Layer upon layer unravel in this wicked psychological thriller, The Art of Fear, by Pamela Crane. When I first start reading this book, I was mesmerized by the fact that I had no idea what was going on. The book opens with a killer, hiding in a girls closet, and then we are taken 20 or so years in the past to a woman who fears her baby is the devil. I mean, come on, how does that not sound intriguing as hell?
Ari Wilburn watched her sister die in an accident, she blames herself for her sister’s death, and her parents are right there with her. The family has been torn apart since the death of Carli, and eventually Ari joins a suicide support group to try and come to terms with what she has done.
Then Ari meets Tina, who has her own problems. Tina was a sex slave who finally got free, just in time to learn that her father has passed away. The hurt that Tina feels is unreal, she finally got her life back just to learn that her father’s was taken away. The two women bond through their deceased family members, and soon Tina entangles Ari into a game with a serial killer.
Going back and forth in time, through different perspectives, we learn about all the aspects of this book one by one, and the truth starts to peel back like the layers on an onion, slowly and antagonizing. This is the first book in a series, so you will definitely be begging for more as soon as you flip to the last page.
The way that the author is able to get into the mind of every character in this book is unreal, the way she is able to make you feel the rage of the murderer, to the angst and misunderstanding of Ari, there is no match to her brilliance. I had so much fun reading this book, I was getting creepy crawlies as I was engrossed in the lives of these characters. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and my plan is to go find more books written by Pamela Crane.