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Killing Fear (Prison Break Trilogy #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  3,417 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews

Theodore Glenn loves to inflict pain . . . both on his victims and on those who later find the mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago, Glenn vowed vengeance on Detective Will Hooper, the cop who nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose testimony put him behind bars.

When a catastrophic disaster sets Glenn free, he blazes a freshly
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Published January 29th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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5 stars – Romantic Suspense

This was my first read by author Allison Brennan, but it won't be the last. Her style reminds me a lot of one of my favorite writers of dark, chilling romantic suspense, Karen Rose, especially the case solving and the uber creepy villain. I would have liked a bit more romance between the H/h, Detective Will Hooper and his witness, former stripper Robin, but the moments they shared were emotional and steamy. It's an intense, thrilling romantic suspense read, and I'm exc
Inês Beato
Jan 14, 2016 Inês Beato rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, in-english, 2016
Allison Brennan… Finalmente encontrei uma autora que escreve bons romances policiais ao estilo de Karen Rose! Killing Fear tem os ingredientes para um excelente thriller de suspense: um bom enredo, crimes horrendos, um leque de personagens carismáticos, bem construídos e desenvolvidos, assim como uma dose q.b. de romance, tão característicos da dita autora que eu tanto gosto.
Resumindo, Allison Brennan foi uma grande descoberta para começar o ano e será, certamente, uma autora para continuar a ac
May 03, 2008 Gina rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, thriller, suspense

If you're familiar with the author and had read her previous 'Evil' trilogy, you'll be familiar with some of the characters in this one; Carina and Nick, Julia and Connor, and Dillon. I'm glad they were part of this book.

I had read Crystal's review on this one and had to pick it up. I'd read the previous trilogy and loved it, so this was pretty much a no-brainer. I'm glad I did.

Brennan has a way of creating fictional characters that seem absolutely real. I could feel Robin's fear, her
Oct 11, 2014 Darcy rated it really liked it
I can't even imagine how horrible it would be to have your friends turn up dead, and you suspect the creep that can't seem to take his eyes off of you. Or maybe the only worse thing would be when that same creep escapes jail, throwing your sense of safety out the window, 7 years later and coming straight for you, because you are at the heart of his troubles. This sadly is Robin's life.

Robin tries her best to show a brave face, but Theodore's guerrilla tactics make it hard for her to live her liv
Awilk -never sleeps-
Allison Brennan wrote a fascinating story about a serial killer, and I for one, couldn't put it down. I don't always enjoy books when I know who the bad guy is, but this story had a twist which kept me reading until late into the night.
Detective Will Hooper was a wonderful character, and Robin was my favourite heroine in a long time.
My first Brennan book, but definitely not my last.
Sheila Myers
Mar 24, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Thrilling and suspenseful. When I started reading "Killing Fear", I thought I'd be reading yet another novel about a convicted felon tracking down and killing the people who put him in prison. What I got was much more exciting. I enjoyed the way Allison Brennan added the psychological game the killer played with his intended victims. Also interesting is the new case related to the older crimes.
Sep 01, 2013 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When prisoner Theodore Glenn makes threats against all those involved in catching a convicting him of 4 murders no one thinks much of it until an earthquake allows him to escape. He is systematically killing off witnesses, jurors, lawyers, cops. Very intense. Another great book by Allison Brennan
Tara Kable
Apr 05, 2014 Tara Kable rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brennan
O man this was a good one! My first by Allison Brennan but definately wont be my last! I loved how she puts the reader in the head of a serial killer! Cant wait to read more of this author...
Nov 27, 2016 Victoria rated it liked it
A convicted psychopathic murderer escapes prison during an earthquake and is out for revenge on everybody who helped put him away. He's especially interested in terrifying, torturing, and killing both the stripper who turned him down and testified against him and the detective who arrested him and had an affair with the stripper.
Betty Spates
Nov 23, 2016 Betty Spates rated it it was amazing
Great read!
Sep 09, 2015 Meigan rated it really liked it
This book starts out with the prologue set back 7 years previous, with the trial of serial killer Theodore Glenn who was accused of murdering several strippers. Everyone at the trial / involved with the trial and arrest subsequently become Glenn' s targets when an act of nature provides him with a convenient opportunity to escape from San Quentin.

