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Fear Has a Name

(The Crittendon Files #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  938 ratings  ·  172 reviews
How Far Would He Go To Keep Them Safe?

It was more than a break-in. More than a stalking. It was personal. When a stalker targets his family, journalist Jack Crittendon must uncover who the person is and what his motives are—if he is to protect the ones he loves. It will lead Crittendon into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his investiga
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by David C. Cook (first published May 19th 2005)
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{4.5 stars}

This is the type of Christian fiction I want to read. And I don't mean because of the suspense. This book makes you think. It makes you ponder God's infinite plan in our lives. It opens your eyes to the needy in the world today. It makes you realize how awesome God really is. Every question the character asked in the midst of their distress only reinforced God's soverignity. It made me realize how much we as Christians question God, but don't want an answer. We just want e
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you love a fast paced thriller like I do please consider Fear Has a Name. As outrageous as it was at times, I found it to be quite realistic and plausible. Creston Mapes' characters are well thought out and believeable. Its easy to identify with several of them throughout the book or I know of real people similar to these; whether its the discouraged pastor, the depressed fellow with low self esteem, the mother trying to hold life all together, the overworked policeman or the tense newspaper ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
4.5 Stars
Mentions a married couple making love. No details at all. I had to actually reread that part just to make sure that's what it was. As it was a married couple I don't mind as much, don't prefer it, but I don't mind.

It wasn't fun to read, but it was interesting. I love realistic books and this is defintely realistic. It's about realistic people going through realistic trials. I was amazed at the strong Christian message. It was refreshing in t
SUMMARY: It was more than a break-in. More than a stalking. It was personal. When a stalker targets his family, journalist Jack Crittendon must uncover who the person is and what his motives are--if he is to protect the ones he loves. It will lead Crittendon into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his investigation of a missing pastor, whose apparent suicide is more than it appears.

Each move Crittendon makes weaves him tighter and tighter into a web of
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had never before read anything by this author, being leery of the series involving a rock star as something this 65-year-old probably wouldn’t relate to very well. However, this first book in a new series has won me over. It is a thriller revolving around two storylines: a mysteriously missing pastor and the dangerous harassment of a reporter and his family. The main characters are easy to like and to identify with, and the nightmare situations they find themselves in are all too believable as ...more
Amazing story!

The action started on the first page of this story and didn't stop until the last. What a ride! The characters were real and well developed and I cared about each one, even the bad guy. AND a thriller with no sex and no bad language even from the bad guy - truely amazing!

I will definitely be reading more books by Mr. Mapes.
Karen Stoller
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
Amazing book that makes you think about bullying and violence... what you would do if someone was causing harm to your family... it's suspenseful, yet caring as you come to understand a bit of the perpetrators background - interestingly the original break in concept comes from a real life situation in the author's family.
Rebekah Tooley
This book had incredible suspense and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing style isn't my favorite but nevertheless I enjoyed it!
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is action packed from the start and I couldn’t put it down. The plot twists kept me turning the page to learn what happens next. Jack’s faith is tested and pushed to the limit when a dangerous stalker threatens to destroy his family.

Fear Has a Name deals with hypocrisy and corruption in unlikely places. It has a supernatural element and the manifestation of evil in the world is a strong theme in the book. Jack and his wife, Pam, learn that evil can arise in unimaginable ways. Being a/>Fear
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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JD Sutter
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Whoa! What a ride! I thoroughly enjoyed this thrilling suspense story. The characters were genuine and believable, the action was nearly non-stop, and the plot was compelling and kept me hooked to the end.

Minus half star due to the slightly too tidy wrap-up and a couple of other easily "guessable" plot points.

Overall, loved the book and will surely be continuing the Crittendon stories. More detailed review on the Bookworm Banquet podcast.
Gail Welborn
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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***This author makes readers keep the lights on!***

New York Times bestselling author, Creston Mapes begins his new Crittendon Files series, with Fear Has a Name, an inspirational tale of fear, suspense and intrigue that keeps the pages turning long after the lights should go out. The multifaceted and gripping dual story line includes a possible murder-suicide, a missing pastor, a family terrorized by a crazy stalker and a journalist whose lives intersect in mysterious ways.
Jess Ulrich
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fear Has a Name Creston Mapes
It's no surprise that Creston Mapes delivers once again with Fear Has a Name. Within the first two pages, I was completely hooked by this page-turning, adrenaline-rushing, heart-pounding book. The suspense was riveting. The detailed descriptions of characters and emotions - spot on. I felt as if I was right alongside the characters as this thriller unfolded like a screen play in my mind. I found myself gasping out loud countless times as I hung on every word.
This book has
Sherri Johnson
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I began Fear Has a Name late one Saturday night, thinking I'd just read the first chapter to get my feet wet and then pick it back up the next night. Well, little did I know it was going to suck me in and almost make me late for church the next morning because I stayed up too late reading. The story starts with a home invasion that leaves you a little unnerved and hoping you locked your doors before you went to bed. There's more to this story than just the break-in though. There's a web of inter ...more
**I was given a free copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review**

WOW! THis story took me on so many great twists and turns!! The action never let up and I enjoyed reading every second of this book!

