I joined the Good Reads website at the beginning of the year and love adding all the books that I’ve read. The website also has reviews and I peaked at a few before I read Scared yet? Most of the reviews began with a variation of: I couldn’t put this down, or OMG, I read it all night and could hardly function at work the next day. Like me, Jaye Ford is a fan of Nicci French, the husband and wife writing team who produce wonderful psychological thrillers. I could see the influence in this novel. What I most enjoyed about Scared yet? was that Livia Prescott is a strong character. I have little time for the female protagonist who faints or waits to be rescued. Even though her life is bleak, Livia retains the fighting spirit that was bred into her by her boxing champion father as she grew up living above a boxing gym. As a reader, I also loved that Livia reacts with a satisfying mix of anger as well as fear as the stalker gets closer and closer. In a recent interview, Jaye Ford said that she wanted to write about how real women might react when put in extraordinary circumstances. I think that this is the strength of Jaye’s novels. Real women read them and think: this could happen to me. And then get the chills.
A gripping read!