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Freak Hardcover – August 7, 2012

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"The second book in this series leaves [fans] hungry for the next. Taut and fraught with surprise twists, Hillier's thriller is addictive." ---Kirkus --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Jennifer Hillier made her fiction debut with Creep. Originally from Canada, she has also lived with her husband in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her on the web at JenniferHillier.org.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451664540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451664546
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer Hillier is a full-time novelist who writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things. Born and raised in Toronto and a proud Canadian, she spent five years living in Seattle, which is where she wrote her first novel. She currently splits her time between Toronto and Seattle, and is slightly ashamed to admit that she's way more of a football fan than a hockey fan . . . which, she suspects, makes her a bad Canadian.

She loves her son, her husband, her cat Kobe, the Seahawks, and Stephen King. Not equally, but close. She's the author of the psychological thrillers CREEP (2011), FREAK (2012), and THE BUTCHER (2014), all published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. WONDERLAND is coming October 5, 2015. Her agent is Victoria Skurnick of Levine Greenberg Rostan.

She blogs about writing, publishing, and life in general at SerialKillerFiles.com. Check out her official website at JenniferHillier.ca.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After reading "Creep" I became an immediate fan of Jennifer Hillier and couldn't wait to read the next installment in the series. Well all I can say "freak" was worth the wait.

There is a killer on the loose, someone is murdering high class call girls and leaving a message carved into their body. The message is Free Abby Maddox! Abby Maddox was the girlfriend of seriel killer Ethan Wolfe, from the book"Creep." She is serving a stint in prison, and turns out she has been getting love letters from the killer. She decides working with the police to help catch the killer just might get her a reduced sentence,but can they figure out who it is before he strikes again?

This book grabbed me from the opening pages, starting off fast and furious and not letting up until the end. The author has an interesting cast of characters, and for me it I thought the returning character of Sheila Tao was easier to connect with in this installment.

If your a fan of fast paced, page turning edge of your seat reading then your going to want to pick up this one. A book that once I started reading I just couldn't put it down!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By james garcia jr on September 3, 2012
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In the just released sequel, "Freak", Hillier takes the story from "Creep" further as Ethan is out of the picture, but his girlfriend and partner in crime, Abby Maddox, is in jail for the crimes that either one or both of them committed. However, women are turning up dead all over Seattle. They are the spitting image of Abby Maddox and they have the phrase: Free Abby Maddox scrawled onto their bodies. Dr, Tao, Jerry Isaac, Detective Torrance and the surviving characters have their worlds turned upside down as they grapple with the manipulating psychopath that seems to be taunting and striking out at them from behind bars... That is until she gets out.

I will state, unequivocally, that Hillier is a fresh new voice in fiction. Where some use the same tired formula, Hillier shakes things up, pushing the boundaries of Crime, Suspense, Thriller and Horror fiction to create a serious rival to the current crop of masters out there.

Hillier's writing breeds three-dimensional characters that literally leap from the page. As a reader, you will believe that she is an expert in Psychology, police procedure and the penal system. Her perfect pacing leaves no room for anything as it plows forward, taking you on a rewarding trip that will cause you to stay up well into the night, take longer lunch breaks and perhaps even keep you off of the social networks (as I did) as you flip page after meaty page.

Hillier's got the goods, my friends, and she delivers on all counts.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gpat65 VINE VOICE on August 26, 2012
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I just finished FREAK and it was great! Jennifer Hillier has a talent for writing a book that is impossible to put down. Sheila Tao is recovering from all that Ethan has caused her and now his girlfriend Abby Maddox is a possible cause of problems from her jail cell. Someone is murdering women and carving "Free Abby Maddox" into their backs. Sheila's relationship with Morris is still in turmoil. This book is fine fantastic freaky great reading. Buy it you will love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Kill one serial killer and along comes another. Freak is Jennifer Hillier's follow-up to her thrilling debut, Creep, which featured serial killer Ethan Wolfe. This time someone is murdering high priced escorts and afterwards carving, 'Free Abby Maddox' on their backs.

Abby Maddox was Ethan's long-time girlfriend. She's serving a nine year sentence in a maximum security prison for attempting to murder a private investigator involved in tracking down Ethan. Private investigator Jerry Isaac has every reason to want Maddox to stay there, so why should he agree to her request to visit her in prison? Because Abby has agreed to help authorities to find the new serial killer, who seems to be her number one fan.

Finding the murderer is Detective Mike Torrance's primary concern even if it means providing Maddox with compensation by allowing her to move to a low-security facility. Professor Shelia Taos, recovering sex addict, also returns in Freak. Maddox plays her as well.

This thriller will keep you turning pages long after bedtime. Hillier introduces you to a new kind of serial killer. Although Freak could be enjoyed without first reading Creep, the books are connected so read Creep first if possible.

The original review appeared on Bookloons.com
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 1, 2012
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Freak, kept me on the edge. Read Creep first. Enjoy the characters not your typical character relationships. Great book. Can't wait for the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy L. Hines VINE VOICE on August 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After the conclusion of Creep, I was excited to get my hands on Freak. Dr. Tao is still recuperating from her violent and creepy experience and wants to finalize her wedding plans. Jerry is still hostile about Abby slicing his neck and the scar has made him push his wife away. Not happy, but a little bit satisfied that Abby Maddox was finally caught and is serving nine years in prison for her assault on him.

But now women are turning up dead with the words Free Abby Maddox carved into their backs. Abby tells the authorities that she thinks she can help them find the killer, but she wants something in return. She wants moved to a less secure prison and she can't be tried for the murder of the swimmer who was killed. She also wants to talk to Sheila Tao.

Jerry decides to help his old partner work the case, but the killer is leaving numbers on the bodies, and it's likely there will be ten before it's all said and done. Jerry will do whatever it takes to make sure those women aren't killed, even if it means playing mouse with the woman he hates the most in the world, Abby Maddox.

Abby still hasn't forgiven Sheila for having an affair with her long-time boyfriend Ethan, and she'll do whatever it takes to seek her revenge. She obviously isn't the serial killer on the loose, as she's in prison, but Sheila and Jerry have a feeling that somehow she is orchestrating everything from her cell. But how? When more bodies are found, they finally get a clue. But will it be enough or are they playing directly into the killer's hand?

Freak is awesome! I loved Creep but Freak is the cherry on top. Hillier has really honed her craft in this page-turning, nail-biting thriller and I want more, more, more!
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