St. Martin's Griffin, 2018
Agent: Jill Marr
For fans of You by Caroline Kepnes and Her by Harriet Lane comes a riveting novel of psychological 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 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.
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?
A gripping novel exploring intense obsession and illicit attraction, Jody Gehrman introduces a world where what you desire most may be the most dangerous thing of all.
"The depiction of his obsession is pitch-perfect, and Kate’s reaction, alternating between desire and fear, strikes a hauntingly realistic note. This is a powerful critique of a superficial society in which only those with youth and beauty command notice—and of what one woman will risk to be truly seen."
"Sharp, twisted, and seductive."
—Jennifer Hillier, author of Creep
"Mesmerizing and provocative…impossible to put down."
—Paula Treick DeBoard, author of Here We Lie and The Drowning Girls?