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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 heartpounding 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.

357 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 2011

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Jennifer Hillier

11 books9,379 followers
Jennifer Hillier imagines the worst about people, and then writes about it.

She’s the USA Today, Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail bestselling author of Things We Do in the Dark, described as “an intoxicating thrill ride” by the New York Times and “propulsive and chilling” by People magazine. It was a Book of the Month Club selection, an Indigo Top Ten Best Book of the Year, an Amazon Editor’s Spotlight Pick, a Goodreads Choice Award nominee, a Loan Stars pick, and a her third consecutive novel to be honored as a LibraryReads pick, which places her in their Hall of Fame.

Jennifer is also the author of six other psychological thrillers. Her USA Today bestselling novel Little Secrets is currently being adapted for Peacock by Tish Cyrus’s Hopetown Entertainment, writer Melissa Scrivner Love and Universal Television, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Anthony Award. Jar of Hearts won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel and was also shortlisted for the Anthony and Macavity Awards. Her earlier novels are Creep, Freak, The Butcher, and Wonderland, the last of which will be published in mass market paperback and audiobook for the very first time in April 2023. Her books have been published in twenty-three languages so far.

Jennifer is Filipino-Canadian, born and raised in Toronto. She spent eight amazing years in Seattle which is where she first became a published writer. She’s a Seahawks fan who married to a Packers guy. They have a young son who looks most like her when he’s crying. She’s afraid of the dark and can’t sleep unless she’s checked the locks on the doors several times. She loves writing when it’s raining, sleeping when it’s sunny, and reading after everyone else has gone to bed. She cherishes her family (those who read, and those who don’t), and her friends (those who write, and those who don’t). She’s a cat person without a cat, which makes her sad. But she’s now back in the Toronto area permanently with her family, which makes her happy.

Her next novel is coming in 2024.

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1,125 reviews3,707 followers
October 28, 2016
WOW!! Could not put this book down!! Kept me up late into the night! I devoured it!

Dr. Tao a Psychology Professor at a University in the NW launches into an affair with her teaching assistant. It quickly turns into a dangerous, obsessive, stalking situation when she tries to break it off.
This book pulls you along and you think you know where its headed but then you have that moment where your jaw drops, because you never saw the twist coming!

Best psychological thriller I have read in a long time. Can't wait to start the next in the series... FREAK.
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1,344 reviews5 followers
August 24, 2014

I purchased a copy of "Creep", a psychological thriller, by Jennifer Hillier to read on my Kindle after hearing great reviews. This is the first novel by this author, followed by "Freak" and "The Butcher".

I must say I read The Butcher, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed with that novel. I know that The Butcher was listed as a psychological thriller, but I consider it more of a psychological drama. In The Butcher, the author revealed the ID of the killer in the first few chapters, so the book became more of a psychological character study than thriller, although the last bit is fast paced as we approach the resolution. So right at the beginning the reader knows the Who...the How...and the Why. But I kept asking myself why would she do this? I understand that this allows the author to write in the killer's POV, and can reveal his thought processes.

But I LOVED "Creep". This novel has everything...lies, deceit, murder, sex and alcohol addiction, obsession, unrequited love and self-pity. I was totally absorbed with this novel, and definitely plan to read the next book in the series called "Freak".

The setting for the novel is in Seattle, and recently engaged psychology professor Sheila Tao is looking to end the three-month long sex-affair she has been having with her student/assistant, Ethan Wolfe. The problem is Ethan didn't see WHY it had to end...and starts to stalk her. Ethan's twisted response was "But it doesn't change anything between you and me."

Ethan threatens to expose their affair and post some sexy video on the internet, if she tries to get rid of him. He also tries to learn as much as he can about Sheila’s fiancé, Morris, in order to find out what she truly sees in him. Ethan is adamant in stopping the wedding, Sheila belongs to HIM!

Jennifer Hillier strikes it big with this first book in a new series. Hillier weaves a vicious web of twists and turns, leaving the reader unsure up to the bitter end of how things are going to turn out for both Ethan and Sheila. This novel kept me turning page after page wanting to know the final outcome.

