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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 officeSitting 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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Freak Reviews

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-20 15:37

    Freak is the follow-up standalone novel to Jennifer Hillier's debut: Creep and it's a whole new trip to crazy town! You will recognize all the characters but the feel of this story is much more detective fiction/serial killer thriller than the obsessive, psychotic love theme that was Creep.Freak was suspenseful, mysterious, stomach turning as many serial killer novels are, and an entertaining revisiting of all the characters that made Creep so engaging...well except one. He's mentioned often enough though. If you enjoy thrillers with similar themes, I strongly recommend both Creep and Freak. Check them out!My favorite quote:"There's no end to the utter fuckery of the human race, pal."My review for Creep:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...FAQ on Jennifer Hillier's website:"Will there be a third book in the Creep series?Here's the thing. It's not actually a series. Creep and Freak are both standalones. While Freak takes place after Creep in the same fictional Seattle world, the books have different protagonists and different villains. The series designations that appear on a few retailer sites are confusing, and I've been working with my publisher to correct that. You can read my books in any order. Think of it like Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter books (and movies) - same world, same characters, but you don't have to watch Red Dragon first to enjoy the Silence of the Lambs or Hannibal. That being said, there is a possibility that I might one day write a new story starring some of the characters from Creep and Freak. I never say never. Okay, so I get that Creep and Freak aren't part of an ongoing series. But I'd still like to read your books in the order they were released.I totally get it. The upside to doing it this way is you'll get all the "insider references" I like to drop in each of the books. Plus, characters from earlier books often make surprise appearances in later books, which can be more fun if you've already met them.The release dates were:Creep – 2011 Freak – 2012 The Butcher – 2014 Wonderland – 2015"

  • Sean Peters
    2018-10-19 15:39

    Firstly, I loved Creep which I read a while ago, and bought Freak soon after. Of course intending to read straight away. But as usual under pressure with so many authors and publisher books that have been sent to me, I had a lot of catching up on.Jennifer Hillier wrote her debut author Creep a chilling and enthralling hit, a massive hit, I loved the book, but I think Freak just beats it.Why, well so many layers to this book, great powerful returning characters from Creep, and some shockingly new ones.Suspense magazine chose Jennifer Hillier’s “truly frightening” debut, Creep, as one of 2011’s best novels, while #1 bestselling author Jeffery Deaver cautioned “you better call in sick—you’re not going anywhere until you finish reading.” Now, Hillier returns to the Pacific Northwest college town where one killer’s stranglehold has ebbed . . . but another sick mind has waited for the perfect moment to pick up where the terror left off. 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?A powerful sequel to Creep, with a fast paced, rollercoaster of a ride, twists that keep surprising you to the very end. Five stars.Thanks again Jennifer for this great book, now I hope you will keep your promise to do the Q & A's for my group "A Good Thriller" on goodreads.com

