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Killing Fear

(Prison Break Trilogy #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  4,339 ratings  ·  155 reviews

Theodore Glenn loves to inflict pain . . . both on his victims and on those who later find the mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago, Glenn vowed vengeance on Detective Will Hooper, the cop who nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose testimony put him behind bars.

When a catastrophic disaster sets Glenn free, he blazes a freshly
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Ballantine Books
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Theodore Glenn is handsome, charming and a stone cold serial killer. He was so arrogant that he defended himself at his own trial. Of course, he lost and was sentenced to death. Unfortunately, seven years later, while waiting for his last appeal, the prison was affected by an earthquake and this deadly villain escaped. He’s fixated on those who were responsible for him being sent to prison, specifically Robin McKenna and Detective Will Hooper. Robin was a former stripper who testified against hi ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
Revenge was the only thing on Theodore Glenn's mind as he escaped from prison. He was on the hunt for Detective Will Hooper and Robin McKenna and it would just be a matter of time before he found them.

This is the first book I've read by Allison Brennan and it won't be my last. This definitely was a fast paced thriller which I couldn't put down. If you like reading thrillers, mysteries or suspense books, then I suggest you give this one a go, I'm certain it won't disappoint you. Highly recommend
5 stars – Romantic Suspense

This was my first read by author Allison Brennan, but it won't be the last. Her style reminds me a lot of one of my favorite writers of dark, chilling romantic suspense, Karen Rose, especially the case solving and the uber creepy villain. I would have liked a bit more romance between the H/h, Detective Will Hooper and his witness, former stripper Robin, but the moments they shared were emotional and steamy. It's an intense, thrilling romantic suspense read, and I'm exc
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theodore Glenn was convicted of murder 7 years ago and in court he threatened revenge on those who put him there: Detective Will Hooper, Robin McKenna and others. When an earthquake destroys areas of the prison Glenn is in he is able to escape and go after them. Now Will and Robin must put aside their past failed relationship and feelings to help catch him.

Theodore Glenn is a truly despicable character. The murders he committed are described well by the author and make the reader almost feel the
Apr 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, thriller, suspense

If you're familiar with the author and had read her previous 'Evil' trilogy, you'll be familiar with some of the characters in this one; Carina and Nick, Julia and Connor, and Dillon. I'm glad they were part of this book.

I had read Crystal's review on this one and had to pick it up. I'd read the previous trilogy and loved it, so this was pretty much a no-brainer. I'm glad I did.

Brennan has a way of creating fictional characters that seem absolutely real. I could feel Robin's fear, her
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling and exciting! I loved it.
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I can't even imagine how horrible it would be to have your friends turn up dead, and you suspect the creep that can't seem to take his eyes off of you. Or maybe the only worse thing would be when that same creep escapes jail, throwing your sense of safety out the window, 7 years later and coming straight for you, because you are at the heart of his troubles. This sadly is Robin's life.

Robin tries her best to show a brave face, but Theodore's guerrilla tactics make it hard for her to live her liv
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. In this romantic suspense from 2008, Detective Will Hooper and witness Robin McKenna helped to convict Theodore Glenn of the murders of four women 7 years ago. Now an earthquake at San Quentin prison allows him to escape. Vengeance belongs to him.

Robin is a former stripper who bought the club and turned it into an urban dance nightclub and gentleman's bar called the Eighth Sin. I was never clear on where she got the money to buy everything -- the club, her home, her mother's house. Th
Sheila Myers
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Thrilling and suspenseful. When I started reading "Killing Fear", I thought I'd be reading yet another novel about a convicted felon tracking down and killing the people who put him in prison. What I got was much more exciting. I enjoyed the way Allison Brennan added the psychological game the killer played with his intended victims. Also interesting is the new case related to the older crimes. ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it !!!! Wow great book!!!!!
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-the-shelf
Hooked on Allison Brennan's writing, there always a page turner!!! This one is a 3 book Series, but after reading this one, I need a break, this one was pretty brutal..... ...more
Perhaps 3.5 stars, but I was so disinclined to like the hero that I kept this one at 3 stars.

Nicole Hetzel
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this was my least favorite Allison Brennan book I've read so far. Still love her as an author obviously, and the romance was nice. But the suspense/mystery part was just not hitting this time. ...more
Killing Fear by Allison Brennan
4.5 Stars

Seven years ago, Theodore Lawrence Glenn was convicted of murdering four exotic dancers and swore revenge against those responsible for his imprisonment. Now he has escaped and Robin McKenna, the main prosecution witness, and Will Hooper, the detective who put Glenn away, are reunited and must get past their personal issues if they are to survive the machinations of this sadistic killer.

