Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
The Short Take:
Think Basic Instinct (Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone) but with an interesting role reversal, a lot of unexpected twists, and written in thriller style, plus more psychological slants than you can shake a stick at. Yikes! It’s hard to put this one down.
It’s not often you come across a book where the protagonists and antagonists all have demons to fight. Despite flaws all around, you’ll have no problem developing empathy for the beleaguered psych professor, Sheila Tao — though it might take you a bit — and an aversion to Ethan Wolfe, her dumped lover who turns… well, you’ll see.
It’s an interesting idea, and certainly a novel one, to give almost all your characters an addiction or perversion to work through (or give in to). Doing that could make it pretty hard to tell the good guys from the bad, but Hillier pulls it off. And she keeps you guessing about a lot of things: Who is the victim here? Who is the real bad guy? Who will forgive? Who will survive?
It’s an ideal summer read, as long as the Creep factor doesn’t get to you. Because it is in evidence and that’s what makes this book so very readable.
A Little Plot:
With a thriller, you don’t want to know too much in advance. It ruins things.
Sheila is engaged to the man of her dreams and must break off an illicit affair with her graduate assistant, Ethan. Unfortunately, Ethan doesn’t want to break things off and threatens revenge.
That’s all the plot you’re getting for me. Read Jennifer Hillier’s first novel is you want more. And, to visit her website, click here. Or, if you just want to know more about Creep, she’s got another website you can visit by clicking here.