  • Lukas Holmes
    2018-10-31 14:35

    There is going to be a reckoning for author Jennifer Hillier someday. One day, when her days are up on this mortal plain, she is going to have to answer to the dark gods with whom she made a deal to get her incredible writing powers. That's the only answer I can come up with for how she writes such gripping, approachable, moving and bold fiction. I'm an avid reader of many genres; modern crime or psychological thrillers, are not within those categories of 'personal favorites'. Yet when it came to FREAK, I did not read it for a review, I did not read it because it was assigned to me, I did not pick it up as soon as I could because anyone wanted me to. I read it purely because I loved CREEP so much. What Hillier does in this sequel is nothing short of breathtaking. Whereas CREEP was a story of madness, murder and the undefeated human spirit, FREAK is one of calm control, of inevitable outcome, of logic versus cunning guile...and then of madness and murder. From the start we know what's coming. The reader spends the entire book right with the characters of Jerry and Sheila. We scream at them, beg them to run away from the madness of (soon to be legendary) villain Abby. But like us, they are powerless against the forces amassing. Like us, they know right from the start, Abby Maddox is in control. They stumble blindly through a series of grizzly murders, red herrings and personal drama that distracts them, and the reader, from the bigger picture. The bigger picture? We're all just a moment away from madness, either in ourselves or in the very real possibility of the people around us. I was skeptical when I heard Hillier was writing a sequel to CREEP. I was unsure she needed to continue the story left off with Dr. Shelia Tao (the most flawed yet relateable protagonist in the history of modern fiction)seeking rehab for her sex addiction and Abby Maddox taunting her from afar. But Hillier, another example of the most wonderful people being able to write the most horrible things, pulled together a master story that lays the groundwork for what could be even more in this series or, at the least, a strong sophomore entry into a burgeoning career. In CREEP it is Tao's secrets that lead her down a dark path of destruction only after her lover, Ethan Wolfe's, own secrets come out. In FREAK, there are no more lies and secrets from our heroes. No more ducking about to hide anything. In this story, our villain has all the secrets, and in that way, all the power. It's an odd feeling of helplessness that stands in stark contract to the first book. As a reader, we didn't realize the power we had with our character's perspective. We were with Tao, strengthened by her will to survive, be it through attempts to protect her career, or flat out trying to stay alive. But now, we're all in this together. And 'they' hold all the cards. I'll leave this review with this thought. What is most bothersome about FREAK is that while the horror of CREEP takes place mainly in dark alleys and locked basements, FREAK's nightmare unfolds in hotels, jail waiting rooms, TV interviews. There is light, there are witnesses, there is hope and there is a strange feeling of security that is only mildly undercut by a knowing feeling of dread. We're never alone in Hillier's world, yet we're always vulnerable, we're always a target. We're always a potential victim. Well done Jennifer Hillier. If you have the number of those dark gods, shoot it my way.

  • Alex
    2018-10-23 16:48

    BR with Her Freaky Majesty!!!The sequel to Creep is better IMO because it had the element of surprise: (view spoiler)[ dead bodies of prostitutes piling up, (hide spoiler)] and no one, including me, knew who the murderer was.Well-written characters, including the villains. I liked Jeremy. His insanity was quite believable. I would have been pleasantly impressed if (view spoiler)[Annie, Jerry's wife, had died. It would have been more realistic to me. I wanted Sheila punished, but not to that extent. Also, I knew Danni was somehow an accomplice the minute she said she had been a volunteer at the prison long before working for Jerry. :D (hide spoiler)]As for the ending, I'll just say it frustrated me. I expected justice, punishment and death. I just hope there's a sequel where I get those things because (view spoiler)[a world with Abby Maddox in it is scary as hell. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2018-11-11 13:45

    Excellent book. I will definitely be on the look out for the second one.

  • Sue
    2018-11-04 19:28

    I couldn't wait to read "Freak", the sequel to "Creep", a suspense psychological thriller. Freak is Jennifer Hillier's follow-up to her thrilling debut, Creep, which featured serial killer Ethan Wolfe. This time someone is murdering high priced escorts and afterwards carving, 'Free Abby Maddox' on their backs.Abby Maddox was Ethan's long-time girlfriend. She's serving a nine year sentence in a maximum security prison for attempting to murder a private investigator involved in tracking down Ethan. Private investigator Jerry Isaac has every reason to want Maddox to stay there, so why should he agree to her request to visit her in prison? Because Abby has agreed to help authorities to find the new serial killer, in exchange to work out a deal where she could be transferred to a low security facility, and reduce her sentence. But dismembered remains of fourteen homeless woman had been found in the walls of Ethan's basement. But what did Abby know?Finding the murderer is Detective Mike Torrance's primary concern, with the assistance of Jerry Isaac, retired from the Seattle PD for two years now operating his own investigations company. Professor Shelia Taos, recovering sex addict, also returns in Freak, as well as her fiancé Morris Gardener. This thriller will keep you turning pages late at night, trying to put all the pieces together. Although Freak could be enjoyed without first reading Creep, the books are connected so read Creep first if possible.

