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You Don't Scare Me

2.84  ·  Rating details ·  133 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Jubilation County, Georgia, Ten Years Ago:

 Chase Emrick was fourteen when her mother married Crow Tillman. Maybe it was his creepy name, or his sinister good looks; maybe it was the glass eye with the bolt of lightning for a pupil that he kept covered with a black eye patch, or maybe it was the rattlesnake tattoo that curled around his left wrist onto his hand, but for som
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Forge Books
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Tobin Elliott
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, hard-copy, horror
This one started out so damn strong, and...well, I can't say it fell to shit. More like fell into a big vat of meh.

I never really bought into the characters. Especially Adam. Come on, what girl in her right mind doesn't take a guy who says, "I'm falling in love with you," inside of a few minutes of meeting her as either a stalker or is throwing out a line to get laid?

And then there's the stylistic choices. It almost felt like Farris knew the story wasn't that strong, so he chose to baffle you by
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Despite some flawed character work and a few contrived plot twists, this is a very entertaining and frequently creepy horror story. It's a mix of Stephen King scares and H.P. Lovecraft interdimensional study. It concerns a young woman who is haunted by her evil dead stepafther. He's been systematically causing everyone she cares about to die, but her latest love interest is determined to get rid of him any way he can. Imaginitive ideas and lots of suspense kept me turning the pages, blew through ...more
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
The title is right, it didn't scare me and it's not even worth putting in my horror category.
Dez Nemec
Mar 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
I thought this one had potential, but it just fell flat. I probably wouldn't have read as much as I did if I hadn't been captive on the treadmill. DNF
William Malmborg
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
While exciting and thought provoking, my first venture into the written world of John Farris wasn’t as satisfying as I hoped it would be, and actually left me disappointed. A part of this problem was probably due to the difficulty I had in finding one of his novels, a quest which inevitably built the expectations to an unreachable level. Another was the style of writing used to tell this tale. I flat out hate it when authors use the first person style of writing from multiple character view poin ...more
Meg Derry Bakke
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I might have given this a 3 star but I am in between. I really was drawn to the story and for once was happy to not have incredible detail that Dean Koontz uses. It was straight forward and to the point and made me believe that Chase really was as tough in a "been there done that" kind of way.
I will definatly read more of this author, as sometimes it's good to just get to the story and not waste time on every little nuance of character development.
I was creeped out a couple of times!
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
not exactly what I was expecting, but I would definitely try this author again.
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed Chase's voice and the character of Crow, but the book just didn't hold my interest enough for me to finish it.
Linda Anderson
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't like it. The story was a bit too out there for my liking...
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This could be Harris's best book, from 2007. The voice of Chase and her tormentor, Crow, were thrilling in a way most of his books aren't, and I love the other novels. If this doesn't hold your attention, I don't know what will. The dread of the story arc is inescapable. The only problem I have with it is how the main characters were putting down loud music, saying the more tattoos, the crappier the band. What is one supposed to be into, then, weak music that'll put me to sleep? Or cornpone hick ...more
Barbara Gordon
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
This didn't work for me, and I ended up skimming about two-thirds of it to the ending. While Farris's writing is straightforward and effective, and the story was considerably more focussed and better paced than the last Farris I read (The Fury, which wanders about all over the place, chasing every 70s hot-button it sees in the distance), it still didn't draw me in.
I did like the main character, Chase, and empathised with her, both with her tough, resilient teenage self, and with her wary, fragi
The book started out very good and up until to the point Crow kill himself ....and then the story became to much of sexy, romance, lovely dovey and sickening mother in law side story .....
Although the book started out great but half way through it was starting to get very annoying. I just had to skip all their romance and feeling moment. Am i the only one who feels like Chase should have been more angry and stand up to Crow long time ago instead of getting scared of his ghostly torment ?
The boo
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
This really should only get 1 star but I did like some of the creepy imagery in the story so it gets 2. Great potential that falls flat even with the lively, descriptive writing, and not overly descriptive, either, so the story moves along quickly. Everything about the Netherworld, including the chapter about it written in screenplay style, seemed to be lacking focus and structure. Maybe that was the point but it really detracted from the already weak storyline. This would be better off as a cam ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was okay. I agree with other reviewers that the change in format plus the change in viewpoint seemed strange and at times, hard to follow. In addition, sometimes the conversations were in quote marks and sometimes not. If the author's goal was to write a "weird" book, he succeeded. But scary, horror, paranormal stories don't have to be weird too. I won't be recommending this book to any friends or fellow bibliophiles. The beginning enticed but the end disappointed. I'll try John Farris ...more
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
the back story was great and i liked the characters but his "rules" for the netherworld didn't make sense,and i don't know why they bring up the monkey research and do nothing with it. The ending was ok, but it could have been more of a solid twist that chase had more proof of him channeling the dark side. I think this one lost it for me when she went to the supermarket, down hill from there. Adn what's with the movie camera angles near the end, not quiet there dude. Makes me really wonder how S ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
Thought started off pretty well. The book seemed reminiscent of the film 'Winter's Bone.' Chase had depth in her suffering. Thought text suffered overall from switching to the male character Adam's perspective in places.
There were some interesting scenes and a quick read but hate to say I was left with desire for something more.
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
I didn't know what to make of this book. It was OK. I wouldn't rule out reading another of the authors work. I thought the start was great. And I have no clue why but, I was surprised at the ending. A few of the scenes were weird even by horror story standards. I feel (even though this one didn't resonate). That maybe there should be sequel?
Tobyann Aparisi
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tobyann by: AZ
I now do not remember how I got this book, but let me tell you it was frightening! The characters are wickedly vivid and the story is gripping and imaginative. I am glad I got the chance to read it! It is truly a horror story of all time.
Fluffy Kitty  Susan
I was rather disappointed in this book as I thought it would be the kind of a story where you would sit on the edge of the seat and not wait to finish the whole book. After the middle of the story it got boring and downright silly.
Nope, it was not a horror story as far as I am concerned.
May 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
This read more like a screenplay than a novel. The plot was all right, but the structure was disjointed. The last 200 pages were crap.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was so boring. It was a basic story that's been done before. Like a less interesting, less imaginative version of NOS4A2.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Read it in 2 days. Very entertaining and creepy. Reminded me of Stephen king.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Not one of his best
Jan 27, 2008 rated it liked it
I liked this book, up until the very end. I am a sucker for happy endings.
Michael Grills
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Nov 29, 2007 rated it liked it
One of Farris' best scary novels in some time, though he's just a bit too hard on his characters for my taste.
Tiffany Lynn Kramer
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
You Don't Scare Me has some interesting ideas and it was a fast read but there wasn't much payoff by the end.
Apr 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Dean Koontz wrote a positive blurb on the front jacket, but has nothing to worry about from Farris, who will never catch up with Koontz.
Monica Alvarado
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked it! It was suspenseful but with a little romance. I don't always go for the mystery books as I'm just not that kinda girl, but I liked this one. The ending was such a cliff-hanger though!
Sherry (sethurner)
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Scary foolishness read at the beach. It stays at the beach.
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