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Fear Collector

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  541 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Ted Bundy. America's most notorious serial killer. For two women, he is the ultimate obsession. One is a cop whose sister may have been one of Bundy's victims. The other is a deranged groupie who corresponded with Bundy in prison--and raised her son to finish what Bundy started. To charm and sedu
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by Pinnacle (first published August 1st 2011)
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Grace Alexander is a Tacoma, Washington police detective. She's married to an FBI agent. She also grew up in the shadow of an older sister she never knew. An older sister her parents are sure was a victim of Ted Bundy. Most children grow up hearing stories about family members and gazing at family pictures. Grace grew up hearing stories about a notorious serial killer and being quizzed on his life. Grace wasn't abused or unloved, but she knew that her parents’ primary focus was on her missing si ...more
Did you ever read a book by one of your favorite authors and were totally confused and disappointed by their latest new release? Well that's what I thought of Gregg Olsen's new book. He has written lately a couple new teen books and my daughter loved them. (Envy and Betrayal) but I think in the process he got a bit long winded on the writing of his newest adult thriller. This is the story of Grace as a young child and a detective this also is the story of Ted Bundy's son who stepped into his fat ...more
Fear Collector delivered a suspenseful thriller about the ripple effect of Ted Bundy a notorious serial killer. Olsen takes us up close and personal into the lives of police detective Grace Alexander, her mother and an obsessed woman who loved Ted and thinks she is raising his son.

Grace was born after her sister’s murder. Her mom believes Ted Bundy murdered Tricia but her body was never recovered and he denied any involvement. Grace grew up completely in Tricia's shadow and entered law enforceme
Marianne Stehr
I have always been a huge fan of Gregg Olsen's work both fiction and non fiction, this one is no exception. Taking a piece from the real world and placing it in an exceptionally thrilling fictious world worked wonderfully. The book is somewhat of a slow mover int he beginning, however stay with it, it picks up quickly and is sure to send you into a sleepless night!
Wow, what a firecracker of a novel! Kept me reading. A great story with wonderful, believable characters. Can't wait to read more of Mr. Olsen's novels!
Dec 27, 2012 Chris added it
this is a very good read. who would think up this story only gregg olsen. very well written. a must read.
T.M. Smith
Oh goddamn, this book freaked me out! It was like those scarey movies you watch, under the blanket, with one eye covered and one peaking at the T.V. Olsen has his own unique style of storytelling, a style that allows him to weave multiple lives of multiple characters together leading you to that ever pressing question.. who did it?!

Taking on the notorious Ted Bundy story, Olsen did a fantastic job of transforming us into each characters mind. Going back and forth we look through the eys of the k
Feb 07, 2015 KC rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
This has a great plot story with a back story regarding Ted Bundy. This is the first time I read Gregg Olsen and really enjoyed his writing.
Susan Lucy
It took a little while to get into because it jumped about a bit, when I did get into it really enjoyed it and it ended with a twist (great read).
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Well, I have to say reading this book at night was a stupid idea on my part! This book had me peeking out my window to make sure no body was out there to get me, it gave me the creepy chills and has made me twice as paranoid as I already was. Gregg Olsen is an author that knows how to get in your head and give you chills that's for sure. This book gave me those type of chills where you feel someone is watching you, but when you turn around no one is there. That is how Fear Collector made me feel ...more
Fear Collector is a chilling story that takes real events and people and stirs it in a thrilling fictitious world that only author Gregg Olsen can bring. He brings a suspenseful page-turner about the continuing and spreading effect of the notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy. Readers are presented with an unsettling experience with police detective Grace Alexander and a fanatical woman, Peggy, who adored Bundy and believes to be raising his son. Before Grace was born, her sister Tricia was murdere ...more
Shelley (Bella)
There were two reasons I was eager to read Fear Collector. The first was wanting to see how Gregg's writing in an adult novel would differ from his YA. Honestly, not much. His style is smooth like butter. It grabs you immediately. Sucks you in completely and dares you to look away. Like a carefully planned train wreck. The second was that the story revolved around the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. I'm dating myself here, but Ted had his reign of terror when I was a young girl. I knew quite ...more
Fear Collector was a great read. I really loved it. I was drawn into the story from the very beginning as Tacoma Police Detective Grace Alexander is working a case that draws her into her past. Women are being murdered in a way that is reminiscent of serial killer Ted Bundy. Another girl, Emma Rose, goes missing and Grace is determined to find her before she becomes the next victim. At the same time she's trying to find the remains of her sister who many believe, including their Mother, was a vi ...more
I am always giddy with excitement when I see Gregg Olsen has released a new book, and i know I will always get a great murder/mystery/crime suspense. Fear Collector was no different. What was different is the fact that I didn't like this one nearly as much as his others. Unfortunately, I just can't even figure out why. I was 10 when Ted Bundy was electrocuted and while I remember some of the news coverage and I always knew he was a serial killer, I never knew the depravity he was convicted of. O ...more
Fear Collector is so frightening that if I have my way my granddaughter will be home schooled through her 40th birthday just so she won’t meet any of the perverted types Gregg Olsen has depicted.

