Creep by Jennifer Hillier – a review

I picked this book up as part of a special offer and had no prior knowledge of the author or her writing. Creep (based on the song by Radiohead) is about psychology professor Sheila who is having an affair with her teaching assistant Ethan. When she agrees to marry her fiancé Morris she decides to break up with Ethan. Unfortunately all is not what it seems, and Ethan is not someone who likes to take no for an answer.

This was a little bit like a cross between fifty shades of grey (so I imagine although I haven’t read it) and a tense thriller. The book started off a little slow, but soon picked up pace. The story was good, and there were a number of twists and turns within the story that kept you turning the pages.

I was a little annoyed by some of the characters, in fact by most of them really. I felt that they were slightly stereotyped, such as Morris the Texan fiancé. You imagine him walking round with cowboy boots and a Stetson. Shelia’s particular addiction was also a bit strange I thought, the story could have worked just as well if her secret had been something a bit more believable. Personally stories tend to be more gripping if you care about the victims, however I couldn’t help but think that frankly Sheila deserved all she got!

The ending seemed a little bit obvious to me. Its difficult to explain without giving the plot away but I felt that as soon as the character was introduced it was plain that they would have more of a part to play than simply being a background character. I suspect we have not seen the last of the perpetrator though.

It was an easy read, and I would describe it as more of a chick thriller than a psychological thriller but worth a read in the bath. It was a debut novel by Jennifer Hillier and I will definitely keep an eye out for more of her work.

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