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Megan Keeler died years ago—or so everyone believes. In fact, she disappeared to escape from her sadistic husband, Glenn. When dismembered body parts were found near their home, Glenn was convicted of his wife’s murder. And Megan, terrified for her unborn child’s safety, never came forward with the truth…

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Since then, Megan has built a new life in S
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Paperback, 550 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2012)
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Bandit
Jun 18, 2014 Bandit rated it it was ok
On the permanent but fairly passive quest to find a stand alone thriller writer to supplement Coben's once a year books, I tried O'Brien. Alas, no Coben here, not as much fun, no plot twists, no surprises. One of the last words to describe a thriller should be blah, but here is blah. It's perfectly serviceable and it never tries to do better. It's written like a bestselling thriller, a beach read, something like that, something entertaining enough comprised using short words, easy ideas and fair ...more
Melanie Chabrol-
May 29, 2012 Melanie Chabrol- rated it it was amazing
10/5! EXCELLENT, FANTASTIC AND GREAT! Kevin O'Brien hasn't disappointed me yet! with this thrilling book which was really hard to put down,I could barely sleep.
Imgaine having upir brother in the hospital and they say there isn't much that can be done, and you think that every little bit of hope is gone, then you meet the handsome doctor. He recommends the best and makes sure he is comfortable,he is handsome, smart, and a surgeon what more can Lisa ask for, a few weeks later she is married to the
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Crystal Craig
Jun 10, 2013 Crystal Craig rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, owned-print
I’m a fan of Kevin O’Brien’s. I’ve read most of his books and enjoyed them. However, his most recent book, Terrified just did not seem as good as his previous work. It had suspense, and I found myself wanting to read on, but, I’m not sure why. The plot was your basic story of spousal abuse; the heroine fakes her own death and moves to another town; add to the mix a dangerous husband, an innocent child, a mysterious love interest, a scared niece, a love-struck teenager, and lots of surprise twist ...more
Josh
Oct 29, 2012 Josh rated it it was ok
Eh.

If you can add a couple of numbers together, you'll guess the villain before you've read 150 pages.

Very disappointing with some of the most obvious clues to a mystery novel that I've read in a long time. It doesn't help that O'Brien fell into the Mary Higgins Clark formula of a beautiful woman in peril surrounded by nothing but handsome men. There isn't an average looking bloke in the whole book or a woman who's anything less than pretty. Ugh.
Jennifer
Apr 22, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I love Kevin O'Brien books, always good!!!! This was as good or better than the others.
Ellen
Oct 21, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! First one I have read by this author and I have already added a bunch of his other books to my nook's wishlist.
Mary Rohmeyer
Jul 22, 2015 Mary Rohmeyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

One of best books ever read suspense and writing orbiting would recommend to every reader 5 star rating for Mr O'Brien
Sophie
Apr 13, 2012 Sophie rated it liked it
For the most part I quite enjoyed this book. Lots of edge of your seat, heart in your stomach kind of tension. A runaway battered wife, thought to be dead, a diabolical and nasty abusive husband, an obsessed and lovesick teenager, a pregnancy revealed, a life underground lived pseudonymously....all contribute to the thrilling part of this novel. About a third of the way through the author introduces us to most of the (male) characters who could be the doer of evil deeds. For the next almost two ...more
Kristen
Apr 07, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2013
In Kevin O'Brien latest thriller, you'll be the edge of the seat with this one. Megan Keeslar faked her own death to escape an abusive husband and started a new life and protected her unborn son. Her husband's been in prison for over a decade and gets out for his revenge on his life and claims his innocense. Now it's up to her to protect her teenage son.But someone who knows her as Lisa Swann knows her real secrets and is after her, killing women who looked like her. And he has a personal agenda ...more
Dawn
Jan 11, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished another great book by Kevin O'Brien.If you like more suspense then romance this is the book for you. I thought from reading the back of this book that I knew what this story was going to be about from previous authors that wrote the same kind of storyline BUT I was very surprised when the book was nothing like I thought. This is the story of Lisa Swann who staged her death to run away from her abusive husband Glenn. She starts a new life as Megan Kesslar and find outs she is now pr ...more
Sheila
Oct 18, 2014 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kevin O'Brien has fast become one of my favorite authors in the last year and this book was no disappointment.