I would recommend Creep to any fans of psychological thrillers or mysteries. I will definitely be reading her next novel "Freak". You will not be able to put this book down...until you finish it!
Profile Image for Albert Riehle.
530 reviews64 followers
October 16, 2011

This book is billed as a psychological thriller. Honestly, the pace never got to a point that anyone could honestly call this book thrilling and though there was a twist at the end and it was about a woman who teaches psychology, I didn't feel especially challenged in any mental capacity. It's pulp genre fiction. At no point was I on the edge of my seat. This wasn't a page turner by any means. You turn the pages because that's what you do, not because you can't wait to find out what happens on the next page.

That isn't to say this book is horrible--or even bad, it's just not all that great. It's nothing we all haven't read before. It isn't written with a style of any particular interest. A lot of it is trite and saccharine. The dialogue of the men in the book was painful in places--obviously the way a woman would talk, not a man and it might not be as aggravating when read by a woman, but to a guy it just seems awful.

Still. I made it all the way through this book, which says something, I suppose. Like I said, it's not horrible, it's just very average. It doesn't distinguish itself in any particular way. The characters have dimension to them, but seem almost less-than-adult in a lot of ways. There's a lot of teen angst going on for a book about adults. There will be people who love this book--probably for a lot of reasons that I didn't. So, the best way to sum it all up is to say that this is one of those books written for a particular audience and if you're a part of that audience, you'll think everything I've written here is crap. I'd imagine that if you like Stephanie Meyer's books you'll love this one. Unlike Meyer, Hillier even has a full command of the English language and uses it properly.

It just wasn't my cup of tea.
July 16, 2022

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Jennifer Hillier might be one of my new favorite thriller authors. I think this is the third book I've read of hers at this point, and they've all been SO GOOD. I've been wanting to read CREEP for a while because I like the Radiohead song and it would be the perfect soundtrack for some creepy erotic thriller like this one. I'm happy to say that Ms. Hillier totally does it justice.

Sheila Tao is a distinguished professor of psychology. She's engaged to be married to a rich banker who's an ex-football player and she's well respected in her career. She's also got a sex addiction and she's been having an affair with her teaching assistant, Ethan Wolfe. But not anymore. She's decided to break things off. But Ethan doesn't take kindly to that. In fact, he's decided that if he can't have Sheila, nobody can.

This was just so good. The pacing was excellent and the author kept up the tension for the whole book. I found myself gripping my computer, desperately clicking to the next page, wanting to find out what happened next. I usually read romances, so with those, 99% of the time, you know you're going to get a happy ending. But with thrillers, it could go either way. There are stakes. I desperately wanted to find out what was going to happen next, and I'm happy to report that things didn't always go the way I thought they would. There were more than a few moments that made me gasp.

At first, I didn't really dig Morris as a love interest, but as we learned more about him, we could see why Sheila decided to marry an older guy who was kind of a drawling teddy bear. His devotion to her, and the way that he overcame his own personal struggles, ended up making him really endearing. In a way, this almost feels like a critique against women who date the hot, noble young studs, where the villain is always a tubby older guy who lusts after the hero. Ethan has the arrogance of youth with the guile of a sociopath, which ends up making him a really terrifying villain.

If you enjoy erotic thrillers, I think you'd enjoy this one. It's smart and snappy and absolutely chock-full of suspense. My only critique is that some of the multi POVs started to feel like thriller towards the end and the author totally sequel-baited the heck out of that ending. Luckily, I own the sequel or I'd be mad. ;)

4 to 4.5 stars
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2,478 reviews7,775 followers
April 11, 2017
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Many thanks to my friend Jennifer for writing a review that put this little diddy on my radar in the first place. The title pretty much was a “you had me at hello” moment and by the time I got around to . . . .

“Welcome to my workroom. This is where I get rid of the mess.”

I was like . . . . .

Sheila Tao didn’t really think much about starting an affair with her teaching assistant Ethan a few months ago. I mean really, they were both consenting adults and it was only kind of unethical. When Dr. Tao’s boyfriend unexpectedly proposed, she knew it was time to cut things off with Ethan. And that’s when things got a little . . . .

