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.
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What a creepy novel. The moral of the story is don’t have an affair with one of your grad students or else they will try to ruin you. Seriously don’t do it.
I was hooked by Creep, which is Hillier’s debut novel. I have read her latest novel, Jar of Hearts, and you can tell how much she has improved as a writer. Not that Creep was bad, it just need a more focused storyline and less pages.
Hillier did a great job creating grad student, Ethan. He was super creepy, but you still felt a tiny bit bad for him. I wish that Hillier gave the readers a bit more insight into Ethan’s and Sheila’s affair, just so you got to see what Sheila saw in Ethan at the time. All the reader did was question Sheila’s judgement on why she would ever start something with Ethan.
I liked the storyline, but at times it tended to drag on. I was surprised when an event happened under the halfway point and I questioned what the rest of the book was about. I think if they had focused more on Sheila and Ethan, instead of the other minor characters, if would of been a better read.
3 calculators out of a potential 5. I really enjoyed the ending of this one and am happy that there is a follow up novel!