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Book Reviews of Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2)

Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2)
Fear Itself - E. L. Pender, Bk 2
Author: Jonathan Nasaw
ISBN-13: 9780743446525
ISBN-10: 0743446526
Publication Date: 12/1/2003
Pages: 496
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 43 ratings
Publisher: Pocket Star
Book Type: Paperback
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14 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

Cinderella avatar reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 3
Excellent book - but very graphic.

E.L. Pender, the FBI agent introduced in Nasaw's previous mystery (The Girls He Adored, is a few days short of retirement when he gets a letter from a California woman with an unlikely premise--that the deaths of three people who, like her, attended a conference for people suffering from a variety of phobias (some very strange indeed) were not the random accidents they appeared to be, but the work of a serial killer. Once Pender meets Dorie Bell, the letter writer, he believes her, and with the help of a gutsy agent sidelined from an active career in the FBI by her recently diagnosed MS, he tracks the murderer--the man who bankrolled the conference in order to meet his victims, learn their vulnerabilities, and use their fears to kill them.
reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Great book! Jonathan Nasaw knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. The short chapters keep you reading for hours only to take breaks to think "one more chapter".
reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book sort of put me in mind of the movie "Saw." And it was EXCELLENT! The bad guy is definitely off his rocker and it's interesting to see what he'll do next - or who he will kill next and how he will kill them. What do you have to fear, but fear itself?
maxsbabydoll avatar reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 2
I find Jonathan Nasaw to be a very compelling writer. I cannot seem to put his books down once I pick them up. The way he brings you into the mind of not just the hero of the story but the serial killer as well. He is a tad bit grittier than your mainstream authors and is not afraid to add the debase darkness of the serial killers mind in his books. He is not afraid to detail what society is to polite to discuss. I like that in an author.
Sleepy26177 avatar reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on + 218 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
In the beginning Nasaw introduces Linda Abruzzi, the one taking Pender's place in the Liaison Support, because he really is happy and can't wait for his official retirement. Linda isn't happy about taking his outlaw post because besides the pain she feels 24/7 it reminds her that it was this or leaving the FBI, which graciously already degraded her from Special Agent to Investigative Specialist.

In this book Pender shows himself from another side, one much more personal than in the first novel The Girls He Adored. Nevertheless his reputation hasn't changed much, he's still known of being the worst dressed agent.

So when Pender receives a letter from Dori Bell, suffering from a terrible fear of masks, about friends that officially committed suicide untypical for persons with phobia, he leaves a possible investigation to Linda and takes off for a golfing vacation.
Didn't he know his vacation spot isn't far away from Dori's home.

So things come together and when Pender visits Dori there is an instant connection between them. She seems to be very much like him and not to mind his clothing and Pender's just Pender-Mr-Cool from the outside. But then Dori's already in the killer's focus and is captured the next day.

She knows who he is. She knows she did tell Pender about the convention she visited and that Simon Child's has been the main contributor moneywise but will he be able to rescue her before she is killed by Child's who enjoys torturing his victims with their fears until they ultimately die.

A lot of people will die and already have died through Simon Child's hands and he always seems to be one step further of the people chasing him.


The sad thing with this book is, that the whole plot somehow is there but that it isn't executed well. I missed the investigation. Instead it seems Pender always knew where to look and what to look for. Unfortunately reality isn't that simple.
I find it really sweet to read about Pender and Dori which seems to be a perfect match, complementing each other but other than that I really don't have much to say about this book.
It is one of those you read and pretty soon forget about it.
ocnsangel avatar reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on + 224 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Fantastic thriller beleiveable charactors,keeps you onthe edge of your seat till the very end.
Kukana avatar reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on + 131 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I thought this was a wonderful book. Creepy and suspenseful!
reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on + 149 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
If you like being creeped out this is the book to read!
barbsis avatar reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on + 1076 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This wasn't one of my favorites by this author. In the beginning, I enjoyed the mystery right up until the FBI figured out who the murderer was. Then the chase was on but the story dragged and was rather boring. I liked FBI agent Linda Abruzzi but wasn't all that enamored of E.L. Pender (the semi-retired agent). The murderer was a total freak but he really loved his Down Syndrome sister which was sweet but surprising in such a grisly murderer.
shaynat avatar reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on + 26 more book reviews
This is the first time I've read anything by this author and I'm glad I did. Just finished 'Fear Itself' and enjoyed every scary chapter. Jonathan Nasaw has a way of putting a rivitting mystery together that holds the reader to each and every page.
reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on + 13 more book reviews
Could not put it down
reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on + 63 more book reviews
A thrilling psychological suspense book! You are killed by what you fear the most!
reviewed Fear Itself (E. L. Pender, Bk 2) on + 2905 more book reviews
I agree this is a good thriller but---it is about 100 pages too long. After you discover who the killer is and why and the chase is on it tends to get kind of boring and too long and drawn out and I had to skip pages to get past just descriptions that aren't necessary but overall---good book
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