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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,587 ratings  ·  170 reviews

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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Paperback, 550 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jun 18, 2014 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 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
Crystal Craig
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-print, 2013
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
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible!!!
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was ok

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.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Kevin O'Brien books, always good!!!! This was as good or better than the others.
Mary Rohmeyer
Jul 22, 2015 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
Oct 21, 2012 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.
Christy Holmes
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Kevin O'Brien read but it won't be my last. I am a home visiting nurse and one of my patient's sent this book home with me last week. She sent several but told me to read this one first. I can see why now. Very good! It takes a really good book for me to stay up past bedtime reading but this one does it!
Apr 13, 2012 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
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, thriller
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
Jan 11, 2012 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
Oct 18, 2014 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
Aug 04, 2015 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 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.
Mar 30, 2012 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 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.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Kelsey Bowley
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Meh. While listening to this back I actually quite enjoyed it. But when I got to the end and reflected I found myself wondering what the main character had actually accomplished during the whole story. I mean, thank goodness she had all these strong handsome men to come to her rescue because she literally didn’t do anything to really save herself or her son. She kind of just went along doing what she was told by the various people in her life. And the end was so incredibly anticlimactic so for m ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a badly written book but a story that has been told before: abused woman fakes her death to get away from her abuser. The twist in the tale is her son, Josh and the murders.

As another reader mentioned, it's pretty easy to figure out who is doing all this.

The book is way too long! The length dragged down the suspense element. I was turning pages quickly to get to the end, not because the plot compelled me.

I might try another book, hopefully a shorter one, by this author.
Mar 02, 2017 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?
Ellen Mandly
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 stars I like this author, but Terrified just didn't grab me. The narration was serviceable, but I think the problem was with the plot - it felt stale from the get go, like an 80's Julia Roberts movie I'd seen before.
Good suspense.

There was enough suspense for me. It wasn't predictable. It took me more than half the book before I could figure out who was stalking Lisa. It does make you think who your neighbors are. The ones that keep to themselves. What are they hiding...
Kara Lindsay
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I have ever read by Kevin and it certainly will not be the last!!! This book never let up!! I loved it from the first page to the last. Cannot wait to read more of his books!
Dillion Kearney
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The third book I've read by him and definitely my favorite so far. It was a good read and once it got going it was definitely hard to put down.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Psychological thriller,Megan is terrified her past will come back to haunt her and it does. Exciting read, almost like a scavenger hunt of terror.
Carol Spence
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never disappointed

Kevin O'Brien knows how to tell a story. Loved this book. Could not put it down. He has interesting characters and a good story line.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was terrified! And anxious! My first read by this author and it didn't disappoint.
Mar 30, 2012 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
Jan 12, 2015 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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