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Faces of Fear

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,591 ratings  ·  139 reviews
New York Times bestselling author John Saul is a master at writing novels that chill the bones, curdle the blood, and tap into our darkest fears. He creates characters so real that you’ll feel as if they’re friends or family, and throws them into situations so terrifying that you won’t be able to look away until you turn the final page. Now, in Faces of Fear, Saul proves t ...more
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Published August 12th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Faces of Fear was an average book for writer John Saul. Although I have not read many of his books, this book seemed to lack the luster of some of his other works. In Faces of Fear, Alison Shaw and her mother Rita are left reeling after the departure of Rita's husband who suddenly reveals to them that he is a gay man in love with someone. While their relationship remains amicable, both are left hurting and looking to put their lives back together. Enter Conrad Dunn, a prominent and wealthy plast ...more
Hard to believe that Faces of Fear is John Saul's thirty-fifth novel. He published his first novel in 1977 and about five years later I started reading his books and have been a loyal fan since loving each thrill along the way.

The latest one, Faces of Fear, did not disappoint me whatsoever. It was different from your ordinary thriller as it was more psychological but it was full of suspense and creepiness which is exactly what I've come to expect and look forward to when I crack open the spine o
This book wasn't bad. It kept my interest and I read it quicky because I wanted to know what woud happen. I had a pretty good idea early on of how everything woud resolve, but thought it possible there coud be a twist. The issue of plastic surgery and young girls being so obsesssed with perfection, they undergo these surgeries before they're even fully grown (and parents let them) was intriguing and disturbing. The ending was a litte disappointing for me in that I just didn't think it quite made ...more
I listened to the unabridged audio version of this novel. There were 8 CDs. I really enjoyed the story (the plot, the suspense, the characters, etc.) until I got to CD #7 which I guess one could call this to be 7/8ths into the novel. That is where it fell apart for me. The reason being that it was too far-fetched. Realistic to a certain point (with a plastic surgeon trying to make a 16-year-old look like his beloved, late wife). Then the details, that I will leave out for other readers, that bec ...more
AUTHOR: Saul, John
TITLE: Faces of Fear
DATE READ: 10/09/14
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Horror-Suspense/2007/Random House/394 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Present/Southern California
CHARACTERS: Alison Shaw 15-yrs old; Risa Shaw: mother & realtor; Michael Shaw; Alison's father and newspaper journalist; Dr. Conrad Dunn; plastic surgeon & Alison's step-father
FIRST LINES: Alison Shaw felt good. Really good. She made the final turn around the smooth cinder track w/ lon
Mark R.

I read two John Saul books prior to this one, "Suffer the Children" and "Black Lightning," and neither of them left an impression on me. But I received "Faces of Fear" recently and actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

A grim horror story, "Faces" also works as a very dark satire. It begins with the suicide of a once beautiful but become disfigured wife of a premier Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. She can't live with the scarring from an accident, takes her life, and her husband is married withi
library. audio book.

So-so story. I was annoyed with the narration. If you can't 'do' voices, don't. The women characters all talked in the soprano range; the men in the bass range. And the teens all talked baby talk. Very distracting.
Donna Hazlett
Book is actually Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, book 1, Lost Souls. Great Book but a big cliffhanger. I'd have book 2 near by.
Really enjoyed reading. Good mystery and thiller.
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Faces of Fear by John Saul, read August 2008

Saul's 35th Novel! Plastic surgery, My Space and homosexuality, oh my! Other themes in this book include: wealth, perfection, teens, online predators, self, perception, image, change and ego. This was not bad for a John Saul novel, not bad at all! Right away I found the story intriguing and Saul was able to keep my interest throughout the book, although as the story went on, it became just a little unbelievable. The one thing I am impressed with more t
The only qualms I have with this book is when Conrad Dunn was doing surgery on a Filipino girl and the mother of the girl was saying "Si" for "yes". Ummm... hello? Do your research John Saul. Filipino's do not say "Si" at all. Now on to my review.

