FREAK

FREAK is out now from Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books!

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 "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."
~ Robert Dugoni, New York Times Bestselling Author

"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."
~ Kirkus Reviews

"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."
~ The Globe and Mail 

  "Hillier [is] an author in the [Chelsea] Cain mould, matching a nasty imagination with a clean and flowing prose style."
~ The Toronto Star

"Freak is difficult to put down, and enjoyable on some primal level . . ."
~ National Post

 "Hillier's first sentence hooked me . . . If you want great writing and don't mind some sexual content, this is your book."
~ San Jose Mercury News

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 . . .
~ Examiner.com

 ". . . Hillier nails the suspense . . . delivering another intense and page-turning thriller."
~ Quill & Quire

 "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?"
~ Suspense magazine

 "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."
~ Chapters Indigo Fiction Blog

"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 . . . "
~ Gumshoe Review magazine

 "[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."
~ Horror.com 

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.
~ Jenn's Bookshelves

"If you like rockin’ thrillers that just won’t quit, with plenty of twists and turns, you’ll really enjoy Freak!"
~ My Bookish Ways

"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."


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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 twenty-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 P.D. 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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