I really loved the message the book has at the end. Forgiveness is a very powerful thing. I must admit that I was surprised this was a book that had God in it a lot. I had never read a book like this before that was so suspenseful. I really loved how the author mad
Abigail Johnson
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read a book for school so I chose a random book and it happened to be this one. This book was very good. from the very start, it drew you right in and you had to know what happened. Since this book was written in the first person and switched back and forth between characters you got to connect to the characters and know the true feelings of them. This book was a more mature book though and I would definitely not recommend it for children under 12.
Christopher Long
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Suspense and tension on every page. Compelling characters and an edge-of-your-seat story. A sensational read from one of today's hottest authors. And I'm delighted that this is only the first installment in the "Crittendon Files" trilogy, as Mapes has much gas left in the tank and Jack Crittendon has legs to carry on for volumes to come!
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast read. The story moved quickly and wasn't nearly as predictable as I first thought it might be. There was sufficient resolution for this to stand completely alone with the rest of the series.
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This will probably be my top or in my top 3 for best reads of the year. I have read everyone of this author's books and they are always worth reading more than once. Adding it to my "Best Christian fiction" and my "Hard to put down-suspense" shelf.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book! I found myself double-checking the deadbolt several times. Full of suspense. Eager to read Poison Town next.
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was one of te best books I have ever read. And how all the characters fit together was amazing.
Terry Conrad
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple friends introduced me to this author. I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, well written and easy to read. I enjoyed the 2 different stories that were going on. I do recommend this book. My only issue was the 2 swear words. Yes, I always mention this in Christian Fiction. I'm not judging this author or saying he shouldn't do it. We just differ a bit in our opinions. It was still a very good read.
Neyra ♦
I hate to give the book a low rating because I didn't do my research and check that it wasn't just a mystery thriller, but Christisn fiction as well, however, I still don't feel I could give it any higher regardless of genre.

Fear Has a Name is about how one family's faith threatens to shatter when a mysterious man targets them by breaking into their home. What the Crittendon family discovers is that this attack is personal. Soon it becomes a race to find out who this man is and what he w/>
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jack Crittendon’s family has been targeted. An unknown man breaks into their house but steals only some jewellery and a Bible. His wife is almost run off the road by an unknown assailant, and he is accused of possessing child pornography. At the same time, he is investigating the disappearance and possible suicide of a local pastor, Evan McDaniel, whose wife is convinced he is still alive, even though his colleagues appear equally convinced he isn’t. Jack slowly uncovers information that suggest ...more
Nike Chillemi
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Psychological thriller, FEAR HAS A NAME, pulls together several threads, each with its own angst. There surely is no lack of emotional apprehension in this story, and some unsettling moments

The violent home invasion by a husky man dressed in black forces Pamela Crittendon to flee, with her two young daughters, to a neighbor’s house. Author Creston Mapes delves into the interior of his character’s psyches in a compelling manner. This attack upon their home forces Pamela to fight her t
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nancee by: 1
In this multilayered suspense novel two families share common bonds that are interwoven by circumstances that overlap throughout the narrative. The entire essence of the Crittendon family is transformed into an intense atmosphere of anxiety and chaos by a stranger who forces his way into their home and lives, shaking them to the core. Jack Crittendon, a news reporter, was assigned to investigate the sudden disappearance of Evan McDaniel, senior pastor at a local church. A church publication repo ...more
Caitlyn Santi
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars!

This was a really good suspense book! I enjoyed it very much. I liked the characters a lot, Jack and Pam were awesome and their little girls Rebecca and Faye were absolutely adorable. Even the villain was very complex, I couldn't believe all that people had done to him when he was growing up, I actually found myself feeling sorry for him at times. The suspense was great, there were many times when I had no clue what would happen next! I love that! I also loved the fact that
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Creston Mapes is a new author to me, and if this book is any indication of what kind of writer he is, I definitly want to read more of his books.

This book is the first in a series, The Crittendon Files. I really like the main character Mapes has created for the series, Jack Crittendon, a newspaper journalist, and look forward to reading more in the series.

I like it when an author writes a Christian novel and isn't afraid to make it Christian. The book is suspense, and is a g
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Fear Has A Name is the first thing I have read by Creston Mapes, and it most certainly won't be my last. I struggled with the writing sometimes, especially for Pamela's POV. I thought the side characters POV's were the best. There were some parts of the plot that made me go "wait, whaaat?"... Some of Pamela's choices and actions didn't really make sense. However, fhe story connected in a really cool way at the end, and I really enjoyed reading it. The Christian message was written very strongly, ...more
R.J. Patterson
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Move over Ted Dekker! Having read all of Creston Mapes' previous three novels, I've awaited anxiously for him to resume writing again after a long break -- and I wasn't disappointed. This story explores three threads of families in extenuating circumstances, trying desperately to get a grip on life. When the main character Jack Crittendon, who is a reporter for the local newspaper, discovers someone is stalking his wife -- specifically a man from his wife's past -- the ball of yarn is tugged and ...more
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Creston Mapes grew up in northeast Ohio, where he has fond memories of living with his family of five in the upstairs’ portion of his dad’s early American furniture store - The Weathervane Shop. Creston was not a good student, but the one natural talent he possessed was writing.

He set type by hand and cranked out his own neighborhood newspaper as a kid, then went on to graduate with a degree in j
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