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Fear Has a Name (The Crittendon Files #1)

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How Far Would He Go To Keep Them Safe?

It was more than a break-in. More than a stalking. It was personal. When a stalker targets his family, journalist Jack Crittendon must uncover who the person is and what his motives are—if he is to protect the ones he loves. It will lead Crittendon into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his investigatio
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by David C. Cook
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Jul 15, 2013 Lando rated it really liked it
If you love a fast paced thriller like I do please consider Fear Has a Name. As outrageous as it was at times, I found it to be quite realistic and plausible. Creston Mapes' characters are well thought out and believeable. Its easy to identify with several of them throughout the book or I know of real people similar to these; whether its the discouraged pastor, the depressed fellow with low self esteem, the mother trying to hold life all together, the overworked policeman or the tense newspaper ...more
Mar 28, 2013 ChrisGA rated it it was amazing
I had never before read anything by this author, being leery of the series involving a rock star as something this 65-year-old probably wouldn’t relate to very well. However, this first book in a new series has won me over. It is a thriller revolving around two storylines: a mysteriously missing pastor and the dangerous harassment of a reporter and his family. The main characters are easy to like and to identify with, and the nightmare situations they find themselves in are all too believable as ...more
Karen Stoller
Aug 01, 2013 Karen Stoller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
Amazing book that makes you think about bullying and violence... what you would do if someone was causing harm to your family... it's suspenseful, yet caring as you come to understand a bit of the perpetrators background - interestingly the original break in concept comes from a real life situation in the author's family.
Neyra ♦
I hate to give the book a low rating because I didn't do my research and check that it wasn't just a mystery thriller, but Christisn fiction as well, however, I still don't feel I could give it any higher regardless of genre.

Fear Has a Name is about how one family's faith threatens to shatter when a mysterious man targets them by breaking into their home. What the Crittendon family discovers is that this attack is personal. Soon it becomes a race to find out who this man is and what he wants b
Gail Welborn
Oct 06, 2013 Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
***This author makes readers keep the lights on!***

New York Times bestselling author, Creston Mapes begins his new Crittendon Files series, with Fear Has a Name, an inspirational tale of fear, suspense and intrigue that keeps the pages turning long after the lights should go out. The multifaceted and gripping dual story line includes a possible murder-suicide, a missing pastor, a family terrorized by a crazy stalker and a journalist whose lives intersect in mysterious ways.

The story opens midda
Jess Ulrich
Jun 03, 2013 Jess Ulrich rated it it was amazing
Fear Has a Name Creston Mapes
It's no surprise that Creston Mapes delivers once again with Fear Has a Name. Within the first two pages, I was completely hooked by this page-turning, adrenaline-rushing, heart-pounding book. The suspense was riveting. The detailed descriptions of characters and emotions - spot on. I felt as if I was right alongside the characters as this thriller unfolded like a screen play in my mind. I found myself gasping out loud countless times as I hung on every word.
This bo
Sherri Johnson
Jul 03, 2013 Sherri Johnson rated it it was amazing
I began Fear Has a Name late one Saturday night, thinking I'd just read the first chapter to get my feet wet and then pick it back up the next night. Well, little did I know it was going to suck me in and almost make me late for church the next morning because I stayed up too late reading. The story starts with a home invasion that leaves you a little unnerved and hoping you locked your doors before you went to bed. There's more to this story than just the break-in though. There's a web of ...more
Aug 16, 2013 Narelle rated it it was amazing
This book is action packed from the start and I couldn’t put it down. The plot twists kept me turning the page to learn what happens next. Jack’s faith is tested and pushed to the limit when a dangerous stalker threatens to destroy his family.

Fear Has a Name deals with hypocrisy and corruption in unlikely places. It has a supernatural element and the manifestation of evil in the world is a strong theme in the book. Jack and his wife, Pam, learn that evil can arise in unimaginable ways. Being a g
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**I was given a free copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review**

WOW! THis story took me on so many great twists and turns!! The action never let up and I enjoyed reading every second of this book!

I really loved the message the book has at the end. Forgiveness is a very powerful thing. I must admit that I was surprised this was a book that had God in it a lot. I had never read a book like this before that was so suspenseful. I really loved how the author made these 2 elements work
Christopher Long
Jul 12, 2013 Christopher Long rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Suspense and tension on every page. Compelling characters and a riveting, edge-of-your-seat story. A sensational read from one of today's hottest authors. And I'm delighted that this is only the first installment in the "Crittendon Files" trilogy, as Mapes has much gas left in the tank and Jack Crittendon has legs to carry on for volumes to come!
Deborah Raney
Apr 15, 2013 Deborah Raney rated it it was amazing
Another page-turning, heart-touching, must-read from Creston Mapes. The brilliant intersection of two story lines packed a powerful punch, and I'm not sure I've ever felt for a villain so deeply. Another sure-fire winner in the vein of Mapes's novel Nobody.
Aug 01, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
This will probably be my top or in my top 3 for best reads of the year. I have read everyone of this author's books and they are always worth reading more than once. Adding it to my "Best Christian fiction" and my "Hard to put down-suspense" shelf.
May 06, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
It was one of te best books I have ever read. And how all the characters fit together was amazing.
Jun 28, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Loved the book! I found myself double-checking the deadbolt several times. Full of suspense. Eager to read Poison Town next.
SUMMARY: It was more than a break-in. More than a stalking. It was personal. When a stalker targets his family, journalist Jack Crittendon must uncover who the person is and what his motives are--if he is to protect the ones he loves. It will lead Crittendon into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his investigation of a missing pastor, whose apparent suicide is more than it appears.

