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I've been watched all my life. I'm used to being stared at. Observed. Followed. Fame and obsession collide in this darkly twisted novel from an incredible new voice in suspense. SOMEONE IS WATCHING Washed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, an I've been watched all my life. I'm used to being stared at. Observed. Followed. Fame and obsession collide in this darkly twisted novel from an incredible new voice in suspense. SOMEONE IS WATCHING Washed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, and her sister was never heard from again. But all this time, someone's been waiting patiently to finish what was started... FOUR MISSING GIRLS Now fifteen years later, broke and desperate, Liv is forced to return to the spotlight. She crowdfunds a webseries in which she'll pose as a real-life private detective--a nod to the show she starred on as a teen. When a mysterious donor challenges her to investigate a series of disappearances outside a town made famous by the horror movies filmed there, Liv has no choice but to accept. FOLLOW THE WHITE WOLF Liv is given a cryptic first clue: Follow the white wolf. And now a darker game is about to begin. Through social media, someone is leaving breadcrumbs to follow. As Liv makes increasingly disturbing discoveries, her show explodes in popularity. A rapt internet audience is eager to watch it all--perhaps even at the cost of Liv's own life... Filled with provocative twists and turns as the line between plot and reality blurs in this inventive tour-de-force from breakout writer Jennifer Wolfe.


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I've been watched all my life. I'm used to being stared at. Observed. Followed. Fame and obsession collide in this darkly twisted novel from an incredible new voice in suspense. SOMEONE IS WATCHING Washed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, an I've been watched all my life. I'm used to being stared at. Observed. Followed. Fame and obsession collide in this darkly twisted novel from an incredible new voice in suspense. SOMEONE IS WATCHING Washed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, and her sister was never heard from again. But all this time, someone's been waiting patiently to finish what was started... FOUR MISSING GIRLS Now fifteen years later, broke and desperate, Liv is forced to return to the spotlight. She crowdfunds a webseries in which she'll pose as a real-life private detective--a nod to the show she starred on as a teen. When a mysterious donor challenges her to investigate a series of disappearances outside a town made famous by the horror movies filmed there, Liv has no choice but to accept. FOLLOW THE WHITE WOLF Liv is given a cryptic first clue: Follow the white wolf. And now a darker game is about to begin. Through social media, someone is leaving breadcrumbs to follow. As Liv makes increasingly disturbing discoveries, her show explodes in popularity. A rapt internet audience is eager to watch it all--perhaps even at the cost of Liv's own life... Filled with provocative twists and turns as the line between plot and reality blurs in this inventive tour-de-force from breakout writer Jennifer Wolfe.

