Book Review: Fear Collector

Fear CollectorImage
Gregg Olsen
Crime Mystery
Published: 2013
Publisher: Robinson Publishing

                Ted Bundy: America’s most notorious serial killer. For two women, he is the ultimate obsession. One is a cop whose sister may have been one of Bundy’s victims. The other is a deranged groupie who corresponded with Bundy in prison–and raised her son to finish what Bundy started; to charm and seduce innocent girls, to kidnap and brutalize more women than any serial killer in history. And to lure one obsessed cop into a trap as sick and demented as Bundy himself. . .


                It’s been a long time since I’ve read a crime mystery that’s gotten under my skin the way that ‘Fear Collector’ by Gregg Olsen did. I picked this novel up on a whim, looking for something gritty, dark and edgy.
                The characters involved in this story are very believable (Ted Bundy being a real person) and the story line they are wrapped up in is easy to get into. With so many plot twists and turns, there are times even when you know someone isn’t the serial killer part of you believes they might be.
                I would not suggest reading this at night as I did; it was definitely hard to sleep after I had finished it despite the bad guy having been caught. There were just so many other bad characters that it leaves you with a heavy, unsettled feeling. The truth in knowing that every time one evil person is caught there are two more to take their place.
                There is a heavy emphasis on the obsession that takes place in regards to serial killers, the bizarre groupies they develop over time, those who hate them too much to let their own pain of losing someone or being a victim themselves go.  It’s very realistic in regards to the mental illness of obsession and the dangers obsession can bring.
                The book was well written, engaging and definitely a page turner. It’s one of the first books in a while that I’ve actually been able to finish and enjoy immensely in regards to the twisty plot and engaging dialogue.
                The only issue I really had with the book was that I felt like there were a lot of unanswered questions, a lot of turns that weren’t explored in more detail and finished up and as I thought the book was actually rather short they could have used another hundred pages or so to finish up more of the story line and make it more concrete.
                I’m looking forward to reading more by this author and am currently reading ‘Victim Six’ by Greg Olsen.  Have any of you read anything by Greg Olsen, or do any of you enjoy crime mysteries? If you do I’ve love some recommendations of authors and or novels that you’ve enjoyed.
                Looking forward to posting more in the future, I only have one more trip planned this summer so hopefully after the beginning of September I’ll be blogging more regularly again.


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