Friday, February 22, 2013

Terrified by Kevin O'Brien

Terrified by Kevin O'Brien

Lisa Swan thought she had the perfect marriage until her husband beat her one night. He swore it would stop but instead it got worse and worse. When Lisa found out she was pregnant, she staged her suicide in to a river and left for Seattle with a new alias. What she didn't know is that someone followed her and wants her all to himself. Over the course of the next 14 years she notices things go missing but thinks its her son or just misplaced items. Then she starts getting calls asking for her by her real name. Lisa is scared and with good reason.

The plot was pretty unbelievable. Why would someone wait more than 14 years to make their move? He could have done something much sooner so why wait? The worst part of this novel, however, was the manufactured suspense at the end of what felt like every paragraph. I felt like the author was using cheap tricks to keep my interested and it started bothering me after the first 60 pages or so. Every trick in the book was used. It's his reflection, not a person coming after you. It's an animal's eyes in the woods, not a person coming after you. Give me strength. The cherry on the cake was that I determined who the villain was early in the book and the whole thing ended with a fizzle rather than a bang.

First Line: "Her son was awfully quiet."


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