30 review for Watch the Girls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    This book needs to be made into a movie (or preferable a miniseries). I read A LOT of thrillers, but honestly, few really catches my attention in a way that makes me totally absorbed. WATCH THE GIRLS is one of them. Seriously, I just absolutely loved this book. It got everything I like, dysfunctional families, missing people, creepy little town, people with wolf masks, orgies ... yeah, I bet you're interested now? ;) Seriously, I always hope to be entertained when I read a thriller, and often at This book needs to be made into a movie (or preferable a miniseries). I read A LOT of thrillers, but honestly, few really catches my attention in a way that makes me totally absorbed. WATCH THE GIRLS is one of them. Seriously, I just absolutely loved this book. It got everything I like, dysfunctional families, missing people, creepy little town, people with wolf masks, orgies ... yeah, I bet you're interested now? ;) Seriously, I always hope to be entertained when I read a thriller, and often at least the books will keep me engrossed and interested. But, to truly capture my interest like this book did. It was like watching a movie. It was so well written that I could picture the story in my head. The characters came to life, the creepy forest, the little town, etc. Now, I will not give away the story, no spoilers from me. I will just say this. I love the twist and turns this story took. I love the ambiguous ending (well I hated it too, the part of me that wanted closure). I love the dynamic relationship between Liv and Gemma. It's just such a wonderful thriller. And, they need to make it into a miniseries (with good actors)! I want to thank Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The first 1/3 of this book started off so creepy and had so much potential but that is about the only good things I have to say. This book went completely off the rails for me. For the amount of violence and sex scenes this book had it actually read very much as young adult. The ending sucked. 2 stars because I managed to finish it. Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. This was a book that really kept me guessing. When I first read the description for this book, I knew that I had to give it a try. I love a good thriller and this one looked to have a whole lot of promise. Once I got started with this one, I had to know how things would work out. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept the pages turning. I am glad that I decided to take a chance on this one. Liv ended her acting career as a te This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. This was a book that really kept me guessing. When I first read the description for this book, I knew that I had to give it a try. I love a good thriller and this one looked to have a whole lot of promise. Once I got started with this one, I had to know how things would work out. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept the pages turning. I am glad that I decided to take a chance on this one. Liv ended her acting career as a teenager when her sister disappeared. She has been working on a reality television show reminiscent of Scooby Doo. Since she is out of work, she decides to create her own investigation show on the web through crowdfunding. She is soon contacted by a well known director of horror films who wants to know what happened to his niece and several other women from town. Liv takes the job and starts trying to figure out what happened to these women. Liv/Olivia was a tough character to figure out which I think added to the mystery of the story. As a teenager, Olivia was traumatized by the disappearance of her younger sister. As an adult, Liv is not exactly well adjusted. She drinks too much and behaves in a rather reckless manner. I wouldn't say that I disliked or really liked her character but she did keep me guessing and I saw a lot of growth in her by the end of the book. I thought that the mystery was very well done. There were several things going on that I needed to some answers to in this book. I loved the fact that this book was a bit darker and I thought that the town which is known for the horror movies that have been made there was the perfect setting. I was also quite curious what really happened to Olivia's sister all those years ago. I would recommend this book to anyone that like a darker book filled with lots of twists and turns. This was a very well written book that kept me guessing until the very end. Just when I thought I had part of the story figured out I would find that I was wrong. Even the characters kept me guessing with surprises throughout the story. I would not hesitate to read more of Jennifer Wolfe's work in the future. I received a review copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing. Initial Thoughts Maybe 3.5 stars? This was different and completely unexpected. Just as soon as I thought I knew where things were going I found out that I was completely wrong. I never really connected with any of the characters and Liv/Olivia was hard to figure out but that was part of the mystery. I will need to think about this one for a bit before posting my full review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    I'm actually very disappointed after reading Watch the Girls . The premise sounds amazing: Liv Hendricks is a falling child star who now is a reality television personality on a popular Ghost Hunters type of show. After she's let go by her boss, she drunkenly sets up a funding page to help her venture off on her own webseries that will follow a similar format. Liv gets a strikingly lucrative deal by one of the country's most eccentric movie producers to investigate the disappearances of several I'm actually very disappointed after reading Watch the Girls . The premise sounds amazing: Liv Hendricks is a falling child star who now is a reality television personality on a popular Ghost Hunters type of show. After she's let go by her boss, she drunkenly sets up a funding page to help her venture off on her own webseries that will follow a similar format. Liv gets a strikingly lucrative deal by one of the country's most eccentric movie producers to investigate the disappearances of several women in the town where he films his gory horror films. One catch—Liv can't mention who's the benefactor, and why she really chose to investigate this story as her first adventure. Sounds great, right? Well sadly, Watch the Girls is a hot mess. I read it so effortlessly, and the pages really flew by however, the author had a lot of continuity issues throughout the story, and plot aspects really didn't line up. I felt that the story could've really been awesome, but cheap plot twists took the story in a ridiculous direction. Watch the Girls could've been darker, but it missed the mark when it came to real shock value. Cheap party tricks that were created after Gone Girl are really stale at this point, and I was expecting more. I really was engaged for about 1/3 of the novel, and I mean really engaged—I couldn't put it down! Once the plot kept going in circles, and the ending kept "ending", sort to speak (you'll see what I mean when you read it!), it just verged on the point of unbelievable to me. I saw comparisons to Night Film, but I don't think it's fair to compare the two.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    3.5 stars Is there really that much difference between being a detective and playing one on tv? Liv Hendricks used to be Olivia Hill, the teen actress who was last seen in The Hills Have PIs alongside her younger sister Gemma. Olivia was the star going places, while Gemma was the liability with all her partying on the verge of being written out. That is until their younger sister Miranda disappeared on a night Olivia dragged her along to pick Gemma up from a party. Miranda was never seen again a 3.5 stars Is there really that much difference between being a detective and playing one on tv? Liv Hendricks used to be Olivia Hill, the teen actress who was last seen in The Hills Have PIs alongside her younger sister Gemma. Olivia was the star going places, while Gemma was the liability with all her partying on the verge of being written out. That is until their younger sister Miranda disappeared on a night Olivia dragged her along to pick Gemma up from a party. Miranda was never seen again and Olivia barely survived the night herself with no memory of it. This was the end of Olivia Hill. She stopped acting and became Liv Hendricks. Now, Liv struggling with alcohol recently fired and desperate for cash to make rent decides to join a crowd-funding site to make her own investigative show of unsolved mysteries..specifically missing persons. Those who donate make case suggestions, but whoever donates the most gets to select the mystery she solves. This is how she finds herself on the case of the Dark Road where four blonde girls have gone missing - each a few years apart - outside of a town made famous for the horror movies made there all by Jonas Kron. The story is split between what happened the night Miranda went missing when Olivia was seventeen and present day thirty-two year old Liv on her investigation. There is a lot going on in the plot making the story engaging the entire time. It's interesting to go into a mystery without the investigator being a cop or PI. In this, Liv merely played a PI as a teenager, so she does know enough for amateur detective work. I liked that different perspective and how she would relate certain things back to her show. The setting helps to add a creepy feel to the story. Stone's Throw really is a strange little town. The people who live there aren't very trusting of outsiders. And the movies filmed there were beyond twisted. I liked getting the incite into Kron's films when Liv would give details of the plots. There was great character development with Liv. As the story plays out, we understand her character more and more and why exactly she does some of the things she does. I didn't mind not getting as much development on the random people in town because I get we are supposed to suspect nearly all of them in one way or another. What I did want was maybe a little more Gemma. The complex sister relationship was evident, but I maybe wanted a bit from it. I enjoyed the twists throughout, even though a couple fell more on the predictable side. It would've been hard to figure out the whole of it all, though. There were a couple tiny loose ends at the end that bother me. Recommended to anyone who enjoys dark thrillers. I flew through this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amitaf0208

