Watch Me by Jody Gerhman @StMartinsPress


Author : Jody Gerhman
Title : Watch Me
Pages : 320
Publisher : St. Martin’s Press
Publication date : January 23, 2018


Kate Youngblood is disappearing. Muddling through her late 30s as a creative writing professor at Blackwood college, she’s dangerously close to never being noticed again. The follow-up novel to her successful debut tanked. Her husband left her for a woman ten years younger. She’s always been bright, beautiful, independent and a little wild, but now her glow is starting to vanish. She’s heading into an age where her eyes are less blue, her charm worn out, and soon no one will ever truly look at her, want to know her, again.

Except one.

Sam Grist is Kate’s most promising student. An unflinching writer with razor-sharp clarity who gravitates towards dark themes and twisted plots, his raw talent is something Kate wants to nurture into literary success. But he’s not there solely to be the best writer. He’s been watching her. Wanting her. Working his way to her for years.

As Sam slowly makes his way into Kate’s life, they enter a deadly web of dangerous lies and forbidden desire. But how far will his fixation go? And how far will she allow 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 knows exactly which buttons to push to make his way into her life.

As far as the characters go, Kate utterly confused me and I couldn’t figure her out at all. Sam, on the other hand, is someone you can’t help feeling for, which is all kinds of weird. There was an intriguing backstory to his life that may have given more answers but unfortunately, I felt that wasn’t explored as much as it could have been done. Still, the chapters written from his perspective were incredibly gripping, albeit it sometimes slightly repetitive, and give a fascinating insight into how his stalker mind works.

After reading this, I may just walk the streets and continuously look over my shoulder to make sure nobody is watching me. There’s such a threatening and terrifying vibe throughout this story and as a woman, it’s sadly too easy to imagine being in this situation. This is a deeply unsettling story and a slightly different approach to the stalker genre so if that’s your thing, this may the book for you.

My thanks to Meghan at St. Martin’s Press for my review copy.

Watch Me is out now!

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  11 comments for “Watch Me by Jody Gerhman @StMartinsPress

  1. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    January 23, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I have this one, but not sure how I’m going to feel about it. Some have compared it to YOU by Caroline Kepnes and I couldn’t finish it because it was too much for me. I guess we’ll see… I enjoyed your review!

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    • January 23, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Personally, I thought You was better than this one. I quite liked Joe, in a weird sort of way 😄

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  2. January 23, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I loved this book!! Yes, it’s very creepy, but that’s what I liked about it!

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  3. January 23, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I agree with you about Kate. I couldn’t figure her out but I did like the creepy vibe in the book. Great review.

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    • January 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Glad it wasn’t just me. I sort of understand the desperation and forbidden fruit thing, I suppose, but at the first inkling something is off, I’d run a mile! 😄


  4. January 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Oooh this does sound creepy maybe one to read in the summer time when it’s lighter in the evenings!

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  5. January 23, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    I do love a good creepy novel so this one is one I need to look out for

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  6. January 24, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Ooh creepy! Love the sound of this and great review! 😁

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  7. January 28, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    I read Meggy’s review of this one a little while back and the only thing I thought was exactly that- creeeepy! 😀
    Not sure I’ll want to read this though.. stalker stories hit a sore spot for me.. bleh! *I still have the ‘evidence’ from 11 years ago just in case the bastard should emerge and make their promises to cut me into pieces come true*- Hey! I could write my own stalker book!

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    • January 29, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Bloody hell, girl! That’s so scary! I doubt I’d want to read a book on this topic if I had first-hand knowledge. But yes, write your own! I’d read it! 😄😘

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