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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  9,044 ratings  ·  1,086 reviews
Pulsing with the dark obsession of Radiohead’s song “Creep,” this taut thriller—Jennifer Hillier’s superb debut—rockets from its seductive opening to a heartpounding climax not easily forgotten.

If he can’t have her . . .

Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology. An expert in human behavior. And when she began an affair with sexy, charming graduate student Ethan Wolfe, sh
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Gallery Books
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Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! Could not put this book down!! Kept me up late into the night! I devoured it!

Dr. Tao a Psychology Professor at a University in the NW launches into an affair with her teaching assistant. It quickly turns into a dangerous, obsessive, stalking situation when she tries to break it off.
This book pulls you along and you think you know where its headed but then you have that moment where your jaw drops, because you never saw the twist coming!

Best psychological thriller I have read in a long
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Many thanks to my friend Jennifer for writing a review that put this little diddy on my radar in the first place. The title pretty much was a “you had me at hello” moment and by the time I got around to . . . .

“Welcome to my workroom. This is where I get rid of the mess.”

I was like . . . . .

Sheila Tao didn’t really think much about starting an affair with her teaching assistant Ethan a few months ago. I mean really, they w
Albert Riehle
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was ok

This book is billed as a psychological thriller. Honestly, the pace never got to a point that anyone could honestly call this book thrilling and though there was a twist at the end and it was about a woman who teaches psychology, I didn't feel especially challenged in any mental capacity. It's pulp genre fiction. At no point was I on the edge of my seat. This wasn't a page turner by any means. You turn the pages because that's what you do, not because you can't wait to find out what happens

I purchased a copy of "Creep", a psychological thriller, by Jennifer Hillier to read on my Kindle after hearing great reviews. This is the first novel by this author, followed by "Freak" and "The Butcher".

I must say I read The Butcher, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed with that novel. I know that The Butcher was listed as a psychological thriller, but I consider it more of a psychological drama. In The Butcher, the author revealed the ID of the killer in the first few chapters, s
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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"I wish I was special"

I LOVED Jennifer Hillier's recent novels, "Jar of Hearts" and "Little Secrets". For some reason, I thought JOH was her first novel, but I was really happy to see that she's written a few others.

I decided to check "Creep" out on audio and I really liked it! Twisted and gripping, I listened late into the night just to finish it.

An entertaining psychological thriller. Jennifer Hillier really knows ho
j e w e l s
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it

This is a typical stalker/missing woman tale. It's a fast read, but still seems too drawn out. As a psychological suspense novel, I can't really recommend it. While initially interesting, it quickly becomes implausible, repetitive and definitely too long.

This is Hillier's debut novel and the cool thing is you can see glimpses of the great writer she is destined to become. Her latest, Jar of Hearts hits it out of the park and I loved it.
 Li'l Owl

When Dr. Shiela Tao, Psychologist and professor at Puget Sound State University, tells her teaching assistant, Ethan Wolfe, that Morris has proposed and their affair is over he didn't take it very well.

Tonight Ethan is was a foul mood because Dr. Shiela Tao had dumped him. For Morris. An oversize gorilla who'd somehow managed to made him feel tiny and inconsequential.
He wanted to kill them both.

Ethan begins following her, hoping to learn anything more abo
Erin Clemence
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
So you know that song “Creep” by Radiohead? Well, if you are a fan of that song I suggest perhaps not reading this book. Otherwise every time you hear the song from this point forward, you will definitely get chills! (Thanks to my GR friend Stephanie for the recommendation!)
Dr. Sheila Tao is a psychology professor, engaged to a former football star and having an affair with one of her students, popular teaching assistant Ethan. When Sheila decides to focus on her upcoming marriage and ends the r
Sean Peters
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Creep, yes five stars !!

Let's get one thing out of the way, this is the best psychological thrillers I have read in a long time, a brilliant debut author performance.

