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Absolute Fear (New Orleans #4)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  13,364 Ratings  ·  361 Reviews
For the past three months, Eve Renner has struggled to remember the night she was nearly killed and her lover was tried for murder. She remembers getting the anxious call from a friend from her past: “Meet me at the cabin. I’ve got evidence.” She remembers seeing that friend lying in a pool of blood. And she remembers a horrifying glimpse of her lover Cole Dennis’s face as ...more
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Published March 27th 2007 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2007)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Absolute Fear, the 4th book in Lisa Jackson’s New Orleans Series, is a nail biting, terrifying, suspense filled story that leaves you shocked, surprised and chilled to the bone.

As with the previous book, Shiver, its set in New Orleans with Our Lady of Virtues, the abandoned mental asylum, playing an integral part in the story.
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Eve Renner has suffered from amnesia since the night she found her friend murdered and the attempt on her life. She has a vague recollection of seeing her boyfriend at the
I enjoyed the story. Like every other book written by Lisa Jackson I think she goes into detail way too much, but I've learned where to skim through her words and where I need to pay attention. While I guessed part of what was going on, I definitely did not figure out the entire story of who the killer was and why until it was revealed and for that, I give the author kudos.

Yes, is some of the story far-fetched, absolutely! But it's FICTION, not true crime. IMO, it's like in the movies when some
Dec 30, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few Lisa Jackson's books - this was, in my opinion, an even better read then the others.

I liked the setting - the mental hospital, the vague suggestion of secrets and wrong-doing, the fact that Eve, the main character, used to spy on the mental patients when she was a child. The whole book came across like a lite-horror movie to me, and it worked for this book.

I liked the chemistry between Eve and Cole, and how Jackson keeps you in suspense as to whether Cole tried to kill Eve. Overa
Mar 01, 2009 Dina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book tries too hard. There are too many unexplained/unnecessary/underdeveloped characters, too much detail, too many elements of murder/suspense/psycho novels for one book, too far-fetched, too formulaic...didn't know it was part of a series until several pages into the book. Allusions to other situations/characters were made that didn't always work if one hadn't read the other book first. I had expectations from the book as Jackson is a "NY Times best-selling author". Well, the Times needs ...more
Nov 03, 2010 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Lisa Jackson book that I have listened to on tape. I enjoy listening to them because she does a good job at keeping up suspense, and I wasn't expecting the killer to be who he was. Usually, I can pick out the killer at the beginning of the book.

However, I feel like the characters are sexed up way too much. The reader doesn't need to hear over and over again how the characters are sexy and beautiful, nor the repeated sexual thoughts of the killer. Once or twice would have been
Jane Stewart
I wanted to buy the audiobook but I didn't because I don't like the narrator Joyce Bean. She is bad with male voices.
Aug 31, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book pretty much picks up where "Shiver" left off, a good read, good suspense, lots of angst tossed in, some red herrings, and twists and turns. The main story plays around the Asylum again and the nuns to an extent. Montoya and Bentz are tasked with finding a demented killer again. The main 2 characters are newbies to the series - good strong characters, not sure if they will be in future books, but they could very well be - don't want to give out any spoilers.

2 thumbs up and 4.5 stars
May 12, 2014 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eve Renner is lured to a cabin in the woods and discovers Roy's brutally murdered body with the number 212 written in blood and is shot in the head at the cabin. At the time of the shooting she is positive that the shooter is her fiancé Cole who gets sent to prison.

After months of rehab in Atlanta staying with her brother Eve now has returned home to New Orleans on the same day that Cole gets set free on a technicality. Very involved story by one of my favorite authors. I give it an enthusiasti
Kayla P
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Absolute Fear
By: Lisa Jackson

“Absolute Fear” written by Lisa Jackson is about this girl named Eve. She is in love with this boy named Cole, and he has been convicted for murder. When she was little, she would explore her fathers work place. He worked in an asylum, so Eve would constantly be exploring the rooms, discovering secrets, and keeping secrets of her own. When new crimes are committed the common thing about them is, they are all tattooed a specific number. She believ
Nov 22, 2009 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book is part of a series, although I've only read the book before this one, Shiver. It was helpful to read these two in order because in enabled me to understand some of the connections between the characters. And even more connections were made in this book, some say to excess. Some of it was a little far-fetched, but I didn't mind too much; it is fiction, and it made the book more fun. I plan to go back and read the earlier ones in the series before I go on to #6.

