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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rosenblit

    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.

  4. 4 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!

  5. 5 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!

  6. 5 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*

  7. 5 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.

  8. 3 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...

  9. 4 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.

  10. 3 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.

  11. 5 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kay Sundstrom

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

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ryley (Ryley Reads)

    I wasn't really too sure what this book was all about when I first started it and I'm ending it still feeling confused, but I think its a good confused? I don't really know how I feel about this one. Thanks so much to Hachette Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own. **Trigger Warning: There are some fairly graphic depictions of sexual assault and rape in this book, so please proceed with caution. I won't be going into depth into this in my I wasn't really too sure what this book was all about when I first started it and I'm ending it still feeling confused, but I think its a good confused? I don't really know how I feel about this one. Thanks so much to Hachette Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own. **Trigger Warning: There are some fairly graphic depictions of sexual assault and rape in this book, so please proceed with caution. I won't be going into depth into this in my review.** After growing up as a child actress, Liv has had enough. Her momager has pushed her too far and after a drunken interview, it seems that the 32-year-old TV and movie star has seen her last on-screen appearance. She's fired from her TV show, a Scooby-Doo knockoff marketed to adults and turns to Shot in the Dark, an online crowdsourcing site to help pay her LA rent. Having played many investigators on-screen before, Liv decides to take on the mystery of the highest backer, which ends up being the mysterious Jonas Kron, a successful director whose niece has gone missing in Stone's Throw, the setting of many of his eclectic horror-noir movies, following the pattern of many missing women over the last 15 years. Liv soon finds herself mixed up in something way outside her depth and finds there is something quite sinister about the people in Stone's Throw. I really enjoyed seeing a thriller/investigative novel from the POV of an 'outsider' who wasn't a trained detective. I know it might seem a bit unorthodox, but Liv gave a fresh take on the somewhat overdone sub-genre of crime thrillers. She worked a little with local law enforcement but there was never that depiction of a precinct - and it's politics - that you often get with crime thrillers. I thought her 'investigative' skills were pretty good and seemed well within the reaches of an amateur. I think using this concept in an adult thriller, as opposed to a YA thriller, gives it more of a leg to stand on because it seems more plausible that an adult would be allowed to do some of the things Liv does. The plot really threw me for a loop. Not only were we contending with the strange goings on of Stone's Throw, but we also get flashbacks from 15 years ago when Liv's younger sister, Miranda, disappeared. I will say that I liked the present day plotline better, but by the end of the novel, it becomes clear that we needed this backstory for what happens next. This book seems like its going to be a whodunit? sort of thing but then you get more and more of the story and it just becomes this sort of strange Nordic noir set in California. I'm not sure that worked for me all of the time but it worked enough of the time for me to get through the book. There were definitely some moments that kind of freaked me out, and I generally don't spook easily in books. I think they were important to the story, but I would say maybe don't read this one at 1 am when you're home alone. It's not a constant terror, but when there is a scene that comes up, you're going to want daylight. Despite everything, I'm still not sure if I ~liked~ the book. There were parts I liked and parts I didn't, and I think there are moments that, for better or for worse, will stick with me, but I'm just not sure what my overall feelings are yet.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Watch the Girls by Jennifer Wolfe is a highly recommended debut mystery/thriller. Liv Hendricks used to be Olivia Hill, a child star. She left the TV show she was on after the night her sister Miranda disappeared. That night their other sister, Gemma, also a child actor, called to be rescued from a party and the two sisters went out to pick her up. Something awful happened and only two sisters remained. Gemma continued on with her career, but Olivia changed her name to Liv and dropped out for ove Watch the Girls by Jennifer Wolfe is a highly recommended debut mystery/thriller. Liv Hendricks used to be Olivia Hill, a child star. She left the TV show she was on after the night her sister Miranda disappeared. That night their other sister, Gemma, also a child actor, called to be rescued from a party and the two sisters went out to pick her up. Something awful happened and only two sisters remained. Gemma continued on with her career, but Olivia changed her name to Liv and dropped out for over ten years. Now she was on a farcical, derivative show based on Scooby-Doo, but has just been let go. She hears about Shot in the Dark, a crowdfunding site, and offers to investigate a mystery for the highest bidder and share her findings in a webseries. When she receives an anonymous offer of $20,000 from Red_Stranger to investigate the disappearance of four girls along Dag Road, now called the Dark Road. The donor identifies himself as filmmaker Jonas Kron, a man known for his dark, gory horror films. He lives in a California town called Stone's Throw, near the Dark Road, and filmed his movies in the area. His niece was one of the girls who disappeared. The disappearances have negatively impacted the town and its economy. Liv accepts the offer. She receives a clue when she arrives, to follow the white wolf, and her investigation begins, but then her sister Gemma shows up, and subsequently disappears, which adds a different urgency to her investigation. The writing is good. Wolfe will hold your attention and entertain you while telling the story. The narrative mostly follows Liv in the present day, but there are flashbacks to the fateful night her sister Miranda disappeared and the events that lead up to this. Not everything in the plot is completely believable. Parts of the novel are a little over-the-top, just like many Hollywood productions, and the mood can jump from humorous to disturbing quite quickly. Liv is a complicated character and well-developed. There is a reason for her excesses and her issues that comes to light at the end. Liv is really the only well-developed character, as the others are more archetypes of certain caricatures. Admittedly, I had most of the mystery figured out early on in the novel, but Wolfe also had a few surprises that I didn't see coming. Watch the Girls is enjoyable and full of twists and action, but there were two drawbacks for me. First was Liv's promiscuity. It was bothersome enough to drop my rating down a star. I just wanted to see some mature, thoughtful behavior and better judgement from a character that I liked. In this day and age that is such a destructive choice. The second was the disturbing descriptions of sexual violence. (There could be some triggers for people in this one.) Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley. http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2018/0...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Juli Rahel

