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 d ...more
Kate is a best-selling author. She’s also holding down a second job teaching creative writing at the local college. Newly divorced, Kate desperately struggles to hold onto what little she has, while watching everyone around her move successfully toward fulfilling their dream lives.
Sam is a student, currently enrolled in Kate’s class. He obsesses over his professor-he watches his professor-he wants his professor. In the worst way.
Sam methodically begins worming himself ...more
Not sure what it says about me that I enjoyed spending time in the mind of crazy... there is just something I find enjoyable (for lack of a better word) when people like Sam justify their crazy actions in their own mind....
Sam is definitely completely out of his mind.... he has spent the past five years planning his perfect life with Kate, the problem is Kate and Sam have never even met... Kate is a lesser known author, but after Sam saw her picture on the back of ...more
I’m torn over this one. On the one hand, there’s Sam Grist--he’s one creepy, f*cked up stalker who makes for fascinating reading. And then there is Kate, who’s just kind of meh.
A breakdown of my star rating:
Sam Grist’s character: 5 stars
The plot and Kate’s character: 2.5 stars
Overall star rating: 3.5
The narrative alternates between Sam and Kate’s POV’s.
Sam is a 22 year-old student in Kate’s creative writing course. After reading Kate’s f ...more
Wow this was disturbingly good! I devoured this twisted story with heart-pounding intensity. I was fascinated by the dynamic between the two main characters, Kate and Sam. Kate is a creative writing professor and well-known novelist and Sam is her student. The relationship between these two had me glued to the pages, feeling the tension, anxiety, obsession and paranoia.
The author, Jody Gehrman, did an outstanding job with the narratives! The story is told from bot ...more
Fans of one of the creepiest stalking thrillers I’ve read, You, should thoroughly enjoy my new favorite, Watch Me! Instead of creepy Joe, we had obsessed Sam, and his short chapters alternated with Kate’s, his victim. Have I mentioned how much I love short chapters in thrillers? #justonemorepage #justonemorechapter 💗
As one might expect, this is a dark story filled with twists. The build-up left me feeling anxious, and that’s how I know ...more
I was lost in the creepy, open barren coulee with three of my Traveling Sisters reading Watch Me. We settled in a nice grassy sunny open spot all set to dive into this story of obsession. We soon felt a little exposed and uneasy as we were drawn to the depth of Sam Gist’s intense, obsession for older damaged Kate Youngblood. We started to sweat with the extreme unnerving creepiness we started to feel as we were pulled deeper and deeper into Sam’s mind. The hairs on the back of our necks ...more
Genre: Mystery and Thriller
Setting: Somewhere in Ohio
POVs: Dual, 1st person
Writing style: 4/5
Overall likability of characters: 4/5
Darkness level: (view spoiler)[This is NOT a dark book but it has dark undertones. There aren't any graphic or gory murder/ violence scenes. (hide spoiler)]
Calling all lovers of stalker books! Where are you?!
Okay, so the chemistry between Sam and Kate was steamy! Not just because they were physically attracted to each other but because they unknowing ...more
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 ...more
Obsession...possession.... Can one be without the other?
Sam Grist is a brilliant, erudite man. He has had a tough upbringing but has determined his course in life. At sixteen he had read a book that captured his soul. He has also fallen in love with a picture of its author, Kate Youngblood. For ten years he has plotted and schemed, worked and done everything possible to be with her. He is consumed by her and finally is able to work his way into a writing class Kate is teachin ...more
Sam Gist is a promising student and writer himself. He has a dark talent that comes in second to his dark intentions. He has been wa ...more
"You are an onion I intend to peel, layer by layer. I will love every second of it. Your mystery will yield to me, your dark cocoon penetrated by my patient, steady hands."
I always enjoy stories with obsessive characters. How they stalk their preys, plan for their encounter. How they think about everything, so organized. I know it’s really creepy but what can I say! I like these stories. They're my thing! This one was good too. my complaint is, considering it wasn’t that mysterious I ex ...more
A college English professor and published author, Kate Youngblood is thrilled to discover that she has a very talented student, Sam Grist, in her writing seminar. She has always wanted to discover and nurture a talented younger author with great promise, but little does she know that Sam has been ...more
This is a dark psychological thriller and well worth reading. The main character is Kate Youngblood who is a writing professor at Blackwood college while also trying to make a career as an author. Kate's husband left her for a younger woman and one of her best studen ...more
WATCH ME did not quite work for me, but there is a mystery to solve and I thought the writing good.
In a sleepy college town in Ohio, we have SAM, a dangerous student with secrets, a stalker with an evil mind, and an obsession with both his English teacher KATE and her murder mystery novel.
The prose alternates between SAM and KATE throughout the entire novel with a dual person POV as each protagonist narrates their own story and feelings toward each other and their lives....which was ok...more
Kate Youngblood is a professor teaching creative writing. She has noticed exceptional talent in one of her students. To help his writing skills she spends extra time with him. Crossing an ethical line could have unseen consequences both professional and personal as they ...more
I recently devoured this book while traveling on long flights. Watch Me centers around two main characters: Kate and Sam. Kate, a college professor and author, has hit a difficult time in her life and feeling lost. Sam, a student of Kate’s, wants more from her than just a good grade!
What I absolutely loved about this book: It defines “psychological thriller”. The examination and break down of both characters is excellent. It really gives the reader insight into how they are wired and ...more
I thought that this was quite a good read. It was entertaining and addictive but I'm not very sure if it's a book that is going to stand out against other similar psychological thrillers.
I really liked the character of Sam. I thought he was so cold and aloof and I thought he was quite fascinating. Some of his one-liners and observations about other characters were hilarious and awful. I especially liked how he put on an act for the outside world- how he told us what he conveyed with h ...more
The main protagonist is Kate Youngblood, a late 30 creative writing professor at Blackwood college who is also trying to pursue a career as an author. Kate is divorced as her husband left her for a younger woman. One of Kate’s talented students, Sam Gris ...more
This is told via dual narratives and it changes back and forth between Sam and K ...more
Kate feels like she’s disappearing. Her marriage hit the rocks, her best friend had a baby and is always busy and her career as a writer is going nowhere fast. And then Sam comes along and notices her, pays her the attention she’s been missing for so long.
Now, there are stalkers. And then there is Sam. Who takes things to a completely different level. Sam has been watching Kate for years and has mapped out their entire lives together. He seems to know everything about her and k ...more
Sam’s unhealthy attraction to Kate is foreshadowed early on in this novel and disturbing to say the least. Kate knows the professional boundary between professor-student but that line blurs as she is magnetically drawn to her student Sam Grist. Emotional decisions trump logical ones. I could see the train wreck coming. The story alternates between these two characters ...more
From the first few lines of the synopsis, ...more
Kate Youngblood is becoming invisible. She is a creative writing professor at Blackwood College. She wrote a successful mystery novel several years ago but ever since then things have gone south. Her follow-up novel was not so good. Her husband left her for a woman ten years younger, and her best friend is having her first baby. Kate is just shy of forty, and already she feels as if she is losing her glow, her beauty, her ch ...more
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OK so this book has a SERIOUSLY creepy beginning and it goes on from there. Dark and disturbing for sure.
Watch Me is pretty much your stereotypical stalker book. The stalker obsessing about his prey and fantasizing about the life they will have together when the object of his affection realizes they are in fact, suppo ...more