  • Jen
    2018-10-21 13:38

    The tagline that drew me to this book was, "What if Hannibal Lecter had been a woman?" Harris should sue over that. Lecter was a complicated character who managed to be almost likable despite being terrifying. Hillier's Abby is crazy-- the two have that in common-- but she lacks charm. She is manipulative and other characters fall for her beauty, but as a reader I never once liked or admired her. I didn't hate her. I was just bored by her. I knew immediately which character would be her "suprise" accomplice, and the two psychologists in the book knew less about human behavior and mental illness than an undergrad who's taken Abnormal Psych. The quality of the writing is mediocre at best.I also want to note that this book plays into the crazy, sexually manipulative bisexual trope. Lecter's queerness didn't read as insulting because he was a fully-developed character whose sexuality was independent of his madness, whereas Hillier's Abby reads as a stock character-- and an insulting one at that.

  • Terri
    2018-10-18 18:35

    Sheila Yow is back again as Abby Maddox insists on seeing her from prison. A fresh set of murders are occurring and the words 'Free Abby Maddox' are carved into their bodies. The man whose throat Abby Slit, Jerry Isaac is called in to consult on the case. Abby continues to manipulate them and others suspensefully building up to a violent abduction and more twists. Yet, once again, the story is not over and we know that this rough road for Sheila can get worse.

  • Jennifer Defoy
    2018-10-24 20:52

    I love to read books that keep you guessing right until the end. I had no idea how this one was going to end, even if I’d been able to make a guess I doubt I would have been close. There were so many twists that by the end I didn’t even care about guessing. I was so engrossed in this story that I wasn’t even looking to the future, I was tied to the right now. The writing was awesome in this one. There are some scenes that were fairly graphic and yet it didn’t come off as being gross, disgusting, or in poor taste. It was gruesome, disturbing, and shocking, but it was so well put together that it didn’t really phase me. It was an important part of a very good story.I liked how the characters were developed in this one. Everything wasn’t just thrown out there at the beginning. That would have ruined the story. As certain parts of a character’s development were needed they were expertly added to the story. But things didn’t feel like they were just thrown together. As we learned something about a character it was quickly integrated into the story. I can’t say I particularly liked any of the characters – they all seemed to have something that made them not the greatest people – but I was truly engaged and wanted to know what was going to happen to them next. Even though I felt as if I knew them all each time a twist was thrown in I would get to see a side of them that I didn’t know existed.I can’t say enough how well written this was. Even when the story was getting gruesome I couldn’t put it down. The writing was so good that it really pulled me in. I was so drawn into the story that I just couldn’t focus on anything else. I had to keep reading because no matter what was going on in the story I just knew that something even more awesome was coming on the next page. Given all the horrible things that went on in this book I’d normally say it was very difficult to read. But with this one everything fell into place and even the horrible events were necessary.I think this was probably one of the best written books I’ve ever read. It was exciting, and suspenseful and truly pulled me in right from the beginning. Hillier is definitely a master of her craft and I will be picking up more of her books! People always say “She/He could sing the phone book and make it sound beautiful” I think if Hillier had written the phone book it wouldn’t have become almost obsolete!

  • Judy
    2018-11-15 13:27

    Initial thoughts before reading: I was greatly amused when I read this synopsis, because I thought...Abby Maddox? Is this the sequel to that lovely gem of a novel "Beautiful Disaster"? And then when I read on, I didn't even realize it wasn't until the second paragraph. I actually thought this was quite a clever plot twist if Trevor and Abby started becoming a deranged, serial killing duo. I was kind of disappointed when it wasn't. But anywho. This is the sequel to the completely unrelated book by a completely unrelated author starring a completely unrelated Abby Maddox. I had problems with the first book, but it was entertaining and engaging enough for me to want to read the second. Actual review: So yesterday the book came in via interlibrary loan and I was feeling quite tired and up for a night of vegging on the couch and relaxing. I was in the right mood for a thriller and I decided to dive into this book. In some ways, the book does not disappoint. The story is quite interesting in that we get to follow Abby Maddox in "Creep", who has since then been captured and is sentenced to 9 years in jail for slashing Jerry Isaac's throat. The problem that arises is that there are women who are dying with the phrase "Free Abby Maddox" carved into them, and the question is - what role does Abby play in the murders? Of course, from the beginning of the book, we know as readers that Abby Maddox does have a hand in the murders. The question is, how will the author as the puppeteer make us believe in Abby as the sinister villain plotting her future and freedom through these murders? The reason I call these books thriller-lite is that everything is predictable. From the moment one of the characters appeared on the page, some warning bells were already ringing in my head. Absolutely nothing surprised me in this book, in comparison to "Creep", which still managed to do some interesting things with the generic story. In comparison, this one was ok, but not as thrilling as Creep, and Jerry is not as exciting of a narrator as Sheila, even with her "I'm a psychology professor, how did I get involved with a psychopath?????" thoughts every few minutes. It was a fast read, I was kept somewhat interested from beginning to end, but it's a forgettable novel.