I like the idea for the i
This was my first Lisa Jackson, I listened to Absolute Fear on audio, which was enjoyable but I felt it lessened some of the suspense. This book is part of a loosely based series but having read out of order I didn't feel as though I'd missed anything with the characters or plot.

A serial killer is murdering victims in a bizarre ritualistic manner & the only connection appears to be Our Lady of Virtues Hospital. Unspeakable secrets in the asylum's past may hold the key to preventing more bloo
Jan 06, 2010 Chintzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, this book is part of an ongoing series so I was initially confused upon reading this book. Thankfully, it wasn't too complicated and I knew I couldn't put the book down until I had read the last word on the last page.

In the aspect of crime-writing, Lisa Jackson's books wouldn't completely fit in as her books are more based on finding clues through old documents and other human sources, compared to other books where crime scenes and how they were processed was described in more det
Diane Morasco
Absolute Fear picks up where Jackson's beyond creepy Shiver left off. Jackson's frighteningly delish New Orleans series*, brings back the awesome detective duo Bentz & Montoya. Unfortunately, with that we revisit the disturbing Our Lady of Virtues Asylum. *Cue sinister music*. Really!

While Absolute Fear is part of a series, it’s not a prerequisite to read the other books in this outstanding series. Although, before immersing yourself in this spine-tingling indulgence, I would suggest it sinc
Cynthia D'Alba
Jun 18, 2012 Cynthia D'Alba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did this book by audio. Good voice narration.

I was really enjoying the book until the last disc where the heroine did something THAT WAS SO STUPID that I kept yelling at the CD player! I swear if I had been reading, I would have thrown the book against the wall. I mean TSTL kind of act.

Still, it was a good read once I could forgive the heroine FOR HER STUPIDITY! Seriously, if you thought you were being stalked, and people around you being murdered (including your father), would you go to a b
Dec 01, 2016 Dokusha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Diverse Wendungen lassen die Geschichte immer wieder etwas anders aussehen, und Lisa Jackson bringt ein paar nette Überraschungen ein. Allerdings wirken manche Szenen auch etwas übertrieben. Die Auflösung deutet sich allmählich an, man bekommt ein paar Ideen, was Sache sein könnte, und diese Ahnunges bestätigen sich am Ende auch, sind aber nicht die ganze Wahrheit. Insgesamt hat mir dieser Krimi gut gfallen. Er war sehr persönlich in dem Sinne, dass die beteiligten Kommissare selber in die Gesch ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Kathi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book must be a sequel or part of a series, but no mention of other books with the same characters is made anywhere on the jacket or in the introductory pages.

