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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  949 ratings  ·  388 reviews
"Riveting, chilling, and page-turning. Be prepared to stay up all night." -- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline

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
Paperback, 308 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Griffin (first published January 18th 2018)
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Deliciously creepy!! Wow!

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
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, net-galley
4.25 seriously disturbing stars

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
Mary Beth
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Watch Me is a dark and twisty psychological thriller. It has lots of twists and turns with suspense and shows you how far obsession can go. Kate is a professor at Blackwood College and is an author. She has a lot going for her. Sam also wants to be an author. Sam Grist is Kate's most promising student. But he is not there solely to be the best writer. He's been watching her, wanting her, and has been working his way to her for years. This is a gripping novel exploring intense obsession and illic ...more
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
Psychological character study of a sociopath and his prey.

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
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 creepily addictive stars!!

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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, kindle-version
4 super creeeeeeepy stalker stars to Watch Me! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 Stars

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
3.9 stars

Genre: Mystery and Thriller
Setting: Somewhere in Ohio
POVs: Dual, 1st person
Writing style: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Overall likability of characters: 4/5
Darkness level: (view 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
Holly  B

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
Sarah Joint
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Deliciously creepy and unnerving, this story is both from the perspective of a young man obsessed with his professor and the woman herself. With each passing year as she gets older, Kate Youngblood feels less and less desirable. Eyes no longer follow her as she walks across a restaurant. She doesn't feel the heavy gaze of men's admiration. Recently separated from her unfaithful husband, she's unsure if she'll ever feel the kind of passion they shared again... until Sam Gist comes along. He's int ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
4.5 oh my god stars!

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
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Kate Youngblood is an Author and College professor whose husband has left her for a younger woman. She is a lonely and sad woman who appears to have only one friend. To add to her melancholy, her second book bombed which was a huge let down as her first novel was a big success. She is just going through life when she notices one of her students taking notice of her.

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
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, netgalley, 2018
3.5 Stars

"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
This is one creepy tale of obsession and stalking. Told from the POV of both the stalked and the stalker, Jody Gehrman takes us right into their thoughts, motives and the way they feel about each other.

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
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really liked the premise of this book. A young female college professor is recently divorced. One of her writing students is stalking her. But he’s hot and he’s a good writer, so she’s drawn to him. “This is Harper Lee and Hunter S. Thompson’s sticky, malformed love child. His work is raw, sloppy, quick. It’s slow where it should be fast and fast where it should be slow. And yet...and yet. There’s something there, the X factor the mark of genius”. Gerhman really sticks the landing when she’s d ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by author Jody Gehrman and to be honest I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first. I was about 20% into the book and then suddenly it had me and I continued reading pretty much straight through.
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
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Watch Me by Jody Gehrman is a book being sold as a psychological suspense for the fans of You by Caroline Kepnes and Her by Harriet Lane. Now I’ve never read Her but I have read You and was a huge fan so of course I must have read that line and immediately grabbed this book to read. By the time I’d gotten around to this one though I quite honestly forgot what the synopsis had held since I’d have my copy a few months waiting until closer to publication to read. Immediately though when starting th ...more
2.5 Stars

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

This big mouth is at a loss for words. Wow. Watch Me is Jody Gehrman's debut suspense novel? You couldn't pay me to believe that. Watch Me is intense, scary, and kinda sexy if you like psychopath unilateral romances. Seriously, for this thriller junkie, the romance in this story is exactly what I wanted. #AmIPsychoTho In small town Blackwood, Kate Youngblood is a creative writing professor in the English department at Blackwood College. After her painful divorce, Kate is sinking into a m ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like your antagonists in the company of Joe Goldberg from You or American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman, look no further than Sam Grist in Watch Me. This is a spine tingling chiller that will have you looking over your shoulder.

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
Nikki Joyce
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!

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
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

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
WATCH ME by Jody Gehrman is a tense dark creepy psychological thriller, dealing with stalking, powerful obsession and illicit attraction. This is my first novel written by the author, Jody Gehrman, and perfect for fans of dark and twisty fiction.

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
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Watch Me put a fresh spin on a classic stalker novel, I liked that it had the creepy, unsettling vibes of books like You but that the person being stalked kind of liked it?! As twisted as that sounds it’s true, Kate enjoyed the attention from Sam even as she knew it was seriously messed up. This one was a total one sitting type of read as I was captivated by the forbidden and warped relationship between Sam and Kate.

This is told via dual narratives and it changes back and forth between Sam and K
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
One word : creepy.

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
Karen R
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
“I move the binoculars up to your face. I’m not a pervert, a Peeping Tom. I am Romeo, gazing up at Juliet by moonlight.” Sam Grist

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
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am such a huge fan of the first person POV narrative style; especially when it comes to getting the inside scoop of an antagonist. Give me a novel with the deepest inner workings of a stalker or a serial killer and I am hooked. I don’t know what this says about me but I know for sure that novels like this keep me up late into the night and on the edge of my seat. Enter, Watch Me, the debut suspense novel by Jody Gehrman (best-known for her chick-lit).

From the first few lines of the synopsis,
A mesmerizing stalker novel that will keep your head in the book.

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
Um, somehow this felt like a knockoff of “You” by Carol Kepnes, which is excellent by the way. Of course, it had some differences and the writing was good but it missed the mark for me. I would however read more from this author.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

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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
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Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of eleven novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her debut suspense novel, Watch Me, was published by St. Martin's Press. Her other adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her Youn ...more

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