Lisa has fallen in love with the perfect man. A young charismatic doctor. 4 months after the wedding the dream has turned into a nightmare. Dr. Glenn Swann has a very dark side and Lisa realizes she needs to escape, to disappear.

A body is found and identified as Lisa and Glenn goes to prison for her death. Meanwhile Lisa has started a new life in hiding. 14 years later DNA proves that th
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Joan
Aug 04, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kevin O'Brien is a new author to me; I had never heard of him before I saw this book download at a special price on Amazon. I expected the usual poorly written and unedited quality so common in self-published titles offered free or super-cheap as ebooks. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. This is a very polished, well-written, fully-developed novel (thriller genre) with believable characters and a multi-faceted plot. The author has good command of the language and tells the story with ...more
Jeff O'Brien
Aug 16, 2012 Jeff O'Brien rated it liked it
Very suspenseful and not very predictable either. I wasn't totally blindsided like I hope to be when I read a suspense-thriller. But the author did an excellent job of keeping the ending not too obvious. My only problem with this book was that it was (in my opinion) about 75 or even 100 pages too long. I felt there was a lot of "filler" strewn about. This seems to be the longest of Kevin O'Brien's novels, so I look forward to exploring more of his work.
Rick
Mar 30, 2012 Rick rated it liked it
A solid, albeit pedestrian, by-the-numbers effort from an author I like very much. This one just didn't seem as inspired as his others, it made me think of a Lifetime movie, novelized.
Elise Katims
Feb 14, 2016 Elise Katims rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was terrified!

This story catches you from the very beginning and never stops. I felt like I was watching a suspenseful thriller, sitting on the edge of my seat.
Cheryl
Mar 02, 2017 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Terrified... aptly titled! The twists and turns of this murder-mystery leaves the reader on the edge. An abused woman running for her life must disappear from the world before her abuser and the killer he's become can find her. Is her abuser a mass murderer, is she framing him for a reason, or is some other sick deranged person on her trail?
Franci Franci
Dec 20, 2013 Franci Franci rated it it was amazing
Il titolo rende proprio l'idea del romanzo che ci si appresta a leggere,un thriller che turba la mente,che raggela,che fa venire i brividi per i pensieri agghiaccianti dell'uomo che perseguiterà per tutto il tempo la protagonista.
Mi ha catturato fin dall'inizio,perché l'autore ci presenta delle situazioni ad alta tensione,che riescono a far presa sullo stato d'animo,creando angoscia,empatia,terrore,rabbia,orrore e compassione; penetra nelle nostre paure,come può essere il rapimento di un figlio,
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Ravin
Jan 12, 2015 Ravin rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 4-stars, reviewed, 2015
When I picked this off my mom's shelf, I thought I had picked up one of those cheap thriller books you see sold EVERYWHERE. While I've never read any sort of book like that, this one pretty much matched what I think one of those books would be like.

The story was somewhat predictable, but the author wrote in a way that I had to keep reading. The writing wasn't the greatest. And who the hell texts like that? Being from this tech savvy generation I could barely read the texts. The characters' chees
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Sam
Mar 30, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a woman who is married to a very abusive man. Waiting for the right time she fakes her own death and runs from Chicago to Seattle, changes her name and starts a new life. When Megan gets to Seattle she discovers 2 things, 1 that she is pregnant and 2 there was a dismemebered body found in trashbags in Chicago by her old house and the police think it's her. Her husband, Glenn, is arrested and sent to prison for life. Go forward 15 years and Josh is a happy 14 year old boy, M ...more
Muriomu
Dec 21, 2013 Muriomu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definisco questo libro come un thriller psicologico, dove sin dalla prima pagina il lettore non ha un attimo di tregua o di respiro.
Un po' come la protagonista anche il lettore tra queste pagine avverte la sensazione di essere in trappola e di non essere mai al sicuro.
Non c'è un momento di quiete in queste pagine e se c'è, è solo apparente.
Ed è in questa calma apparente che possiamo cogliere anche qualche nota di dolcezza e tenerezza, immerse in un marasma di sciagure e misteri.
Ricco di colpi di
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Jim
Mar 26, 2012 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, thriller
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 h
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Ruth
Nov 16, 2014 Ruth rated it really liked it
Protagonist, Megan, fakes her suicide to escape her cruel, wife-beating husband, When she settles across the country in Seattle, she discovers she's pregnant and continues the facade of her new identity, allowing her husband to be sentenced for her "murder".

