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Creep, Jennifer Hillier

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Creep
Title
Creep
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Jennifer Hillier
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eng
Summary
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 sknows the three-month fling with her teaching assistant has to end. After all, she 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
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  • In this first novel, a sort of really twisted riff on Fatal Attraction, psychology professor Sheila Tao, finally engaged to her boyfriend, thinks it might be a good idea to terminate her affair with a graduate student. But the student, Ethan Wolfe, is a shady character with other ideas that include kidnapping Sheila and playing mind games with her fiancé. This is an engaging thriller, with the kind of twisted story that makes you a bit queasy even as you can’t look away (Sheila appears to be a sex addict, and Ethan a serial killer). Hillier nicely keeps readers on their toes, and there is a whopping great plot twist in the final scenes, one that forces us to revise much of what we believed during the course of the story. Psychological thrillers are tough to execute, because their authors must create stories that infiltrate readers’ minds, pulling them into the plots as more participants than observers. Hillier pulls off that sleight of narrative hand with remarkable skill. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 05-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 18)
  • In Hillier's agreeably frightening debut, a psychological thriller, beautiful Sheila Tao, a highly regarded professor of social psychology at Seattle's Puget Sound University, has been having an affair with her volatile teaching assistant, Ethan Wolfe. Sheila, who's spent three years in Sex Addicts Anonymous, a fact known only to her trusted therapist, wishes to end the affair since she's about to marry Morris Gardener, a successful Texas financier who's deeply jealous. Ethan, however, has his own plans for Sheila and uses his considerable talents, which include raising the art of disguise to new levels, to carry them out. When Sheila suddenly disappears, Morris, rebuffed by the skeptical police, hires an equally skeptical PI to hunt her down. While unlikely coincidences abound (a stolen cuff link conveniently turns up) and the characters distinctly lack any redeeming spark, the book holds its secrets well and packs a concluding wallop. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 9, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 19, p)
  • When psychology professor Sheila Tao decides to break off an affair with one of her graduate students because of a growing relationship with another man, she discovers that her student is unbalanced. As his threatening behavior escalates, Sheila finds herself, along with her friends and family, in real danger. Although there are some rough spots in this debut thriller—the subplot about a murdered student is clunky, Sheila's sex addiction seems mostly unnecessary, and the killer attacks the private investigator with a knife but conveniently misses any major arteries—first novelist Hillier succeeds in building suspense and piling up nail-biting twists and turns for the reader. The ending indicates a possible sequel, but even if Sheila Tao doesn't return, Hillier will likely have best sellers in the future thanks to her suspenseful plotting and solid character development. VERDICT This fast-paced page-turner will keep fans of Lisa Gardner and Chelsea Cain guessing.— Beth Blakesley, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman --Beth Blakesley (Reviewed May 15, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 9, p75)
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  • Women college teachers
  • Extortion
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Creep, Jennifer Hillier
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Publication
Control code
000047346219
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
viii, 357 p.
Isbn
9781451625844
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Label
Creep, Jennifer Hillier
Publication
Control code
000047346219
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
viii, 357 p.
Isbn
9781451625844
Isbn Type
(hbk.)

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