Oh goddamn, this book freaked me out! It was like those scarey movies you watch, under the blanket, with one eye covered and one peaking at the T.V. Olsen has his own unique style of storytelling, a style that allows him to weave multiple lives of multiple characters together leading you to that ever pressing question.. who did it?!
Taking on the notorious Ted Bundy story, Olsen did a fantastic job of transforming us into each characters mind. Going back and forth we look through the eys of the killer, Bundy, a kidnapped girl, Peggy and Grace. Even the secondary characters get their due, adding to the suspense of the story and giving it creedance. My personal favorite was Grace, now a cop, but born in the shadow of her sister whom her mother believes was a victim of Bundy's. When bodies start turning up in the same style as the notorious serial killer, Grace and her partner delve into the case.
Fear Collecter is a suspensefull, well written novel that will have you turning on all the lights, and double checking the locks as the sun goes down. I love Olsens attention to detail and the way he drops bread crumbs early on in the story, and allows his characters to pick them up as we flow toward the ending. I'm sad that this is a stand alone novel as I still had a few questions at the end, but overall this is a splendid scarey as hell read! I give this one 4/5, but that's just my two cents.
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.
A 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 Redbook, USA
Today, People, Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los 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).
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