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The only way

A home provides more than comfort and shelter. It stores memories...and hides secrets. Divorcee Caitlin Stoller and her children recently moved into a charming old Tudor-style house in the coastal town of Echo, Washington. The place was a bargain, but as weeks pass, Caitlin starts receiving messages - first friendly, then unsettling, hinting at the property's dark past.

You'll stay alive

Caitlin's teenage daughter, Lindsay, isn't fitting in at school. To make matters worse, there are stories about local high school students who've disappeared without a trace - all star athletes, like Lindsay. Then there are the rumors that their new home is cursed. Caitlin doesn't want to believe the whispers, but something strange is going on. Personal items go missing, and there are too many accidents....

Is if he never finds you

The Watcher knows how to get inside the Stollers' home - and inside their heads. The rumors are true, but the full horror is even worse. There's no escaping the nightmare that started here long ago, and no place to hide from a killer who knows exactly how this story will end....

©2017 Kevin O'Brien (P)2017 Tantor

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Fast Paced Suspense...

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Yen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Jonathan Yen does a very good job narrating. I have listened to him before and find his voice easy and pleasant to listen to.

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I am a huge fan of Kevin O'Brien. However if you have never listened to anything else that he has written I would like to suggest that you start with one of his other books like Unspeakable, The Next To Die or Tell Me You're Sorry. Again, this is a good book but he has written better.
This book has two stories going on. The first is a house that comes with it's very own malicious stalker and has been terrorizing it's residents for years. The second is about high school athletes who have been getting abducted over the course of a few years.
The two plots seem to be independent but converge almost at the end. I was able to correctly guess who and why, so there is some predictability.
I did like this book and would definitely recommend it.
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Loved It!

intricate story line that tied together nicely. Great ending too! I'm going you download another O'Brien book...now!

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  • Lesley
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 07-11-18

You won't be able to hide your fear!

There are two great things about Kevin O'Brien's thrillers. First, as you listen, you can see the action as it takes place, like a scary Hitchcock movie. Also, maybe more importantly, his characters are not supermodels or business-world hotshots; they are regular old people you can identify with: teens, mothers, neighbors, shop owners. They all find themselves in very scary situations that build and build until you can't stop listening!

That's the case here with Hide Your Fear. Caitlin Stoller and her son and daughter move to a nice old house that looks like a great bargain--at first, until the family begins to notice some very unsettling details. Even worse, talented young swimmers have been disappearing from the area. Caitlin is terrified for her daughter, Lindsay--will she be next?

This book might look long for a thriller, but it held my interest from the very start. As the two storylines finally came crashing together, I didn't want to stop listening! Even when I came to the satisfying conclusion, I didn't want it to end. I wasn't sure about narrator Jonathan Yen at first, but I'm glad I kept going--the variety of voices he can do really brought some realism to the story, and I always knew who was speaking.

Recommended for a great beach listen, or any time when you need an absorbing thriller to whisk you away!