Creep grabs you from the start, keeps you on the edge of the seat with a fast paced, smartly written suspense thriller with shocks, twists and turns.

Darkly delicious page turner with strong and powerful and memorable characters, Creep will entertain and enthrall from beginning to end.

Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology, an e
Danni lynn ❤
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a crazy book awesome through out with a lot of surprises
Mercy Cortez
After all these years, Radiohead's Creep still gave him shivers. The first time he had heard it, he'd been in love. And having sex. And strangling someone


Teacher/student relationship - ✔
psychotic characters - ✔
Interesting and captivating story - ✔
Mind blowing surprises - ✔
kidnapping - ✔
mind fuck - ✔
Addictive - ✔✔
Fantastic Author - ✔✔✔

I read all nearly 400 pages in 10 hours, I literally couldn't stop! And and and a book two? Yes please!

Okay so this has so many twists and turns tha

OMG, this book is psychotic! The creep in this story is no joke. He's got serious issues that you don't see coming at first but believe me, they're there! Jennifer Hillier's debut novel: Creep takes readers on a steady ride to crazy town. It has elements of thriller/suspense, mystery, horror, addiction, crime, and detective fiction. It is truly unpredictable (OMG that ending!!!) and I was 100% invested in the storyline and characters! Can't wait to continue on to the sequel: Freak. If you like t
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I have a number of Goodread friends who read this book, and their opinions are all over the map. I decided to read it for myself. My assessment is mixed.

What did I like about the book? First of all, the storyline is intriguing and is summarized in the author's synopsis. Secondly, this novel is named after Radiohead's Creep, and I love the exquisite creepiness of that song. The scene in the book which had that composition playing in the background merits high honors for doing the song justice. M
Frank Phillips
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow!! What an unexpected entertaining, thrilling, joyride of a book!! I read Hillier's most recent novel Jar of Hearts when it came out last year (loved it!) and seemed to remember her author photo on the back of the jacket looking familiar. I let my curiosity get the best of me and tore through all my bookshelves and found this little book which I had purchased a couple years back and never gotten around to reading. Boy, I'm so glad I gave it a chance! I could not put this down, it was so fast- ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a mediocre read for me. Cliche story-line with characters, although well developed, I felt no connection with. A modestly clever twist at the end wasn't enough to make up for the mundane narrative. No desire to continue with this series. ...more
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, mystery
4 .. Maybe 4.5 stars. 4.25 stars? :D

When I first became an avid reader I read primarily psychological thriller type novels; that’s almost all I read. So when I heard about this one, it not only sounded good, but I realized I had yet to read a single psychological thriller this year I decided to dive into this one right away. My eventual love for this novel was a combination of the long time spent away from the genre and the fact that the novel was truly riveting and I couldn’t stop turning pages
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bren by: Dita
“Did you kill her?”
“Ha. Right. I was just a kid when she died.”
There was a minimum age requirement for monsters?”
― Jennifer Hillier, Creep

Creep was an interesting read. Unlike with many of these types of books we know who the stalker is early on. And boy oh boy is he a ...creep.

Sheila is our main character and she has a problem. She is newly engaged but had a brief affair with our stalker. Now she wants to break it off only stalker guy is not so sure about that.

This was an OK read. I neither lov
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This was a decent thriller. Well-written, suspenseful, funny at times, the story of an affair gone wrong between a University professor, Sheila Tao, and her TA, Ethan Wolfe. A former sex addict, Sheila is now engaged to Morris whatshisface, but can't resist having one last fling with a youngster before being tied down to one man. When she lets Ethan know that she wants to end their affair, his childhood mommy-related traumas come to surface with a vengeance a
3.25 stars

