Fear Itself – Jonathan Nasaw

Is it possible to be scared to death? FBI Special Agent E. L. Pender thinks so — when a man afraid of heights falls nineteen stories to his death and a woman terrified of blood is found with her wrists slashed. Could it be that the apparent suicides are actually the work of a twisted psychopath?

To stop him, Pender joins forces with Investigative Specialist Linda Abruzzi, and before long they find themselves facing their own worst terrors — and a madman who is as immune to fear as he is fascinated by it. – Goodreads.com

 

Fear Itself was a random book by on a nice sunny op-shopping trip. The white cover and red text stood out brilliantly on the shelf and when I picked it up, the quality was brilliant.

Fear Itself is the story of a serial killer and his victims. The killer uses his victims phobias against them. Not talking mild fears, or things that make people nervous, but their phobias. The things that make them cry and shake or freeze or run. That instill an instand an powerful fear response. I couldn’t imagine being tortured with my worst fears. It would be hell. And that is exactly what this killer gives to his victims. A world of hell.

We get to see multiple perspectives in this novel, from very well rounded and interesting characters.

Every single aspect of this story was satisfying to me. The relationships, the drama, the suspense. I have to say it is quite gorey and graphic in some places but not unecessarily so!

I have been trying to get my boyfriend to read this novel since we started dating (about 8 months) and still with no luck! My mum read it on my recommendation, though, and enjoyed it. And I urge anyone who is a fan of crime/thrillers/suspense to pick up a copy where ever you can and give it a shot!

What are your phobias if you have any?

Mine are fish with teeth (especially angler fish!), amputation, heights and swings. I have no idea why any of them upset me so much but they do.

Pros

  • Suspenseful
  • Thrilling
  • Satisfying relationships and ending

Cons

  • I can’t get my boyfriend to pick it up! Haha
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