Each move Crittendon makes weaves him tighter and tighter into a web of lies, greed
May 23, 2013 Nancee rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nancee by: 1
In this multilayered suspense novel two families share common bonds that are interwoven by circumstances that overlap throughout the narrative. The entire essence of the Crittendon family is transformed into an intense atmosphere of anxiety and chaos by a stranger who forces his way into their home and lives, shaking them to the core. Jack Crittendon, a news reporter, was assigned to investigate the sudden disappearance of Evan McDaniel, senior pastor at a local church. A church publication ...more
Caitlyn Santi
Jun 17, 2013 Caitlyn Santi rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars!

This was a really good suspense book! I enjoyed it very much. I liked the characters a lot, Jack and Pam were awesome and their little girls Rebecca and Faye were absolutely adorable. Even the villain was very complex, I couldn't believe all that people had done to him when he was growing up, I actually found myself feeling sorry for him at times. The suspense was great, there were many times when I had no clue what would happen next! I love that!I also loved the fact that there were t
Jun 17, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
Creston Mapes is a new author to me, and if this book is any indication of what kind of writer he is, I definitly want to read more of his books.

This book is the first in a series, The Crittendon Files. I really like the main character Mapes has created for the series, Jack Crittendon, a newspaper journalist, and look forward to reading more in the series.

I like it when an author writes a Christian novel and isn't afraid to make it Christian. The book is suspense, and is a great suspense novel
Mar 03, 2015 Hannah rated it liked it
Fear Has A Name is the first thing I have read by Creston Mapes, and it most certainly won't be my last. I struggled with the writing sometimes, especially for Pamela's POV. I thought the side characters POV's were the best. There were some parts of the plot that made me go "wait, whaaat?"... Some of Pamela's choices and actions didn't really make sense. However, fhe story connected in a really cool way at the end, and I really enjoyed reading it. The Christian message was written very strongly, ...more
Jack Patterson
Jun 04, 2014 Jack Patterson rated it it was amazing
Move over Ted Dekker! Having read all of Creston Mapes' previous three novels, I've awaited anxiously for him to resume writing again after a long break -- and I wasn't disappointed. This story explores three threads of families in extenuating circumstances, trying desperately to get a grip on life. When the main character Jack Crittendon, who is a reporter for the local newspaper, discovers someone is stalking his wife -- specifically a man from his wife's past -- the ball of yarn is tugged and ...more
Rena Ackley
Mar 03, 2014 Rena Ackley rated it really liked it
Well written Christian thriller. Weaves two different major plot lines, one a missing pastor who is feared depressed and suicidal and another of a break in at the house of the reporter following the pastor's disappearance. The two are only connected by the fact the pastor and the person breaking in and stalking know the couple (reporter and his wife). Theme of do we really believe God is in control or do we believe we are in control. What happens when it is time to really but our faith to the ...more
Jan 02, 2014 NancyInWI rated it really liked it
Very good suspense and mystery which kept the book rolling along at a fast pace. The only thing that bothered me was some things were too "pat" and just weren't realistic. The only example I can come up with now, a month after having read the book, is the fact that the police didn't provide or the family didn't hire someone to watch their house after several incidents where their attacker came to the house.
C.D. Gill
Sep 01, 2014 C.D. Gill rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Creston Mapes is a master storyteller. The plot never sagged and the intensity kept me turning the pages. I really liked the characters and--amazingly-- Creston made me sympathize with the "villain." The faith line of the story was very well done. The book was a very good read. Highly recommended.
Jul 23, 2015 Whitney rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of the new year to grab my attention and not let go until the end!! I was confused at the two stories, as to how they would intersect, but when they did...oh man. The emotions were overwhelming! Can't wait to read the next book in this series, The Crittendon Files.

I received this book via NetGalley.
Feb 14, 2016 Caryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
Oh.My.Word. This was a thrilling story. The suspense and plot twists keep you guessing until the end. I appreciate the strong Christian message woven throughout this novel. I highly recommend this book.
Jul 09, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
Fast moving and suspenseful, this was a good read for a quiet Saturday. In addition, it speaks of a deeper faith in Christ, one that doesn't just praise Him in the good times but even in the midst of the storm. I'll be picking up the rest of the books in the series.
J.S. Bailey
Nov 19, 2013 J.S. Bailey rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into this book and connecting with the characters, but it turned out pretty good at the end.
Jenny Carr
Mar 16, 2016 Jenny Carr rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. It was quite fast paced, and readable in a day. Only thing, I felt it did lack momentum and tension at the end.
Niyati Em
Jan 21, 2016 Niyati Em rated it it was amazing
Lovely book!! Just could not stop reading it. I wonder why I dropped reading it in the first place.
C.B. Cook
Feb 02, 2016 C.B. Cook rated it really liked it
What a great book! I seriously enjoyed this. It wasn't as tense for me as I had thought it would be, but that could also be due to the fact that my dad was reading it to me out loud. ;)
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Creston is the Amazon #1 Bestselling Author of Christian Fiction Suspense Thrillers!

His top-rated mystery thrillers include Poison Town, Fear Has a Name, Nobody, Dark Star, and Full Tilt. Creston's new thriller series, The Crittendon Files, launched June of 2013, and will continue with two new releases in 2014, including Poison Town and Sky Zone. His early years as a reporter inspire many of his n
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