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Fear Collector

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

'Fear Collector' is a truly gripping thriller that had me turnin

'Fear Collector' is a truly gripping thriller that had me turning pages as fast as I could. The plot was fast paced and the multiple story lines were effortlessly woven together to form an interconnected web of fear and mystery. The writing style was smooth and detailed...
'Fear Collector' is a truly gripping thriller that had me turning pages as fast as I could. The plot was fast paced and the multiple story lines were effortlessly woven together to form an interconnected web of fear and mystery. The writing style was smooth and detailed, clearly showing Olsen's talent as a seasoned writer. The characters were each unique and held my interest raptly in each of their stories throughout the novel. I thought the way that each layer of the various character's tales were mixed together showed a level of attention not found easily in fiction these days. The story itself was supremely twisted and dark, following several different character's obsession with the serial killer Ted Bundy. The fact that Bundy was a real killer and the setting was consistent with his hunting grounds - only added to the fear that settled in my stomach as I read each page. This is a purely haunting thriller that will sink it's claws in you from the very first paragraph and won't let you go until you've read the last word. It's definitely the kind of story that stays with you in that nagging, creepy way in the back of your mind when you're alone in the dark of night. This definitely shouldn't be missed by fans of Olsen's other novels or for true fans of thrillers.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

posted by StephWard on February 15, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Decent read

Clever story elements engage the reader, but the shifts in the timeline are confusing. The spelling and grammatical errors in the e-book are VERY annoying!

posted by 5062324 on January 29, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Decent read

    Clever story elements engage the reader, but the shifts in the timeline are confusing. The spelling and grammatical errors in the e-book are VERY annoying!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Wouldn't recommend

    Story was ok and interesting, but was filled with typos, dropped or duplicated words, and misused words.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Took me awhile to get into this book.

    Never even finished the book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    What if Ted Bundy had a son? This is the intriguing premise for

    What if Ted Bundy had a son? This is the intriguing premise for the latest novel by Gregg Olsen. Grace Alexander, a Tacoma, WA police detective, is investigating the murders of two young women and the disappearance of a third, which are strongly reminiscent of the string of murders committed in 1974 by the infamous Theodore Robert Bundy. To further complicate the situation, skeletal remains are found near the body of one of the recent victims and the detective fears/hopes they may belong to her older sister who vanished without a trace during the summer of 1974 and may have been another of Ted's victims.

    Olsen, an award-winning true crime author and accomplished novelist, combines fact with fiction in this tale of murder, regret and obsession. I'm a native of the Tacoma area and very familiar with the novel's setting, so this story brought back memories of the fear and loss of innocence I and many other teenage girls felt during that Summer of Ted. My only caveat is that, except for Grace, the characters don't possess the usual depth and complexity I have come to expect from Olsen (one of my favorite writers) but perhaps it's because this book is shorter than his norm.

    All in all, this is a compelling story that was hard to put down in order to take care of normal things like sleep, going to work, etc.

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