  • Janie Johnson
    2018-11-06 18:42

    This is book 2 to the Freak series. I am not sure if there are to be anymore books, but it sure does feel like there will and I will be first in line for that one.I am not going to include the synopsis to this review because of it being the second book to the series. I have to say that the author really stepped it up with this one, I enjoyed it much more than the first one. There were some pretty grisly scenes in this one so be aware of that, definitely not for the faint of heart. It was also pretty dark and disturbing. I loved it. So far both of these books flowed really well and I really enjoy the authors writing style a lot. It had some pretty unexpected twists and turns that were quite enjoyable as well. It has somewhat of a cliffhanger too which opens up another book rather easily. I guess we will see with that one.The characters are fabulous. Jerry and Danny remind me a bit of Strike and Robin from the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. I think that is why I enjoyed them so much. I found them to be very well developed. Then there are the psychopaths, and let me tell you, they are pretty terrifying. I really enjoyed their roles in this series so far. We get to see so much more from Abby Maddox and what makes her tick. I really enjoyed this up close and personal look into her life. I look forward to more from all of them in any upcoming books.I recommend this book/series to anyone who likes a good psychopathic thriller, because this one will have ya turning the pages pretty quickly. I am giving this book a 4.5 star rating.

  • Alexis
    2018-10-17 16:57

    In my opinion, Freak was better than its predecessor, Creep. The pace of the book was a little faster, and I preferred the point of view of former detective Jerry Isaac than I did professor Sheila Tao. I also think that Abby Maddox was a better, more cerebral villain. Maddox is much more cut-throat (pun intended) and detached, and is one helluva criminal mastermind. Her skill of manipulation is heavy throughout the book, and is fed by fact that she, as an alleged serial killer, has this united, cult-like fan base who is willing to do just about anything for her. Even though she's colder and more detached that Creep's Ethan (villain), you almost find yourself on the verge of liking her simply because she is this mastermind-manipulator who almost always presents herself as a composed, mature "lady." I liked the Maddox character because it stayed true to how we perceive serial killers to be. My point...Abby Maddox is a well-written character. I also appreciated the glimpses into Jerry Isaac's life, and how much it had changed since almost becoming Maddox's murder victim in Creep. He's a guy you root for, not because he's supposed to be the good guy, but because you simply like him. You'd have a drink with him at a sports bar. There is violence in this book, and harsh language with harsh, sexual themes, so it may not be for everyone. However, if you enjoy Criminal Minds, L&O: SVU, or The Following...this could be a great weekend read.

  • La-Lionne
    2018-11-09 18:47

    Oh, it's happening! Get your freak on, Alex ;-).[image error]

  • Maureen DeLuca
    2018-11-15 18:57

    This books pick up where leaves off. I suggest you read Creep first- and it does live up to its title for sure!These 2 books are NOT for the faint of heart.... but I loved both of them. Psycho, crazy , stalkers then add a great author (new to me) and WOW.... you wonder HOW on EARTH do some of these authors come up with these ideas? Even at the end of this book- you just know there is room for book 3- and oh boy- would I look forward to that one!!

  • R-Cee*Jay
    2018-10-25 20:34

    It makes me so happy to read a really enjoyable book...blissful even. That is why I read. That is my escape. That is my drug. Therefore I will continue to unabashedly abandon books without hesitation when they fail to capture me. This was a damn good high for me! :)

  • Crumb
    2018-10-31 15:37

    Wow! I'm blown away. This was such a thrill to read. All the twists and turns.. Kept me guessing the whole way through.

