Title: The Mentor
Author: Lee Matthew Goldberg
Date of Publication: June 14, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
When Kyle earns a prestigious position as an editor at a large New York publishing house, he’s surprised and delighted to hear from his favourite professor from his college days. Apparently, Professor William Lansing has been writing a novel these last ten years, and he asks if Kyle would consider publishing it. Kyle is thrilled to be the first to read this novel, but that excitement is short lived. It’s a thousand pages of horribly written depravity. Kyle tries to let his professor down gently, to tell him that the novel can’t be published, but his mentor won’t take no for an answer…
The Mentor starts off slow, but the writing was compelling enough to keep me engaged until the novel’s hook was revealed. There are quite a few hair-raising twists throughout this thriller. A couple were somewhat predictable, but there were enough surprises to keep me on my toes. The ending (no spoilers!) is downright chilling.
This book is quite a psychological thriller, as it becomes clear that Professor Lansing isn’t exactly the stereotypical concerned teacher. He has a dark side, which is gradually revealed as the story progresses. There are times when Kyle questions his own sanity, and the reader can’t help but do the same. That said, there are other horror elements, such as the “depravity” of the professor’s novel, which are revealed to the reader in snippets. These excerpts were never too extreme, but definitely not something you’d want to read with the lights off.