Monday, January 30, 2012

CREEP

A few months ago, Jennifer Hillier sent me a copy of her debut thriller, CREEP. My initial thought had been to do a review, but how often do you see me doing book reviews? Exactly. You don't.

I can't pull them off. I ramble too much. (Shocking, I know.) Instead, I decided to try something fun: a painting. We'll get back to that in a moment. 

What I will say, in the way of a review, is that I loved CREEP. I don't read many thrillers (because I'm a baby), but I devoured this book. Good stuff. I promise.

Here's the--

Wait! Let me start the mood music (clean version)...

Creep (Radio Edit) by Radiohead on Grooveshark

Okay, here's the blurb from Jennifer's site:

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IF HE CAN'T HAVE HER . . .

Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology. An expert in human behaviour. 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 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.

. . . NOBODY 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 fiancĂ© 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. 

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 (You can buy CREEP from your local bookseller or places like: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble, Chapters Indigo, Borders, Books-A-Million, Powell's, and IndieBound.)

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Anyway, I'm a firm believer that rockstar authors (and awesome friends) need devoted readers and fans, so here's a little "fanart" of Sheila:


Have a great week, guys!

48 comments:

JeffO said...

Haven't heard that song in a while! Funny, I used to hear it on the radio all the time, but I never knew who did it (I find that happens much more now that I'm an old guy!).

The book sounds really good from the blurb, and I've heard a lot of good things about it. I'll have to pick it up. Nice work on the painting!

Lisa L. Regan said...

I love it. And I loved Creep. As I've told Jenny multiple times, I simply love Sheila. She's a complex, imperfect protagonist and that's exactly the reason I love her!

Emily R. King said...

This was one of my favorite thriller of last year. It was very well done!

April Plummer said...

That sounds really good! I'm definitely going to check it out! And good job on the art. :) I think, without reading it (yet) you did the book fair justice!

Jennifer Hillier said...

I'm dying! This is the best thing I have ever seen! Wow, Carrie! Thank you SO MUCH. I can't stop smiling!

RaShelle Workman said...

Wow, that's GORGEOUS!!! And you know I loved CREEP. Can't wait for book 2. =D

Angela Brown said...

Okay, so I read that blurb and immediately my heartbeat quickened. Not sure if I could handle reading the novel because, I, too, am a bit of a baby. But I'm so intrigued I just might have to try this one.

Thanks for the review-that's-not-really-a-review.

Lucy V Morgan said...

I keep meaning to put this on my TBR pile. The blurb sounds more awesome every time I read it!

Iain said...

How comes you have sooooo many talents: Mega writer, Stellar web page designer, and super cool artist, and all I can do is just about string a sentence together.

Leigh Covington said...

Awesome! I love a good thriller and haven't read one in a while. I'll have to check this out. And LOVE the fanart! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm adding this book to my reading list. Sounds great!

Donna K. Weaver said...

The fan art is great. Sounds like a "creepy" story. *shudders*

Clarissa Draper said...

Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the review.

Alleged Author said...

I think this novel is fabulous! Yay for CREEP!

Carrie Butler said...

You can't possibly be old, Jeff. You surround yourself with too much youth and vibrance in the writing community for that to happen! ;)

You should! Oh, thank you! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks! :)

I love Sheila, too! The contrast between her strength and vulnerability was perfect.

Carrie Butler said...

Mine, too! (In fact, it was my only thriller last year.) Jennifer is so talented! :)

Carrie Butler said...

You should, April! It's a good read.

Oh, thank you! I appreciate that. :)

Melodie Wright said...

Oooh. Very Fatal Attraction. Must. Read.

Carrie Butler said...

No problem! You're always so welcoming to everyone and so open about your experiences, I just wanted to give you something back. Besides that, you're a great friend and I flippin' loved CREEP. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, RaShelle! I can't wait, either! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Yeah, Angela! If I can do it, you can do it. :)

You're welcome!

Carrie Butler said...

You should, Lucy! I bet you'll enjoy it. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Hah! I'd settle for one of those things being true. ;) Thanks, though!

Carrie Butler said...

Good! I really think you'll enjoy it. :) Oh! Thank you! :)

Carrie Butler said...

I'm glad, Anon! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Donna! Oh, it's delightfully "creepy"! :)

Carrie Butler said...

It is! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Carrie Butler said...

I agree! Yay! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Definitely! :)

Lydia Kang said...

Nice fan art! I loved Creep. Loved, loved, loved it!

The Golden Eagle said...

I need to get around to checking out this book. :)

Cool fan art!

Nancy Thompson said...

I didn't know you were an artist too! Multi-talented!! And very nicely done. Pretty much how I pictured Sheila.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Carrie: You ROCK! Like in a huge way. HUGE! That fan art is so very awesome! This is me, bowing down to you.

(And for the record, I don't review books for the exact same reason. :))

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Lydia! I loved Creep, too. :D

Carrie Butler said...

It's a good read. :) Thank you!

Carrie Butler said...

Aww, thanks, Nancy! I appreciate that. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Why thank you, Pegasus! :)

Ack, don't bow down to me. You'll tip the boat! (...Because we're in the same boat, review-wise.) Too much of a stretch? *Grins*

Lynda R Young said...

I think this is the best review I've read in a long time. Fan art says it all!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Lynda! I appreciate that. :D

Lindsay N. Currie said...

HEHE this is awesome Carrie. Love it:) I was already planning to read this book, but if I wasn't, you would have shoved me over the edge!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Lindsay! :D Oh, I think you'll love the book.

I'll try to shove you over the edge with my next recommendation. *Grins*

twentysomethingfictionwriter said...

Wow, awesome work. I shall have to send you my book once I am published so I can get one, lol. Also, I have an award for you on my blog :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Victoria! Be careful. I may hold you to that. ;)

Oh, thank you! I'll go check it out! :D

Joylene said...

For someone who doesn't do good reviews, you do justice to Jennifer's book, Carrie. After reading this post, I'd definitely check out her book. In fact, I'm copying the pertinent info right now. Kudos for you enticing me to do so. I love thrillers, as you know. Good ones are hard to come by. Thanks!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Joylene! Oh, please do. I think you'll love it! :)

Angela Ackerman said...

What a great idea with the fan art! You realize you've opened the floodgates now, right? LOL

Angela

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks! :)

...Well, crap. I hadn't thought of it that way. *grins* Oh well. Bring on the figurative flood!