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Truth
Megan Keeler died years ago—or so everyone believes. In fact, she disappeared to escape from her sadistic husband, Glenn. When dismembered body parts were found near their home, Glenn was convicted of his wife’s murder. And Megan, terrified for her unborn child’s safety, never came forward with the truth…

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Since then, Megan has built a new life in S
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Paperback, 550 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2012)
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Bandit
On the permanent but fairly passive quest to find a stand alone thriller writer to supplement Coben's once a year books, I tried O'Brien. Alas, no Coben here, not as much fun, no plot twists, no surprises. One of the last words to describe a thriller should be blah, but here is blah. It's perfectly serviceable and it never tries to do better. It's written like a bestselling thriller, a beach read, something like that, something entertaining enough comprised using short words, easy ideas and fair ...more
Melanie Chabrol-
10/5! EXCELLENT, FANTASTIC AND GREAT! Kevin O'Brien hasn't disappointed me yet! with this thrilling book which was really hard to put down,I could barely sleep.
Imgaine having upir brother in the hospital and they say there isn't much that can be done, and you think that every little bit of hope is gone, then you meet the handsome doctor. He recommends the best and makes sure he is comfortable,he is handsome, smart, and a surgeon what more can Lisa ask for, a few weeks later she is married to the
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Crystal Craig
I’m a fan of Kevin O’Brien’s. I’ve read most of his books and enjoyed them. However, his most recent book, Terrified just did not seem as good as his previous work. It had suspense, and I found myself wanting to read on, but, I’m not sure why. The plot was your basic story of spousal abuse; the heroine fakes her own death and moves to another town; add to the mix a dangerous husband, an innocent child, a mysterious love interest, a scared niece, a love-struck teenager, and lots of surprise twist ...more
Josh
Eh.

If you can add a couple of numbers together, you'll guess the villain before you've read 150 pages.

Very disappointing with some of the most obvious clues to a mystery novel that I've read in a long time. It doesn't help that O'Brien fell into the Mary Higgins Clark formula of a beautiful woman in peril surrounded by nothing but handsome men. There isn't an average looking bloke in the whole book or a woman who's anything less than pretty. Ugh.
Sophie
For the most part I quite enjoyed this book. Lots of edge of your seat, heart in your stomach kind of tension. A runaway battered wife, thought to be dead, a diabolical and nasty abusive husband, an obsessed and lovesick teenager, a pregnancy revealed, a life underground lived pseudonymously....all contribute to the thrilling part of this novel. About a third of the way through the author introduces us to most of the (male) characters who could be the doer of evil deeds. For the next almost two ...more
Kristen
In Kevin O'Brien latest thriller, you'll be the edge of the seat with this one. Megan Keeslar faked her own death to escape an abusive husband and started a new life and protected her unborn son. Her husband's been in prison for over a decade and gets out for his revenge on his life and claims his innocense. Now it's up to her to protect her teenage son.But someone who knows her as Lisa Swann knows her real secrets and is after her, killing women who looked like her. And he has a personal agenda ...more
Tara Dixon
I’m a fan of Kevin O’Brien’s. I’ve read most of his books and enjoyed them. However, his most recent book, Terrified just didn’t seem as good as his previous work. It definitely had suspense and I found myself wanting to read on, but I’m not sure why. The plot was your basic story of spousal abuse; the heroine fakes her own death and moves to another town. Add in their a dangerous husband, an innocent child, a mysterious match.com love interest, a scared niece, a love-struck teenager and lots of ...more
Jeff O'Brien
Very suspenseful and not very predictable either. I wasn't totally blindsided like I hope to be when I read a suspense-thriller. But the author did an excellent job of keeping the ending not too obvious. My only problem with this book was that it was (in my opinion) about 75 or even 100 pages too long. I felt there was a lot of "filler" strewn about. This seems to be the longest of Kevin O'Brien's novels, so I look forward to exploring more of his work.
Rick
A solid, albeit pedestrian, by-the-numbers effort from an author I like very much. This one just didn't seem as inspired as his others, it made me think of a Lifetime movie, novelized.
Ellen
Excellent book! First one I have read by this author and I have already added a bunch of his other books to my nook's wishlist.
Jennifer
I love Kevin O'Brien books, always good!!!! This was as good or better than the others.
Sheila
Kevin O'Brien has fast become one of my favorite authors in the last year and this book was no disappointment.

Lisa has fallen in love with the perfect man. A young charismatic doctor. 4 months after the wedding the dream has turned into a nightmare. Dr. Glenn Swann has a very dark side and Lisa realizes she needs to escape, to disappear.

A body is found and identified as Lisa and Glenn goes to prison for her death. Meanwhile Lisa has started a new life in hiding. 14 years later DNA proves that th
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Muriomu
Definisco questo libro come un thriller psicologico, dove sin dalla prima pagina il lettore non ha un attimo di tregua o di respiro.
Un po' come la protagonista anche il lettore tra queste pagine avverte la sensazione di essere in trappola e di non essere mai al sicuro.
Non c'è un momento di quiete in queste pagine e se c'è, è solo apparente.
Ed è in questa calma apparente che possiamo cogliere anche qualche nota di dolcezza e tenerezza, immerse in un marasma di sciagure e misteri.
Ricco di colpi di
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Franci Franci
Il titolo rende proprio l'idea del romanzo che ci si appresta a leggere,un thriller che turba la mente,che raggela,che fa venire i brividi per i pensieri agghiaccianti dell'uomo che perseguiterà per tutto il tempo la protagonista.
Mi ha catturato fin dall'inizio,perché l'autore ci presenta delle situazioni ad alta tensione,che riescono a far presa sullo stato d'animo,creando angoscia,empatia,terrore,rabbia,orrore e compassione; penetra nelle nostre paure,come può essere il rapimento di un figlio,
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Jim
The main character of TERRIFIED lives under a false identity as Megan Keeslar, and is in constant fear of being discovered. Megan fled an abusive marriage in Chicago, staged her own suicide and allowed her ex-husband to be convicted of her murder. She cannot go to the police without the possibility of revealing herself. She leads a very private life in her new home in Seattle. When her son is kidnapped her options are limited.

