Watch Me contains a high measure of creepy and was a fast read (I read it in a day) but …
Muddling through her late 30s as a creative writing professor, Kate Youngblood feels like she is disappearing. Sam Grist is Kate’s most promising student, but he’s not there solely to be the best writer. He’s been watching and wanting her for years. Yes, years! Sam wants her no matter the cost.
The entire time I was reading Watch Me, I felt this underlying measure of intensity, creepiness and anxiousness. Sam’s character is written so well that I turned the pages eager to know what he would do next. However, Sam’s story contains a good deal of repetition, as if the author was going for a word count and not depth. I didn’t like Kate’s character at all. She bugged me because I couldn’t relate to her. I’m a woman in my late 30s and I could not see myself acting like she did.
When I closed this book, I was left feeling incomplete. There were some points regarding Sam’s past that I wish had been explored further and the ending felt anti-climactic after the build-up throughout. That being said, all the main points of the story were satisfactorily closed, this reader just wanted a little bit more.
Watch Me was good enough that I’ll be checking out future works by Ms. Gehrman. Fans looking for their next read featuring a character that gives you chills should grab this one.
Thank you St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the advanced copy.
Rating: 3 stars
Title: Watch Me
Author: Jody Gehrman
Release Date: January 23, 2018