This was my idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon read. There wasn’t a whole lot of focus on the “whodunit” aspect, but rather watching all of the skeletons fall out of the two main characters’ closets. The writing style kept the pages turning and the pacing made for not many lulls in the story. Even one particular moment that made me say . . . .

Due to it being the biggest coinky-dink in the history of coinky-dinks didn’t lessen my enjoyment much. The only thing that did? Seeing this is labeled as part of a series. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Jennifer Hillier, you’re lucky I had so much fun with this. Generally I would take one of your stars away for that.

If you’re looking for a bit darker than the average thriller that might leave you asking . . . . .

“Now who’s the psychopath?”

Spoiler Alert: It’s probably still me. DEFINITELY still Mitchell. But maybe it’s you as well.

On the other hand, if you’re someone who adds books like this to your TBR simply to bash or not finish or manwomanwhateversplain to the world how dumb readers are for daring to enjoy things that are obviously sooooo stupid and beneath your literary genius, please do everyone a favor and leave this off your TBR. And while you're at it, you can take that attitude . . . . .


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315 reviews2,418 followers
July 9, 2018

This is a typical stalker/missing woman tale. It's a fast read, but still seems too drawn out. As a psychological suspense novel, I can't really recommend it. While initially interesting, it quickly becomes implausible, repetitive and definitely too long.

This is Hillier's debut novel and the cool thing is you can see glimpses of the great writer she is destined to become. Her latest, Jar of Hearts hits it out of the park and I loved it.
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687 reviews12.5k followers
July 24, 2020
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"I wish I was special"

I LOVED Jennifer Hillier's recent novels, "Jar of Hearts" and "Little Secrets". For some reason, I thought JOH was her first novel, but I was really happy to see that she's written a few others.

I decided to check "Creep" out on audio and I really liked it! Twisted and gripping, I listened late into the night just to finish it.

An entertaining psychological thriller. Jennifer Hillier really knows how to tell a compelling story.

I was thrilled to see there is a follow-up to this novel. "Freak" is up next!

"I don't care if it hurts
I wanna have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul
I want you to notice
When I'm not around"
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261 reviews64 followers
June 22, 2022
even feeling quite spoiled by reading
the second book in the series first, I've
found a lot to love in these creepy dark
academia vibes - whenever you crave
intensity, this is an author to persue. ♡
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2,414 reviews35.2k followers
April 2, 2023
Dr. Sheila Tao is an expert in human behavior and knew she was playing with fire when she began an affair with Ethan Wolfe, her teaching assistant. She has a lot to lose - her job and her fiancé. When she decides to end the affair, Ethan is not willing to go away quietly. He threatens to release a sex video which will destroy her life. Soon she engages in a cat-and-mouse which could lead to devastating consequences.

Hats off to Jennifer Hillier who created a heart pounding page turner which kept me on my toes, shaking my head, rolling my eyes, and on the edge of my seat. I was fully invested in the plot and wondering what was going to happen next!

I loved the tension and mounting danger both personally and physically in this book. Sheila has really stepped in it this time; will her knowledge of human behavior save her or will she be one step behind and lose everything. How far each was willing to go was both captivating and appalling.

Such a great page turner! I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I listened to the audio version of this book and enjoyed the narration.

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398 reviews238 followers
August 6, 2019

When Dr. Shiela Tao, Psychologist and professor at Puget Sound State University, tells her teaching assistant, Ethan Wolfe, that Morris has proposed and their affair is over he didn't take it very well.

Tonight Ethan is was a foul mood because Dr. Shiela Tao had dumped him. For Morris. An oversize gorilla who'd somehow managed to made him feel tiny and inconsequential.
He wanted to kill them both.

Ethan begins following her, hoping to learn anything more about her that he can use to destroy her. He hits pay dirt when he discovers that she is a sex addict and has been attending Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings once a week.