    wow. wow. loved this.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    In 2003 Actress Olivia Hill had a hit TV show with her sister Gemma and movie roles were beginning to pour in. Their "momager", Desiree, was overbearing and more interested in money than the well being of her daughters and Gemma began a dangerous spiral with drugs and alcohol. Olivia and younger sister Miranda received a frantic call from Gemma asking if they'd pick her up from a party on Mulholland Drive. The evening ended in a car crash: Olivia suffered a traumatic brain injury and Miranda dis In 2003 Actress Olivia Hill had a hit TV show with her sister Gemma and movie roles were beginning to pour in. Their "momager", Desiree, was overbearing and more interested in money than the well being of her daughters and Gemma began a dangerous spiral with drugs and alcohol. Olivia and younger sister Miranda received a frantic call from Gemma asking if they'd pick her up from a party on Mulholland Drive. The evening ended in a car crash: Olivia suffered a traumatic brain injury and Miranda disappeared, never to be seen again. 15 years later, Olivia has changed her name to Liv Hendricks and finds herself broke and unemployed after she's let go from a B-list reality show. With the power of the internet, she manages to crowd fund a web series where she'll pose as a detective to investigate mysteries and the person who pledges the most gets to choose her first investigation. Legendary horror film maker Jonas Kron pledges $20K for Liv to come to the small town of Stone's Throw made famous by his films to investigate the disappearances of four young women, including his niece actress Annika Kron, on Dag Road now known as the Dark Road. His only request is that he remain anonymous so he doesn't start a media firestorm that will overshadow his film festival in town. Liv heads to Stone's Throw with little information, until she receives an ominous clue via social media: follow the white wolf. Her web series is garnering plenty of attention and she's making headway thanks to the mysterious clues left anonymously when her sister Gemma disappears on the Dark Road. Liv's popularity explodes thanks to viewers and everyone is discussing the shocking disappearance; rumors are flying that Gemma's disappearance is nothing but a publicity stunt. Caught up in Kron's strange world of horror in a secretive small town, everyone is a suspect. With all her attention on the missing girls that now include Gemma, Liv begins to think back to the night Miranda disappeared and reality begins to blur. What is the connection between all of these young women? Most of the twists felt obvious after a point but that didn't make the plot any less exciting. Watch the Girls is a fast paced thriller with plenty of shocking moments written with the cult horror film/grindhouse genre in mind. I'll also add a *trigger warning* for sexual violence/rape. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    4.5 TWISTY TWISTY STARS!!! Watch the Girls finds former child star, Olivia Hill - now known as Liv Hendricks, hosting a crime investigation show which she crowdfunds (a la Kickstarter type tool), when she receives a large amount of funding from a famous filmmaker who wants to know what happened to his missing niece and hopes she will take this up on her show! Coincidentally, Jonas, the direction, had once wanted Liv to star in his film years ago - but Liv passed, and then her own sister Miranda a 4.5 TWISTY TWISTY STARS!!! Watch the Girls finds former child star, Olivia Hill - now known as Liv Hendricks, hosting a crime investigation show which she crowdfunds (a la Kickstarter type tool), when she receives a large amount of funding from a famous filmmaker who wants to know what happened to his missing niece and hopes she will take this up on her show! Coincidentally, Jonas, the direction, had once wanted Liv to star in his film years ago - but Liv passed, and then her own sister Miranda also went missing. With the help of her sister Gemma, Liv delves into a dangerous game of her own, when she begins to "follow the white wolf" - there were MANY twists and turns in this one and I did not see most of them coming - I always love when a mystery really surprises me - and there were moments here where my jaw actually dropped! I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    I'm so torn on this one... Anything from A3 to A4 star read, in my book! This was such an incredibly quick read if I had more time during the day to read I think I would have read this in two sittings, however work and training got in the way, as it usually does. Some aspects of this book made me cringe because it seemed almost too unrealistic, while other aspects of it cringe because they were very realistic, such as the sadism and very graphic sex scenes. Let's just say this is not the type of I'm so torn on this one... Anything from A3 to A4 star read, in my book! This was such an incredibly quick read if I had more time during the day to read I think I would have read this in two sittings, however work and training got in the way, as it usually does. Some aspects of this book made me cringe because it seemed almost too unrealistic, while other aspects of it cringe because they were very realistic, such as the sadism and very graphic sex scenes. Let's just say this is not the type of book those with a weak stomach or fairly conservative stance in life would enjoy! That being said, I love those parts! I really enjoyed that there wasn't just one mystery involved in this novel, but several, which gave it some depth in my opinion! I'm very interested to see what Wolfe's young adult books read like, after finishing this one. Overall I'd say this is a pretty decent first effort, and I will definitely keep my eye open for follow up efforts!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Diabolica