    A missing sister? A former teen star? A series of disappearances? A town made famous by horror movies? How has this genius combination of thrills not been combined in a book before now?! I was fascinated by Watch the Girls’ blurb straightaway, which of course led to the concern that the actual book wouldn’t live up to my expectations. But thankfully that concern was unfounded because Wolfe delivered exactly what I wanted. Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with a c A missing sister? A former teen star? A series of disappearances? A town made famous by horror movies? How has this genius combination of thrills not been combined in a book before now?! I was fascinated by Watch the Girls’ blurb straightaway, which of course led to the concern that the actual book wouldn’t live up to my expectations. But thankfully that concern was unfounded because Wolfe delivered exactly what I wanted. Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Where to begin? A lot goes on in Watch the Girls and it took me until around halfway through the book before I saw what it was that connected the different elements: family. I have said this before, but the idea of family is incredibly potent in literature. Whether it’s Anna Karenina or Coraline, authors have always found inspiration in family relationships. Our family is, in a large part, what shapes us but it is also something we have to depart from at some point to consider ourselves independent adults. You can never quite let it go, of course, and the smallest tensions can lead to major fallouts. But it can also be a fountain of endless love and support, inspiring books likeLittle Women and A Little Princess. In Watch the Girls, Wolfe shows the darker sides of family life: jealousy and fear, the desire to protect and the desire to destroy. In the end it made sense that this potent network of connections is what motivates much of the twists and turns in Watch the Girls. I had never read anything by Jennifer Wolfe before, but Watch the Girls has definitely made me a fan. Although there are a number of tropes in the book she manages to avoid it becoming cliché. Her writing feels honest, while also giving you exactly the thrills and scares that you want. There is some truly horrifying stuff in this book, but Wolfe avoids sensationalism. ‘Dead girls’ is a popular topic in modern fiction and it can at times be problematic (click here for a very interesting article on this topic), but Wolfe manages to move around this relatively well. In a sense the world’s obsession with dead or disappeared girls is central to this novel as well, asking us why we think it so important to watch girls suffer on camera or in fiction. What is it supposed to teach us? Who is it really for? In a sense this question is also posed to the reader. Why are we so fascinated with this story of girls and women suffering? Watch the Girls doesn’t give an answer to those questions, but I was glad that aside from being a fascinating thriller that had me on the edge of my seat it also gave me food for thought. For full review: http://universeinwords.blogspot.com/2...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alla

