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Creep Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2012
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"Hillier will likely have best sellers in the future thanks to her suspenseful plotting and solid character development . . . this fast-paced page-turner will keep fans of Lisa Gardner and Chelsea Cain guessing." ---Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jennifer Hillier makes 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.
Top customer reviews
It is a page turner/burner, as it keeps you on the
edge of your seat through out.
The characters are well developed and earn their places
in the story line.
We meet, Dr Sheila Tao, a divorced Psychology Professor,
that is breaking all kinds of rules, as she is, well find out for
Meet Grad Student, Ethan Wolfe, he is also Dr Tao's TA, and the
person, she is breaking all the rules with.
After Dr Tao, becomes engaged to her Investment Banker boyfriend,
she decides to break things off with young Mr Wolfe.
The trouble starts when, Mr Wolfe decides, breaking it off, is not something
he wishes or wants to do.
His comment, If I can't have you......just about tells you what is coming.
As always, a serial killer has something that is a trigger, to set them off, and
this "break up" may be Mr Wolfe's.......or not.
For you see, Mr Wolfe is a sociopath, and always has been one.
Here is a teaser.......does Mr Wolfe have a partner?
You will have to read the story to find that out.
And after reading Creep, make sure you read the follow up book, I
will be reviewing it very soon.
The book's premise was interesting enough- a professor of psychology with a sex addiction and a fiance and a young student who is her lover. The main character has plenty of faults in place to make her gritty. But it all sort of falls flat. So much predictability with this story, and the author definitely expects you to believe some incredible things... It was sort of like a horror film, where you have to accept that all the characters are going to act in a rather stupid, naive manner in order for the story to work.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, but there was nothing in this plot that was surprising. The characters were rather two dimensional. The actual writing style of this author is rather... basic.
If you are looking for a quick, easy read, this book is enjoyable. If you are looking for any sort of deeper connection to the characaters or the plot... keep looking.
What did I like about the book? First of all, the storyline is intriguing and is summarized in the author's synopsis. Secondly, this novel is named after Radiohead's Creep, and I love the exquisite creepiness of that song. The scene in the book which had that composition playing in the background merits high honors for doing the song justice. Major props for that. I also liked the idea of a psychology professor (Sheila) dabbling with an antisocial psychopath. I admired the way the psychologist used her professional skills to try to get herself out of a dreadful situation; the cat and mouse exchanges between Sheila and The Creep were extremely interesting to me. The character development was very good, especially of Sheila and to a lesser extent Sheila's fiance Morris and bad boy Ethan. What I enjoyed most was the investigation of Sheila's disappearance, starring Morris and Jerry the private investigator. This was well done and drew me in quickly. This section flowed wonderfully, and I couldn't wait to see how this horrible mess was going to turn out.
What did I not like? Other than when Sheila was using her psychospeak in attempting to free herself, I really did not like the chapters detailing her predicament at the hands of The Creep. I do generally like my thrillers dark and deranged, but I think it was probably the fact that the victim was the protagonist, a very likeable protagonist, that really turned me off. I felt repulsed and could not wait for that part to be over. I also found the set up a titch slow for me, but I do think it was necessarily that way in order to strengthen the meat of the book. Another thing I did not like about the novel was the last page. 'Nuff said. Will I read the next book? Yes, I have to now!
I recommend this novel to lovers of psychological suspense, with the one warning that the reader may feel uncomfortable during the nastier parts of the story. I am awarding Creep 3 stars.
The book was good enough for me to order the next two in the series and also to pre-order one of her upcoming releases.