  • Vivisection
    2018-11-03 19:41

    Call it the sophomore curse. Call it the trilogy curse. Freak just went from interesting, genre challenging suspense series to full on Lifetime novel.First of all. Mike Torrence is tearing up the floor boards, providing unintentional comic relief. If Torrence says "That could never happen!" while searching for a cigarette or a piece of nicorette, you can damn well believe it will happen and worse than Mike could have anticipated.Second, LESBIANS ARE BAD especially sexual flexible lesbians like Abby Maddox. What could have been a creepy, nerve-wracking anticipation of payback devolves into a bisexual fuck-o-rama with Abby in firm control of all situations.Third, the red herrings are ridiculously obvious. With in the first 50 pages, all one needs to do is say: what would be the most impossible yet oh-so-obvious scenario possible. Chances are, you will KNOW who causes all the problems. Despite all of the above, Jerry Isaac as intelligent, insightful foil to Mike Torrence's ham-fisted detective works. Sheila Tao and Morris are kept from stealing center stage--this is Jerry's novel. I just wish he didn't need to pay such a huge price for such a trite story. He deserves better.Lastly, the cliffhanger ending. No. Just no. Despite this novel's readability, I wish it had fulfilled the promise of the first novel.

  • Mercy Cortez
    2018-10-31 15:29

    There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it - Hitchcock 3.5 interesting, entertaining and misdirected stars Okay. So we know from Creep that Ethan is gone. Abby Maddox is far from it. I enjoyed this sequel, it was interesting and captivating. It was the right amount of suspense writing mixed with hope to make you keep reading. A great story BUT I already read it in Creep.I couldn't help but think that Freak was a bit of a rehash of a book I already read and adored. Like I say I still enjoyed Freak fiercely, just not as much as the previous book.I was more captivated by the story of Abby and Ethan, and I'd like a prequel book about how they met. This story for me held very little resolve and that's another thing that bothered me. Either this needs a book three or it was slightly anti climatic.Like I say, good book but not as good as the brilliance that was Creep!I really like this author though and I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for more from her.

  • Laura Ruetz
    2018-10-29 17:56

    I picked this up, not realizing that it was book two. It did not, in any way, impact my enjoyment of the book. The references to what had happened prior were integrated so naturally into this novel that reading the first book is not necessary to enjoy this. As I said, I never knew that I was starting with the second book, so clearly and naturally was everything written and explained, without making the mistake of being overly tedious or overexplained. This is a good thriller, with complex characters and a story line that will keep you guessing. Some parts (and I won't say what because I hate spoilers, are a little obvious) but it does not take away the enjoyment of the story. If you like a good thriller, you will enjoy this book. The author has written a compelling story that will pull you and make you stay up late, because you want to know how it ends before going to bed. I can highly recommend this book and I will certainly be looking for the first book, Creep.

  • Karen B.
    2018-10-24 13:41

    After I finished reading the first book, Creep, I couldn't wait to being this one but doubting it could "measure up" to the the fist. Was I wrong! Once again Sheila Tao is in danger and the suspense is there throughout. We meet some of the same characters we met in the first book and some new ones. And once again Hillier hits us with a surprise that comes out of nowhere. I suggest you read the books in order as we meet these characters in the first, and Sheila's relationship with Ethan Wolfe is explored. I can't say too much more without giving away spoilers but this led me to read another Hillier book, The Butcher which also takes place in Seattle.

  • Nichole
    2018-10-21 15:33

    This was given to me by a friend who knows the genre I enjoy. He knows me well as it did not take me long to get through this book. An excellent crime thriller with serial killers and psychopaths that make it impossible to put down and always eager to pick it right back up! Being the first book of Hillier's I have read, I will be checking out more of her books.