    “Watch the Girls” by Jennifer Wolfe follows child star Olivia Hill who has changed her name to Liv Hendricks following the loss of her sister Miranda (who vanished after she and Olivia drove to rescue their other sister, Gemma, from a party gone bad) and her own acting career, which has fizzled out in the intervening years. The last straw happens when Olivia is kicked out from her latest show (a grown-up, reality show version of Scooby Doo where she plays one of the investigators) and has a care “Watch the Girls” by Jennifer Wolfe follows child star Olivia Hill who has changed her name to Liv Hendricks following the loss of her sister Miranda (who vanished after she and Olivia drove to rescue their other sister, Gemma, from a party gone bad) and her own acting career, which has fizzled out in the intervening years. The last straw happens when Olivia is kicked out from her latest show (a grown-up, reality show version of Scooby Doo where she plays one of the investigators) and has a career-ending interview published by a woman she confided to while drunk, who turned out to be journalist. Hitting her lowest point in life, Olivia gets an idea from her filmmaker wannabe neighbor boyfriend to use a crowdfunding website to launch her own investigation reality show, with the investigation topic picked by the user who pledges the most money. That’s how Olivia ends up investigating the Dark Road, along which four women have disappeared, abandoning their cars. The last to disappear was Annika Kron, the niece of Jonas Kron, a famous horror film director with a cult following. It is Jonas who ends up pledging the most money for Olivia to investigate, using the fact that Olivia already went through a similar nightmare when she lost her sister as the basis in his selection of her. As Olivia starts to investigate, she begins to feel like she’s caught up in a real-life horror film—the sort her benefactor has become famous for. The story moved along at a steady clip and the main character was likeable. For me, this book was different from other mysteries because of the presence of horror elements, the most memorable of which was people hiding behind wolf masks and references to Norwegian fairy tales. The plot reminded me of horror movie-type mock documentaries, with the main character filming her own investigation and a pervading sinister vibe throughout the story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I had seen this book on a few bookstagram posts and it caught my attention. Amazon Prime day rolled around and I decided to go ahead and buy it - and boy am I glad I did. This book is a fascinating psychological thriller that really encapsulates the "reality" of our current times. I mean is life really lived if it hasn't been documented online? Disturbing and incredibly addictive this story is one that will have you glued to your seat trying to figure out what the hell is going on. And Olivia/Liv I had seen this book on a few bookstagram posts and it caught my attention. Amazon Prime day rolled around and I decided to go ahead and buy it - and boy am I glad I did. This book is a fascinating psychological thriller that really encapsulates the "reality" of our current times. I mean is life really lived if it hasn't been documented online? Disturbing and incredibly addictive this story is one that will have you glued to your seat trying to figure out what the hell is going on. And Olivia/Liv, the lead character, will try your every emotion. Liv, a former teen star, is a functioning alcoholic trying to get by one day at a time. When an interview gone wrong derails her current TV job she accidentally stumbles on a new opportunity, one that brings her right into the traumatic events from 15 years ago. I have to admit the interspersing of the missing girls with what took place all those years ago was engrossing. The creepiness of the setting, the disconcerting feeling that the messed up movies propelling the story were in fact playing out in real life, and the fact that I couldn't quite figure out who to trust all contributed to my reading way past by my bedtime. And Liv well she is one hot mess of an individual. Of course, once you understand the family dynamics she has lived with I began to better understand why. She brought out frustration over the questionable choices she made, horror over what she endured, and finally hope for her to overcome the completely deranged situation she found herself in. This is a crazy, creepy, perturbing, and binge worthy book. It takes you for a wild ride - so if you pick it up be prepared to settle in until you can finish - you simply won't want to put it down before you puzzle out what is going on.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Kimmy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh my gosh, this book! I couldn’t put it down! It was so good. I love a good mystery/thriller, and I kept hearing about this one in my bookish social media. I saw a lot of comparisons to Marisha Pessl’s excellent Night Film, which I loved, so I knew I had to check out Watch the Girls. This book was really absorbing and I was pulled in right away. I loved reading about Jonas Kron’s horror movies, which definitely sounded creepy (and that was part of the Night Film vibe for me, because I loved readi Oh my gosh, this book! I couldn’t put it down! It was so good. I love a good mystery/thriller, and I kept hearing about this one in my bookish social media. I saw a lot of comparisons to Marisha Pessl’s excellent Night Film, which I loved, so I knew I had to check out Watch the Girls. This book was really absorbing and I was pulled in right away. I loved reading about Jonas Kron’s horror movies, which definitely sounded creepy (and that was part of the Night Film vibe for me, because I loved reading about the fictional Cordova horror movies in that book). And the way the story moved back and forth in time, to Liv’s younger sister going missing one night, and the present day was really interesting. This was a fun, creepy, twisty read and parts of it were not easy to read. I was initially a little disappointed that some aspects were predictable, but in the end, it had a really good balance for me between figuring some stuff out early on and still being surprised by other things in the book. Spoiler for Night Film and Watch the Girls: Here’s another part that reminded me of Night Film: Part of what I initially liked about Night Film was the suspicion that the main character was actually in a Cordova film, but I was a bit disappointed that that didn’t pan out – but Watch the Girls actually went there and it was so strange and creepy and interesting. That definitely sent my head spinning for a minute!End of spoiler This was the kind of book that I’d like to go back and reread, and I think it’s one that will stay with me throughout the year. Dark, creepy, twisty – my kind of mystery! Recommended!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    This book was everything I didn't know I needed! To be honest, I didn't know what I expected when I began reading this novel. I had a general idea from the synopsis, but at the same time I've had a run of bad luck where "thriller" novels are concerned having them not live up to my expectations. This one not only lived up to them, it surpassed them. Watch the Girls was one of those books that you can't seem to put down. The author has a strong writing style, and weaves together a tale (that yes c This book was everything I didn't know I needed! To be honest, I didn't know what I expected when I began reading this novel. I had a general idea from the synopsis, but at the same time I've had a run of bad luck where "thriller" novels are concerned having them not live up to my expectations. This one not only lived up to them, it surpassed them. Watch the Girls was one of those books that you can't seem to put down. The author has a strong writing style, and weaves together a tale (that yes can get pretty dark and disturbing at times) that just draws you in and keeps you guessing. There were several times I thought I had it figured out, only to find out I was so off base it was laughable! I do wish that ALL the loose ends had been tied up as this book does leave the reader with some questions, but on the whole I would read more from this author! I believe this book will appeal to those who love a good psychological thriller novel. DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samantha March

