FREAK by Jennifer Hillier
(Gallery Books; on-sale August 7th; Hardcover)
The blog tour for this book is August 9th.
If you're interested in reviewing this title, please email me at Stephanie.DeLuca@simonandschuster.com with your blog info and mailing address.
Please let me know if you are interested in interviewing Jennifer. Giveaway copies are available. Copies of the first book in this series, CREEP, are available as well.
"Picking up where Creep left off, the latest from Hillier reassembles a cast of characters facing the aftermath of serial killer Ethan Wolfe’s death..The second book in this series leaves readers hungry for the next...Taut and fraught with surprise twists, Hillier’s thriller is addictive." --Kirkus Reviews
“Freak definitely has a creep factor. Well thought out, it is an evenly paced, fast read, which keeps your attention. Now with two novels under her belt, Hillier shows herself to be a promising new author.” —The Mystery Site
"Freak has a full-fledged mystery for you to play with.” —Dead End Follies
“Top-of-the-line thriller writing.” –Jeffery Deaver
“Be prepared for late-night reading. Then sleep with the lights on—if you can. This one blew me away.” –Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of Murder One
Suspense Magazine chose Jennifer Hillier’s “truly frightening” debut, Creep, as one of 2011’s best novels, while #1 bestselling author Jeffery Deaver cautioned “you better call in sick—you’re not going anywhere until you finish reading.” Now, in its sequel, FREAK, Hillier returns to the Pacific Northwest college town where one killer’s stranglehold has ebbed… but another sick mind has waited for the perfect moment to pick up where the terror left off.
Sitting alone in a maximum-security prison cell, Abby Maddox is a celebrity. Her claim to fame is the envy of every freak on the outside: she’s the former lover of Ethan Wolfe, the killer who left more than a dozen dead women in his wake and nearly added Puget Sound State professor Sheila Tao to the tally. Now Abby, serving a nine-year sentence for slashing a police officer’s throat in a moment of rage, has little human contact—save for the letters that pour in from demented fans, lunatics, and creeps.
Suddenly, bodies of naked young women are turning up dead all around Seattle—their bodies carved with the message, “FREE ABBY MADDOX.” At least one fan, obsessed with Maddox’s innocence, wants her freed—and is determined to continue a murder spree until she is.
Meanwhile, Sheila Tao, an intended victim of Ethan’s who was tortured for days, has finally begun to get her life back together. With Abby in jail, Sheila feels safer than she has in over a year. But now, with an Abby Maddox supporter on the loose who is murdering women and trying to break Abby out of jail, Sheila once again finds herself in the middle of a psychological mind-game, desperate to come out alive.
And at the center of it is former Seattle PD officer, Jerry Issac. As far as he’s concerned, Abby Maddox deserves to rot in jail forever. It was her attack that left him with hideous scarring, tortured speech, and early retirement from the force. But with a copy-cat killer on the loose, Jerry finds himself back in the middle of Abby’s manipulative web of lies and truth, trying to put the pieces together before another person ends up dead—a person who means everything to him.
Jennifer Hillier is a young, talented new voice on the thriller scene, making her fiction debut with Creep. She is a member of the International Thriller writers, the International Association of Crime Writers, and the Mystery Writers of America. Born and raised in Canada, she spent four years in the Pacific Northwest, and now resides once again in the Toronto area. She runs a popular website steeped in the thriller genre, where she interacts with fans and other thriller writers all over the world. Visit her at www.jenniferhillier.ca.