Freak (Creep #2) by Jennifer Hillier

Freak

Sitting alone in a maximum-security prison cell, Abby Maddox is a celebrity. Her claim to fame is the envy of every freak on the outside: she’s the former lover of Ethan Wolfe, the killer who left more than a dozen dead women in his wake and nearly added Puget Sound State professor Sheila Tao to the tally. Now Abby, serving a nine-year sentence for slashing a police officer’s throat in a moment of rage, has little human contact—save for the letters that pour in from demented fans, lunatics, and creeps. But a new wave of murders has given Abby a possible chance for a plea bargain—because this killer has been sending her love letters, and carving a message on the bodies of the victims: Free Abby Maddox.

Jerry Isaac will never forget the attack—or his attacker. The hideous scarring and tortured speech are daily reminders that the one-time Seattle PD officer, now a private investigator, is just lucky to be alive. Abby Maddox deserves to rot in jail—forever, as far as Jerry’s concerned. But she alone may possess crucial evidence—letters from this newest killer—that could crack open the disturbing case. With the help of Professor Sheila Tao, seasoned police detective Mike Torrance, and intuitive criminology student Danny Mercy, Jerry must coax the shattering truth from isolated, dangerous Abby Maddox. Can he put the pieces together before Abby’s number one fan takes another life in the name of a killer’s perverted idea of justice?

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Surprisingly I liked Freak more than the first novel, Creep. Not sure if it had anything to do with me reading it on my plane ride down to sunny Florida, but I really enjoyed it!

Freak begins almost right away from where Creep left off, but the focus is more on Abby, which I really loved! I liked Abby and she was an interesting villain. It was interesting to see the power that she held over people when she was sitting in jail.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. This is my third Jennifer Hillier novel (Jar of Hearts, Creep and now Freak) and I’m happy to say that I’m a fan and can’t wait for her future novels!

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Creep by Jennifer Hillier

Creep

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!

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Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years . . .

When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?

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Based on my WWW Wednesday – June 27, 2018 post, some of you are very intrigued by Jar of Hearts.  I’m happy to say that it’s so much more than a pretty cover, it has an amazing story line with a mystery that had me guessing and thrown off!

This novel won’t be for everyone. It’s graphic both in the murders (which includes children) and sex scenes. It’s an uncomfortable read in that regard.

I was hooked right away. Geo is in court and she needs to testify against her ex-boyfriend, Calvin, who not just murdered her best friend, but also three other women. Geo in this moment knows that she is going to lose everything that she has built for herself, including her career and wealthy fiancé.

I loved that the story went a bit backwards. You learned who is responsible for Angela’s death and they are sent to jail. Then you learn more details about Geo’s and Calvin’s relationship and why they did the things that they did. There is also a new mystery with new bodies appearing after Geo is sent to prison.

5 calculators out of a potential 5!! If the description intrigues you then you must read it! Now excuse me, I’m off to check out Jennifer Hillier’s other novels!

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