Robert Dugoni, New York Times Bestselling Author:
This book freaked me out – in a good way. In a word, “frightening”. Jennifer Hillier creates a truly scary killer in Abby Maddox, the female version of Hannibal Lecter – smart, cunning and wickedly evil. I was engrossed on page one, couldn’t put the book down and breathless at the ending. Be prepared for late nights reading. Then sleep with the lights on – if you can. This one blew me away.
Picking up where Creep (2010) left off, the latest from Hillier reassembles a cast of characters facing the aftermath of serial killer Ethan Wolfe’s death. The second book in this series leaves readers hungry for the next. Taut and fraught with surprise twists, Hillier’s thriller is addictive.
The Globe and Mail:
Hillier adopts the style of the great fifties noir authors, which those who prefer their crime clean may find a bit too dark. But if your tastes run to Cornell Woolrich or Jim Thompson, Hillier is what you’ve been waiting for.
. . . Toronto's Hillier [is] an author in the [Chelsea] Cain mould, matching a nasty imagination with a clean and flowing prose style.
Freak is difficult to put down, and enjoyable on some primal level . . .
San Jose Mercury News:
Hillier's first sentence hooked me . . . If you want great writing and don't mind some sexual content, this is your book.
Quill & Quire:
. . . Hillier nails the suspense . . . delivering another intense and page-turning thriller.
Thriller author Jennifer Hillier’s Freak can be described in a few words: brilliant, intense, fast-paced, terrifying and an edge of your seat thriller. Hillier’s master storytelling continues in her sequel to Creep . . .
Freak is a 5 star thriller and I recommend it. If you really want to understand how the main characters are involved, go back and read Creep. Like I said, you don’t have to, but why not? It’s a great book! So, my last question is: when is the next one coming out, Hillier?
Chapters Indigo Fiction Blog:
Readers beware: what flows through these pages is not always easy to stomach, but I dare you to take your eyes off the page. The chilling descriptions are a testament to Hillier's talent as a thriller writer.
Gumshoe Review magazine:
Freak is an exhilarating serial killer thriller . . . The storyline is fast-paced from the moment Jerry sees the message on the hooker's torso and never slows down, with a shocking final twist . . .
[Hillier's] experience, and dedication to the genre, is probably what makes her so good at hitting all the right suspense beats. But it's more than just that. An innate writing talent also exists, doubling the page-turning pleasure.
The story is filled with all kinds of unthinkable twists and turns that will both surprise and horrify. The ending will definitely leave you wanting more. Freak is an absolute must-read for any fan of psychological thrillers.
Filled with action from page one, Freak is an adrenaline-inducing, heart-pounding delight of a read. Hillier’s writing is intense, her knowledge of police and legal procedures spot-on, lending to the overall believability and addictiveness of this novel.
The book is an easy read and it has some cringe-worthy moments . . . If the disturbing minds of killers fascinate you in some way and you like a light read, pick up a copy of Hillier’s books.
Hillier does a fine job of twisting events and making you guess one thing right before something else major happens and you realize how wrong your guess was . . . this woman knows how to write!
If you like rockin’ thrillers that just won’t quit, with plenty of twists and turns, you’ll really enjoy Freak!Dead End Follies:
Has Jennifer Hillier started drawing outside the lines? Oh hell yes, she did and it makes things a lot more interesting. It's still a commercial thriller, but it's about as original as the genre will ever get . . . a full-fledged mystery for you to play with.
My Book Views:
Freak is filled with plenty of twists . . . The thrills and the danger just keep coming. What Hillier really nails is the little details . . . Those seemingly insignificant things are what push a novel from great to excellent.
The Mystery Site:
Freak definitely has a creep factor. Well thought out, it is an evenly paced, fast read, which keeps your attention.
This book grabbed me from the opening pages, starting off fast and furious and not letting up until the end.
Hippies, Beauty, and Books... oh my!:
Freak [is] an exciting and sometimes terrifying thriller, one of the better ones I have come across in quite a while. The author has a gift at creating suspense and twists and turns that you don’t see coming, as well as really well-developed characters. If you are into adult thriller novels, this is a book you won’t want to miss!
Mama Knows Books:
The end of the book surprised me the most . . . Another really good book from Ms Hillier, who is an author I will be keeping an eye out for in the future.
Me, My Book and the Couch:
Hillier outdid herself . . . [Freak] turned everything I thought about Creep upside down.
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!
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