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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 WolfePulsing 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....

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creep Reviews

  • Kaceey
    2019-02-08 19:35

    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.

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2019-02-15 23:08

    Find all of my reviews at: 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 . . . . . Understand????

  • Albert Riehle
    2019-01-23 21:27

    Meh. 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.

  • Erin Clemence
    2019-02-01 19:26

    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”.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-20 19:25

    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."

  • Mercy Cortez
    2019-01-28 21:17

    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 someoneA.M.A.Z.I.N.G 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 meand 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 finallyC. 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! ....

  • Sean Peters
    2019-02-07 18:14

    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 ... SheilaJerry ... Samuel L JacksonMorris... James Gandolfini (sadly not possible)(let me know what you think of my cast !)Ethan... difficult to pick..

  • Sue
    2019-01-17 18:22

    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!

  • Bonnie
    2019-02-10 23:14

    4 .. Maybe 4.5 stars. 4.25 stars? :DWhen 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.Interested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!

  • Alex
    2019-01-24 21:28

    Prequel BR with Her Freaky Majesty!!!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. :)

  • Selene
    2019-01-29 21:29

    3.25 starsI liked the premise of this story and there were some dramatic dialogues that I enjoyed reading, (view spoiler)[bathroom humor included! (hide spoiler)] 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.

  • Christine
    2019-02-17 18:24

    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.

  • Elaine
    2019-02-14 20:07

    5 CREEP....Y StarsSheila Tao 39, is a professor and she is having an affair with Ethan Wolfe her 23 year old student.She knows its wrong but she has an addiction, she's addicted to sex...She's now engaged to Morris, so she knows she needs to break it off with Ethan, before Morris finds out.First of all Ethans alright about it.."we can still see each other can't we Sheila " he says...No Sheila wants a clean break.He threatens her with things that not only could destroy her successful career but her up and coming married to Morris.But how far will Ethan go...Nobody rejects him nobodyIf he can't have her no one canMy thoughtsLoved this, as Ethan decides to up his game, the twists and turns are a page turner.As crazy as he is, sometimes you can't help but feel for Ethan...but you have to remember psychopaths are very good at deceiving as all...By the way....Great twist

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2019-02-16 22:09

    Great book. Excellent storyline.

  • Myrna
    2019-02-17 18:07

    creep1: a detestable person 2: to move slowly and carefully, especially in order to avoid being heard or noticedYep, the two definitions above describe this psychological thriller. It hooked me and I cared about the characters, especially Morris, a Texan. Reminiscent of You, by Kepnes. If you liked that book, you’ll like this one.

  • Janie Johnson
    2019-01-18 21:14

    I have had this book forever and finally decided to get it read. I was feeling like a creepy thriller so this was the perfect book to choose. So glad that I finally got to this one.SynopsisIf 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.Loved the storyline to this book. That is what really drew me into it. It has the feel of the Gretchen Lowell series by Chelsea Cain. I really enjoy these 'psychotic driven' thrillers. It turned out much different than I first thought it would. I really love thrillers that can surprise me like this one did. It also helped that it had great pacing and was so fluid to read. I also really liked the writing style of this author and I especially liked the cliffhanger at the end, which is really what has driven me to just go ahead and read the next book in the series, Freak. I am looking forward to the continuation of this story.I really liked the characters as well. I think they were well written and pretty sure they will show up in the next book. At first I was a little unsure about the main protagonist, Sheila, and if I was going to like her and who she was. I was on the fence for a little while, but as the story moved on she grew on me and I began to understand who she was. There were a lot of great characters in this story. I really enjoyed the PI and wished there would have been more of him. So I am hopeful I can read more about him in the next book.I recommend this to anyone who loves these thrillers involving psychopaths and their warped minds! It does get a little sexually explicit in some parts of the book, but not really over the top. Definitely worth the read!

  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    2019-01-26 17:25

    I enjoyed this book and I do have to say that I wasn't expecting that ending. So many times during reading this book I truly felt sorry for Ethan. I think there was some good in him and he just wanted to be loved.That's how you can tell a good writer, one who can make the reader feel bad for a psycho.I'm debating about reading Freak, cause I'm not sure I will be able to get into it....I would rather read more about Sheila.

