A helicopter crashes in the isolated, small town of Safe Haven, Wisconsin and releases a group of psychopathic soldiers who start torturing and killing everyone in town in order to gain the information they need to accomplish their mission. The sheriff, a firefighter, and a waitress manage to escape the initial attacks and must find a way to stop the intruders.
Afraid is a decent thriller with non-stop action, but I didn't feel like it brought anything new to the genre. It reminded me a lot of Dean Koontz books with the heroes tragic pasts, and a heroic dog who helps save the day on a number of occasions. It does have a lot more explicit violence and gore than a Koontz book though, a lot of which seemed to be there just for the sake of having some gore. It is also a quite cynical book, which requires buying into the idea that the government is totally corrupt and evil at many levels, and has been for a long time, which is a trendy meme but still seems a little over the top. Fans of horror thrillers will probably enjoy this book, but I found it just average.
J.A. Konrath, writing as Jack Kilborn, has delivered a novel that rockets the reader into the arms of terror and leaves them there throughout this edgy thriller. A helicopter crashes over the lake in Safe Harbor, Wisconsin. This quiet town is made up of friendly, self reliant people. Until now. County Sheriff "Ace" Steng, waitress and homemaker Fran Stauffer and firefighter, Josh Van Camp seem to be the only ones with any success at stopping … more