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.
A lack of suspense helps sink this middling thriller from Goldberg (Slow Down). William Lansing, a professor at Connecticut's Bentley College, is excited to learn that a former student of his, Kyle Broder, is now an editor at a New York publishing house and has just signed a lucrative contract with a debut novelist. William has been laboring for years over his own novel, which he hopes his prot g will publish. When Kyle rejects the manuscript, which is full of torture and cannibalistic fantasies, William turns on Kyle and others in Kyle's life. Unsurprisingly, it turns out that details of the manuscript reflect events that occurred in William's and Kyle's past. William is a stock psychopath, and Kyle comes across as a crass fool. For no clear reason, Kyle's girlfriend insists that he finish reading William's manuscript even after he tells her about the unpleasant subject matter. That these unlikable characters do nonsensical things presents another obstacle to enjoyment.