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Elsa Cavalonpetrified that the nightmare from fifteen years earlier is beginning all over again . . . Marin Quinnhiding with her daughters in their concrete fortress, her storybook marriage over . . . Perfect strangers whose once-perfect lives were cruelly shattered, they're bound by a long-lost child, a fragile strand of newfound maternal hopeand mutual loneliness. Y Elsa Cavalon—petrified that the nightmare from fifteen years earlier is beginning all over again . . . Marin Quinn—hiding with her daughters in their concrete fortress, her storybook marriage over . . . Perfect strangers whose once-perfect lives were cruelly shattered, they're bound by a long-lost child, a fragile strand of newfound maternal hope—and mutual loneliness. Yet Elsa and Marin are never truly alone. Someone is always nearby, watching them and their children. Someone driven by vengeance and the simple poetry of nursery rhymes . . . Someone who must satisfy a dark need with innocent blood. And now time is running out for two mothers stalked by a cunning mastermind who wants to leave them . . . Scared to death...

Title : Scared To Death
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ISBN : 9781410434890
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 491 Pages
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Scared To Death Reviews

  • April
    2019-01-11 01:28

    Wow, what an amazing and crazy ride! Full review coming soon!If twists, turns and pulsating plots are what you are craving, than look no further than Wendy Corsi Staub and her newest release, Scared to Death.Upon receiving Scared to Death, I was anxious and thrilled to get started. Just the cover and title evoke images of suspense and edge-of-your-seat thrills. Often, when I have such high hopes for a book, it may fall short of those expectations, however Scared to Death topped all hopes that I had before cracking open the binding and diving in.Scared to Death is the second in a trilogy by Wendy Corsi Staub. The first being Live to Tell, previously released February 2010, Scared to Death, the newest release, and the third, Hell to Pay coming in 2011. I have to be honest and say that I have not yet read Live to Tell, however, after finishing Scared to Death, I will be doing so very soon. A very tight story, Scared to Death can easily be a stand alone book, in and of itself. However the back story that is provided throughout the book, really and truly makes the reader ache to read the previous story, to find out exactly how things played out before the current happenings - which proves what a talented author Wendy Corsi Staub is, in my opinion.In Scared to Death, Elsa Cavalon and her husband, Brett, are in the process of adopting Renny, a sweet little girl, who has a horrendous fear of enclosed spaces. For the Cavalons, dealing with claustrophobia is a drop in the hat compared to what they had gone through fifteen years ago, with the kidnapping of their little boy, Jeremy. With the discovery of Jeremy’s death, a year ago, Elsa is able to bring some closure to that part of her life and move forward with Renny and their lives together as a family. What Elsa doesn’t expect is for her nightmare to come racing back to her, leaving her running for Renny’s life and perhaps even her own. How can such a horror possibly strike twice?Also entwined within Scared to Death are Marin Quinn and Lauren Walsh. It is Marin’s husband who was behind the kidnapping and death of Jeremy, so long ago. That discovery has left Marin blindsided and horrified, trying to cope with life and her two teenage daughters. When an apparent threat is thrust unto her unruly daughter, Caroline, Marin must decide if her daughter is only acting out for attention, or if there really and truly is a threat. Lauren, whose story is the central focus in Live to Tell, plays a supporting role and appearance in Scared to Death. It is Lauren who Marin turns to for help and an ear to listen. Their unlikely friendship has become one that sheds a slight beam of light on an otherwise black hole in their lives.Wendy Corsi Staub does a magnificent job of switching character perspectives throughout the entire story. One paragraph is told from one character’s point of view, then will be switched and told from another character’s point of view. This is done in such a seamless manner that it adds a completely new dynamic to the story itself. There is never a lapse in action or suspense and the surprise ending is rather a shock - at least it was for me. The characterization is done in such a way, that each and every character is quickly and easily brought to life upon the pages - even the most secondary of character plays an important role to the overall telling and plot of the story.Though I have read a few books penned by Wendy Corsi Staub and have enjoyed her work, Scared to Death is, by far, my favorite. The plot twists and turns are endless, the suspense is spine-tingling and the shock value of the ending is incredible. I highly recommend Scared to Death by Wendy Corsi Staub to anyone who loves an excellent suspense-packed story that will leave you enraptured from start to finish.