  • Lisa Regan
    2018-11-09 16:50

    It doesn’t get better than this. With Freak, the sequel to her debut novel, Creep, Jennifer Hillier has reached new levels of greatness. Freak picks up about a year after the conclusion of Creep. Jerry Isaac is recovered from his near-fatal encounter with Abby Maddox, girlfriend of the late serial killer, Ethan Wolfe. At least on the outside. Jerry still struggles with the aftermath of Maddox’s attack on him and the last thing he wants to do is get sucked into an investigation involving her—but that’s just what happens. Maddox is in prison for what she did to Jerry but on the outside, a serial killer is loose and that killer is carving the words FREE ABBY MADDOX into the victims’ skin. Jerry soon finds himself smack in the middle of the hunt for Seattle’s newest serial killer and face to face with the woman he hoped never to see again—Abby Maddox, who claims to be able to help said investigation. Readers will be happy to see the return of Dr. Sheila Tao from Creep who assists Jerry with the investigation against her fiancé’s wishes and her better judgment. What follows is a twisty thrill ride that will leave readers waiting with bated breath for the other shoe to drop right up to the very last page.What Hillier does best is create and maintain tension. Every single page crackles with it. Not one single word is wasted in this novel. Taut is the word that comes immediately to mind. The plot is tightly and expertly constructed, bolstered by characters who are both flawed and immensely likeable. Hillier’s protagonists are compassionately and honestly written and their counterparts, the soulless, manipulative Abby Maddox and her legion of freaks are just as fleshed out, their sociopathic behaviors laid out so perfectly by Hillier that it will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Just when you think you’ve got this novel figured out, Hillier turns everything you know on its head. The twist at the end of this novel is handled even more expertly than the one at the end of Creep. Everything about this novel is exquisite. It is thriller writing at its absolute best. Hillier’s sophomore effort shows that not only can she hold her own in the big leagues but she’s going to be knocking them out of the park for a long time to come. In fact, she makes it look easy. Fans of the thriller genre will not be disappointed!

  • Cheryl
    2018-10-28 17:36

    Abby Maddox was the former girlfriend of serial killer, Ethan Wolfe. Ethan was a student of Dr. Sheila Tao. Sheila was Ethan's next victim when she fionally broke things off with him but she was saved. Now Ethan is dead and Abby is sitting in prison. Someone has started up a website called FreeAbbyMaddox.com. The website is bring out a lot of freaks and another serial killer. This killer is Abby's number one fan. The murdered bodies are found with the worlds Free Abby carved into their backs. Jerry is a retired police officer. He has been brought back on to help with catching the killer. This is because Jerry was a victim of Abby's. So how do you stop a serial killer...ask another one for their assistance. Freak is the second book from author, Jennifer Hillier. I have to say that Hillier out does herself with this book. I actually can say that it was nice to see Sheila again. Sheila was the focus in the first book, Creep. The reason I say that it was nice to see Sheila is that in the first book, I did not fully connect with her, being a sex addict and all. She came off some what standoffish. In this book, she felt more human trying to recover from the aftermath of what happened prior. I hope that Shelia and Morris work things out and do get married. What happened to Jerry was horrible. I was glad that he hated Abby and always watched his back around her and kept his guard up. She was not one to be trusted as she would stab the knife into your back as she laughed. Abby had this killer instinct where she used everyone like they were pawns in a chess game. Abby reminded me some of another famous female serial killer...Gretchen Lowell. Yes, that Gretchen. For this fact alone, I have to agree "Free Abby". I hope the intensity stays high in the third book. Freak is almost a nail-bitter but it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat!