  • La-Lionne
    2019-01-23 19:22

    ***4 creepy, twisted and obsessive stars***I liked the book. It's a good thriller, but I wouldn't call a psychological. You have heroine who is a college professor and a sex addict, a student, who has a thing for her and a fiancé who is way over his head. The beginning of the story was good. It's starts with her trying to end an affair with her student because she is getting married and it doesn't feel right. He doesn't take it very well and it brings a psycho in him. The treats, the blackmail... He puts not only her career in jeopardy but her relationship with her fiancé as well. He pulls some very nasty tricks on her. I wasn't a big fan of her fiancé. I thought he was a hypocrite and a little bit of a drama queen. I would have enjoyed the story more if it wasn't so predictable. I think the author revealed too much too early. I wish she would have kept some things from us readers and revealed them later. It still had a creep factor, but the mystery was gone. I think it would have been better with a fewer point of views. If it wasn't for the twist towards the end I would have given 3 stars. All and all, loved the writing and creepy and psychotic character. Doing the Creep with Alex.

  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    2019-02-09 20:25

    4.5 StarsWow. This is my kind of novel. Creep is incredibly suspenseful and gripping. The story is told from multiple perspectives, with a memorable cast of characters. The writing was fairly average, but easy to read. It took a few chapters for me to get into story, but once it got going, it quickly became a page-turner. I became obsessed with the story, finding myself thinking about throughout my day. I ended up staying way too late reading because I needed to know how it ended. Living up to it's title, Creep had some legitimately creepy moments. There was specifically one chilling image that is still stuck in my head. I won't say more because these kind of books are best to read without knowing too much. I would recommend this novel to fans of psychological suspense & thrillers who are looking for a fun ride with some wonderfully damaged characters.

  • Maureen DeLuca
    2019-02-09 18:20

    This psychological thriller is about a professor, Sheila Tao, who is a sex addict, and she has an affair with one of her HOT students right before her boyfriend pops the question. When she tries to dump the student, things turn ugly--because he isn't who she thought she was. He is...well, the bad guy (as in crazy bad- REAL CrAzY too !) Creep has it all; police procedural, horrific crime scenes, creative and diverse characters, romance and dark secrets. With a surprise ending, readers will be clamoring for the next in the series, Freak, to see how it all pans out.I did like this book, and I'm glad I read it- and I'm really looking forward to picking up "Freak" !!

  • Janet
    2019-01-30 22:25

    This book came to me fairly highly recommended so I thought I'd give it a go.This book did nothing for me. It read like an amateurish, badly written psychological drama without much drama. It was almost as if the author had done a writing course and felt the need to tick the boxes of what might be expected. There was no atmosphere, it was cliched, the plot implausible in parts, the characters were flat. I honestly didn't care what happened to Sheila. No real fleshing out of Wolfe's backstory and what there was has been done a zillion times before, again predictable. I felt like the Criminal Minds team could have resolved this in a few hours! And as for the cellophane wrapped space and nail polish - Dexter has been there, done that and worn the 't' shirt!! Totally unoriginal! I sped read huge swathes of it just to get to the end, of which I saw coming a mile away!! I've been reading crime fiction for over 20 years so maybe I've become fairly adept at seeing things, but for me this was just not good. Merely ok. An easy read that passes a few hours, if that's what you want. I wouldn't recommend.

  • Melissa ***BITCH, I'M READING!***
    2019-02-11 01:29

    Jeffery Deaver cautioned “you better call in sick—you’re not going anywhere until you finish reading.” WOW! No kidding!I really liked this book! I started and finished it today! I just needed answers! it had a bit of a cliffhanger.. but the sequel Freak is out so I will be starting it NOW!This was just what I need, I wanted something different cause I'm a little burned out on all the cheesy romances I've been reading lately.. this was perfect!Not only is it creepy but at times it was pretty funny..there is this one scene in the bathroom that probably should not have been because it was humiliating, but I about fell over laughing

  • Katie(babs)
    2019-02-13 17:16

    Too much info dumping, flat characters and laughable unrealistic thriller. The serial killer plot is so mundane and ridiculous. Reads more like a first draft that needs a good editor. Big pass.

