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New arrival Brennan wastes no time proving that she's a talent to be reckoned with ... Truly chilling Romantic Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Allison Brennan is the author of The Prey, The Hunt, The Kill, Speak No Evil, See No Evil, and Fear No Evil. For thirteen years she worked as a consultant in the California State Legislature before leaving to devote herself fully to her family and writing. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Dan, and their five children.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034550271X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345502711
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elaine C McTyer on February 10, 2008
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Allison Brennan is becoming a major talent in the suspense thriller genre. This book is no different and continues the stories of the Kincaids and their associates. I loved it.

Carina Kincaid's partner is Will Hooper, seven yrs ago Will was on the task force that caught and put Theodore Glenn in prison on death row. During the course of the investigation Will met and fell in love with Robin McKenna. She was one of the strippers at RJ's, Theodore glenn killed four other strippers who were her friends before he was caught. The last one was her roommate. Robin found her and has nightmares still, about falling over the body and sliding through the blood.

Will is a detective with the SFPD, he is divorced and has only had short affairs with other women since he lost Robin. Will lost her trust when he didn't believe her about Glenn. She never had an affair with him. Will finds that the news of Glenn's escape brings back all the feelings for Robin and when he sees her, he knows he will do everything he can to protect her and if he is lucky win her back into his arms.

Robin started stripping to pay for college, but every man she has dated has equated stripping with prostitution. She has lost all trust in men until she met Will. She opened her heart to him and thought he trusted her, but his questions about her relationship with Glenn destroyed what trust and love she had for him. Now Robin owns RJ's and it is an uptown night club. Very chic and understated the club has been rebuilt and refurnished while the area was undergoing a rejuvenation. However Robin still sleeps with the lights on.

When an unknown fault causes an earthquake at San Quention, Theodore takes the chance with many others and escapes.
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Seven years ago, Theodore Glenn was convicted of murdering four women and vowed revenge against those he held responsible for his incarceration. After a natural disaster occurs at San Quentin prison where he's being held, he escapes and heads south to begin his killing spree. Robin McKenna is a former stripper, current business owner, and the woman whose testimony helped put Glenn behind bars. Her ex-lover, Detective Will Hooper was the arresting officer, and both are on the top of this vicious and manipulative killer's hit list.

First off, though this is book one in the Prison Break Trilogy, Ms. Brennan puts a lot of cross-over characters into her novels. Will Hooper actually made multiple appearances in the No Evil Trilogy, and for that reason I'd suggest reading 'Speak No Evil' first, which is his partner's story. Even better, I'd recommend reading all her stories chronologically since each one is thrilling in its own right and there are so many people you'll recognize from previous books. No worries though if you'd prefer not to, as this can definitely be read as a standalone.

Killing Fear was a thrilling read which immediately grabbed my attention. At the start of this story I had a super hard time putting it down and figured it was a a five-star book for sure. However, although it was fast paced and never boring, I never really felt connected to either Will or Robin's characters. Glenn on the other hand, was a truly chilling individual whose obsession with Robin gave me the creeps. In the end I thought it was a very compelling romantic suspense, one I'm happy to have read and would easily recommend.
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If you're familiar with the author and had read her previous 'Evil' trilogy, you'll be familiar with some of the characters in this one; Carina and Nick, Julia and Connor, and Dillon. I'm glad they were part of this book.

I had read Crystal's review on this one and had to pick it up. I'd read the previous trilogy and loved it, so this was pretty much a no-brainer. I'm glad I did.

Brennan has a way of creating fictional characters that seem absolutely real. I could feel Robin's fear, her courage, her motivation to be able to take care of herself. I could feel Will's determination to bring Glenn down.

And Glenn scared me - right out of the book, he scared me. I had never read a character as alive as this one; a sadistic sociopath with absolutely no remourse for what he's done or is about to do. His goal is to hurt Robin, a former stripper that saw Glenn for what he was and disliked him. He sees himself as above everyone else and hates Robin for choosing Will over him. He gave me the shivers!

And I agree with Crystal on the ending. Way too rushed! All of it squeezed into three chapters. Had it been stretched out a little with a little more action, this book would be a perfect 5-star. Excellent book! If you like thrillers, you'll love this book!
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By Janet on February 4, 2008
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I couldn't put it down. Very tense and suspenseful. Great balance of suspense and romance. The only thing I had a bit of a problem with was that Will was not exactly one of my favorite characters Brennan has created and I wasn't that anxious to read his story. But he was just ok. I liked Robin better than him. By the last part of the book, their romance seemed more taken for granted and not as fresh anymore. Maybe it was just me.

I can't wait to read about Patrick. He was mentioned so often, I can't help but think his story is coming soon. I really liked the excerpt from her next book. I'm more excited for that one than Killing Fear.
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