Faces of Fear gives you an insight to the dark side of the rich and the superficial. The book itself was not as creepy as the first book I've read by John Saul Perfect Nightmare. It dealt a lot more with Allison Dunn battle with the idea of plastic surg
15-year-old Alison Shaw enjoys her middle-class life with her parents, a real estate agent and a TV production manager. However, her world is turned upside down when her parents’ marriage dissolves after her father reveals he is gay. Alison’s mother marries acclaimed plastic surgeon Conrad Dunn, whose wife committed suicide after a boating accident left her perfect (albeit surgery-enhanced) face permanently scarred. Alison moves with her mother to Dunn’s mansion and has trouble adjusting to an a ...more
If you are looking for one of John Saul's supernatural horror books, this is not for you. The horror in this book comes from what people can really do to each other, although in this case it is fiction. The main character is a teenager named Allison whose mother marries a renowned plastic surgeon after discovering her first husband is gay (an unusual twist for Saul, but well done). They move to Beverly Hills and have trouble adjusting to the shallowness of people there. It also appears Dr. Stepd ...more
I loved this book it was full of suspense. The writing is so descriptive that I could picture being in the scenes with the characters. I could feel the fear and also the love. I could not put this book. Down and read it all in one setting which is not easy to do with my busy like. Amazing everyone who loves suspense filled books should read this book.
This was an okay read. It was quite fast-paced, and the story kept me interested, but it wasn't anything special, and it wasn't quite good enough to make it stand out.
This is the first book by this author that I've read, and I have been told it is one of his weakest, so I am willing to try more from him.
I managed to finish this book, but if I wasn't a huge Saul fan, I couldn't have gotten through it. There was little to keep me interested. The parts from the reporter's PoV were particularly boring, as the reader knows more than she does and are left just waiting for her to figure it out so that the story could move along.

There were no surprises whatsoever in this novel. My only question was: Who is the man (presumably now a woman) from the prologue? There were only a couple of options, and (wha
This book was captivating to say the least. This book kept me guessing and kept me reading because of how intricately written it was. The one thing I did not like exactly was that whenever a name would come up, the last name would usually also be present no matter how many times the name had previously been said, it seemed somewhat repetitive. Besides that, this book blew my mind. I was up at 3.00 a.m. To finish this book. The ending made me cry but it was so good as well. Then when I fell aslee ...more
This is my third John Saul book, the first two being The Homing and Shadows. I would put this book maybe not quite as high as those, altough I found this a very good read. The story moved at a good pace, and som intriguing turns. I found that the characters developed quite nicely, mostly Alison and Doctor Dunn. Saul does a good job building tension, so that by the end you're usually dragged through the proverbial wringer. The story deals with the subjects of vanity, beauty, and the lengths that ...more
John Matsui
A really silly premise with equally silly and, frankly, unbelievable characters and concept. That said the writing is top notch and the clarity of the descriptions leaves no confusion.
This was quite poorly written. I nearly put it down a dozen times. It's like bad B horror flicks. I'll stick with Koontz and King from now on.
John Saul is one of my all time favourite writers (and I would not consider myself a huge fan of the horror genre in general). I think I just have a morbid fascination with his stories and the way things never end happily. Maybe that's why I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as I did his other books. Don't get me wrong, the writing is fantastic, he really is a natural story teller. But this book ended happily. Sure lots of people died in disgusting and completely unnecessary ways, but in the ...more
I have been a John Saul fan for several years, but a few years ago, decided to stop reading his books because they were so dark. When I saw this at the library, I decided to give him another chance. This book was a refreshing change from most of his other books. (Good kid moves to a place inhabited by evil spirit. People are very mean to kid. Kid is possessed by evil spirit. Lots of gory deaths and carnage. Kid dies. Evil spirit waits to claim next vicitm. The end.) I think maybe John Saul may h ...more
Kimberli Lori
Slow going in the beginning, but it got much better toward the middle.
WOW!!!! I really needed to read something with this caliber. This is my first with John Soul. I would not hesitate reading others by this author. Right from the very first few pages he had my attention and I wanted to give this book more. Talk about the " Rich and Famous?" The one confusion I had was, after Margot's so called "Run in with the Blades," and Conrad had done the surgery, why was she left with so much scaring? If he was that good why leave her that way. Well, if you want a story that ...more
Michelle Owens
good. the narrator for the CD was annoying but I suffered through it. the book was creepy and icky at the same time.
creepy.....just like other John Saul books
This one had me going! I loved it! Page turner!
I LOVED John Saul when I was in my late teens. I haven't read anything by him as an adult and have always wondered what turned me off. I realized from listening to this book that the target audience really does seem to be teenagers. The story was slightly entertaining (albeit quite gory) but even James Patterson is better at constructing believable characters.

And seriously, I just couldn't get over the idea of 15 year olds having breast implants and the parents all just acting like this wa
Started slow but then, I couldn't put the book down.
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John Saul was born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, and grew up in Whittier where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.
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“She stood a little straighter, closed her eyes, and raised her arms in embrace of her final act.

The she took a deep breath and dove, headfirst--face-first--into oblivion”
“She stood a little straighter, closed her eyes, and raised her arms in embrace of her final act.

Then she took a deep breath and dove, headfirst--face-first--into oblivion”
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