Watch the Girls (Hardcover)

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Watch the Girls is a campy, creepy and fun debut thriller. Liv Hendricks is a 32-year old former child star whose youngest sister disappeared 15 years ago. After Liv loses her job on a reality TV series, she posts a video on a crowdfunding site, offering to investigate an unsolved missing person case, chosen by the highest contributor. Her highest donor is Jonas Kron, a legendary horror film director, whose bizarre, highly disturbing films have a rabid cult following. He wants Liv to investigate a series of disappearances in the California small town where he shot his films. The chapters alternate between Liv’s investigation and the events surrounding her sister’s disappearance 15 years ago, and the unfolding narrative is by turns comical and very dark. Wolves, fires, sacrificial rituals, hidden cameras, sibling rivalry, stage mothers, revenge, and buried memories all feature in this highly original thriller, and the shocking, twisted and totally unbelievable finale is a fitting homage to horror films, reality TV and the devastating power of online video and social media. Highly recommended for fans of dark thrillers, campy horror films and refreshingly inventive storytelling.

— Kim


Fame and obsession collide in this darkly twisted novel 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.

"Sibling rivalry and Hollywood obsessions collide...Fast-paced and fraught with suspense, Watch the Girls unravels like a perfect summer-night movie." --- BookPage

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

" A] campy debut thriller...with a] twisty and twisted ending." --- Kirkus Reviews

"Debut author Wolfe has created a compelling, sympathetic character in Liv, a scared, lonely woman who acts jaded and tough but grieves over a missing sister of her own. The author takes readers on a psychologically dark ride through a twisted underworld of fame and desperation, a journey that will keep readers guessing until the shocking ending. " --- Booklist

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781538760840
ISBN-10: 1538760843
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Pages: 400
Language: English