  • Marie
    2018-12-30 20:27

    If I could, I would have rated this book 3 1/2 stars rather than a full 4 stars. I am basing that on the fact that I found the first half of this book both confusing and somewhat dull. It is second in a trilogy, the third not yet being out on the market yet. The author makes vague references to the first book/storyline, but I am not so adept at recalling all the details of past books. I read far too many books to keep track of intricate storylines from books read so far in the past. So this book was, therefore, a rather confusing read for a while until the author finally let more and more details of the fist book trickle into this 2nd one. Shortly before I reached 200 pages, the pace of the story picked up and was not quite so dull and I finally felt like I knew and understood all the vague references.From this point on, I felt like the author totally redeemed herslf and I was hooked. If only the first half could have been as thrilling.

  • Lee Yahnker
    2019-01-04 23:32

    The characters are difficult to keep straight, and the story drags on and on. I'd say this book goes no where fast.

  • Kristin
    2019-01-12 00:39

    Quick, psychological thriller. A lot happens in this book at a very quick pace. Crazy ending.

  • Caryol Lynn
    2019-01-04 03:24

    The ending is so unrealistic and utter nonsense. Come on - really? Jeremy just clicks?

  • George Hancock
    2018-12-27 01:29

    An excellent novel. A very good story.

  • Erin
    2019-01-18 22:21

    I can devour these books in less than a day, the writing is that good! I love how you think you know everything and that there is nothing left to surprise you and by the last chapter you are caught of guard!Summary:(view spoiler)[Coming off of the last book (Live to Tell) The Cavalon's have adopted a daughter named Renny and the Quinn family is dealing with the aftermath of their husband/father being in prison for a terrible crime.The book opens with Jeremy Cavalon alive and in a hospital in Texas recovering from surgery. It turns out that after he was left in India by his biological father (Garvey Quinn) he was basically left to fend for himself on the streets. He was taken in by a man that he refers to as Papa who took Jeremy in and physically and sexually abused him. Throughout the book, the Elsa and Brett Cavalon feel as though someone is threatening Renny and that she is in danger. Renny woke up screaming one night and said there was a person in her room. The family was also sent pictures of Renny. A Spider Man action figure was put in Renny's bag. This action figure holds significance to the Cavalon's because it is the toy that Jeremy was playing with when he was abducted. A woman posing as Renny's new social worker ends up kidnapping Renny.Marin Quinn is also being threatened. She was recieving threatening texts and feels as though her daughters are in danger.Multiple people are killed because they know the truth about who this killer is or because they got in the way. Through 90% of the book- the reader is led to believe that the person that is stalking the Quinn's and Cavalon's is Jeremy. You would think this because the stalker's narrative is talking about how Marin and Elsa let Jeremy down because all of these awful things happened to him after he was kidnapped and how they need to pay for what they did. It turns out that the stalker/killer is really Jeremy's girlfriend LaLa Montgomery who he beat with a golf club when he was 7 years old because she laughed at him. In the end, The Cavalon's and the Quinn's go on a family vacation to Disney world because they feel safe now that LaLa was taken in by the police. I have a feeling that this trip won't end in a "happily every after" (hide spoiler)]

  • Patricia
    2018-12-28 01:16

    When Elsa Cavalon is awakened from a sound sleep by someone calling “Mommy” she immediately thinks of Jeremy but Elsa and Brett Cavalon lost Jeremy, their adopted son. Jeremy was taken from the Cavalon’s and recently they were told that Jeremy had been murdered. Now they have a new daughter and hope to adopt Renny soon. It is Renny crying out to her mother and Elsa finds a window open in Renny’s room, a window that Elsa knows she locked before going to bed. Not only is the window open but so is the screen. So begins Elsa’s new nightmare.Jeremy wasn’t a perfect child but he was loved and when he disappeared Elsa almost lost her mind. Brett and Elsa hired a private detective, Mike Fantoni, to search for Jeremy when the authorities had given up. Now Elsa and Brett turn to Mike to help solve the new threat that has come into their lives. Meanwhile Jeremy’s birth mother is living her own nightmare. Marin Hartwell Quinn is starting over since Garvey Quinn, her politician husband, was arrested. The Quinn’s have two daughters, Caroline and Annie. Although Garvey Quinn was arrested for another crime, Marin knows that Garvey was responsible for the kidnapping of Jeremy.Now someone is watching both families. Could Mike Fantoni have made a mistake and Jeremy is really alive? Or has someone else decided to bring even more tragedy to the two families who have already lived through enough.Lauren Walsh and her three children are the third family discussed in this novel. Evidently Lauren’s husband Nick lost his life after becoming entangled in the Garvey Quinn web but exactly how was never made clear to this reader. Lauren and Marin have become friends since the tragedy in both their lives.Scared to Death is full of suspense and keeps the reader guessing. Wendy Corsi Staub’s previous novel Live To Tell is another book that keeps the reader guessing. Both books take a little while for the reader to get adjusted to Staub’s style of writing but both are exciting books.

