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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Creep by Jennifer Hillier

by Jennifer Hillier

Publisher: Gallery
Publish Date: July 1, 2011
357 Pages
Series: Creep #1 
Genres: Thriller, Suspense

If he can’t have her . . .

Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology. An expert in human behavior. And when she began an affair with sexy, charming graduate student Ethan Wolfe, she knew she was playing with fire. Consumed by lust when they were together, riddled with guilt when they weren’t, she knows the three-month fling with her teaching assistant has to end. After all, she’s finally engaged to a kind and loving investment banker who adores her, and she’s taking control of her life. But when she attempts to end the affair, Ethan Wolfe won’t let her walk away.

. . . no one else can.

Ethan has plans for Sheila, plans that involve posting a sex video that would surely get her fired and destroy her prestigious career. Plans to make her pay for rejecting him. And as she attempts to counter his every threatening move without her colleagues or her fiancé discovering her most intimate secrets, a shattering crime rocks Puget Sound State University: a female student, a star athlete, is found stabbed to death. Someone is raising the stakes of violence, sex, and blackmail . . . and before she knows it, Sheila is caught in a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with the lover she couldn’t resist—who is now the monster who won’t let her go.

My Review:

If you're a psychological suspense/thriller lover and haven't read Hillier yet, you need to remedy that IMMEDIATELY.  After loving her last 3 books, I had to go to the backlist.  I'm currently listening to The Butcher and then just have to read Freak and I'm all caught up... which just means Hillier needs to hurry up with the next book already! (Please and thank you!)

Turns out, Creep and Freak are actually standalones that just take place in the same fictional Seattle world and another won't be coming anytime soon, but I certainly would welcome more from this world, or any world Hillier wants to bring us readers. But right now... right at THIS exact moment... I'm kicking myself for not reading her backlist earlier.  Obsession, psychopaths, sex addicts, engagements, murder.... do I need to say more?

Hillier likes to write twisted stories about twisted people and she always delivers.  I actually wished this had gone just a tad darker but that probably says more about me than anything else. *shrug* But then I remember that this is her debut novel and you can see the growth from this to the latest.  Across the board, highly entertaining from beginning to end, creepy antagonists, flawed protagonists.... Hillier just brings her own vibe to stories avid thriller readers have seen before. I'm a fan.  Basically, read all her books. Thank you and goodnight! 


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