    Boy, oh boy, should I have looked at some reviews before jumping into this one, and this one may have been a bit ambitious on the gore/mature side for me. That was the most depraved thing I've ever read, it ranks second to Dark Places. Through and through, this novel is definitely geared towards adults, and I don't mean new adult, (unless you are in that dark spot in your life, in which I completely recommend this novel. Perspectives can be changed), but adult. The level of content was not somet Boy, oh boy, should I have looked at some reviews before jumping into this one, and this one may have been a bit ambitious on the gore/mature side for me. That was the most depraved thing I've ever read, it ranks second to Dark Places. Through and through, this novel is definitely geared towards adults, and I don't mean new adult, (unless you are in that dark spot in your life, in which I completely recommend this novel. Perspectives can be changed), but adult. The level of content was not something I was mentally prepared for. cough cough beastiality cough. Arguably, however, there was no content to that effect, but suffice to say I'll never look at a wolf the same way again. Going into this novel, it was extremely interesting. The dysfunctional family, the cutthroat media industry, all of those factors were well-illustrated and made Liv's persona/actions understandable. Unlike, my sentiments concerning Flynn's character in Dark Places. In any case, Wolfe had the setting and character down pat. The thriller was there. I went to sleep with a vice-like fear at the back of my mind. By all accounts, the novel was stellar. Now this is where my personal bias comes in and says, Hell, I'm never reading this book again, and don't think I could possibly be moved to recommend this novel, unless they loved wolves and I didn't like them. In any case, this novel is a gory, mature (and I stress, mature) thriller. In essence, this book, while I thought was for me, really was a little too far in its depravity, and perhaps I should have waited a few years to weather my innocences before jumping into this one. For those looking for thriller and don't mind extremely depraved reads, I'd say have at it. I was not, when reading this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka

    *********** ARC FROM GIVEAWAY *********** ERMAHGERD!!! I'm kicking myself that I didn't tear into this the moment it arrived on my doorstep. This book was amazing! Liv is a great character and the story is so addictive. I had trouble putting it down. Eventually I could no longer keep my eyes open and had to get some sleep before finishing. As soon as I woke up all I could think about was... HOW DOES IT END? Get a copy of this book in your hands as soon as possible, it's one of the best mysteries I've r *********** ARC FROM GIVEAWAY *********** ERMAHGERD!!! I'm kicking myself that I didn't tear into this the moment it arrived on my doorstep. This book was amazing! Liv is a great character and the story is so addictive. I had trouble putting it down. Eventually I could no longer keep my eyes open and had to get some sleep before finishing. As soon as I woke up all I could think about was... HOW DOES IT END? Get a copy of this book in your hands as soon as possible, it's one of the best mysteries I've read in a long time!!! * There are some fairly graphic scenes so be forewarned*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cecily Kyle

    This book had goods and bads. I was completely drawn in by the title and cover. I figured it would be a bit dark and twisted and I was looking forward to getting sucked into the story. However, it started off with promise but lost me a bit in the middle and concluded decently. I just had such higher hopes so I felt a bit let down. I am still trying to figure out how I really think, I think my main issue is that I didn't like the main character... meh!

  13. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Well I called that ending a million miles away. So this is the story of Olivia, who used to be a child star, become a adult TV star, and then gets fired. However, 15 years ago she had her youngest sister gone missing. Have never found her she had a strong urge to take a case to find out what happened to all the girls who have gone missing on the "Dark Road". Doing that though may lead to places, and people, she never wanted to know or see. Good: The Olivia character is pretty interesting. Her se Well I called that ending a million miles away. So this is the story of Olivia, who used to be a child star, become a adult TV star, and then gets fired. However, 15 years ago she had her youngest sister gone missing. Have never found her she had a strong urge to take a case to find out what happened to all the girls who have gone missing on the "Dark Road". Doing that though may lead to places, and people, she never wanted to know or see. Good: The Olivia character is pretty interesting. Her self doubt but strong will to find the truth is interesting. Her past is both horrifying and a bit odd (get to that later). I thought the pacing was solid, with very little filler, or any boring parts. The dialogue was also pretty strong, never feeling too forced. Bad: That ending. It's so obvious around 1/3rd of the way there but it's the open ending part that is annoying. I don't mind a good mystery, I do mind a mystery without ANY closure, no matter the statement. I also thought most of the side characters were just okay, or boring. Overall, a fun, neat, somewhat dirty, murder mystery. It's worth checking out if like the genre, but it's nothing mindblowing. A 3 out of 5.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hager