I liked the premise of this story and there were some dramatic dialogues that I enjoyed reading, (view spoiler) but the story was mostly predictable and I didn't care for any of the characters. Actually, I felt neutral towards ALL of the characters in the story. The writing style was okay and there were a couple of good twists, but this wasn't the dark, wonderfully suspenseful, thrilling read that I was hoping for. Overall, it was an okay story
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highly-recommend
Yup, this book creeped the heck out of me!! But I LOVED it!! It was a VERY twisty plot, full of flawed characters, and that ending!?!! I’m gonna go and get my “Freak” on!! Lol (Get it?)
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
If you're a psychological suspense/thriller lover and haven't read Hillier yet, you need to remedy that IMMEDIATELY. After loving her last 3 books, I had to go to the backlist. I'm currently listening to The Butcher and then just have to read Freak and I'm all caught up... which just means Hillier needs to hurry up with the next book already! (Please and thank you!)
Turns out, Creep and Freak are actually standalones that just take place in the same fictional Seattle world and another won't be co
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
5 CREEP....Y Stars

Sheila Tao 39, is a professor and she is having an affair with Ethan Wolfe her 23 year old student.
She knows its wrong but she has an addiction, she's addicted to sex...

She's now engaged to Morris, so she knows she needs to break it off with Ethan, before Morris finds out.

First of all Ethans alright about it.."we can still see each other can't we Sheila " he says...
No Sheila wants a clean break.
He threatens her with things that not only could destroy her successful career but h
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ebook
1: a detestable person
2: to move slowly and carefully, especially in order to avoid being heard or noticed

Yep, the two definitions above describe this psychological thriller. It hooked me from the beginning and I couldn’t read fast enough to get to the end. Also, the book has great characters I cared about, especially Morris, a Texan. Reminiscent of You, by Kepnes so if you liked that book, you’ll like this one.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book. Excellent storyline.
Janie Johnson
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, pick-it-for-me
I have had this book forever and finally decided to get it read. I was feeling like a creepy thriller so this was the perfect book to choose. So glad that I finally got to this one.

If he can’t have her . . .

Dr. Sheila Tao is a professor of psychology. An expert in human behavior. And when she began an affair with sexy, charming graduate student Ethan Wolfe, she knew she was playing with fire. Consumed by lust when they were together, riddled with guilt when they weren’t, she knows the th
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book came to me fairly highly recommended so I thought I'd give it a go.

This book did nothing for me. It read like an amateurish, badly written psychological drama without much drama. It was almost as if the author had done a writing course and felt the need to tick the boxes of what might be expected. There was no atmosphere, it was cliched, the plot implausible in parts, the characters were flat. I honestly didn't care what happened to Sheila. No real fleshing out of Wolfe's backstory and
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.5 Stars

Wow. This is my kind of novel.

Creep is incredibly suspenseful and gripping. The story is told from multiple perspectives, with a memorable cast of characters. The writing was fairly average, but easy to read. It took a few chapters for me to get into story, but once it got going, it quickly became a page-turner. I became obsessed with the story, finding myself thinking about throughout my day. I ended up staying way too late reading because I needed to know how it ended.

Living up to i
***4 creepy, twisted and obsessive stars***

I liked the book. It's a good thriller, but I wouldn't call a psychological.
You have heroine who is a college professor and a sex addict, a student, who has a thing for her and a fiancé who is way over his head.
The beginning of the story was good. It's starts with her trying to end an affair with her student because she is getting married and it doesn't feel right. He doesn't take it very well and it brings a psycho in him. The treats, the blackmail..
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
I enjoyed this book and I do have to say that I wasn't expecting that ending. So many times during reading this book I truly felt sorry for Ethan. I think there was some good in him and he just wanted to be loved.

That's how you can tell a good writer, one who can make the reader feel bad for a psycho.

I'm debating about reading Freak, cause I'm not sure I will be able to get into it....I would rather read more about Sheila.
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Jennifer Hillier writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things. Born and raised in Toronto and a proud Canadian, she spent eight years in the Seattle area, which is where all her books are set.

She loves her son, her husband, the Seahawks, and Stephen King. Not equally, but close. She's the author of six novels, including JAR OF HEARTS, which won the Thriller Award, and was shortlis

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