  • Danielle
    2019-02-16 21:34

    I really enjoyed this book, and at times found it VERY hard to put down. One of my favorite things about this was that most of the horror was psychological, and most of it was implied so that none of the gore was ever really over the top or gratuitous (which is something I feel really takes away from the plot if not done correctly). I have to say that the true MVP throughout this whole journey for me was her fiancée, Morris; in fact, he was really the only character I liked! As someone who has a degree in psychology and dated an absolute textbook narcissist, I really appreciated that despite all of Sheila's expertise, she couldn't quite pick out all the darkness in Ethan's character- it just goes to show that personal feelings can blind you to someone's true nature, which is terrifying in itself! I also REALLY liked the twist, and am most likely going to pick up the sequel to delve deeper into this crazy story. I'd definitely recommend this, especially to anyone else who was a fan of YOU by Caroline Kepnes!

  • Judy
    2019-01-19 01:18

    A quick read. More like "thriller-lite" than an actual nail-biting, chills down the back of my neck, afraid to turn off the lights sort of thriller. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but it was entertaining nevertheless. I'm not a reader of mysteries or thrillers typically. I'm more of the Law and Order: SVU / Criminal Minds TV-watching variety. You might want to consider that when you are reading this review, because maybe people who are fans of this genre will greatly enjoy this. To be honest, I didn't like the main character of this book. All of the parts where Sheila, a renowned professor, kept on going "BUT I'M A PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, I SHOULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING" made me roll my eyes. I don't have a background in psychology, but my field has a strong mental health component, and I think what I have learned in working with people with mental illness is that we still understand very little about the human brain and about the complex factors that trigger behaviours. At least, the more I learn about human behaviours and human psychology, the less surprised I am about people behaving in strange and peculiar and wonderful and repulsive ways. So that aspect of Sheila's life as someone who holds a doctorate wasn't believable to me. Also, there was no mention of her research that academics obsess over, but I may have missed that when I was reading. Other than that though, I thought that the fact that Sheila was a sex addict added an extra layer to your generic damsel-in-distress and that the love interest, Morris, was a genuinely kind and loyal man. Even though the twist near the ending was obvious, I still enjoyed its lead up and the conclusion. I will be picking up the sequel, but is it purchase worthy? Not sure. Maybe I will borrow it from the library.

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-01-29 01:25

    This book is chilling because this is something that can really happen to anyone. The writing was outstanding and the book just flowed along. It was so readable and it is a first novel for this author. It even had a twist that I didn't see coming and that it pretty unusaul after all the mysteries I read. Looking for to Hillier's next book.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-16 23:11

    I'm not even sure if I earned the right to rate this book. I just could not finish it. I read about 37% of it and gave up and read the end. It never grabbed me, and I never cared about the characters. I just couldn't stick with it.

  • Andrea Smith
    2019-01-21 18:18

    This is the first book by Jennifer Hillier that I've read and I really liked it! It was suspenseful, sexy and kept me on the edge of my seat for sure!