    I am completely in love with this book. It's so intense and so creepy and just really, really good.  Like with Marisha Pessl's Night Film, the horror movies described are completely brutal and unflinching. Part of me wants to watch them and part of me is like, "You will never recover." ALSO like Night Film, the movies are a catalyst for a plot that is...well, also brutal and unflinching. Reading this book was a little bit like a fever dream. I wasn't sure what was happening or what was real.  This I am completely in love with this book. It's so intense and so creepy and just really, really good.  Like with Marisha Pessl's Night Film, the horror movies described are completely brutal and unflinching. Part of me wants to watch them and part of me is like, "You will never recover." ALSO like Night Film, the movies are a catalyst for a plot that is...well, also brutal and unflinching. Reading this book was a little bit like a fever dream. I wasn't sure what was happening or what was real.  This book isn't for everyone. There's a lot going on and there's a lot of violence. Jennifer Wolfe doesn't hold much back, and sensitive readers are going to have a hard time of it (although I suspect they're not going to get very far).  I was hooked immediately, though, and I am so in for everything else Jennifer Wolfe writes. Recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Summary from Goodreads: "SOMEONE IS WATCHING Washed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, and her sister was never heard from again. But all this time, someone's been waiting patiently to finish what was started... FOUR MISSING GIRLS Now fifteen years later, broke and desperate, Liv is forced to return to the spotlight. She crowdfunds a webseries in which she'll pose a Summary from Goodreads: "SOMEONE IS WATCHING Washed up teen star Liv Hendricks quit acting after her beloved younger sister inexplicably disappeared following a Hollywood party gone wrong. Liv barely escaped with her life, and her sister was never heard from again. But all this time, someone's been waiting patiently to finish what was started... FOUR MISSING GIRLS Now fifteen years later, broke and desperate, Liv is forced to return to the spotlight. She crowdfunds a webseries in which she'll pose as a real-life private detective--a nod to the show she starred on as a teen. When a mysterious donor challenges her to investigate a series of disappearances outside a town made famous by the horror movies filmed there, Liv has no choice but to accept. FOLLOW THE WHITE WOLF Liv is given a cryptic first clue: Follow the white wolf. And now a darker game is about to begin. Through social media, someone is leaving breadcrumbs to follow. As Liv makes increasingly disturbing discoveries, her show explodes in popularity. A rapt internet audience is eager to watch it all--perhaps even at the cost of Liv's own life..." My Thoughts: Thinking back on my year of reading, this may be the creepiest book that I've read all year. Watch The Girls straddles the line between thriller and horror - and it does it with absolute perfection. There are all of these horror elements throughout the book and creepy moments but it reads like a thriller. I don't know that I've read anything like it but I loved every minute of it! I'm actually a bit surprised that I haven't heard more buzz over this one with other readers if I'm being honest. Liv is quite the main character. She starts off in this book drinking heavily and it almost felt like the unreliable narrator element all over again that you see in so many books lately. I instantly didn't trust her and wasn't even sure if I liked her based off of the decisions she was making. But as the book goes on my viewpoint on her definitely began to change. I'm going to hit slightly spoiler-ey territory here so feel free to skip ahead so I don't ruin anything for you. I started to realize that something had happened to Liv all of those years ago when her sister disappeared that she wasn't remembering. I wasn't sure what but knew that it was important. I also started to trust her more the further I got into the book. There is all of these different things going on and as the reader I was trying to figure out how they all tied together. It was so completely tense and suspenseful! Plus the horror films that were filmed in this small town are there own element themselves in this book. They help to give this book the horror vibe that I got throughout. Plus, as we learn about the different movies you start to wonder if maybe they are playing out in real life. It was creepy let me tell you! Overall, I enjoyed my time with this book immensely! It was dark and twisted which is everything that I enjoy in a thriller! My favorite part of this book was the sense of foreboding that was present throughout. There were times when I almost didn't want to keep reading because I just had that bad feeling but I literally could not stop reading. It's funny because I actually started reading this one and then it had to go back to the library unfinished (I was pretty early on in the book). I instantly put it back on hold and jumped in as soon I checked it back out. I'm so glad that I didn't let this one linger on my TBR because I enjoyed it so much! I just cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next! Fans of suspense, thriller, or horror should definitely give this book a shot. I can highly recommend! Bottom Line: One of the creepiest thrillers I've read all year (if not the creepiest)! Disclosure: I checked this book out from my local library. Thoughts are my own!