The story starts out with a bang, but the editing left something to be desired. One character puts on his heavy gloves twice in two consecutive paragraphs. Characters just seem to drop out of the story and new ones conveniently appear. A lot is missing between the conclusion of the last chapter and the epilogue, the story never really
Danielle Gonzalez
Jun 15, 2016 Danielle Gonzalez rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book in the New Orleans series about detectives Bentz and Montoya. Unfortunately, it's just a repeat of books 1, 2, and 3. The killer is another illegitimate baby who comes back angry about being given up for adoption. This book also takes the characters of the last 3 books, and weaves them horribly together with absurd ways of how they are related and never knew it. It's become more incestuous than a cheesy daytime soap opera. Yawn. Four books with the same old same old. I don't ...more
Tammy A
Apr 06, 2012 Tammy A rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Story is bogged down by the tremendous amount of detail. I ended up taking another reader's advice and just skimming through the superfluous information, which tends to slow down the story but doesn't add to it. Extraneous characters, from other novels, are thrown in with no explanation...seems like you must read her books in a progression. In fact, this book outcomes are directly referenced to things that will be addressed in her next book. Felt more like an "r" rated Nancy Drew read....
C'est la deuxième livre de Lisa Jackson que je lis et je l'ai globalement apprécié. L'intrigue était intéressante mais le comportement, immature, de l'héroïne m'a un peu agacée (view spoiler)
Aug 31, 2016 Dianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
How many times can an author rework the same story line? Way past time for a new one.
Feb 06, 2017 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had all the intensity I like in a mystery/ thriller. The plot was fast- paced, entertaining, and made me slightly on- edge at times. Jackson also did well with adding in details to establish setting and character relationships. The only reason I bumped the rating down a star was because the ending seemed so out of place. It ended with an epilogue from the point of view of a character whom I found annoying and unimportant to the plot of the story. I understand that this is a book in a s ...more
In a heartbeat she knew that Rick Bentz was doomed. Her father was going to die, and he was going to die soon. Kristi Bentz, finally a College Graduate, begins sneaking out her own life's path in the from of sneaking around, hiding out in a far away reach, trying like hell to gain insight to the current murders taking over New Orleans all to become the Author of A True Crime Novel. As the Reviver, a sickly deranged man being led astray believing another man, the truest mastermind was a God like ...more
Cliff Townsend
Loved all the twists at the end.
Jun 29, 2011 Stefani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, owned
When I began this book I never suspected that I would be rating one of my favorite authors as a 2 out of 5, but alas it has happened. Let me begin by saying that this book was not bad, I actually enjoyed the story and the tension quite a bit, but it was very disappointing on a lot of levels. This book is number four in the saga of Bentz and Montoya. So far we have seen these characters through a lot and this was supposed to be a culmination of several major plots from both book two, Cold Blooded ...more
As a guy, I'm not usually the first in line to pick up a book with a romance angle to it. It's just not my preferred area of reading. Lately, however, romance has been merging with the various genre breakouts, drifting into mystery, general fiction and even science fiction with more frequency, and it has been a cross-market boon.

Yes, ABSOLUTE FEAR has its romance flavors sprinkled within, but they are minimal and, in actuality, mere fragments in the mosaic of a much grander work. It is suspensef
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Julie Morales
Mar 22, 2016 Julie Morales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books have a way of giving me chills long after I've finished reading. This one is a continuation of sorts from the previous book in that Our Lady of Virtues hospital is involved again with some of the same characters.
At the end of the last book, Abby finds out that her mother may have given birth to a child she and her sister knew nothing about. She and Montoya vow to find out what that's all about. And so they do in this book.
Eve receives a phone call from a friend about some evidence he
Oct 15, 2007 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes romance, suspense thrillers
Eve Renner, a woman who's shattered memories are going to help save herself and stop a killer. She struggles to rememeber what happened that night where she was almost killed. She had accused her lover of shooting her. But since that night, she struggles with her scattered memory, unable to recollect what happened exactly that unfortunate night. But now she's back in New Orleans. A series of bizarre murders are occurring. All the victims killed in a brutal way. Each very different from the othe ...more
Sep 10, 2009 Anica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so much better than "Shiver", in fact, I had trouble understanding what the hell happened in "Shiver" after all. Which is kinda bad since this book was some kind of 'follow up'-book to it. :(

Anyway, I really think that Jackson put way more effort into developing the story. I also liked the characters better than in "Shiver", mostly because Cole was kind of awesome. And hot. LOL I actually liked him better then the actual heroine Eve. Who, let's be honest, got on my nerve towards the end
Manal Ramadan
I picked this book because the author was a bestseller. I really wanted to like this book and I still think if she developed the story line it could have been much better. I could have done with a lot less focus on the "romantic" relationship of the two main characters. It was such a stupid immature relationship. One minute she's in bed with him because she's seduced him and immediately after their lovemaking she hates him and never wants to speak to him again, this happens about two dozen times ...more
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Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver.  She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages. 

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Other Books in the Series

New Orleans (8 books)
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  • Shiver (New Orleans #3)
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