Book Review: Creep

Creep (Creep #1) by Jennifer Hillier: Pulsing with the dark obsession of Radiohead’s song “Creep,” this taut thriller—Jennifer Hillier’s superb debut—rockets from its seductive opening to a heart pounding climax not easily forgotten.

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.

Lori's thoughts: I love a good story about twisted people. This one did not disappoint. By the time the book ended, was it wrong that I might have felt a little sympathy for Ethan? Books that send me spinning in a completely different direction than I'd anticipated always leave a smile on my face. I thought I had it all figured out. It was all wrapped up in a neat little bow. Ethan was bonkers. He kidnapped Sheila and held her captive. But why didn't he just kill her and get it over with? I was reading along toward a satisfying conclusion when all of a sudden out of left field comes something I didn't see coming. I love it when that happens! Sometimes, sadly, reading a good book -- although well-written -- can leave me feeling ho-hum, because it was so predictable. Creep wasn't one of those books. I liked the characters. Yes, even the bad guy earned a soft spot in my heart. But that could be my co-dependent nature kicking in. There's a little bit of an "uh-oh" feeling at the end, which I'm sure the author intended so that you'd want to read more! If you like a good psychological read, pick this up today, you won't be disappointed!

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