  16. 4 out of 5

    paigeee

    Want your daily creep fed to you through a book? Check out Watch The Girls from your local library or bookstore! Seriously, the creep factor of this book is a solid 8 for the first half of the book. For those of you who didn’t like this book, sorry not sorry. I loved this book. It was so obsessively creepy and dark in some parts. If James Wan or Blumhouse wanted to put this on screen and change some things to make it more horror, less thriller. Some gore. Sign. Me up. Boo boo. Where’s my wolf mas Want your daily creep fed to you through a book? Check out Watch The Girls from your local library or bookstore! Seriously, the creep factor of this book is a solid 8 for the first half of the book. For those of you who didn’t like this book, sorry not sorry. I loved this book. It was so obsessively creepy and dark in some parts. If James Wan or Blumhouse wanted to put this on screen and change some things to make it more horror, less thriller. Some gore. Sign. Me up. Boo boo. Where’s my wolf mask? I’m coming for you. 🐺

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura Guilbault

    Holy crap. I won this edition through Goodreads Giveaways, and it is not 320 pages! It's 385 pages, plus Acknowledgements. It was long; I usually aim for my books to be 350 pages or under, but when you get a free book you do not complain. And holy crap, was this worth it! There were a lot of, er, mature scenes, but the story, the material, is so rich and real it makes your regular life seem like the ultimate bliss. Sometimes I wish I were a famous actress... But then I read this book! No thank you! Holy crap. I won this edition through Goodreads Giveaways, and it is not 320 pages! It's 385 pages, plus Acknowledgements. It was long; I usually aim for my books to be 350 pages or under, but when you get a free book you do not complain. And holy crap, was this worth it! There were a lot of, er, mature scenes, but the story, the material, is so rich and real it makes your regular life seem like the ultimate bliss. Sometimes I wish I were a famous actress... But then I read this book! No thank you! That is not the life for me! Going into this book, be suspicious of everyone! I've read a fair amount of mystery and can 25% of the time guess the culprit a good 50 pages before the actual reveal (okay maybe less), but this was just... WHAT? Wait, wait. Wait. WHAT! NO! But... *screams* I can't explain it any better without giving out spoilers, and I do now want to spoil the ending... (Wink for those of you who have read it!) On a side note, even though Kron's films are all horrific and gruesome, they sound so interesting. I'm happy they exist in this book and not in real life, though. They cause so much trouble! Another side note: the Internet sucks. People suck. Liv is a train-wreck but it wasn't her fault because everyone sucks! Jerks. What is wrong with the world? I actually almost didn't want to even enter the Giveaway, however, because the back seemed too vague. Cool, interesting, but not worth my time. Yikes! I'm sorry, I sound so mean! I just feel sometimes like my to-read pile is way too big, and I'll never get to read all the stories I want to... I get really stressed sometimes about reading books. Plus, I have so many piles of books that I already own, just waiting to get looked at. Sometimes the guilt is too much. So now, when I add a book to my virtual shelf, it has got to be a good one. But that's why I love Goodreads and their amazing Giveaways! Or, maybe it's the opposite. I hate them because they keep giving me good books! GAH! Anyways. I am so glad that I found this beauty. Thank you so much, Goodreads, and Jennifer Wolfe. P.S. Apologies for all the rants...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tez

    WARNINGS: Self-harm, murder, arson, rape, mentions of cat and human mutilation. You guys. I loved this early on, and loved it all the way through. It's dark and graphic (see warnings), and so twisted. Effed-up families, mysterious Norwegians, artwank - WATCH THE GIRLS has it all. Jennifer Wolfe is the new queen of weird noir, and I'm all for it. I don't know when her next novel is coming, but I want it now! (Could've done without the weight and followers stats - they didn't add anything for me. Ma WARNINGS: Self-harm, murder, arson, rape, mentions of cat and human mutilation. You guys. I loved this early on, and loved it all the way through. It's dark and graphic (see warnings), and so twisted. Effed-up families, mysterious Norwegians, artwank - WATCH THE GIRLS has it all. Jennifer Wolfe is the new queen of weird noir, and I'm all for it. I don't know when her next novel is coming, but I want it now! (Could've done without the weight and followers stats - they didn't add anything for me. Maybe because I don't know pounds-to-kilograms conversion.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Jaeger

    Jennifer Wolfe’s new novel, WATCH THE GIRLS, starts with two sisters ( the youngest and the oldest) driving to “rescue” the middle girl – a wild child, television ingénue with a penchant for trouble. Flash forward a decade and a half and the oldest sister, Liv ( Olivia) is practically a has been in the tv realm, while the middle sister, Gemma, has gained stardom and fame at the cost of everyone and everything around her. The baby sister disappeared during that night 15 years ago, throwing Liv in Jennifer Wolfe’s new novel, WATCH THE GIRLS, starts with two sisters ( the youngest and the oldest) driving to “rescue” the middle girl – a wild child, television ingénue with a penchant for trouble. Flash forward a decade and a half and the oldest sister, Liv ( Olivia) is practically a has been in the tv realm, while the middle sister, Gemma, has gained stardom and fame at the cost of everyone and everything around her. The baby sister disappeared during that night 15 years ago, throwing Liv into a depression and a destructive lifestyle. Now, her once promising tv career has been relegated to being one of 4 cohosts for a reality investigative show that’s as pathetic as it sounds. The mystery she really wants to solve is what happened to her baby sister all those years ago. When a mysterious and anonymous benefactor asks her to solve a mystery for him – for $20,000 cash, Liv can’t say no and doesn’t want to. What happens next is the basis for the majority of the book. There was a great deal I liked about this book and an equal amount I did not. Liv’s destructive behaviors – drinking too much and have indiscriminate sex – were uncomfortable for me to read, but they did go a long way in cementing her character and the choices she made throughout the book. The whole Wolf legend, while weird, fit the storyline. Her sister Gemma I deplored. Nothing I can say is good about her, so in that sense, she was a great foil for Liv. The secondary characters were all well drawn, if not more than a little creepy, but again, the storyline depended on them being so. Because I read so much mystery, police procedurals, and suspense, I knew who the bad person was way before it was revealed, but that didn’t hinder my liking the book one bit. Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me an arc of this book for a review. It’s a well written, tightly drawn novel that truly makes you want to find out what’s going on, why, and what’s going to happen next. 4.5 stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    That’s what you get for rating a book before finishing it. 4 stars and down to 2 after the last ten pages.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cassie-Traveling Sister-

