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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432734164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432734169
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,570,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jennifer Chase's Compulsion is an all-time great fiction suspense thriller. Jennifer takes her knowledge of forensic science and criminology to new levels of understanding and entertainment. This is one edge-of-your-seat who-dun-it that will keep you enthralled from the first page to the last." --Sandra E. Graham, BookPleasures, author of Amos Jakey and Nicolina


"Pot boiler will keep the pages turning... If you enjoy crime fiction with a local [California] flavor, you might wish to try this debut novel. Hang on; this one also has a wild ending with some major eye-popping developments that will take you by surprise."

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The love that author Jennifer Chase has for books and writing began with the weekly trips that her mom would take with her to the local library. Jennifer would load up her arms with books and spend the week pouring over them until the next visit brought the opportunity to discover even more authors and stories. Before long, she was taking pen to paper and a lifelong connection with creating characters and plotlines was made.

Jennifer has found her niche in the writing world by integrating another passion, criminology, into her work. She holds a bachelors degree in police forensics and a masters in criminology, academic pursuits that developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. She also holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling and is a proud member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

This research background has assisted Jennifer in writing multiple crime thrillers, including Compulsion, Dead Game, Silent Partner, Dark Mind and Dead Burn, earning multiple readers' choice awards and other accolades along the way, including a recent gold medal awarded for Dead Burn by a panel of professionals in the publishing industry as part of the International Book Awards. She also has published a non-fiction book, How to Write a Screenplay, which offers a step-by-step guide to this special craft. In addition to her own writing work, Jennifer assists other authors with their own publishing efforts and does some consulting work in the criminology field.

Jennifer Chase was born and raised in California and still lives there with her husband, dogs and cats. In addition to writing and studying, Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors, both at the beach and hiking, and engaging in some amateur photography.

Customer Reviews

Her character development is great.
Giselle T. Grimes
The grammar and paragraph structure are so poor that I couldn't even finish the first chapter.
The book moved along at a good pace and kept me turning pages.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By anniekatz on August 28, 2012
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Did I read the same book as the four- and five-star reviewers? Though the story line is novel (a most difficult feat in today's overly prolific e-publishing world,) the structure, the grammar, the vocabulary is atrocious. The prose is stilted, word choices appear to have been randomnly and psychotically plucked from the worst of Roget's Thesaurus, awkward and frequent tense shifts left me reeling from confusion and irritation. The author appears to lack even a basic understanding of sentence structure ("a child serial killer" is a serial killer who is a child. What she meant but did not know how to say is "a serial killer of children.") I find myself only writing reviews on books that match my definition of abysmal. Why? Because too many reviewers give four and five stars to books whose authors should have (and in my classes would have) received F's in freshman composition. I find the rapid decline of the quality of writing being published today deplorable. And it frightens me to my core that today's readers don't know any better.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Moore on January 24, 2009
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There are certain types of books that are almost guaranteed to keep me turning the pages into the late hours of the night. The first is any novel that develops a compelling story of the complexities found in human relationships. Second, I love a great piece of historical fiction that places me in a previous moment in time. And, finally, I gravitate towards thrilling mysteries that are filled with breath-taking action and plot twists. For literary satisfaction on the last count, I am so excited to have discovered new author Jennifer Chase. Her first book, Compulsion, is a fascinating story of serial murderers, pedophiles, and the one amazing woman who is able to bring them all to justice. When a book contains these elements and is well-written, which Compulsion most certainly is, you have the recipe for an amazing read.

Author Jennifer Chase introduces us to the great character of Emily Stone. Working anonymously with her camera, computer, and trusted weapon at her constant disposal, Stone goes on the hunt for some of the most violent and deplorable criminals one can imagine. She uses her police background and natural ability to get inside the criminal mind to gather detailed, on-the-scene evidence. Then, she sends her information to the police and another villain is taken off the streets. When Stone's identity is revealed to the latest killer on her radar screen, the fast-paced action that unfolds becomes the heart of the story and takes the reader on an amazing journey of heightened adrenaline and fear.

One of the greatest strengths in Chase's writing is the careful unfolding of her characters' personalities. The man known to the readers for most of Compulsion's pages only as The Killer is first revealed through the gruesome crimes he commits.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 12, 2009
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The life of a vigilante detective is a dangerous one. "Compulsion" follows vigilante detective Emily Stone, who has anonymously delivered the evidence needed to bring many scumbags to justice. But no good deed goes unpunished, and she soon finds herself the target of two ruthless serial killers. A delightful blend of mystery, thriller, and romance, Emily Stone's story in "Compulsion" is utterly fascinating reading that'll keep the pages turning.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By cori67 on January 20, 2012
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I selected Compulsion for my Kindle as it was one of the picks that Amazon selected based on my reading interests. I ploughed my way through it but honestly, it was a job, First the formatting for Kindle was terrible - the word Compulsion just randomly showed up in a middle of a sentence, as well as the author's name.

Secondly the spelling and grammar mistakes were deplorable. The author does know that the past tense of suppose is supposed, right? And the bad use of adverbs was glaringly obvious. Also, some basic gender spelling - blond is male, blonde is female. Brunet is male, brunette is female.

But more than that was the 10th grade descriptions, the tell not show style of writing. The scene where Emily escaped from the dog was probably the worst written scene I have read since I used to teach English writing in school. My suggestion to the author if she still wants to write, is to read some really talented authors - Carol O'Connell's "Mallory" series is amazing. J.D. Robb's "Eve Dallas" is another that comes to mind. They know how to write action and create a spellbinding character.

The premise of this story is good, with some finessing, Chase might even have a book worth the $16 some people have paid for it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T. Wichmann on January 22, 2009
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Just having finished Compulsion by Jennifer Chase, I was intrigued by not only the story line but also by the well-assembled way in which she creates a story, divulging things that only a student of criminal minds could reveal. The story puts you in the head of a deranged killer, actually more than one, and gives you insight into the way that they think. Horrifying in it's approach, you realize people are actually walking the street every day of our lives, living this sick-minded fantasy which leads to nothing but torment and torture for everyone around them. Instead of just telling a grizzly story, we come along for the ride, thinking what they think and better understanding the ruthlessness of their actions. Compulsion is just that, a life-enveloping energy lived out by these freaks that for whatever reason, see human lives as nothing more than a throwaway empty coffee cup from Starbucks. The author has done her homework and it's written in a way that even though you know through your own imagination what's really happening, it's not overdone. Texas Chainsaw Massacre it is not. Rather Chase lets you smell and feel the entree, you just can't see it. But you do feel this ungodly energy coming from the characters, living out their fantasies, reality just a side note to their twisted lives. An indigestible dream.

This is Chase's first effort and I believe it will lead to better things. A solid first start and one that makes me want more. I look forward to her next one. Better to read after dinner though.
Jeff Wichmann
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