Watch the Girls

Watch the Girls

by Jennifer Wolfe


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Fame and obsession collide in this darkly twisted novel featuring a former Hollywood starlet with a devastating secret in this psychological thriller People magazine praises as "fast-paced and involving", from an incredible new voice in suspense.

I've been watched all my life. I'm used to being stared at. Observed. Followed.
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...

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.

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.


"Fast-paced and involving." People

"Sibling rivalry and Hollywood obsessions collide...Fast-paced and fraught with suspense, WATCH THE GIRLS unravels like a perfect summer-night movie." —BookPage

"Has all the nightmare fuel of great horror movie camp mixed with an absorbing mystery....There is no denying WATCH THE GIRLS is "nervously-eat-an-entire-box-of-cookies-without-realizing-it" good." Shelf Awareness (STARRED REVIEW)

"A devastating novel that evokes Ingmar Bergman and David Lynch....This disturbing, surrealistic thriller will keep readers spellbound." Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

"Debut author Wolfe has created a compelling, sympathetic character in Liv...[This is] a psychologically dark ride through a twisted underworld of fame and desperation, a journey that will keep readers guessing until the shocking ending. " Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538760840
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 763,383
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Wolfe worked as a phlebotomist, a fiction writing teacher, a copywriter, and ran a concert venue before quitting to move to Los Angeles, where she performed odd jobs in the film industry for a decade. She now divides her time between Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. WATCH THE GIRLS is Jennifer's debut thriller. She also publishes young adult fiction under the name Jennifer Bosworth.

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Watch the Girls 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KrittersRamblings 12 months ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A behind the scenes look at Hollywood with a thriller wrapped in one cover. Liv Hendricks and Olivia Hill are one in the same. Olivia Hill was a child actress who left the business after a family tragedy but has reentered as Liv Hendricks, but would prefer to leave the past in the past. As work has dried up she has a new assignment that may bring the past back to life and she may have to confront it all head on.
Mahuenga More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after hearing the author interviewed on the blog talk radio program Matt Coyle’s Crime Corner. Her background is young adult fiction, and I could see that style in this book. The story is a non-stop roller coaster ride where you’re jammed into your seat with some pretty creepy characters that haunted Liv Hendricks and have reinserted themselves into her present life to wreak further havoc. It is a page-turner. Every time you think this author can’t come up with one more plot twist, she does. And it seemed very original to this reader. I felt that she side-stepped some of the mystery genre conventions, but not enough to disappoint me or interfere with my concentration. It’s a very strange story, but not one that I will ever forget.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
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!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
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.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
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.
ASalt More than 1 year ago
“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.