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Creep is a great page turner and kept me guessing!
Creep - Jennifer Hellier
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Creep - Jennifer Hellier
Advantages: Fast paced thriller. Exciting story. Strong characters.
Disadvantages: Might make the reader wince and / or squirm occasionally
My friend Sue handed me her copy if CREEP to read. I started to read it later the same day. I thought the story was quite slow to get going but probably that was me being impatient as the author, Jennifer Hillier, was merely setting the scene and describing her characters. Once I got into the story, I could not put it down. The heroine is Dr Sheila Tao who is a Professor of Psychology at Puget Sound University in Seattle. She has a team of teaching assistants who are students at the university and are undertaking work in her department to help them understand their subject better.
One of Dr Sheila Tao's teaching assistants is Ethan Wolfe. He is good-looking, highly intelligent and clearly the most talented psychology student in his year. He fancies Dr Sheila but bides his time. Unknown to her, tasks Dr Sheila gives to Etham he sub-contracts to other students and then claims the work done as his own.
Dr Tao is a sex addict but she hadn't mentioned this to her fiancée - Morris Gardener. Morris is a tall, large man who trusts Sheila. However kind and nice he is with Sheila, Morris is utterly ruthless in business. Morris successfully played American Football and was at the top of his game when injury ended his career. He went into a new career of finance and became a wealthy, successful banker.
Ethan Wolfe saw his chance and managed to have a conversation with his university professor, Dr Sheila Tao when she was vulnerable and struggling with her sex addiction and the need to be honest with her fiancée. Sheila ended up having a sex session with Ethan. Afterwards, she bitterly regretted her folly but Ethan wanted more, so much more!
Ethan Wolfe secretly researched his subject: Sheila - her family; her home; her hobbies; where she bought her clothes; what she liked to eat etc. He broke into her home and fondled her underwear. This was one if the many activities he undertook that made me squirm. He even disguised himself and attended a job interview with Morris Gardener! Morris did not realise he was interviewing one of his fiancee's teaching assistant's, but he did think he recognised the candidate's voice. Morris was unable to put a name to the voice though.
Morris was estranged from one of his sons and Sheila had asked him to help with the guest list for her forthcoming wedding to Morris. Ethan decided he was not going to allow Sheila to marry Morris - she was his and his alone! He abducted Sheila and imprisoned her in the basement of his luxury home. He had his own girlfriend but she knew nothing of Ethan's huge wealth or large property. Ethan was a guy with a lot of secrets.
This novel left me wondering how much any of us know another person? Yes, the story was aptly titled as Creep. It made me feel very uncomfortable many times but mostly when he tied Sheila to a bed. There was a happy ending, thank goodness and Morris rescued Sheila from Ethan and he was happily reconciled with his estranged son.
Summary: This is the first book by Jennifer Hillier I have read. Will seek others