Shiela wants to marry Morris more than anything in the world. But he doesn't know about her addiction. He doesn't know that she's been having an affair with her teaching assistant for the past three months. With the wedding set for only three weeks away, she decides to tell Morris everything. Stunned and hurt, he leaves town without telling her where he's going or when he'll be back. Now, her world is in tatters. She doesn't know if Morris will forgive her.
Ethan is trying to destroy her reputation and her career.

But Shiela has underestimated Ethan's obsession for her. Soon, she will find out that losing Morris and her career pales in comparison to what Ethan has planned for her. And Morris.

After reading Jennifer Hillier's most recent novel Jar of Hearts, I was really looking forward to reading her debut, Creep.
When I read the description about this book I was anticipating a creepy, tension filled storyline about a man's obsession for a woman who has rejected him for another man. While the basis of the story does fit the criteria it doesn't have the level of fear, terror, or suspense I was expecting. As the story plays out the plausibility seems a little unlikely considering the intelligence of the characters.
The story is written well, though, and there was enough anxiety and tension to make it worth reading.
Profile Image for Erin Clemence.
1,108 reviews323 followers
August 15, 2016
So you know that song “Creep” by Radiohead? Well, if you are a fan of that song I suggest perhaps not reading this book. Otherwise every time you hear the song from this point forward, you will definitely get chills! (Thanks to my GR friend Stephanie for the recommendation!)
Dr. Sheila Tao is a psychology professor, engaged to a former football star and having an affair with one of her students, popular teaching assistant Ethan. When Sheila decides to focus on her upcoming marriage and ends the relationship with Ethan, things begin to go sour. Ethan decides that if he can’t have Sheila, nobody else will and takes matters into his own hands (his sick and very twisted hands).
The novel is the first one for Jennifer Hillier, and it is one hell of a debut novel. The story is very readable, and plays out like something from a movie. The characters have a strong human side that allows for easy relatability, and the plot has the right amount of intrigue and suspense. Combine that with a shocking ending, and the likability of this novel just increased. There is limited gore or graphic sex in this novel, which I always appreciate, as the novel’s plot is able to stand on its own without the extraneous filler.
When reading the novel, I am sure many readers do not ignore the irony that both of the main characters in this novel are members of the psychology community, and are the most flawed characters in the whole book. I was not surprised (*she says as she holds her psyc degree*). After all- those who can’t do, teach. Therefore those that can’t heal, treat. It does add the extra amount of creepiness too, knowing how easily someone can get into our minds if we let them- and what they can do with the information they find there.
I am all for Hillier’s work and look forward to investigating her next novel, “Freak”.
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677 reviews120 followers
September 5, 2014
Creep, yes five stars !!

Let's get one thing out of the way, this is the best psychological thrillers I have read in a long time, a brilliant debut author performance.

Creep grabs you from the start, keeps you on the edge of the seat with a fast paced, smartly written suspense thriller with shocks, twists and turns.

Darkly delicious page turner with strong and powerful and memorable characters, Creep will entertain and enthrall from beginning to end.

Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology, an expert in human behaviour with her own hidden past. But she's not the only one keeping secrets . . .

When Sheila began an affair with her sexy graduate assistant Ethan Wolfe, she knew she was playing with fire. Consumed by lust when they were together, she was riddled with guilt when they were apart. Now she's finally engaged to a good man, and it's time to end the dangerous liaison. But Ethan has something different in mind. He intends to make Sheila pay for rejecting him.

As Sheila attempts to counter Ethan's increasingly threatening moves, he schemes to reveal her darkest, most intimate secrets by destroying her prestigious career . . . and then her. Caught in a terrifying cat-and-mouse game, Sheila must fight for her life and free herself from the ex-lover whom she couldn't resist - who is now the manipulative monster who won't let her go.

Pulsing with the dark obsession of Radiohead's song "Creep," this "truly frightening" debut thriller rockets to a heart-pounding climax.

In my head I had picked "cast" members for the film.

Lucy Lui ... Sheila

Jerry ... Samuel L Jackson

Morris... James Gandolfini (sadly not possible)

(let me know what you think of my cast !)
Ethan... difficult to pick..