For me, this thriller has too many villains, a case where less would h
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Sam
This is a story about a woman who is married to a very abusive man. Waiting for the right time she fakes her own death and runs from Chicago to Seattle, changes her name and starts a new life. When Megan gets to Seattle she discovers 2 things, 1 that she is pregnant and 2 there was a dismemebered body found in trashbags in Chicago by her old house and the police think it's her. Her husband, Glenn, is arrested and sent to prison for life. Go forward 15 years and Josh is a happy 14 year old boy, M ...more
Dawn
Just finished another great book by Kevin O'Brien.If you like more suspense then romance this is the book for you. I thought from reading the back of this book that I knew what this story was going to be about from previous authors that wrote the same kind of storyline BUT I was very surprised when the book was nothing like I thought. This is the story of Lisa Swann who staged her death to run away from her abusive husband Glenn. She starts a new life as Megan Kesslar and find outs she is now pr ...more
Dana
Megan Keeler died years ago. Megan faked her own suicide and ran away from her abusive husband(Glenn) from Chicago to Seattle. Not long afterwards the police find the dismembered parts of a woman close to Glenn's house and charge him with Megan's murder. Megan at the same time finds out she is pregnant and fearing for her son's life keeps quiet and hidden. Glenn is convicted and goes to jail.

Fifteen years later, Josh, Megan's son knows nothing of his mother's past. Megan begins to get threatenin
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Melinda
If your in the mood for an "edge of your seat thriller" then this is the book you want to read. So many twists and turns while following Lisa/Megan as she made a life on the run. This book kept me up all hours because I didn't want to put it down. This is my first Kevin O'Brien book but I bet it is not my last.
Kristi
Suspenseful and freaky at times. I like how the story goes back in the past and fills you in on the background of the characters. While the story is pretty far-fetched, it still was a page turner. I always enjoy Kevin O'Brien books.
Tabs
Wasn't a terrible read, do find them a little bit the same ole as the other ones I have read by this author but generally a gripping read and you do want to continue so you can see what happens next
Jenna Herrera
Megan Keeler is the main character in Terrified. She died years ago or thats what people like to think. She disappeared to escape from her husband Glenn.Glenn was known and put to jail for the murder of his wife. Megan was terrfied of him even more once she found out she was expecting. Since that problem has dissolved Megan moved to Seattle and started a new life with her son. After everything has been going on so well she later starts getting threats and soon realizes that Glenn has been releas ...more
Milissa
Good book

This book was very good. It was an interesting plot twist. it was suspenseful. I plan to buy more books by this author.
Angelika
If I'm looking for a solid, pageturning thriller, Kevin O'Brien is always a good choice. He did not disappoint me this time either. A mysterious culprit, the mandatory twists and turns as well as a likeable heroine once again caused, that it was difficult to put the book down. The only weakness I found in the very common topic: fragile woman falls in love, gets mistreated, runs away, has to raise and protect her innocent child alone to finally... that particular part was much too obvious accordi ...more
Linda
Excellent, after read g this, I'm reading every one of Kevin's books
Heather
As with all Kevin O'Brien books I have read. I was not disappointed.
Katrina
I really enjoyed this and I'd give it 3.9 stars. But it's for good reason. It took forever to get to the heart of the story and it jumped back and forth in terms of time periods which was really frustrating when O'Brien did it (normally I don't have a problem with jumping time periods). and lastly, it was just weirdly too graphic for me. Now I normally don't mind some graphic stuff (I mean one of my favorite shows is Criminal Minds!) But some of the stuff seamed pointless and had no place in the ...more
Heather
Appropriately titled, you’re going to want to sleep with the lights on while you’re reading this book. Megan escaped from an abusive husband by faking her death and starting a new life in Seattle only to discover she was pregnant. Many years go by while she lives cautiously with her son, but then her husband is released from prison. What transpires is not at all expected and truly is “terrifying.” I love O’Brien’s books and that he sets them locally is even more fun. His accuracy is absolutely p ...more
Graham
It's the first O'Brien book I've read and judging by others comments it's not as good as some of his other work. If that's the case, I look forward to reading more as I found this book very enjoyable.
As I got deeper into the book I couldn't help wondering if such a maniac would hold a candle for so long but, that said, it did feel like a non-stop action thriller.
I agree with others comments that it does peter out towards the end but, all-in-all, Megan is a really believable heroine.
Lori Lyn
This was actually my first Kevin O'Brien book and I have to ask - why have I waited so long?!? Really enjoyed this book and even though I did figure it out early on (hazards of being a mystery writer myself), I still could not put the book down! I was surprised to find I really liked having the love interest brought in so late and having him be a real part of the resolution. Mr. O'Brien did an absolutely brilliant job with the killer. I'm off to go get some more of his books . . .
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