  • Judy Collins
    2018-10-25 19:54

    Jennifer Hillier’s FREAK, is definitely freaky and fast paced, full of suspense for a psychological thriller, as readers get to return to the Shelia Tao series, and characters from her debut novel, CREEP. Hillier’s fans are in for a real treat, as if you enjoyed these two first books, readers are going to devour THE BUTCHER, (7/15/14), as read an ARC, and definitely a thriller 5-star read and one I would highly recommend!Jerry Issac, the PI is back from his near fatal encounter with crazy Abby Maddox, girlfriend of the late serial killer, Ethan Wolfe. Jerry is struggling with the aftermath of Maddox’s attack and is now thrown back into the middle of the investigation. In the meantime, (Jack the Zipper), a killer is loose, carving words about Abby, a psycho blogger, love letters, and they want her to go free. Shelia Tao, the professor is back from CREEP, as she was the victim of Wolfe and was planning her marriage to investment banker Morris. With all the publicity surrounding the case, and her former sex addiction past being front and center, the wedding plans have been put on hold. Shelia and Jerry team up to uncover the killer and deal with the crazy Abby Maddox. Morris of course, is not too happy about this. I enjoyed both books as highly recommend the audiobook as Talmadge Ragan, the narrator had a pleasing voice and kept the suspense high. Jennifer is a pro at maintaining suspense, surprising you at the end for a twist you do not see coming. A talented author you will want to follow. Read all three books, you will not be disappointed!http://judithdcollins.booklikes.com/p...

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-16 20:34

    ***Spoilers*** (Would have liked to give this book 2.5 stars if possible)What a disappointing sequel. From the moment Hillier introduced Danny, I knew that she was the new villian of the series. While I don't mind knowing the ending when I've discovered by mistake (i.e., reading the summary of a sequel before reading the summary of the original book), I absolutely DO mind when the author doesn't make me work for it. The reader shouldn't have the author's pattern figured out so quickly; I'd hate to see Hillier go the route of Patricia Cornwell already.It was clear from the beginning that Jerry was too fond of Danny for her not to turn out bad. And it was perfectly obvious that Mark was too stupid and flawed to be Abby's next soulmate. Nothing about this book surprised me, with the exception of Morris wanting to postpone his wedding to Sheila. With everything he did to find her, I didn't see his hesitation coming into play.The book ended with the obvious option for another sequel. While I will read it, I don't expect to be impressed. First of all, I assume that the sequel will involve Abby's continued desire to get Sheila. Sorry, but Sheila being a victim THREE times stretches the bounds of believability. While it will be unbelievable, I still can't help being curious how Hillier plans to let it all play out and how she'll overcome some pretty obvious hurdles in her story line.

  • Marsha Sigman
    2018-10-19 17:48

    I didn't think it could get much better than 'Creep' but it did! Just when I thought I had the story figured out...it switched on me and made me doubt myself. Perfect thriller, and seriously scary killers. Descriptions so spot on, my eyes watered and teech clenched as I read.Jennifer Hillier is amazing! I can't wait to read what she comes up with next.

  • Jan
    2018-10-21 14:52

    A little faster paced than Creep, Freak picked right up where Creep left off. I thought it was well done and had just the right element of surprise where you'd least expect it. I hope she continues with this series.

  • Kayla Ashley
    2018-10-28 12:47

    I won this book from a first reads giveaway here on goodreads!When I first entered the first reads giveaway for this book, I had absolutely no idea that it was the second book in a series! The first book in this thriller series is called Creep. I was a little bit worried on whether or not I should read that one, since this book follows up on the same characters and how they're healing from what went on in the first book. It even follows one of the "bad guys" from the first book! I'm happy to report that while it would probably have been a better reading experience if I had read Creep, you definitely don't have to read that one in order to enjoy this one! Freak fills you in nicely on what went on in Creep and I was never left wondering. Still, I think I would appreciated this book better had I read the first book beforehand. I might end up reading it eventually though!Now let me start with what I LOVED about this book: Jennifer Hillier's writing. Wow, can she write! She has a real knack for writing thriller novels. It's hard to put into words, but whenever I was reading I was never bored and I was just so invested in what was going on. Her writing was nice and simple but also so... captivating. Sometimes when I'm reading books I get bored because the authors focus on too many details or just fail to interest me. Hillier's writing was so the opposite of that! I think I would be willing to read any of her novels, no matter what genre, just because she seems to really be able to take hold of her reader through her writing. I was honestly never bored reading this.Still, I rate based on how much I enjoyed the book. While I did really enjoy her writing, there were a few things in the plot that annoyed me. I would have liked there to have been more closure at the end. I guess this could stand alone if you decided not to continue with the series... but obviously I have to read on if I want to know what happened to (view spoiler)[Jerry's wife, Marianne (hide spoiler)] and even if the third book (there is going to be a third book, right? RIGHT?) is going to focus on (view spoiler)[Abby (hide spoiler)] again, or if that story arc is finally over. I'm just not sure. I know it's kind of picky of me, but I like when my mystery/thriller book series end with more closure because I like being able to just pick up any book in the series and be able to read it. This is definitely one series though that you have to read all of the books in order if you plan on reading them. You definitely can't just pick up the fifth book, then the third, then the eighth.. you know what I'm saying? The ending also felt a little bit rushed, in my opinion. Maybe that was just because I didn't get much closure.Also, I wasn't a big fan of reading the torture scenes and all that, but it's probably to be expected in this kind of genre so I'm not going to make a big deal of it. Just not my cup of tea. There were also a few scenes with Abby that were kind of weird, but whatever. It wasn't bad though, and there weren't too many scenes that really bugged me. Three stars means I liked it and I really did like this. Jennifer Hillier's writing is top notch, and the plot constantly keeps you wondering what's going on and who's involved and who can be trusted. Also, there's a big twist at the end which I loved and didn't see coming right away! Overall, I'd really recommend this book (or more specifically, this series) to anyone who can appreciate a good thriller!

