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Creep (Creep #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  5,894 Ratings  ·  744 Reviews
Pulsing with the dark obsession of Radiohead’s song “Creep,” this taut thriller—Jennifer Hillier’s superb debut—rockets from its seductive opening to a heartpounding climax not easily forgotten.

If he can’t have her . . .

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, sh
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published July 1st 2011)
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Oct 28, 2016 Kaceey rated it it was amazing
WOW!! Could not put this book down!! Kept me up late into the night! I devoured it!

Dr. Tao a Psychology Professor at a University in the NW launches into an affair with her teaching assistant. It quickly turns into a dangerous, obsessive, stalking situation when she tries to break it off.
This book pulls you along and you think you know where its headed but then you have that moment where your jaw drops, because you never saw the twist coming!

Best psychological thriller I have read in a long t
4 creepy crawly stars! What a crazy ride this book was! Gritty, twisty-turn thriller!

I have to thank my Goodreads friend, Mary Beth, for telling me about this one and recommending it. I got it on audio and --- wow, what a listen!!! Lots of action, great characters, crazy villains, unpredictable and compelling plot!! I listen in the car on my commute and would sit in the parking lot after I had arrived at work to get a couple of extra minutes!

Sheila Tao is a highly regarded professor of psycholo
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Apr 10, 2017 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it really liked it
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Many thanks to my friend Jennifer for writing a review that put this little diddy on my radar in the first place. The title pretty much was a “you had me at hello” moment and by the time I got around to . . . .

“Welcome to my workroom. This is where I get rid of the mess.”

I was like . . . . .

Sheila Tao didn’t really think much about starting an affair with her teaching assistant Ethan a few months ago. I mean really, they were both
Erin Clemence
Aug 11, 2016 Erin Clemence rated it really liked it
So you know that song “Creep” by Radiohead? Well, if you are a fan of that song I suggest perhaps not reading this book. Otherwise every time you hear the song from this point forward, you will definitely get chills! (Thanks to my GR friend Stephanie for the recommendation!)
Dr. Sheila Tao is a psychology professor, engaged to a former football star and having an affair with one of her students, popular teaching assistant Ethan. When Sheila decides to focus on her upcoming marriage and ends the r
Albert Riehle
Oct 16, 2011 Albert Riehle rated it it was ok

This book is billed as a psychological thriller. Honestly, the pace never got to a point that anyone could honestly call this book thrilling and though there was a twist at the end and it was about a woman who teaches psychology, I didn't feel especially challenged in any mental capacity. It's pulp genre fiction. At no point was I on the edge of my seat. This wasn't a page turner by any means. You turn the pages because that's what you do, not because you can't wait to find out what happens

OMG, this book is psychotic! The creep in this story is no joke. He's got serious issues that you don't see coming at first but believe me, they're there! Jennifer Hillier's debut novel: Creep takes readers on a steady ride to crazy town. It has elements of thriller/suspense, mystery, horror, addiction, crime, and detective fiction. It is truly unpredictable (OMG that ending!!!) and I was 100% invested in the storyline and characters! Can't wait to continue on to the sequel: Freak. If you like t
Mercy Cortez
After all these years, Radiohead's Creep still gave him shivers. The first time he had heard it, he'd been in love. And having sex. And strangling someone


Teacher/student relationship - ✔
psychotic characters - ✔
Interesting and captivating story - ✔
Mind blowing surprises - ✔
kidnapping - ✔
mind fuck - ✔
Addictive - ✔✔
Fantastic Author - ✔✔✔

I read all nearly 400 pages in 10 hours, I literally couldn't stop! And and and a book two? Yes please!

Okay so this has so many twists and turns tha
Sean Peters
Mar 17, 2014 Sean Peters rated it it was amazing
Creep, yes five stars !!

Let's get one thing out of the way, this is the best psychological thrillers I have read in a long time, a brilliant debut author performance.

Creep grabs you from the start, keeps you on the edge of the seat with a fast paced, smartly written suspense thriller with shocks, twists and turns.

Darkly delicious page turner with strong and powerful and memorable characters, Creep will entertain and enthrall from beginning to end.

Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology, an e
Aug 09, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, library, mystery, z-2011
4 .. Maybe 4.5 stars. 4.25 stars? :D

When I first became an avid reader I read primarily psychological thriller type novels; that’s almost all I read. So when I heard about this one, it not only sounded good, but I realized I had yet to read a single psychological thriller this year I decided to dive into this one right away. My eventual love for this novel was a combination of the long time spent away from the genre and the fact that the novel was truly riveting and I couldn’t stop turning pages
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This was a decent thriller. Well-written, suspenseful, funny at times, the story of an affair gone wrong between a University professor, Sheila Tao, and her TA, Ethan Wolfe. A former sex addict, Sheila is now engaged to Morris whatshisface, but can't resist having one last fling with a youngster before being tied down to one man. When she lets Ethan know that she wants to end their affair, his childhood mommy-related traumas come to surface with a vengeance a

I purchased a copy of "Creep", a psychological thriller, by Jennifer Hillier to read on my Kindle after hearing great reviews. This is the first novel by this author, followed by "Freak" and "The Butcher".

I must say I read The Butcher, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed with that novel. I know that The Butcher was listed as a psychological thriller, but I consider it more of a psychological drama. In The Butcher, the author revealed the ID of the killer in the first few chapters, s
3.25 stars

I liked the premise of this story and there were some dramatic dialogues that I enjoyed reading, (view spoiler) but the story was mostly predictable and I didn't care for any of the characters. Actually, I felt neutral towards ALL of the characters in the story. The writing style was okay and there were a couple of good twists, but this wasn't the dark, wonderfully suspenseful, thrilling read that I was hoping for. Overall, it was an okay story
Oct 29, 2013 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
5 CREEP....Y Stars

Sheila Tao 39, is a professor and she is having an affair with Ethan Wolfe her 23 year old student.
She knows its wrong but she has an addiction, she's addicted to sex...

She's now engaged to Morris, so she knows she needs to break it off with Ethan, before Morris finds out.

First of all Ethans alright about it.."we can still see each other can't we Sheila " he says...
No Sheila wants a clean break.
He threatens her with things that not only could destroy her successful career but h
May 28, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I have a number of Goodread friends who read this book, and their opinions are all over the map. I decided to read it for myself. My assessment is mixed.

What did I like about the book? First of all, the storyline is intriguing and is summarized in the author's synopsis. Secondly, this novel is named after Radiohead's Creep, and I love the exquisite creepiness of that song. The scene in the book which had that composition playing in the background merits high honors for doing the song justice. M
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Great book. Excellent storyline.
Mar 16, 2017 Myrna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ebook
1: a detestable person
2: to move slowly and carefully, especially in order to avoid being heard or noticed

Yep, the two definitions above describe this psychological thriller. It hooked me and I cared about the characters, especially Morris, a Texan. Reminiscent of You, by Kepnes. If you liked that book, you’ll like this one.
Janie Johnson
Jan 17, 2014 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: pick-it-for-me, 2016
I have had this book forever and finally decided to get it read. I was feeling like a creepy thriller so this was the perfect book to choose. So glad that I finally got to this one.

If he can’t have her . . .

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 th
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
I enjoyed this book and I do have to say that I wasn't expecting that ending. So many times during reading this book I truly felt sorry for Ethan. I think there was some good in him and he just wanted to be loved.

That's how you can tell a good writer, one who can make the reader feel bad for a psycho.

I'm debating about reading Freak, cause I'm not sure I will be able to get into it....I would rather read more about Sheila.
***4 creepy, twisted and obsessive stars***

I liked the book. It's a good thriller, but I wouldn't call a psychological.
You have heroine who is a college professor and a sex addict, a student, who has a thing for her and a fiancé who is way over his head.
The beginning of the story was good. It's starts with her trying to end an affair with her student because she is getting married and it doesn't feel right. He doesn't take it very well and it brings a psycho in him. The treats, the blackmail..
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.5 Stars

Wow. This is my kind of novel.

Creep is incredibly suspenseful and gripping. The story is told from multiple perspectives, with a memorable cast of characters. The writing was fairly average, but easy to read. It took a few chapters for me to get into story, but once it got going, it quickly became a page-turner. I became obsessed with the story, finding myself thinking about throughout my day. I ended up staying way too late reading because I needed to know how it ended.

