Release date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Kyle Broder has achieved his lifelong dream and is an editor at a major publishing house.
When Kyle is contacted by his favorite college professor, William Lansing, Kyle couldn’t be happier. Kyle has his mentor over for dinner to catch up and introduce him to his girlfriend, Jamie, and the three have a great time. When William mentions that he’s been writing a novel, Kyle is overjoyed. He would love to read the opus his mentor has toiled over.
Until the novel turns out to be not only horribly written, but the most depraved story Kyle has read.
After Kyle politely rejects the novel, William becomes obsessed, causing trouble between Kyle and Jamie, threatening Kyle’s career, and even his life. As Kyle delves into more of this psychopath’s work, it begins to resemble a cold case from his college town, when a girl went missing. William’s work is looking increasingly like a true crime confession.
Lee Matthew Goldberg's The Mentor is a twisty, nail-biting thriller that explores how the love of words can lead to a deadly obsession with the fate of all those connected and hanging in the balance.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Mentor!
As most of you know by now, I read a ton of thrillers so I'm always on the lookout for something within the genre that is fresh and unique. I've never read a thriller quite like The Mentor, it has a major literary vibe, it's highly intelligent and very tightly plotted, I loved it!
The premise of this was super interesting to me, I liked the insiders POV into the publishing industry, and as Kyle is an editor, I definitely got a fascinating look at the business of books. This is also a book within a book, (a bookception) another device that always intrigues me. I was hooked even before I actually started reading this, but I do want to point out that it's a bit of a slow burn in the first half. The groundwork is being laid for what is to come and while it was definitely enough to hold my attention, some may be expecting a faster pace right away. Right in the middle things start to move very quickly and that's when the real thrills and twists begin, there are some heart pounding moments and the pacing picks up to a relentless speed that took my breath away.
This had some really gruesome scenes and a deranged and depraved individual, this is definitely not for the faint of heart. There were some surprisingly funny moments as well that really helped to break the darkness up which is always a tool that I appreciate. There is also a subplot that deals with a cold case that was a great addition as well as characters that begin to unravel and descend into madness, the sense of paranoia was palpable and menacing.
This was far too twisty to allow me to discuss the plot further than what the blurb provides, but if that piques your interest and you can stomach some graphic scenes, you may like this one. Goldberg is an immensely talented writer and one that I will certainly be following, his ability to craft sinister characters and a tight plot is exactly what I look for in a solid thriller.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
About the Author:
Lee Matthew Goldberg’s novel THE MENTOR is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in June 2017 and has been acquired by Macmillan Entertainment. The French edition will be published by Editions Hugo. His debut novel SLOW DOWN is out now. His pilot JOIN US was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s TV Writing Competition. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his fiction has also appeared in The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, Verdad Magazine,BlazeVOX, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. He lives in New York City.