[a Thriller of Deadly Attraction]

Book - 2011
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Pulsing with the dark obsession of Radiohead's song "Creep," this taut thriller--Jennifer Hillier's superb debut--rockets from its seductive opening to a heartpounding climax not easily forgotten.

If he can't have her . . .

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 knows the three-month fling with her teaching assistant has to end. After all, she's 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.

. . . no one else can.

Ethan has plans for Sheila, plans that involve posting a sex video that would surely get her fired and destroy her prestigious career. Plans to make her pay for rejecting him. And as she attempts to counter his every threatening move without her colleagues or her fiancé discovering her most intimate secrets, a shattering crime rocks Puget Sound State University: a female student, a star athlete, is found stabbed to death. Someone is raising the stakes of violence, sex, and blackmail . . . and before she knows it, Sheila is caught in a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with the lover she couldn't resist--who is now the monster who won't let her go.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Gallery Books, c2011
Edition: 1st Gallery Books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781451625844
Branch Call Number: HILL
Characteristics: viii, 357 p


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Jun 27, 2015

Engaged me from the beginning and I skipped a beautiful day outside because I kept telling myself, "Just one more chapter..." until I finished it. Was excited to know there is a sequel book!

Apr 15, 2015

Thriller about a woman who has an affair with her student then things turn ugly when he begins to show the characteristics of being a psychopath. Not much of story here.

Jan 08, 2012

Reads more like a pilot for a TV series. Sketchy and unconvincing characters but hits all the right prurient headline notes.That said the author will probably go on to fame and fortune.

Nov 11, 2011

I was intrigued enough to finish the book, but I didn't find myself enjoying it. The characters are shallow and unlikable (especially Sheila, who embodied the typical "Mary Sue"), the premise is unlikely, and there are too many coincidences for it to be anywhere near plausible. The quality of the writing was patchy. The book was at its strongest when the characters were thinking, conspiring or reminiscing on their own, but the dialoge and characters sank it. I liked the idea of creating a story around Radiohead's song "Creep", but this book didn't do a very good job of that. It was an okay read, but not anything amazing.

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