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Afraid Hardcover – 13 Nov 2008

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (13 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755346009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755346004
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,260,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Kilborn prefers not to share personal details about his life. He may be living anywhere. Possibly near you. Visit him at www.jackkilborn.com


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lokious on 8 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on whim, simply sold on the blurb and front cover, and i have to say i was totally absorbed from page 1. I agree to a certain extent with previous negative reviews that it is a little ridiculous in places and you certainly need to suspend belief in others, but to be honest, i have a real life and read books for a bit of superficial escapism and 'suspend belief' moments. I'll not bang on about the plot because it's aready been covered in previous reviews, but if you like a good scare, detailed descriptions of gore and the odd twist and turn, i fully recommend this book
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deadpixie on 10 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Many books carry reveiews saying how the depth of writing involves the reader with the characters. I have read no book where this is more so than here. This does mean, however, a lot of heartache for the reader as characters for whom one feels an affinity fail to survive! This book left me hoping that this author can write more of this standard. Incidentally this is the first time I have seen a publisher blog that says the author does not wish to share his private life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Cherry on 23 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Afraid
Afraid by Jack Kilborn is a horrifying book with a particularly satisfying ending.

I like cozies. I might as well be honest about that. Also happy ever afters. Further, in the interests of full disclosure, you should know that I read AFRAID by Jack Kilborn (with a view to a peer review) because Joe Konrath dared me to do so. He has a thick skin, and a strong stomach... and anyone who reads AFRAID needs both.

Horror is not my genre of choice. I'm a Romance writer, but I enjoy murder mysteries and suspense novels. In my opinion Jack Kilborn is better than Jeffrey Archer, Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, and on a par with Greg Iles or John Grisham.

This is not a book to take on a fishing trip, especially if you've left your loved ones at home, alone. In fact, this book ought to come with a free membership of the NRA. You'll want your Brinks alarm turned on, and a loaded shotgun under your mattress if you read AFRAID in bed at night. You might want one of those panic button pendants, too.

Be warned. It is gruesome. The villains are seriously, SERIOUSLY, nasty. My own most horrible villain (Insufficient Mating Material) rendered his victims insensible, had his wicked way, then took a small plug of pubic hair for a souvenir. Jack Kilborn's baddies do a great deal more than that. You get a sense of the horrors to come when a faceless bad guy sits on his first victim's bed, and when she asks what he's going to do to her, he says "Everything."

And that's just page 7.

This book contains some sick stuff. Nothing is off limits.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sam Thompson on 18 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
I don't tend to go for horror books often, but after being reccomended this by a friend I'm glad I decided to read it.
After being warned that it's gory, I went into it without thinking much of it. This turned out to be a mistake, as I found myself 'ooooh'ing and 'ahhh'ing at some of the more grotesque deaths.
I was also a bit wary of a single chapter, but in the end I think it works a lot better. I found it kept me engaged, I read this in a single sitting, something that rarely happens.
I think the most entertaining thing about this book is that it takes no prisoners. The author doesn't think 'oh an old lady, better make sure she survives', he thinks 'I wonder how much I can make the reader vomit by such and such a death'. The story goes straight into the action, and within 50 pages there are already at least four deaths, giving a lovely taster of what to come.
The rest of the book is paced well, with all the events slowly leading up to the climax. Every little break from one group of people is another cliffhanger, and you desperately hope that another group finds them in time, or that they'll be able to hide themselves from the villains (which sadly fails pretty much every time).
It's a great read, and I would definintely read it again. Fully reccomend it to anyone that has a strong stomach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire Whitaker on 31 Jan. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Just an initial comment regarding the reviewers who have complained about this book being too unrealistic... Why do you read fiction if you want complete realism? Personally, I see fiction as a form of escapism and I think it's unfair to rate an author down for providing what they set out to.

I really enjoyed this book. From the moment I began reading I had the feeling that it felt familiar... I didn't discover until the very end, where I found a preview of the author's book 'trapped' that I realised I had read that last summer when I borrowed my mother's kindle to take on holiday ;) I enjoyed 'Trapped' very much too, but that's a different story.

I can agree with some reviewers in that there isn't as much gore as I may have liked, the author let's you know what's happening but sometimes the details feel lacking. Though, I expect if they were there, the more squeamish readers would complain, overall the balance is nice.

The storyline is farfetched but why would that be a bad thing? It's not so farfetched as to be completely unfeasible and it certainly gets you thinking and wondering about whatever covert government operations might be going on at any time.

The characters are well written and likeable, the plot has several surprising twists that you wouldn't have expected and this only makes the whole thing more interesting.
The book is mostly well written, some minor errors spelling and grammar wise, but barely noticeable and only if you're looking for them.

The book kept me thoroughly entertained, at no point was I bored, and as soon as I had finished reading it I went and purchased 'Endurance' by the same author, which I also enjoyed very much.

I would recommend this to you if you're a fan of authors such as Laymon and Ketchum.
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