    Whew. Watch the Girls might be the most disturbing book I’ve read in 2018, possibly ever. This book will definitely not be for everyone, and there were a few times that I wondered if I would be able to finish reading it myself. If you are familiar with Rob Zombie movies, there were certain situations in this novel that made me remember watching some of his movies back in college – and having nightmares for weeks. I will say though that I really wanted to keep reading because I felt the need to c Whew. Watch the Girls might be the most disturbing book I’ve read in 2018, possibly ever. This book will definitely not be for everyone, and there were a few times that I wondered if I would be able to finish reading it myself. If you are familiar with Rob Zombie movies, there were certain situations in this novel that made me remember watching some of his movies back in college – and having nightmares for weeks. I will say though that I really wanted to keep reading because I felt the need to connect all the missing pieces, and it was a very fast-paced story. Liv – while she did exhibit destructive behavior – was actually a likeable heroine to me, and I was rooting for her throughout the story. I was a bit disappointed in the ending though. There were a lot of loose ends that frustrated me, especially because I kept on with this story to figure out those loose ends, and ended up feeling unsatisfied as I turned the last page. 3.5 stars I received a review copy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I spent a lot of time while reading this book thinking "this is a lot like......" Blair Witch, Twin Peaks, Scooby Doo, and even Eyes Wide Shut. So if you are a fan of any of those, you would probably enjoy this book. Three sisters under the thumb of their fame and money obsessed mother. The youngest disappears leaving the older two devastated, each in their own way. Several years later, Olivia (or Liv) is down on her luck and decides to do a movie version of a Kickstarter. Her highest bidder wan I spent a lot of time while reading this book thinking "this is a lot like......" Blair Witch, Twin Peaks, Scooby Doo, and even Eyes Wide Shut. So if you are a fan of any of those, you would probably enjoy this book. Three sisters under the thumb of their fame and money obsessed mother. The youngest disappears leaving the older two devastated, each in their own way. Several years later, Olivia (or Liv) is down on her luck and decides to do a movie version of a Kickstarter. Her highest bidder wants her to track down a serial killer and THEN things start getting weird. As I kept reading (just one more chapter before bedtime) I worried that this would be the chapter to give me nightmares. I am somewhat surprised I didn't have any. This book stayed just on this side of the line between thriller and horror for me. A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Johanna Sawyer