Living up to i
Maureen DeLuca
Aug 12, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it really liked it
This psychological thriller is about a professor, Sheila Tao, who is a sex addict, and she has an affair with one of her HOT students right before her boyfriend pops the question. When she tries to dump the student, things turn ugly--because he isn't who she thought she was. He is...well, the bad guy (as in crazy bad- REAL CrAzY too !)

Creep has it all; police procedural, horrific crime scenes, creative and diverse characters, romance and dark secrets. With a surprise ending, readers will be cla
Jan 29, 2014 Janet rated it it was ok
This book came to me fairly highly recommended so I thought I'd give it a go.

This book did nothing for me. It read like an amateurish, badly written psychological drama without much drama. It was almost as if the author had done a writing course and felt the need to tick the boxes of what might be expected. There was no atmosphere, it was cliched, the plot implausible in parts, the characters were flat. I honestly didn't care what happened to Sheila. No real fleshing out of Wolfe's backstory and
Melissa ***BITCH, I'M READING!***
Jeffery Deaver cautioned “you better call in sick—you’re not going anywhere until you finish reading.”


No kidding!

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I really liked this book! I started and finished it today! I just needed answers! it had a bit of a cliffhanger.. but the sequel Freak is out so I will be starting it NOW!
This was just what I need, I wanted something different cause I'm a little burned out on all the cheesy romances I've been reading lately.. this was perfect!

Not only is it creepy but at times it was pretty funn
Jun 01, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
Too much info dumping, flat characters and laughable unrealistic thriller. The serial killer plot is so mundane and ridiculous. Reads more like a first draft that needs a good editor. Big pass.
Aug 15, 2012 Judy rated it liked it
A quick read. More like "thriller-lite" than an actual nail-biting, chills down the back of my neck, afraid to turn off the lights sort of thriller. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but it was entertaining nevertheless.

I'm not a reader of mysteries or thrillers typically. I'm more of the Law and Order: SVU / Criminal Minds TV-watching variety. You might want to consider that when you are reading this review, because maybe people who are fans of this genre will greatly enjoy this.

To be
I'm not even sure if I earned the right to rate this book. I just could not finish it. I read about 37% of it and gave up and read the end. It never grabbed me, and I never cared about the characters. I just couldn't stick with it.
Andrea Smith
Jun 30, 2013 Andrea Smith rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Jennifer Hillier that I've read and I really liked it! It was suspenseful, sexy and kept me on the edge of my seat for sure!
Judy Collins
CREEP, a debut novel by Jennifer Hillier, involves a sex addict, an alcoholic, an unbalanced grad student, and his girlfriend, for a suspense drama of secrets, lies, and madness.

Shelia Tao, 39, is a highly regarded professor of social psychology at Seattle’s Puget Sound University. She is engaged to an alcoholic Morris Gardner, a successful Texas investment banker, a man who offers her love and security. After her first marriage ended when she caught her husband sleeping with his male nurse, sh
Well, the title was certainly fit to describe the book’s bad guy (don’t know about the song by the same name by Radiohead but that’s more of a personal taste). As for being a debut novel for Jennifer Hillier, it was a good one. It wasn’t the best I’ve read, but there was enough there for me to stay engaged in all the way through to the end.

I guess I was expecting a little more based on what I read from the book’s synopsis. As I read through the story, I couldn’t help but feel that something was
Jul 06, 2011 Eve rated it really liked it

From the first few pages, Creep by Jennifer Hillier launched me into an unrelenting, anxiety-ridden ride. The novel begins with Sheila telling her young lover/teaching assistant Ethan that their affair is over because of her engagement to nice cuckold, Morris. Ethan, however, won't let Sheila off that easily for beneath his gorgeous looks, Ethan is a deranged psychopath. Little by little, Ethan destroys the perfect facade of a life Sheila has presented to the outside world and to her fiance. Des
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Jennifer Hillier writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things. Born and raised in Toronto and a proud Canadian, she currently lives in Seattle, which is where all her books are set.

She loves her husband, her cat Kobe, the Seahawks, and Stephen King. Not equally, but close. She's the author of the thrillers WONDERLAND (2015), THE BUTCHER (2014), FREAK (2012), and CREEP (2011), all
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