Wow! This book is incredibly gritty and realistic. Th
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seven years ago, Theodore Glenn was convicted of the murders of four strippers. Sent to San Quentin, Theodore vowed revenge against Will Hooper, the detective who arrested him, and Robin McKenna, a stripper who testified against him. A sudden earthquake brings down some walls at the prison and several inmates escape. Theodore gets his chance to return to San Diego and get even with those he believed wronged him. When Will Hooper hears the news of the escape, he contacts Robin to warn her. They o ...more
Kristine Davila
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 fearful stars!

Robin had been haunted since her friends end up dead after being tortured and mutilated by Theodore Glenn. They all believed that Theodore had ruthlessly killed four of her friends. But after a tragic disaster Theodore had escaped prison and played with Robin and Will by saying he hadn't killed Anna, the fourth victim. He shamelessly played all of them, as if he is way above their intelligence and capabilities.

The fear and the chill were true while reading this. It helped that t
Awilk -never sleeps-
Allison Brennan wrote a fascinating story about a serial killer, and I for one, couldn't put it down. I don't always enjoy books when I know who the bad guy is, but this story had a twist which kept me reading until late into the night.
Detective Will Hooper was a wonderful character, and Robin was my favourite heroine in a long time.
My first Brennan book, but definitely not my last.
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When prisoner Theodore Glenn makes threats against all those involved in catching a convicting him of 4 murders no one thinks much of it until an earthquake allows him to escape. He is systematically killing off witnesses, jurors, lawyers, cops. Very intense. Another great book by Allison Brennan
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
pick the series up... and get the rest of her series. the lady is awesome! i remember the first books i ever read of hers, The Hunt, The Prey and The Kill. i was hooked. then i found another series, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Speak No Evil. Allison delivered yet again. and continued.
Tara Kable
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brennan
O man this was a good one! My first by Allison Brennan but definately wont be my last! I loved how she puts the reader in the head of a serial killer! Cant wait to read more of this author...
Amanda Sneed
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!! It keep you guessing the whole time. It is a must read!!
Margaret Yelton
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book, riveting and kept me reading long into the night.
Nikki H. Rose
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
To think that the first book by Allison Brennan I read involved the character Max Revere just baffles me. All of Brennan's series follow the Kincaid family - one member or sometimes multiple - even if they aren't the main character or focus. But the Max Revere series is different, as it only had one book that crossed over to the Kincaid clan.

Killing Fear is the first book of the Prison Break trilogy. Carina and Dillon Kincaid are included, but this story clearly follows Carina's police partner,
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The twists to this story kept coming and unfolded to a brilliant conclusion. Robin and Will met during a serial killing case seven years ago and are now reconnecting as the killer escaped from prison. The story is fast paced and full of more murders, questionable evidence, taunting letters and some of my favorite characters from other AB stories. Robin and Will do have a romance that plays a strong role in this story and in the killers fixation on them, but it also does not take over the story a ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some prisoners break free of San Quentin prison when an earthquake breaks down the walls.
This novel tells the story of one of those prisoners, Theodore Glenn, who had been sentenced for the murder of 3 women. He had vowed revenge on those who had sent him to jail, just after his court sentencing, and he has had time to plan.
Robin McKenna, a former exotic dancer, was one of the main witnesses in his trial. She has improved her business to a trendy club, but still has nightmares about Theodore. Th
Jul 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was a waste of time. I can't believe it has such high ratings. It is SO full of cliches and the 'bad'guy is just a cardboard egocentric psychopath, but BORING! Nothing about this story felt original or creative......just rehashed parts and dialog from a hundred other thrillers. And don't get me started on the lame love story co-plot. I skipped about 100 pages in the 2nd half and skimmed and skipped to the end to see if it got any didn't. It's the first of a trilogy and I defin ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I started this book at 10:55p and finished it the next morning by 7:30a. I've read every single book Allison Brennan has ever wrote and she never fails to amaze! My favorite books of all time are the Lucy Kincaid series but this book was equally exciting, thought provoking and full of crazy turns throughout the entire book. Oh, and of course some romantic love fraught with murder and mayhem. Read it! You will NOT be sorry!
Jun 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Theodore Glenn escapes prison when an earthquake happens. He was put in prison for murdering women.
He blames Will the police detective that arrested him and Robin the stripper who was the witness that put him behind bars.

Will and Robin had a romantic relationship that fell apart.
Theodore is out to get both of them, killing on his way.

If you love Allison Brennon books you will like this one too!
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Will is the main character and a player. Blames his behavior on his divorce and his job. Accuses his girlfriend of lying and when she walks out on him he continues playing. Now she is at risk from an escaped convict and he is madly in love with her again. Who reads this stuff. The plot is lost in this soap opera. Could have been a good story but the lead character is not likable.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes that life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year.

40 books and numerous short stories later, Allison relocated in 2019 from Northern California to Arizona with her husband and two youngest children.

She currently writes the Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan thriller series, and launched the Quin

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