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Freak, August 2012
by Jennifer Hillier

Gallery Books
Featuring: Sheila Tao; Jerry Isaac; Abby Maddox
352 pages
ISBN: 1451664540
EAN: 9781451664546
Kindle: B0061OTD6Q
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Read with the lights on as FREAK will have you shivering and looking over your shoulder."

Fresh Fiction Review

Jennifer Hillier

Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted January 13, 2013

Thriller Psychological | Thriller Serial Killer

Picking up a year after the events in CREEP have ended, Dr. Sheila Tao, her fiance Morris, friends Jerry Isaac and Marianne Chang are all back in FREAK to continue dealing with the beautiful nightmare that goes by the name of Abby Maddox.

A year later finds Sheila trying to nail Morris down regarding a date for their wedding but he's hesitant to do it just now. Also during that time, Jerry and Marianne have separated due to what happened to Jerry at the end of CREEP. Even though they love each other still, there were just some things that they couldn't get past. But the connection is still there and it's this connection that keeps either of them from totally moving on and away from each other.

As for accused murderer, the very beautiful Abby Maddox, she's sitting in prison until things can be sorted out enough to get her to trial. Abby's boyfriend was the infamous Ethan Wolfe, alleged serial killer from CREEP. She's somewhat of a celebrity even though she's considered to be very dangerous. But she's beautiful and seductive and a master manipulator. That makes her even more dangerous and deadly.

Abby blames both Sheila and Jerry for her being behind bars and she's got a lot to get even with them for. At least in her mind. What no one realizes is that Abby has a plan. It involves someone who is out in the city of Seattle killing women who look a lot like Abby and leaving a little message behind. She makes a deal with the police where if she can aid in the arrest of this new killer, that she will be transferred to a minimum security prison as well as be granted immunity. She would, instead, be serving out her rather short sentence in relative comfort.

The search for the killer becomes even more urgent as more dead women keep turning up. Desperate for any help they can get, the police turn to Abby for anything she may know. It's this information that eventually catches their killer. But that's only the beginning of the long, tortuous and deadly road that's still ahead for them.

Subsequent events beg the questions of just how will Sheila, Jerry, Marianne and Morris come out in the end. Will they survive the evil of Abby? Or will it be the end that Abby plans for them?

There are so many things going on in FREAK that it's impossible to list them all. Besides, I wouldn't want to ruin the story for those who haven't read it. CREEP and FREAK should definitely be read in that order because FREAK is a sequel. It was impossible to put FREAK down once I had started reading it. While reading both of these books, I couldn't stop picturing them as movies. That's the phenomenal feeling that Jennifer Hillier provides to her readers. I can't wait until her next book is published. If you love nail biting suspense, believable plots, and three dimensional characters that stay with you long after you've read the last page, don't miss FREAK.

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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 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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