  • Wendy Hines
    2018-11-10 12:28

    After the conclusion of Creep, I was excited to get my hands on Freak. Dr. Tao is still recuperating from her violent and creepy experience and wants to finalize her wedding plans. Jerry is still hostile about Abby slicing his neck and the scar has made him push his wife away. Not happy, but a little bit satisfied that Abby Maddox was finally caught and is serving nine years in prison for her assault on him.But now women are turning up dead with the words Free Abby Maddox carved into their backs. Abby tells the authorities that she thinks she can help them find the killer, but she wants something in return. She wants moved to a less secure prison and she can't be tried for the murder of the swimmer who was killed. She also wants to talk to Sheila Tao.Jerry decides to help his old partner work the case, but the killer is leaving numbers on the bodies, and it's likely there will be ten before it's all said and done. Jerry will do whatever it takes to make sure those women aren't killed, even if it means playing mouse with the woman he hates the most in the world, Abby Maddox.Abby still hasn't forgiven Sheila for having an affair with her long-time boyfriend Ethan, and she'll do whatever it takes to seek her revenge. She obviously isn't the serial killer on the loose, as she's in prison, but Sheila and Jerry have a feeling that somehow she is orchestrating everything from her cell. But how? When more bodies are found, they finally get a clue. But will it be enough or are they playing directly into the killer's hand? Freak is awesome! I loved Creep but Freak is the cherry on top. Hillier has really honed her craft in this page-turning, nail-biting thriller and I want more, more, more! The characters are well-developed and the plot turns, twists and leads you on a merry chase that ends with a shocking and thrilling conclusion. I can't wait to see where Hillier will take her readers next. Chilling, clever and suspenseful, Freak is a riveting read!

  • Lyn
    2018-11-15 12:49

    Kill one serial killer and along comes another. Freak is Jennifer Hillier's follow-up to her thrilling debut, Creep, which featured serial killer Ethan Wolfe. This time someone is murdering high priced escorts and afterwards carving, 'Free Abby Maddox' on their backs.Abby Maddox was Ethan's long-time girlfriend. She's serving a nine year sentence in a maximum security prison for attempting to murder a private investigator involved in tracking down Ethan. Private investigator Jerry Isaac has every reason to want Maddox to stay there, so why should he agree to her request to visit her in prison? Because Abby has agreed to help authorities to find the new serial killer, who seems to be her number one fan.Finding the murderer is Detective Mike Torrance's primary concern even if it means providing Maddox with compensation by allowing her to move to a low-security facility. Professor Shelia Taos, recovering sex addict, also returns in Freak. Maddox plays her as well.This thriller will keep you turning pages long after bedtime. Hillier introduces you to a new kind of serial killer. Although Freak could be enjoyed without first reading Creep, the books are connected so read Creep first if possible.