  • Judy Collins
    2019-02-11 17:33

    CREEP, a debut novel by Jennifer Hillier, involves a sex addict, an alcoholic, an unbalanced grad student, and his girlfriend, for a suspense drama of secrets, lies, and madness. Shelia Tao, 39, is a highly regarded professor of social psychology at Seattle’s Puget Sound University. She is engaged to an alcoholic Morris Gardner, a successful Texas investment banker, a man who offers her love and security. After her first marriage ended when she caught her husband sleeping with his male nurse, she experienced a difficult period, as she was seeking validation of herself as an attractive woman.After going through the recovery process,she began dating Morris and all was going well, until after the death of her father, she relapsed and begins an affair with her handsome young graduate student, Ethan. Three months into the affair, Shelia decided to end things with Ethan, as she wants to build a life with Morris, as they are making wedding plans. However, manipulative Ethan does not want her to marry Morris and has other things in mind. He begins to blackmail her with a video tape. Shelia is a former Sex Addict and has been attending Sex Addicts Anonymous for three years and a seeing a therapist, Anna (Morris was unaware of this). Shelia decided to come clean with Morris about her sex addiction. He is shocked since they have not had sex until attempting once and it did not go well. However, Morris at the time did not know who the affair was with or about the tape.In the meantime Shelia goes missing, and Morris hires a PI, Jerry, since the police is not assisting. Morris is not sure if she has been kidnapped or if she is off with a man, or some crazy adventure. Ethan is unbalanced with a troubled past and has many disguises and masks. I listened to the audiobook and Talmadge Ragan, narrator, did a good job with a pleasing voice. While CREEP was an engaging read, I would not classify it as a complex psychological thriller until towards the end, as prior to this was a little predictable. It was not as intense, or as fast-paced as her latest upcoming book, THE BUTCHER; however, was even paced with a twisted surprise at the end, leading into the sequel FREAK(Creep #2), which I plan on reading next, as looking forward to hearing from Shelia, Jerry, and Abby. Fans of Daniel Palmer, Lisa Gardner, Gregg Hurwitz, Lisa Jackson, and Amanda Kyle Williams will appreciate Jennifer’s style and well-developed characters.Possibly after just finishing Jennifer’s Hillier’s upcoming book (July 15) THE BUTCHER, most definitely a psychological thriller; a 5 star read; would highly recommend, as was fortunate to have received an ARC! Of course, CREEP would not be expected to be of the same level as THE BUTCHER, since CREEP was her debut novel. This shows real growth and maturity in the author’s writing on a new level; look forward to reading the one in the middle. If you loved CREEP, you will devour THE BUTCHER!

  • Leslie
    2019-01-29 01:09

    Well, the title was certainly fit to describe the book’s bad guy (don’t know about the song by the same name by Radiohead but that’s more of a personal taste). As for being a debut novel for Jennifer Hillier, it was a good one. It wasn’t the best I’ve read, but there was enough there for me to stay engaged in all the way through to the end.I guess I was expecting a little more based on what I read from the book’s synopsis. As I read through the story, I couldn’t help but feel that something was missing. Everything went on in a sort of steady pace. There wasn’t that “make you gasp” or “oh sh*t!” moment. Being the thriller as it is, I was expecting a little more tension to be generated, both from the characters themselves or the story. What tension/suspense there was actually happened in the book’s latter half. While I appreciated letting the readers get a feel for who Sheila and Ethan were, along with Morris, it felt more like Hillier tried to build up the tension and suspense in regard to Sheila and Ethan and in doing so it ended up being exploration of what it means to be a sex addict. I didn’t mind that and actually found it refreshing to have a protagonist dealing with a rarely spoken of addiction, not to mention have it be in the form of a professional and smart female in Sheila Tao. Yes, Ethan was a creep and clear that he had antisocial tendencies, but as a pure sociopathic villain, he fell a little short for me. Considering some of the other suspense/thrillers I’ve read and their corresponding sociopath, Ethan seemed a little soft for me. To me, he was more of a rejected lovesick teen on steroids. He did have his moments, but he lacked a certain edge I was looking/expecting for.I was also surprised at how the second half of the book wasn’t focused on Sheila. The majority of the scenes involved Morris, Jerry and their search for Sheila. I suppose my expectations were more centered around Sheila dodging/escaping Ethan in a more sustained manner. However, I guess this book helped set a foundation that leads into the second book, Freak, which you could consider a sequel of sorts. Either way, the way the story unfolded wasn’t the way I thought it would go.With all that said, this book was not bad. It was written well and even had a good twist towards the end that Hillier did a good job at its slow reveal and gave enough to have me open to reading the second book. But on an overall level, it didn’t have that certain edge and tension to raise it to the next level.