Profile Image for Misty Marie Harms.
559 reviews415 followers
January 5, 2022
Well Ethan takes stalking to a whole new level. He is not about to take rejection from his almost married lover laying down. He starts a terror campaign that will make the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Sheila has secrets of her own and all will be exposed.

There were truly some creepy moments and twists. For me it was a okay read. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it.
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25 reviews90 followers
June 21, 2018
It was a crazy book awesome through out with a lot of surprises
Profile Image for Jennifer.
1,743 reviews6,669 followers
March 22, 2017

OMG, this book is psychotic! The creep in this story is no joke. He's got serious issues that you don't see coming at first but believe me, they're there! Jennifer Hillier's debut novel: Creep takes readers on a steady ride to crazy town. It has elements of thriller/suspense, mystery, horror, addiction, crime, and detective fiction. It is truly unpredictable (OMG that ending!!!) and I was 100% invested in the storyline and characters! Can't wait to continue on to the sequel: Freak. If you like thriller/mysteries with darker themes, check it out!!

My favorite quote:
"After thirty years as a cop, I've learned there are no rules when it comes to human behavior."
Profile Image for Mercy Cortez.
Author 11 books123 followers
July 21, 2013
After all these years, Radiohead's Creep still gave him shivers. The first time he had heard it, he'd been in love. And having sex. And strangling someone


Teacher/student relationship - ✔
psychotic characters - ✔
Interesting and captivating story - ✔
Mind blowing surprises - ✔
kidnapping - ✔
mind fuck - ✔
Addictive - ✔✔
Fantastic Author - ✔✔✔

I read all nearly 400 pages in 10 hours, I literally couldn't stop! And and and a book two? Yes please!

Okay so this has so many twists and turns that you don't see coming, my mouth dropped like multiple times.

This isn't gory sick like a Kimberly A. Bettes type thriller it wasn't pure gore; it was more 'Oh shit' and 'Oh my god!'

It starts off slow and I hated Sheila at the start, she was dumb for a professor and she had made such stupid choices but as the story carried on it became more of a journey with her and I really wanted a HEA for her.

Ethan Wolfe. Wow. An epic character. Sad, fun, sociopathic, interesting,... He was strangely captivating. I felt for him, bad things, good things and almost sadness at times. He is a brilliant 'villain' and I would love to see him in film.

The relationship between Shelia and Ethan reminded me of the movie Taking Lives (fantastic movie btw)

This is a mind fuck for sure, people who like big surprises with little clues where you think 'Oh my god, I didn't see it before, its so clear'

Try this book, try this author. If you like a bit of a mind fuck with a little less gore and an edge of humour then you'll love this!!

Five motherfucking stars!

I bought this today randomly for these reasons.

A. It has a character called Ethan Wolfe and my editor is called Edward Wolfe so the similarity amused me


B. Booklist said it is 'An engaging thriller, with the kind of twisted story that makes you a bit queasy even as you can't look away' and you damn well knew I had to read it after that!

and finally

C. Two reasons in one.. Tag line 'If he cant have her... NO ONE CAN. and the synopsis... 'the lover she couldn't resist is now the monster who will never let go'

So you see... I HAD TO!

My next read for sure!


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596 reviews1,184 followers
November 2, 2014
I have a number of Goodread friends who read this book, and their opinions are all over the map. I decided to read it for myself. My assessment is mixed.

What did I like about the book? First of all, the storyline is intriguing and is summarized in the author's synopsis. Secondly, this novel is named after Radiohead's Creep, and I love the exquisite creepiness of that song. The scene in the book which had that composition playing in the background merits high honors for doing the song justice. Major props for that. I also liked the idea of a psychology professor (Sheila) dabbling with an antisocial psychopath. I admired the way the psychologist used her professional skills to try to get herself out of a dreadful situation; the cat and mouse exchanges between Sheila and The Creep were extremely interesting to me. The character development was very good, especially of Sheila and to a lesser extent Sheila's fiance Morris and bad boy Ethan. What I enjoyed most was the investigation of Sheila's disappearance, starring Morris and Jerry the private investigator. This was well done and drew me in quickly. This section flowed wonderfully, and I couldn't wait to see how this horrible mess was going to turn out.

