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.
This was pretty good. I wasn’t convinced for over half of this book that Hillier would be able to pull it out the bag and make this book great but the last 5% saved it. One scene in particular had my jaw drop and may have been the only moment this book truly shocked me. It certainly shocked the person on the receiving end.
The scenes between Ethan and Tao fell slightly short for me after the *spoiler*. It wasn’t particularly gripping or thrilling or put me on the edge. I was more concerned about Morris’ opinion of Tao than whether anything “bad” would happen to her.
Jerry and Morris are the real MVP’s of this book in my eyes. The banter and Morris becoming a little wannabe P.I. just to find his answers was fab. I want more of it in the next book.