The book has a satisfying although totally unexpected ending in spite of its hair-raising scenes. Thanks for a great read.

One nitpicking item:
On Page 21, shouldn’t paragraphs six: (“That analysis would be above my pay grade …”) and seven: (“I don’t know which is sexier …”) be reversed?
Oct 22, 2014 Lynda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
Detective Grace Alexander of the Tacoma Police Department was the ideal candidate for her new assignment, she knew the anguish and grief a family experienced at the loss of a loved one to violence. As the body count rose, the level of brutality increased, the serial killer gained greater pleasure from his victims – the killer had to be stopped. Haunting resemblances to Ted Bundy’s crimes echoed in Grace’s case and the added stress her missing sister may have been one of Bundy’s victims preoccupi ...more
Another great book by Gregg Olsen. He very seldom disappoints me. I bought a bunch of his books on kobo. This story grabbed me right away. As soon as I saw the name Ted Bundy, I knew I had to read it. Ted Bundy has become one of my favourite subjects in true crime. In the story, Ted's son continues his father's "work"...pushed by his crazy mother. Yes, it's a novel, but what if? Bundy does have children out there...what if?
Far too repetitive and long winded for its own good. A great concept that never really makes good on the promise. The narrative was choppy and confusing and at times too earnest to make some sort of statement. It takes a lot for me to give up on a book and this is one I just couldn't finish.
DNFd at page 156.

This thriller was somewhat interesting, but let's be real. There are a million books like this, and a slew of better writers. I don't want to read a book that's pissing me off this badly.

I counted three different times that the author insinuated that a guy that read comics, played video games, or enjoyed Star Wars was undateable and even suspected of being a serial killer solely based on these attributes. The thing that was the last straw for me was when he said that people that
An interesting take on the Ted Bundy story, combined with a modern day serial killer mystery. Unfortunately it tended to jump back and forth a bit too much, making it hard to follow at times. There is also a short story at the end of the book by the same author which was quite good.
This book got very hard to put down at times - especially towards the end! Greg Olsen kind of sneaks up behind you and what happens next will probably be not what you expected, but will leave you creep'd out and satisfied! I will read again someday!
Alisha Gifford
I enjoyed this book immensely. From the time I started it I couldn't put it down. And the short story at the end of the book is an added bonus.
Ted Bundy remains one of America's most infamous serial killers and for two women, he has become an obsession. For cop Grace Alexander, Bundy has haunted her family for years as they suspect Graces' sister was one of his unnamed victims. The other is a deranged woman - one who wrote to and fell in love with Bundy in prison and has brought her son up believing that what Bundy did was right ...

Hmmmm, a very too many suspects with suspicious locked rooms in their basement for my liking. I get the c
Not my favorite Gregg Olsen book, but a fast read.
Had potential. Was way too long!
Stephanie Ward
'Fear Collector' is a truly gripping thriller that had me turning pages as fast as I could. The plot was fast paced and the multiple story lines were effortlessly woven together to form an interconnected web of fear and mystery. The writing style was smooth and detailed, clearly showing Olsen's talent as a seasoned writer. The characters were each unique and held my interest raptly in each of their stories throughout the novel. I thought the way that each layer of the various character's tales w ...more
I want to first thank Gregg Olsen for another amazing book! Thanks for letting me join another fantastic tour! Great Adult True Crime with mystery and much more!

Ted Bundy will never rest and his work is never done. A determined cop, Grace, who’s older sister might have been a victim of Ted’s and a infatuated women, Peggy, who raisers her son to follow in Ted’s footsteps, finishing what he started will lead you on a wicked crazy adventure. As the dead bodies start to show up again Grace takes up
Where to start. This could have been a good book but didn't quite live up to what I expected of it. I remember Ted Bundy well. I was about the same age as the women he was killing and I can still remember the relief I felt the day I heard he was finally dead. With that in the back of my head, I couldn't quite get into the letters from him to these people in the book. This is fiction. He was very real. I'm sure he wrote to lots of people but these were not his letters.

I found the author to be a l
3.5 stars.

I am such a fan of Gregg Olsen. I'm not sure if it's because he was the first author I picked up when I decided to branch out and read other genres and he was my first crime/suspense book or because of the fact he responds to his fans but I have yet to be let down by one of his books.

I never overrate books so please don't think that just because I marked it as a three that it's not good. Because it is. I just usually only give out fives when i'm absolutely amazed by a book.

The first
So many twists

The shadow of Ted Bundy hangs over Tacoma and this book. Detective Grace Alexander found answers her family sought for decades, and solved a current serial murderer case in the process. Olsen's meander through the past and it's intersection s with the present reach terminal velocity in the final pages. There's something rare in true crime stories, too, a happy ending. Two thumbs up.
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