor is charming. And of course, behind the self-effacing charm, there is a favour to call in – our hero works in publishing, and the professor has a novel, ten y
Gayle Pace
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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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I don’t read thrillers often but this one caught my eye because it has a manuscript at its heart and an editor as one of the main characters. I also love the dichotomy offered by the title of the novel and the storyline the synopsis glimpses at – who is a mentor? And how obligated is one to make someone they used to know, someone they looked up to, happy?

When William approaches his student, Kyle, to read (and hopefully publ
The Horror Report -Angela
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Luckily, this was another book sent to me from Blackthorn Book Tours. And what a whopper it was! First of all, it’s not epically long, just the opposite. Second, it has this whole crime show drama/thriller/Tales from the Crypt kind of thing going on. SO worth reading.

I’m not going to give a whole lot of information about what happens but, I will give you a quick little rundown of the premise, just so you know what you’re getting.

This story is about a young man named Kyle Broder and his former pr
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
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5 out of 5.
This is a briliant psychological thriller which spirals from a sedate, rather smug, beginning through a nightmare core, to a very troubling conclusion.

Kyle is a fine young yuppy, living the dream – almost. He’s a successful editor at a publishing company. He’s just signed up a fantastic new talent who is expected to take the publishing world by storm. He’s had a promotion. Then along comes his old mentor, an apparently mild, benign old English professor, William Lansing, w
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 c
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
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Mentor is one of those stories that sounds intriguing, and then it sort of sucks you right in. There's a lot going on, and the more you read on, the crazier things get. It's an intense thrill-ride through the mind of a madman.
The story follows Kyle, a new editor at a publishing house, and William, Kyle's old college professor and mentor. William has been writing what he thinks is the next great bestseller for the last ten years, and he wants Kyle to read it and help him get it published. The
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
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Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE ANCESTOR, THE MENTOR, THE DESIRE CARD and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar. His first YA series RUNAWAY TRAIN is forthcoming in 2021 along with a sci-fi novel ORANGE CITY. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Lit

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