    This book was amazing it was a roller coaster filled with so many twists and turns and I loved every second of it! In 2003 actress Olivia Hill was on a hit tv show with her sister Gemma and they both had movie roles pouring in. Their mother whose also their manager was more interested in money than their well being. Gemma was abusing drugs and alcohol. Olivia and younger sister Miranda received a frantic phone call from Gemma one late evening asking for them to come pick her up from a party on M This book was amazing it was a roller coaster filled with so many twists and turns and I loved every second of it! In 2003 actress Olivia Hill was on a hit tv show with her sister Gemma and they both had movie roles pouring in. Their mother whose also their manager was more interested in money than their well being. Gemma was abusing drugs and alcohol. Olivia and younger sister Miranda received a frantic phone call from Gemma one late evening asking for them to come pick her up from a party on Mulholland drive. The evening ended in a serious car crash that left Olivia with suffering a traumatic brain injury and and Miranda disappearing never to be seen again. Fast forward 15 years later Olivia is now going by Liv Hendricks and she’s broke and unemployed after she’s fired from a B-list reality show. So she’s uses the Internet to manage a crowd fund web series where she will pose as a detective investigating a series of crimes. Jonas Kron a legendary horror film maker pledges 20k for Liv to come to a small town called Stones Throw made famous by his films to investigate the disappearance of four woman who are all blonde, which includes his niece a former actress Annika Kron all four woman disappeared on the same road call dark road. Liv takes his deal and heads to Stone throw to begin her investigation and web series where she’s caught up in Jonas Krons strange world of horror and secrets in the small town. Liv starts to get clues from an anonymous person on her website who calls himself wolfking and tells her to follow the white wolf for clues. While investigating the other woman’s disappearance Liv starts to think back to her younger sisters disappearance and when Gemma disappears on the Dark Road Liv is rushing to solve the crimes while being followed by someone wearing a wolf mask! This book was amazing I felt every scare that Liv felt and I found myself staying up late to try to finish this book I give this five stars! I will also add there may be a trigger warning for sexual violence and rape.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    3.5 stars, rounded up. Watch the Girls is an atmospheric, genuinely creepy thriller about the price of fame and how the past can haunt us. I'm absolutely fascinated with the "books about film" subgenre, and this is an excellent one. Author Jennifer Wolfe mentions in her acknowledgements that we all have a "good wolf" and a "bad wolf" inside us, and in this book, her inner "bad wolf" shows itself in disturbing descriptions of screwed-up, pitch black horror movies. I fell so far into the wormhole 3.5 stars, rounded up. Watch the Girls is an atmospheric, genuinely creepy thriller about the price of fame and how the past can haunt us. I'm absolutely fascinated with the "books about film" subgenre, and this is an excellent one. Author Jennifer Wolfe mentions in her acknowledgements that we all have a "good wolf" and a "bad wolf" inside us, and in this book, her inner "bad wolf" shows itself in disturbing descriptions of screwed-up, pitch black horror movies. I fell so far into the wormhole of the world of this book; I loved its darkness and the bravery of the narrative. I wanted to delve even deeper into the darkness; I was completely entranced by the sinister, menacing atmosphere. It's well-written, well-plotted, and completely original. For the first 40% of the book, I was sure this was going to be a five-star read for me. But as I read on, the plot became unnecessarily convoluted and, despite the fact that the subject matter was very adult, I felt like the narrator, Liv, was a teenager rather than a grown woman. I'm also not one to bemoan an ending that leaves me with unanswered questions; but I don't think it worked here because (view spoiler)[the two main mysteries, on which the entire plot of the book hinged, were unresolved (hide spoiler)] . It offered a few decent surprises, though, and was undeniably entertaining from start to finish. Recommended, and I'll be eager to see what Wolfe writes next. Hopefully the next book is as deliciously dark as this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Burch

