Monday, July 18, 2011


published by:  Gallery Books
publish date:  July 5, 2011

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.

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 is the debut book by Jennifer Hillier and I was impressed.  Once I started, I couldn't stop.  I read through the entire thing cover to cover in one evening.  The title certainly fit the bill.  Ethan was a creep, the tone of the book was creepy, even Sheila herself was a little bit creepy at times.

From the very beginning I was very sympathetic towards Sheila.  I'm sure some readers might not like her, but I did.  Ethan was the perfect sociopath.  He manipulated Sheila so smoothly, but she was able to hold her own against him when she had to. 

This book has a lot of twist and turns and big surprises.  It was a great read.  I'd definitely recommend it!


Stormi said...

Nice review, book sounds great. Another one to add to the wishlist!

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Sounds intense. I don't know that I've read a truly creepy book. Fantastic review :)