When I first started reading this book (actually with the first few chapters), the book talked alot about the past. I was rather confused for a minute
Silvia Marcaurelio
La perplessità che mi ha lasciato questo libro è una sola. In alcune parti sembra non essere il primo della serie, ma un seguito di qualcosa… Magari non per questioni centrali, ma si ha come la sensazione di alcuni riferimenti a personaggi ed eventi a loro collegati di cui non sappiamo nulla. Come il fratello in coma della collega di Will. Come è finito in coma e perché? Non lo sapremo mai. I due protagonisti non hanno nulla di originale, ma questo libro è il tipico esempio di come non si debba ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Rob1109 rated it did not like it
had never read any books by Allison Brennan prior to Killing Fear. I can now state I wont read anymore.

I dont like to write bad reviews but this book was just not very good. I wont say it was awful or terrible. It was just not good.

The novel started out "okay." I find it hard to believe that the antagonist (Glenn) escapes from prison due to an earthquake knocking down walls. Ummm, ok. hard to believe but I'll keep reading.

I found the writer's style unneccessarily repetitive. How many times must
Killing Fear by Allison Brennan
4.5 Stars

Seven years ago, Theodore Lawrence Glenn was convicted of murdering four exotic dancers and swore revenge against those responsible for his imprisonment. Now he has escaped and Robin McKenna, the main prosecution witness, and Will Hooper, the detective who put Glenn away, are reunited and must get past their personal issues if they are to survive the machinations of this sadistic killer.

Wow! This book is incredibly gritty and realistic. Th
Oct 27, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
Seven years ago, Theodore Glenn was convicted of the murders of four strippers. Sent to San Quentin, Theodore vowed revenge against Will Hooper, the detective who arrested him, and Robin McKenna, a stripper who testified against him. A sudden earthquake brings down some walls at the prison and several inmates escape. Theodore gets his chance to return to San Diego and get even with those he believed wronged him. When Will Hooper hears the news of the escape, he contacts Robin to warn her. They ...more
Jul 23, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed Allison Brennan's books, and this one is no different. The introduction to the characters was smooth and they were well developed. The story starts by showing us what happened in the trial. It then flashes forward 7 years and follows Theodore Glenn in prison.. Then it all changes when he is able to escape and then has a chance to get revenge.

You could feel the pull between Will and Robin from the beginning, even though they were completely denying the fact to themselves. I
Nov 03, 2015 Rhea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Every time I read a new Allison Brennan book, I swear that one is my favorite. As this is my seventh book that I've read by this author, it's happened to me seven times. One of the things I love most about Ms. Brennan's series is getting to have recurring characters in each of the books. I've really come to love the entire Kincaid clan as well as all the peripheral characters such as Will Hooper, Jim Gage, etc. who each get to be the main focus of a novel.

Another thing I love is that while each
Oct 16, 2013 Anita rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-supense
I liked the book. It is the story of Will and Robin, although there are several characters from other Allison Brennan books. Seven years ago Robin was working as a stripper. Her four of her friends are murdered and Will is the Detective in charge of the case. Robin I.D.'s the killer, Theodore Glenn, and he is sent to prison. Robin and Will also have a hot and heavy fling that ends when Will questions if Robin also had a relationship Glenn, like the dead girls did.

Glenn escapes San Quentin and he
May 31, 2009 chanceofbooks rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-read
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Jul 08, 2011 Kendra rated it really liked it
Theodore Glenn escapes from San Quentin after an earthquake and immediately sets off for San Diego and the woman who testified against him. Obsessed with Robin, Glenn is going to make sure she pays for rejecting him. Robin hasn't seen Will Hooper in the seven years since she broke it off with him. Hooper, the cop in charge of the task force set up to find Glenn, realizes his feelings for Robin never died and he'll do anything to keep her safe. Brennan creates some really sick, twisted villains, ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Pattianne rated it really liked it
Killing Fear - Prison Break Trilogy #1 - Robin and Will - Theodore Glenn loves to inflict pain . . . both on his victims and on those who later find the mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago, Glenn vowed vengeance on Detective Will Hooper, the cop who nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose testimony put him behind bars. When a catastrophic disaster sets Glenn free, he blazes a freshly bloodied path across San Diego County. But the death he craves most is Robin ...more
Sep 09, 2016 Ingo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started April 03d, 2014.
While the ending was predictable and I hoped for something different, the built-up and everything before that, was high suspense and the book a real page-turner. Again, most twists I could not guess and there where quite a few.
A few nice sex-scenes and romance, but the romance was complicated and felt real and was just in the right amount as not to distract.
Allison Brennan will be on my list as a top female author. I only hope that not all books have a predictable ending
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this romantic suspense. It was "very good" and 4 1/2 stars, but I rounded up. The suspense was good. Story well written...It was not as intense as some others by this author, but just as good. Good characters that developed well.