    Me 2018 26 years old; 255 lbs. Facebook fans: 246 Twitter followers: 0 Instagram followers: 152 Yeah, I don’t really know what all that was about, or why it was included after every time jump. Idgaf how many Twitter followers the main character has, or how many calories she eats. I get that her mom was mentally abusive and instilled that mindset into her from a young age, but the repetition of it throughout the whole story made me roll my eyes. Liv hated fat people, so I’m sure she’d just see me as a Me 2018 26 years old; 255 lbs. Facebook fans: 246 Twitter followers: 0 Instagram followers: 152 Yeah, I don’t really know what all that was about, or why it was included after every time jump. Idgaf how many Twitter followers the main character has, or how many calories she eats. I get that her mom was mentally abusive and instilled that mindset into her from a young age, but the repetition of it throughout the whole story made me roll my eyes. Liv hated fat people, so I’m sure she’d just see me as a revolting whale. Cool. Also, why is it that every thriller with a female lead is an alcoholic? And can we, for once, have a strong woman that doesn’t need saving every 5 minutes? I read a lot of thrillers and this character trope seems to be in 90% of them. It’s just exhausting. I didn’t like a single character, which made it hard to pick up after putting it down. It took me a while to get through this. With that being said, I did enjoy the dark, twisted plot for the most part. I kept thinking about how much it read like a screenplay; I wasn’t surprised to read that the author worked in the film industry. I think this would work better as a movie.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (jessreadsalatte)

    I was sent a copy of this novel by Hatchette Book Group in exchange for an honest review 3.5 Stars ***Trigger Warning for Sexual Assault and Rape in this book*** This book made me feel very iffy, honestly. The main character was very relatable, I felt like I was reading about someone I knew or was close to me. In fact, the plot was so realistic it was terrifying. Anyone avid in the media could go through this and I found that quite terrifying. The problem I had the most with was how abrupt the trans I was sent a copy of this novel by Hatchette Book Group in exchange for an honest review 3.5 Stars ***Trigger Warning for Sexual Assault and Rape in this book*** This book made me feel very iffy, honestly. The main character was very relatable, I felt like I was reading about someone I knew or was close to me. In fact, the plot was so realistic it was terrifying. Anyone avid in the media could go through this and I found that quite terrifying. The problem I had the most with was how abrupt the transitions were. The introduction of Liv as a kid and Liv as an adult was a couple of pages and I wish there were more. The ending was also very abrupt and a huge slap in the face. Because of the serious topic, I think it will be difficult for some to read. Regardless, the writing itself is quite nice. I liked how some of the words flowed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura Lee

    I said I hoped this book didn’t spin off the rails in the last act - And boy, did it ever. That ending was pretty drunk and whackadoo but I ain’t even mad at it. This was a dark, very dirty mystery that did somehow manage to feel a little YA at times. (I love YA so it’s all gravy.) I think the author was closely inspired by Night Film and Sharp Objects, both which are better IMO. The potential for a very rich cast of characters was here, but not fully explored. But the imagery and tone were cree I said I hoped this book didn’t spin off the rails in the last act - And boy, did it ever. That ending was pretty drunk and whackadoo but I ain’t even mad at it. This was a dark, very dirty mystery that did somehow manage to feel a little YA at times. (I love YA so it’s all gravy.) I think the author was closely inspired by Night Film and Sharp Objects, both which are better IMO. The potential for a very rich cast of characters was here, but not fully explored. But the imagery and tone were creepy, the plot was thrilling, and we got a compelling protagonist in Liv Hendricks. This was a wild ride and I enjoyed it a lot. I think there’s an opening for a series, and I hope it happens.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Hutchins

    Campy, creepy, twisted. Horror? Mystery? Both. I read this one because Jennifer is a guest on my Wine Women & Writing podcast—wouldn't have been my normal pick—and found myself swept along with it. Her reality show protagonist Liz and her sisters are deliciously damaged and competitive, which has a ring of authenticity in this age of social media, famous-for-being-famous stars, web series, crowdfunding, and other contemporary phenomena. But Liz et al are actually interesting like the Kardash Campy, creepy, twisted. Horror? Mystery? Both. I read this one because Jennifer is a guest on my Wine Women & Writing podcast—wouldn't have been my normal pick—and found myself swept along with it. Her reality show protagonist Liz and her sisters are deliciously damaged and competitive, which has a ring of authenticity in this age of social media, famous-for-being-famous stars, web series, crowdfunding, and other contemporary phenomena. But Liz et al are actually interesting like the Kardashians just wish they could be.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    I was literally hooked from the first page. Although I did listen to the audio. I did not want to stop reading. I read while working, driving and eating. I may have yelled at the characters a few times and my husband because for some strange reason he kept thinking I was talking to him and I needed him to hush. This book so so good! Seriously pick it up.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    The novel inhabits a skewered reality, and once you accept that things will be manic, you will have a fun ride.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    This was a interesting book. It definitely kept me wanting to figure out who was the guilty party. There were some interesting things that went on in this book that made me go," really?"

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan Gerba

    Didn't finish this book. Couldn't make myself do it. I found the female character annoying, childish and immature. You know it's bad when you're hoping the killer gets his hands on her.

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