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Title: Fear Collector by Gregg Olsen
Status: Standalone
Available formats: Ebook & Mass Market Paperback
Details: Published December 24th 2012, 320 pages
Source: for review from Jean Book Nerd Tours for blog tour(:

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Ted Bundy. America's most notorious serial killer. For two women, he is the ultimate obsession. One is a cop whose sister may have been one of Bundy's victims. The other is a deranged groupie who corresponded with Bundy in prison--and raised her son to finish what Bundy started. To charm and seduce innocent girls. To kidnap and brutalize more women than any serial killer in history. And to lure one obsessed cop into a trap as sick and demented as Bundy himself. . .

Well, I have to say reading this book at night was a stupid idea on my part! This book had me peeking out my window to make sure no body was out there to get me, it gave me the creepy chills and has made me twice as paranoid as I already was. Gregg Olsen is an author that knows how to get in your head and give you chills that's for sure. This book gave me those type of chills where you feel someone is watching you, but when you turn around no one is there. That is how Fear Collector made me feel.

I for one am an avid watcher of the ID (Investigation Discovery) channel, I watch that channel all the time, I watch documentaries on seriel killers, and woman who one day snapped and killed their husbands etc. I love watching shows like that, there has never been a documentary that I have watched and thought it was getting under my skin and creeping me out, does it disgust me or maybe upset me? Yes. But they have never made me feel uncomfortable, Fear Collector made me uncomfortable.

When I finished Fear Collector I couldn't really understand why it got under my skin and freaked me out, and then I realized what it was. It was getting inside the head of the killer that freaked me out. When I watch documentaries it's all people that are knowledgeable about that person or people that are professionals such as a psychologist etc. You never hear from the killer themselves, and if you do you still don't know what was going through their head while they did the horrible things they did, in Fear Collector you get a sneak peek into the killers mind, and it's a creepy place that I didn't like being in.

Gregg has proven to me now after reading 2 of his novels that he is hands down a very talented writer. Fear Collector has a good number of characters and yet the book flowed nicely. I never got confused with names or what was going on, the whole book was written amazingly. Although it was a fairly long book, I felt like I flew through it very quick cause I just couldn't put it down! I needed to know what was going to happen.

This is my first adult true crime fiction/mystery/thriller  and it definitely made a good first impression. If you are someone that enjoys true crime fic, or are someone that maybe wants to give it a try, I highly recommend Fear Collector, just don't forget to leave the light on!


Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written eight nonfiction books, eight novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner's Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen's Snapped, Court TV's Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E's Biography.

In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in RedbookUSA TodayPeopleSalon magazine, Seattle TimesLos Angeles Times and the New York Post.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington's Secretary of State for the book's contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, Envy, was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival.
Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).

Quick Guest Post from the author Gregg Olsen!

What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
That’s a good question. I don’t think I really discovered my true voice as a writer until Envy and Betrayal. I think I’ve done some good work over the years and I’m proud of both my adult fiction and nonfiction, but I feel I’m at the top of my game now because of the experience of writing for a new audience. YA brought me closer to the reader than ever have been, and that is making my adult books stronger too. My advice? The inner voice that is yours alone should be what’s on the page. Not what you think others want to hear. Be true. Listen to yourself (and always appreciate feedback, but not so much that you can’t stand your ground when you a passionate about what you’re doing).

Is there such a thing as a formula for storytelling?
In crime fiction, popular crime fiction, like Fear Collector, there is a story arc that is a bit of a formula. I mean, if you think about any genre fiction, there is that structure that the reader is looking for when they pick up the book. The writer’s job is to shake up the formula with twists and surprises within the structure. Also, and really this is very important, the formula must have heart.


2 Winners will receive an ARC Copy of Fear Collector by Gregg Olsen.
1 Winner will receive One poster, One Bookmark, and One button of a Surprise Art by James Vallesteros.
10 Winners will receive One bookmark of a Surprise Art by James Vallesteros.

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Delightful review, I truly enjoyed this one and yes..entering the mind of the killer added to the thrill and creep factor. Olsen spins a good tale!

Keira said...

Ah! This is my kind of book.

Sallie Mazzur said...

Wowza! Sounds like a good but intense read! Maybe one for the middle of the day in the middle of summer surrounded by a bunch of friends and family, haha.

Great review, thanks for sharing, Haley!

Jean Vallesteros said...

Thanks for being part of the tour Haley!!!! <3

Anonymous said...

I usually don't read adult fiction but this book has really intrigued me :O

Unknown said...

thanks for the ga!

tfalick said...

Thanks so much for the givaway! This sounds amazing!

xtracutekitty said...

Thanks so much for the givaway!

Unknown said...

the winner is?