    I received an advanced reading copy to read and review. Liv Hendricks is a washed up child tv star, who lost her sister and her memories one night over ten years ago. She is currently making money acting in a bullshit rendition of Scooby Doo. After being fired because of a drunken tirade caught on tape she offers herself up to investigate for hire through a online web page. The donation comes in the form of a horror director name Kron and the dark road...a road where 4 women have come up missing I received an advanced reading copy to read and review. Liv Hendricks is a washed up child tv star, who lost her sister and her memories one night over ten years ago. She is currently making money acting in a bullshit rendition of Scooby Doo. After being fired because of a drunken tirade caught on tape she offers herself up to investigate for hire through a online web page. The donation comes in the form of a horror director name Kron and the dark road...a road where 4 women have come up missing never to be seen again. Loved it.....sooo creepy. It's like Drew Barrymore meets Blair witch project. Washed up tv star Liv Hendricks lost her memories and a sister over ten years ago. As the puzzle snaps into place your spellbound to finish this book. After the first chapter I was hooked and did not want to put this down. The suspense was crazy, and the messages from the dark wolf just chilling. Five huge stars of entertainment!

  23. 3 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I did enjoy this book. The shift from the opening scene to the present was not as smooth as it could have been. I was left wondering what had happened to Olivia's sister. One moment she was driving to pick her up from a party and the next moment she is with her other sister on her way to investigating the disappearance of several women. I liked Olivia. She was flawed but personable. She may have been a celebrity but she did not flaunt this status. In fact, it was kind of a hindrance to her. The I did enjoy this book. The shift from the opening scene to the present was not as smooth as it could have been. I was left wondering what had happened to Olivia's sister. One moment she was driving to pick her up from a party and the next moment she is with her other sister on her way to investigating the disappearance of several women. I liked Olivia. She was flawed but personable. She may have been a celebrity but she did not flaunt this status. In fact, it was kind of a hindrance to her. The mystery surrounding the disappearance of the women was dark. "Follow the white wolf". A path that is filled with secrets and blood. Ms. White spins a good tale with interesting characters and a storyline that will keep you reading until the last page. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This book began with some promise. Actor Liv Hendricks was part of the cast on a popular TV show when her younger sister Miranda disappeared. Liv quit acting and eventually found herself broke. She decides to become a real private investigator, as opposed to just her TV role, and finds herself investigating a series of disappearances that happened in the hometown of a famous horror filmmaker. All rather interesting until we get to that point. There is lots of violence and random sex, often combi This book began with some promise. Actor Liv Hendricks was part of the cast on a popular TV show when her younger sister Miranda disappeared. Liv quit acting and eventually found herself broke. She decides to become a real private investigator, as opposed to just her TV role, and finds herself investigating a series of disappearances that happened in the hometown of a famous horror filmmaker. All rather interesting until we get to that point. There is lots of violence and random sex, often combined, with masks of wolves, etc. I kept reading, thinking it would get better, but it did not. It is not often I waste my time on a book not worthy of it, but I did with this one. This is this author's "debut thriller." I will not be reading the next one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Gaudio

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The only reason I’m not giving this 5 stars is because there were two major plot lines involving what actually happened to Miranda and Annika that they didn’t resolve and hot damn almost 400 pages didn’t we deserve an answer?! This book was addictive and highly disturbing, i also couldn’t put it down. I would definitely put it in more of a horror genre than a thriller. The sex scenes are very expletive and there are quite a few of them. I also can’t help but wonder if the crazy director Jonas Kron w The only reason I’m not giving this 5 stars is because there were two major plot lines involving what actually happened to Miranda and Annika that they didn’t resolve and hot damn almost 400 pages didn’t we deserve an answer?! This book was addictive and highly disturbing, i also couldn’t put it down. I would definitely put it in more of a horror genre than a thriller. The sex scenes are very expletive and there are quite a few of them. I also can’t help but wonder if the crazy director Jonas Kron was inspired by Lars Von Trier...because it definitely sounded like some of the crazy stuff he does in his movies this same director mimicked to some extent. All in all, this is an excellent book..but be warned if you don’t have a strong stomach..i wouldn’t read it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Watch the Girls is the debut novel by author Jennifer Wolfe. Very entertaining book....I am looking forward to more from Wolfe. This is a really fun read....well there are the murders...but it is fun. There is reality tv and all the craziness that goes with it. What is really going on in creepy little town Stone's Throw? Liv, a former tv reality star, needs money after being fired from her latest show. She crowdfunds a webseries and is hired by a mysterious movie director (think David Lynch) to s Watch the Girls is the debut novel by author Jennifer Wolfe. Very entertaining book....I am looking forward to more from Wolfe. This is a really fun read....well there are the murders...but it is fun. There is reality tv and all the craziness that goes with it. What is really going on in creepy little town Stone's Throw? Liv, a former tv reality star, needs money after being fired from her latest show. She crowdfunds a webseries and is hired by a mysterious movie director (think David Lynch) to solve the mystery of the Dark Road in Stone's Throw. Add a film festival and interesting townspeople and you have twists and turns galore. Fun read that was hard to put down! Highly recommend Watch the Girls.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dana Haynes

