Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 23rd 2018
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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 watching Kate, making observations about her, wanting her and inserting himself in her life. Soon Kate has noticed Sam and has also noticed that she gets a thrill out of his attentions. But she is his professor and they are living in a small town. She needs to remain a professional and attempt to move on and rebuild her life. Sam is not deterred. He is determined to be in her life and continues to insert himself into situations where he will have contact with Kate.
This book is told through both characters POV in alternating chapters. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if the book was mostly Sam’s POV with maybe Kate’s POV told in the beginning, middle and end of the book. Sam is a creepy, troubled person and his story was much more interesting. I also found I wanted more backstory on him and his mother. I felt there were some plot holes here. I also wanted to know what she knew about a character from the past who disappeared as she questions him this individual.
Dare I say that I wished this book had been darker and creepier. If Sam has a dark and violent past, let’s see him go a little more over the edge in this. I found that obsession books have been done before and this didn’t bring anything new to the table. Sam was interesting character. I found Kate to be flat and a little boring. The writing in this book is good but I found that I wanted more – more of Sam’s backstory and more drama.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.