What did I not like? Other than when Sheila was using her psychospeak in attempting to free herself, I really did not like the chapters detailing her predicament at the hands of The Creep. I do generally like my thrillers dark and deranged, but I think it was probably the fact that the victim was the protagonist, a very likeable protagonist, that really turned me off. I felt repulsed and could not wait for that part to be over. I also found the set up a titch slow for me, but I do think it was necessarily that way in order to strengthen the meat of the book. Another thing I did not like about the novel was the last page. 'Nuff said. Will I read the next book? Yes, I have to now!

I recommend this novel to lovers of psychological suspense, with the one warning that the reader may feel uncomfortable during the nastier parts of the story. I am awarding Creep 3 stars.
Profile Image for Frank Phillips.
527 reviews262 followers
April 23, 2019
Wow!! What an unexpected entertaining, thrilling, joyride of a book!! I read Hillier's most recent novel Jar of Hearts when it came out last year (loved it!) and seemed to remember her author photo on the back of the jacket looking familiar. I let my curiosity get the best of me and tore through all my bookshelves and found this little book which I had purchased a couple years back and never gotten around to reading. Boy, I'm so glad I gave it a chance! I could not put this down, it was so fast-paced and had me captivated from chapter to chapter! It had a little bit of everything in it, adult situations for sure, comedic although intense scenes, likable yet flawed characters, a study of psychopathy that I was impressed by to say the least, and a mystery that had me quite shocked at the end when all was revealed! I would definitely recommend this book for pretty much any adult looking for something fast paced thrilling and juicy!! I may just go back and give all of her previous novels a read!
Profile Image for Lindsey.
501 reviews784 followers
June 30, 2022
I don't even know what to think about this. Such a messed up book yet I loved it!
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254 reviews939 followers
July 14, 2018
This book was a mediocre read for me. Cliche story-line with characters, although well developed, I felt no connection with. A modestly clever twist at the end wasn't enough to make up for the mundane narrative. No desire to continue with this series.
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264 reviews21 followers
September 24, 2023
This is nice. Creepy, funny and outrageous!

I didn't have to like the main female character to enjoy this book. It was fast-paced, the supporting characters were well-written. I loved the chemistry of Morris and Jerry. And did I mention Morris is a complete green flag? I was thinking he's too good for Sheila—with her cheating and all.

The twist at the end didn't really struck me, I felt that it was merely added to intensify the motive of the bad guy but I wasn't really feeling it, I don't know, it just came out of nowhere or maybe I just missed a hint? Either way, it was meh.

Overall, this is a decent read. There was one part of the book where I laughed so hard my jaw ached. HAHAHA. Not bad.
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1,376 reviews928 followers
November 15, 2015
4 .. Maybe 4.5 stars. 4.25 stars? :D

When I first became an avid reader I read primarily psychological thriller type novels; that’s almost all I read. So when I heard about this one, it not only sounded good, but I realized I had yet to read a single psychological thriller this year I decided to dive into this one right away. My eventual love for this novel was a combination of the long time spent away from the genre and the fact that the novel was truly riveting and I couldn’t stop turning pages (or clicking my kindle button).

Essentially the story is Dr. Sheila Tao, a professor of psychology, and a recovering sex addict. After her first marriage ended when she caught her husband sleeping with his male nurse she went through a hard period in her life where she kept seeking validation of herself as an attractive woman. Waking up in her car one night, half naked, and having no idea what just occurred she knew she had hit rock bottom and needed help. After going through the 12-step recovery process she begins dating a man named Morris and her life seems to be going on the right track again. After the death of her father she relapses and begins an affair with one of her graduate students, Ethan Wolfe. After 3 months into the affair, Morris proposes and Sheila decides to end things with Ethan. What follows is a crazy psychological roller coaster where Sheila realizes Ethan isn’t willing to let her go that easily and that if he can’t have her… well, then nobody can.