    Just finished “Watch the Girls” by @JWolfeAuthor Jennifer Wolfe, a Portland author. Very good if disturbing gothic thriller with a unique (I use that word with precision) angle on the protagonist: a down-on-her-luck actor who does a Kickstarter-like campaign to become a real life private investigator. I’d never seen that premise before, and Wolfe carried it off. The story is intense and sexually graphic, so if that isn’t your cup of wolfs bane, give this one a miss. But the story and protagonist Just finished “Watch the Girls” by @JWolfeAuthor Jennifer Wolfe, a Portland author. Very good if disturbing gothic thriller with a unique (I use that word with precision) angle on the protagonist: a down-on-her-luck actor who does a Kickstarter-like campaign to become a real life private investigator. I’d never seen that premise before, and Wolfe carried it off. The story is intense and sexually graphic, so if that isn’t your cup of wolfs bane, give this one a miss. But the story and protagonist are worth staying till the end.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Debi

    Possible spoilers........ This book was one that I had trouble putting down but wow, it's really creepy. I had figured out who one of the 'Bad People' was fairly easily but there is always the Why? to their behavior to figure out. The story is sad and pretty dark but very interesting. My only complaint was that the author didn't give us a bit more detail after the end of the festival film....such as...the thoughts of Kron and Desiree (the truly awful stage mother) but instead she just went into th Possible spoilers........ This book was one that I had trouble putting down but wow, it's really creepy. I had figured out who one of the 'Bad People' was fairly easily but there is always the Why? to their behavior to figure out. The story is sad and pretty dark but very interesting. My only complaint was that the author didn't give us a bit more detail after the end of the festival film....such as...the thoughts of Kron and Desiree (the truly awful stage mother) but instead she just went into the interview then it's over.....I needed more and I assume others will too......

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    #FirstLine ~ I've been watched nearly as long as I've been alive. Wow, this book was intense, chilling and dark. It has so many elements that created a read that will stick with you long after you are done with this book. It takes many components of how the world wants to be entertained through social media and what it takes to stay afloat when things seem bleak and mixes it all together to create a one-of-a-kind story that will knock your socks off. It was so addictive. I could not put it down. #FirstLine ~ I've been watched nearly as long as I've been alive. Wow, this book was intense, chilling and dark. It has so many elements that created a read that will stick with you long after you are done with this book. It takes many components of how the world wants to be entertained through social media and what it takes to stay afloat when things seem bleak and mixes it all together to create a one-of-a-kind story that will knock your socks off. It was so addictive. I could not put it down. It played out so vividly in my mind. A must read!

  30. 3 out of 5

    Christine

    I am hard to please when it comes to books, so I was fully expecting to be vaguely disappointed by this one. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it! For me, the best part was that the ending was actually pretty good. Enough loose threads tied up, but enough left dangling (or not-quite-fully-resolved) to leave me wishing there was a bit more to read. I’ve read so many books where the crap ending absolutely destroyed an otherwise enjoyable story, so I was pleasantly surprised. Good twisty plot as wel I am hard to please when it comes to books, so I was fully expecting to be vaguely disappointed by this one. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it! For me, the best part was that the ending was actually pretty good. Enough loose threads tied up, but enough left dangling (or not-quite-fully-resolved) to leave me wishing there was a bit more to read. I’ve read so many books where the crap ending absolutely destroyed an otherwise enjoyable story, so I was pleasantly surprised. Good twisty plot as well-every time I thought I knew where we gonna go with this, i was wrong. Definitely recommend!

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