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Monday, June 15, 2009

Review: Afraid by Jack Kilborn


In the nice quiet little town of Safe Haven, Wisconsin the peace and solitude is shattered when a helicopter crashes nearby. Suddenly the sleepy little town, with only one road in or out, and no full time police force is in a struggle for its survival. Contained within the helicopter and unleashed by the crash is a force bent on the total annihilation of the entire population of the town. People in the town begin to die violent and gory deaths and it’s on the shoulders of a single mom waitress, a firefighter and a county sheriff near retirement to stop.

Jack Kilborn’s Afraid is a great example of the suspense thriller genre. The heroes of the story are likable average folks, who find stores of courage and bravery when needed. The bad guys are scary, relentless and more than a little insane. The plot has unexpected twists, which led to lots of multi-tasking on my part. I was glad the book was a paperback; it’s so much easier to stir the spaghetti sauce while reading that way! Sadly, I haven’t figure out how to continue reading while washing the dishes, and when I vacuumed while reading the book, I think I missed a lot of spots. Yep, one of those can’t put it down books. The kind of book that when you finish, you head to the internet to find what else this guy has written so you can add it to your wish list.

Oh…and it’s a pseudonym for author J.A. Konrath, who is the author of the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels series. I’ve not heard of this series, but I’m going to start with book one, Whiskey Sour and work my way through the list. I like this guys style!

My rating:

11 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Sounds like great summer reading!

Kate said...

This sounds like a great read :D

cj said...

Just how gory are the deaths? I don't mind a little but after awhile it gets... tedious or something. Other than that it sounds interesting.

cjh

ann marie said...

I loved the book, couldn't put it down till the end.

CJ- they are really gory and very descriptive, but you can always jump over those parts.
Have a great week everyone. :)

Becky W. said...

Great review! I liked this book too! It wasn't as gory as I originally thought that it would be.

I'll be interested in your upcoming reviews of his other stuff. Might make my TBR pile grow!

bermudaonion said...

I got this from Library Thing and wondered why I requested it since horror isn't usually my genre. You've made me curious about it now.

Lenore said...

I really have the urge now to read one of the heart-stopping thrillers I have on my shelf. Season 7 of 24 is not really doing it for me this time.

Diane said...

This one sounds great! I need a good thriller now and then.

Alexia561 said...

Probably wouldn't have picked this up normally, but your review made it sound so good that it's now on my wishlist!

Love your reviews! Thanks!

Toni said...

I have read a lot of reviews on this one.. sounds to scary for me.. but yet I am sort of thinking... NO no.. I can't I am such a wuss. :) Great review.

Rabid Fox said...

Good review. I just finished reading it last week. I was not disappointed. I gotta say, however, I didn't expect this story to contain super-smart monkey. What are the odds? :)