This book was exciting enough to have me reading like a madman to get to the end; I finished this in less than 24 hours. The plot wasn’t overly complex, but still managed to throw a few curveballs in that you may or may not see coming. Overall I was incredibly pleased with this novel and will be looking for future books by this author.

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1,596 reviews287 followers
November 18, 2020
“Did you kill her?”
“Ha. Right. I was just a kid when she died.”
There was a minimum age requirement for monsters?”
― Jennifer Hillier, Creep

Creep was an interesting read. Unlike with many of these types of books we know who the stalker is early on. And boy oh boy is he a ...creep.

Sheila is our main character and she has a problem. She is newly engaged but had a brief affair with our stalker. Now she wants to break it off only stalker guy is not so sure about that.

This was an OK read. I neither loved it nor disliked it. I liked Sheila and felt for her and had the usual feelings of revulsion toward Stalker guy. But I have read many a book like this and while I found Creep mildly interesting, I didn't love it.

The strength of the book was in creating some really fun characters. I adored Sheila's fiancee who really turns out to be a decent guy. Sheila herself is amazingly gutsy for all she goes through.

There is a twist which is done very well and I'll tell you..if you are seeking a quick read in the stalker genre you just may like this. It sure does have its gripping moments.

However I also did not know this was a series. (Sigh). This seems to be happening to me alot lately. The ending is a cliff hanger which is not a spoiler because all series end on that note. I may gt on to the next one and I may not.

In terms of this book, I can see the appeal and it really has some very creepy moments. Three stars from me.
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111 reviews76 followers
January 27, 2022
The entire time I read this book I thought about Joe Goldberg from You. I loved it👏
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235 reviews27 followers
March 5, 2017
Prequel BR with Her Freaky Majesty!!!

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This was a decent thriller. Well-written, suspenseful, funny at times, the story of an affair gone wrong between a University professor, Sheila Tao, and her TA, Ethan Wolfe. A former sex addict, Sheila is now engaged to Morris whatshisface, but can't resist having one last fling with a youngster before being tied down to one man. When she lets Ethan know that she wants to end their affair, his childhood mommy-related traumas come to surface with a vengeance and he decides to teach Sheila a lesson: if he can't have her, no one will.

Is Ethan a hypocrite because he's also in a stable relationship with someone else? Sure, but he's lucky, because his girlfriend is one special lady. Read the book! You'll see what I mean. :)
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1,569 reviews328 followers
February 11, 2021
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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177 reviews
February 11, 2022
A fun read. Fast paced, kept me engaged from beginning to the end.

I loved! loved! Jar of Hearts from the same author. This book is nowhere near as good, as this is her earlier work. It’s obvious Jennifer Hillier has matured as a writer.

The short version of the book is quite simple. A short affair between a College professor and a grad student turns fatal. He is obsessive, insecure and damaged due to his very disturbing childhood. She is a sex addict who has issues with boundaries and self control. The two are a very dangerous mix!

I loved each character. The story unfolded nicely. Definitely enjoyed the book. The ending is open ended yet has a fantastically delicious twist!!!!

I am moving on to the sequel “Freak”!

3.5 - I am rounding it up to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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1,002 reviews312 followers
December 29, 2018
Yup, this book creeped the heck out of me!! But I LOVED it!! It was a VERY twisty plot, full of flawed characters, and that ending!?!! I’m gonna go and get my “Freak” on!! Lol (Get it?)
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933 reviews237 followers
March 7, 2017
3.25 stars

I liked the premise of this story and there were some dramatic dialogues that I enjoyed reading, but the story was mostly predictable and I didn't care for any of the characters. Actually, I felt neutral towards ALL of the characters in the story. The writing style was okay and there were a couple of good twists, but this wasn't the dark, wonderfully suspenseful, thrilling read that I was hoping for. Overall, it was an okay story with a sliver of dark undertones--perfect for the reader wanting a hint of darkness, but nothing too gory--no in-depth murder scenes or investigative details. Everything just seemed to wrap up too nicely with a bow at the end, although this story continues on to a second book.

I also shouldn't have read the synopsis for book two because it gave away the ending for this book.
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