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Afraid (Afraid, Bk 1)
Afraid - Afraid, Bk 1
Author: Jack Kilborn
ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? YOU WILL BE ... — Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now ... — A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446535939
ISBN-10: 0446535931
Publication Date: 4/1/2009
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 116 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
Members Wishing: 0
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zeke68 avatar reviewed Afraid (Afraid, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 7
I could not put this book down. I read 3/4 of it in one day, staying up until long after midnight. The writing is not too flowery or descriptive, just the facts, ma'am, which is how I like it. What struck me about this book is that the scenario presented is one that could easily and quite frighteningly become a reality. I rated this book 5 stars, which is something I don't do very often. It's not for the faint of heart. If violence bothers you, don't read it. If you like a good scary thriller, read it.
sfc95 avatar reviewed Afraid (Afraid, Bk 1) on + 686 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
although not my normal genre, I love the author and his style so I thought I would take a chance, it was a good book that moved very fast, some unrealistic things of course, but that is how horror is. If you like the Jack Daniels series (Jack Kilborn is JA Konrath) then take a look at this book, it moves as fast and leaves out all the flowery detail that is not needed in a thriller.
reviewed Afraid (Afraid, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 3
This is a fast, fun (?) read. The violence is quite graphic in parts, so if that bothers you, you should choose another book. If you'd like a b-movie in a book, though, Afraid is for you.
breezeola avatar reviewed Afraid (Afraid, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Awesome read.My first by this author, definitely not the last.I had to make myself put it down to get sleep, but I picked it up first thing the next morning.
tiffanyak avatar reviewed Afraid (Afraid, Bk 1) on + 215 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Small towns have long been a main source for horror fare, for logical reason, and this book is no exception. The small town of Safe Haven, Wisconsin is anything but a safe haven when a helicopter crash unleashes something terrifying on the unsuspecting residents. For anyone who has ever lived in a small, isolated, one road in and out town, this book will definitely strike a chord. From man's depravity and greed, to the will to survive unspeakable horror, this book runs the full range of human nature, and does so quite well.

This is quite a good read, though a bit graphic in the violence department. I found it to actually be a rather gripping tale. Though a sensitive person may be disturbed by the violence (think a 'Saw' movie in book form), it is otherwise a title I would strongly recommend to any horror/thriller fans out there. With believable characters, a realistic storyline (it hasn't happened in real life, but you can easily imagine that it could), and just enough terror to be haunting, it is a good read in the genre. Overall, I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. But for the genre, it ranks a solid 4/5.
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legz avatar reviewed Afraid (Afraid, Bk 1) on + 507 more book reviews
A mysterious helicopter crash in the woods outside of Safe Haven is not at all what it seems. Local firefighter Josh checks out the crash and finds no survivors, or so he thinks. In different parts of the town there's Fran in the diner, Sheriff Streng going to investigate the crash, Duncan home alone, and various other town folks. There are some new people that have arrived in town and they are deadly and in search of someone who knows the secrets of their origin. Nothing will stop these people who have exterminate everyone but the objective on their minds. Get ready for a wild ride of survival, teamwork, and bloodbath
susieqmillsacoustics avatar reviewed Afraid (Afraid, Bk 1) on + 1061 more book reviews
A real page turner. I could not put it down until it was finished. An intense, but rough, roller coaster ride! After the first paragraph, there is no time to catch your breath.
kathieblog avatar reviewed Afraid (Afraid, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Jack Kilborn, J.A. Konrath's pen name, is masterful with this suspense/horror/thriller. The tension is constant, pulling and tugging as you follow the characters from one location to the next. And just when you think you've figured it out, Konrath's twisted mind sends you into a dark corner to bite on your nails.

Scary? You bet.
Gorey? Oh yeah.
Compelling? Definitely.
Worth reading? Again and again.