The main character of TERRIFIED lives under a false identity as Megan Keeslar, and is in constant fear of being discovered. Megan fled an abusive marriage in Chicago, staged her own suicide and allowed her ex-husband to be convicted of her murder. She cannot go to the police without the possibility of revealing herself. She leads a very private life in her new home in Seattle. When her son is kidnapped her options are limited.
For me, this thriller has too many villains, a case where less would have been more. O’Brien has loaded so many “bad” guys into his book, that I got the feeling he couldn’t decide who his chief antagonist would be, it was almost like a series of plagues from the old testament. However, he did succeed in penning a page turner, which kept me interested. The message of the book is choose your relationships carefully, because it is very easy to ruin your life with an ill advised one. I had difficulty deciding on whether to give it three or four stars, but the overabundance of villains made me choose three