Throughout the next fourteen years, Megan can't help shake the feeling that she is being watched. Little things disappear from her home and a series of women who bear a startling resemblance to her former self turn up dead....and in garbage b
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Dana
Jul 29, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
Megan Keeler died years ago. Megan faked her own suicide and ran away from her abusive husband(Glenn) from Chicago to Seattle. Not long afterwards the police find the dismembered parts of a woman close to Glenn's house and charge him with Megan's murder. Megan at the same time finds out she is pregnant and fearing for her son's life keeps quiet and hidden. Glenn is convicted and goes to jail.

Fifteen years later, Josh, Megan's son knows nothing of his mother's past. Megan begins to get threatenin
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Roxie Leigh
Sep 11, 2015 Roxie Leigh rated it really liked it
Hellz yeah.

I'm a longtime, hardcore reader, so when I come across something that keeps me up all night (literally) and actually keeps me guessing, I am in heaven.

Let me be clear though - I did figure out who was doing the bad deeds very early in the book, but that didn't stop me from second guessing myself throughout the story. Hats off to Mr. O'Brien! The "victim" also didn't come across as a moron, as so often is the case. Lisa/Meagan was pretty darn savvy, likeable, and a little bad-ass, wit
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Patti
Aug 08, 2015 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Chilling Thriller

A Story line to give you nightmares yet impossible not to keep turning pages. An abused wife of a prominent surgeon sets up her posed suicide to escape. She assumes another identity, moves across country and has a son. She is stalked by an obsessed psychotic psychopath over a 14 year period during which serial murders take place somehow related to her. This can be tremendously gruesome and bloody in many many parts so be forewarned. However this book will keep you guessing thr
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Susan
Jan 16, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
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Beth
Nov 04, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
Yet another suspense/thriller/murder mystery. (I read the same sort of story frequently - my version of mindless TV).

The main character has run away from an abusive husband taking their unborn son (who the husband doesn't know about) with her. Shortly after she runs away a corpse is found the the husband ends up in prison for the murder.

Meanwhile there are a string of murders of the same type that occur in the heroine's new town. Eventually the various plots come together and she is forced to fi
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Jenna Herrera
Apr 30, 2012 Jenna Herrera rated it really liked it
Megan Keeler is the main character in Terrified. She died years ago or thats what people like to think. She disappeared to escape from her husband Glenn.Glenn was known and put to jail for the murder of his wife. Megan was terrfied of him even more once she found out she was expecting. Since that problem has dissolved Megan moved to Seattle and started a new life with her son. After everything has been going on so well she later starts getting threats and soon realizes that Glenn has been releas ...more
Angelika
Feb 11, 2013 Angelika rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
If I'm looking for a solid, pageturning thriller, Kevin O'Brien is always a good choice. He did not disappoint me this time either. A mysterious culprit, the mandatory twists and turns as well as a likeable heroine once again caused, that it was difficult to put the book down. The only weakness I found in the very common topic: fragile woman falls in love, gets mistreated, runs away, has to raise and protect her innocent child alone to finally... that particular part was much too obvious accordi ...more
Stephenee
Aug 29, 2013 Stephenee rated it it was amazing
I love Kevin O'Brien's books - he writes such twisted, yet realistic books. I feel like they could happen to anyone at any point in their lives - I thought that I had read all of his books, but now that I have re-read his list there were a few that I missed. I enjoyed this story from beginning to end and I wasn't sure who the real killer was until almost the very end. A roller coaster of a ride that you just couldn't put down. Make sure you add this book to your TBR list and allot plenty of time ...more
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