I wonder if "Nico" will get his own story? What about Hans Hugo? I like how this author may write a trilogy, but they are all stand alone's. Only the characters may or may not reappear in supporting roles and that's neat. This story had Cari
Feb 23, 2008 Samantha rated it really liked it
This book is the first book in her third trilogy and it wasn't Allison Brennan's best book but it was still very entertaining. It could have been an even better book if she would have focused more on the serial killer instead of the heroine and her problems. I got tired of her issues and didn't think the romance section of the book fit with the concept. I think Ms. Brennan is a much better thriller/mystery writer than she is as a romance writer. I hope the next one in the trilogy is better. I've ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Mags rated it it was amazing
It has been a few years since I read this book, and I had forgotten how good a book it is. Although a little slow to get going, the book is packed full of suspense as the lead detective (Will Hooper) tries to recapture the elusive escaped convict Theodore Glenn, before he can make good on his threats to kill everyone involved in his prosecution, especially the gorgeous Robin, who also happens to be Will's ex. Add in Glenn's legion of willing women, the chemistry between Will and Robin and the ...more
May 11, 2010 Kristen rated it it was amazing
It's been two years since I read my first Allison Brennan novel and loved it. This one is even better, the first book in the Prison Break Trilogy. Theodore Glenn is a ruthless killer and has been sent to prison after killing four prostitutes and have a sick obsession with Robin McKenna. When he escapes from prison, he's after the people who betrayed him, including Robin, when he believes he's innocent on the fourth murder. It's up to Will and Robin to find out the truth, when he's kills more ...more
Silver James
Killing Fear isn't my favorite Allison Brennan book but it was an interesting read. A murderous subplot, a twist, and a sociopathic serial killer made for some taut action and the chance to learn more about on-going character Hans Vigo, the FBI profiler. Will Hooper and Robin McKenna make for a great pair of star-crossed lovers and when they get together on the page, sparks fly in all ways expected in a romantic suspense. Interesting plot, interesting characters, and a must read if following all ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Carla added it
I wouldn't recommend this book for die hard suspense readers. The plot made it hard to believe some of the parallels shared by the two main characters, Detective Hooper & Robin. The twist in the plot fizzled because it wasn't played to the hilt. The ending was short lived and didn't grab this reader. Theodore Glenn played the ultimate bad guy but the author didn't use this to their full potential. If this is the only book you have for a long trip don't be too disappointed but if you can ...more
Michelle (meshe)
Sep 04, 2011 Michelle (meshe) rated it liked it
Something about this book was familiar, but I'm not sure if I'd read it years ago or if the characters were just familiar because they were in another series by the same author. This one was a pretty good representation of the romantic suspense genre. The main killer was a known entity, but there was a secondary killer that was a slight surprise. This was the first in the 'Prison Break' series so I suppose I'll have to check out the other two. This book isn't going to change your life, but it's ...more
Aug 18, 2012 Ali rated it it was ok
this book was okay...sure there was bad guy and a bit of romance, but overall, there was no a-ha! moment...even one of the mystery subplots was predictable. i guessed who it was as soon as they'd read the list of names. there were definite moments of dialogue that i had to roll my eyes at because they were just so cheesy, cliche...things i'd read in other novels...

so...while i'd liked the premise to this series, i don't know if i'm going to continue on...i think i'll probably give another author
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes that life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year.

Allison has penned more than two dozen thrillers and many short stories. RT Book Reviews calls Allison “a master of suspense” and her books “haunting,” “mesmerizing,” “pulse-pounding” and “emotionally complex.” RT also said that "The Lu
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