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Product Details

  • Series: New Orleans Series (Book 4)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423315154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423315155
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,627,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In bestseller Jackson's spine-tingling romantic thriller, the turbo-charged follow-up to Shiver (2006), photographer Abby Chastain, who played a major role in Shiver, finds she may have a half-sister in Eve Renner, the adopted daughter of Dr. Terrence Renner, former head psychiatrist at Our Lady of Virtues Mental Hospital, a shuttered asylum near (pre-Katrina) New Orleans. When "the Reviver," a tattoo-loving psychopath intent on revenge, almost kills Eve, the amnesia-plagued Eve fears Cole Dennis, her lawyer boyfriend, might be the monster, since she saw him at the scene of her assault (and a friend's murder), though Cole is released for lack of evidence. The body count mounts through many unexpected twists and turns as a grim Det. Reuben Montoya, Abby's fiancé, and his partner, Rick Bentz, try to puzzle out the killer's cryptic clues before he strikes again. A heart-stopping resolution suggests another heavy-breathing update might be in the works. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

Eve Renner has been recovering from gunshot wounds after having being lured to the crime scene where a good friend was killed. She's lost part of her memory of that night, so she can't be sure that her boyfriend was the one who shot her. On the very day she moves back into her house, he is released from jail. Eve hopes not to see Cole at all, but he is lured to Eve's father's house and arrives at another crime scene. Everything is the same as the first: throats are slit, messages are written in blood, and the victims have been tattooed. Madness and evil are at play as Eve's past and present coalesce, and the asylum where her father worked and Eve played as a child emerges as a key to the mystery. Wonderfully written, tense, and suspenseful with shocking revelations at every turn, Jackson's disturbing tale will leave readers on the edges of their seats. Maria Hatton
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on November 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Eve Renner sustained a gunshot wound upon discovering her childhood friend slain in a remote cabin, and the last face she saw before passing out was that of her jealous lover, attorney Cole Dennis. With evidence lacking, and Eve being an unreliable witness due to partial amnesia, he's set free after three months and told not to bother Eve, but he can't keep away from her. Despite a restraining order, he seeks Eve out after he is summoned to the house of her father only to find him murdered in the same manner. When more bodies pile up, all bearing different numbers tattooed on their foreheads, the police realize that they might have been hasty in trying to pin the first murder on Cole. All the victims have a history with now-defunct Our Lady of Virtues mental hospital, and there appears to be a link between Eve and the suicidal Faith Chastain, whose death figured prominently in Jackson's "Shiver".

You have to suspend belief that a high powered attorney can lose everything including the clothes on his back when he hasn't even been indicted, or that his lover can be so quick to forgive him, or that the same town can have a pious serial killer in their midst not once but twice in a single year (make that three times since the door has been left open for another sequel). My chief complaint was that the story is too close in plot to "Shiver," and that detracts from the story, as it gives it an all too familiar "been there, done that" theme, in fact, I thought a couple times there that I'd already read the story, particularly the setting and the police officers in charge. However, Jackson is a master at weaving an intricate plot (and knows her Catholicism), and I found myself digging in late into the night to discover the identity of the mastermind behind the killings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco VINE VOICE on February 28, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"I'm livin' a soap opera," drawls Eve under her breath, as she descends the stairs to greet her lover, who is slaving over a hot skillet of bacon for their reunion breakfast. And Absolute Fear is a soap opera of a book, lengthy, repetitive, and so predictable. Incredibly sexy Eve, barely recovered from a terrifying murder attempt, hasn't the sense to 1) stay away from danger and let the police do their work, 2) stay away from the impossibly hunky Cole, whom she thinks may have tried to kill her, 3) stay away from the creepy abandoned psycho hospital where she grew up. The cops on the case, barely a year after another serial killer situation at the same institution, can't seem to hook up the clues that are screamingly obvious. Why they didn't raze that place after the first round is the biggest mystery in this clunker.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mahikahn on August 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"Cold-Blooded" and "Shiver", the previous two books in this series, were very good. This one, not so much.

Not enough info on:
*Eve's relationship with Cole before the shooting.
*What happened to Eve and Cole in the three months after the shooting.
*What really happened with Cole on the night of the shooting, because the few lines it was covered in were unclear.

Not enough development of the male and female leads. Ex: Did Eve work? If not how did she get her money?

As someone else pointed out why did Cole lose his house, car, job, money and possessions when he hadn't even been indicted yet? His attorney was a friend so he would have gotten a break on that fee and Cole was an attorney also so he would have been able to do a lot of the work on his own.

Now we have two women in the TSTL (too stupid to live), dumber than a box of rocks, don't have two brain cells to rub together category. Eve had found her friend brutally murdered with a tattoo carved into him, she'd been shot and almost died. Then her father was murdered in the same manner as her friend (also with a tattoo) and Eve has been targeted by the killer. Yet she went running around on her own, meeting a friend at a restaurant and then into a deserted insane asylum. TSTL

Kristi's dad is a cop and she's mad at him because he won't give her privileged details on a current investigation so she can write a true crime book. Kristi had been kidnapped, chained to a wall, and almost died because of the serial killer that had been after her. Yet there she is, a year or so later, wandering alone around the same insane asylum as Eve, not at the same time, taking pictures of the area where a nun had just been found also carved up and dead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maribug971 on September 29, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read a few of the reviews and many have stated that there were some aspects of this book that were unrealistic... true. When I buy fictionally based books, I'm looking at the entertainment value, not whether or not the story is correct in procedures or religious practices.

As far as the entertainment value of this book is concerned, it was good and I enjoyed it, but was a little disappointed in the sudden ending. The build up was pretty suspenseful, and then BAM! The story ended without much of an detailed explanation of what happened to the main characters, with the exception of Kristi, who I had a hard time caring about throughout the telling of the Absolute Fear since she seemed like a sidekick throughout the book. The book was a little long, so I'm wondering if the meat of the ending wound up on the editing room floor in an effort to save a few pages of text.

All in all, I'm giving this book 3 stars. A good read, but not excellent/outstanding. I think it's predecessor, Shiver, was a much better book. Better character details, and a lot better ending!
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#1 NYT and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Jackson started writing after her sister read an article in TIME Magazine in 1981 about how young mothers were making money writing romance novels. Both Lisa and her sister, Nancy Bush, began their writing careers right then, and lo, these many years later Lisa has published seventy-five plus novels and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.

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