  • Suspense Magazine
    2019-01-13 03:29

    Staub steps back into the frayed lives of the families torn apart by one man’s ruthless obsession in the much-anticipated follow up to “Live to Tell” with the emotionally charged release of “Scared to Death”. Marin Quinn is a woman adrift in uncertainty and guilt in the wake of her husband’s greed and deception. The family’s very public fall from grace and her inability to overcome the personal mortification she feels, has become a catalyst to justify the isolation she’s forced on herself and children. But she soon learns that separation from society doesn’t necessarily mean you can successfully hide. Elsa Cavalon has finally begun pulling the pieces of her fractured life together. After the devastating kidnapping of her adopted son years before and the mental break that followed, she and her husband are working toward adopting a young girl. For Elsa, nothing matters more than motherhood and she’s vowed to protect this child fiercely. She won’t turn her back again. This should be a period of healing, but for some the price paid for past misdeeds hasn’t been sufficient and it’s time for Marin and Elsa to pay the piper. Teaspoonfuls of terror are the ideal beginning to help them fully understand they’ll never be free. The outcome initially appears obvious, but that just wouldn’t be Staub’s style. Each twist and turn is methodical, meant to build anxiety as she cleverly yanks the rug out from underneath. Reviewed by Suspense Magazine

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-01-10 21:24

    2.5 STARS" Elsa Cavalon—petrified that the nightmare from fifteen years earlier is beginning all over again . . . Marin Quinn—hiding with her daughters in their concrete fortress, her storybook marriage over . . .Perfect strangers whose once-perfect lives were cruelly shattered, they're bound by a long-lost child, a fragile strand of newfound maternal hope—and mutual loneliness. Yet Elsa and Marin are never truly alone. Someone is always nearby, watching them and their children. Someone driven by vengeance and the simple poetry of nursery rhymes . . . Someone who must satisfy a dark need with innocent blood. And now time is running out for two mothers stalked by a cunning mastermind who wants to leave them . . ." (From Amazon)This novel did not give much information about the previous book so I was lost (I did read the first but did not remember a thing as it was awhile ago)! The conclusion was pretty obvious

  • Meg
    2018-12-31 01:34

    I'm disappointed with this series. I think the overarching story has a lot of potential and the character development is good, but it all falls so flat for me. I feel like either we shouldn't get the perspective of the killer at all, or we should just know who it is and develop the suspense from there. I feel like getting the perspective the way it is, is just really lacking and it is so obviously trying to point us toward a particular person that the reader has to believe it can't actually be that person. I also dislike the fact that we get no answers as to why the killer did the things they did. Why kill certain people, but given the chance, not kill other people? It's inconsistent. I hoped that this second book would have fixed some of the issues that bothered me about the first book, but unfortunately it is just more of the same. It's a shame. I'm not going to bother reading the third.

  • Sheila
    2018-12-31 21:24

    Kind of convoluted until you get into the story, which I guess many books are. It didn't hold my attention like some books. I see her next book uses some of the same characters which are in this book. I think some of these characters were in her other book too. A young man was abducted as a small boy from his adopted mother's back yard. The man who abducted him was his birth father. He was taken to India where the mistress of the man was to get rid of him. She chose to take him down to a busy street where she purposely lost him. He was picked up by a pedopile and returned to the U.S. He suffered years of abuse until his new father died. Now he is back looking for redemption. He partners with a young woman who he attacked in a fit of rage as a small boy. Three women are also in the picture, his birth mother, his adopted mother who is going through the process of adopting a little girl and a friend of his birth mother.

  • Chris
    2019-01-16 00:45

    Granted reading book #2 1st would lead to confusion of sorts, but I don't think that was the case. The story begins with one person, Jeremy, the lost thought dead but not dead adopted son... Then we have his adoptive family, still grieving but trying to move forward and near the end of their trial period for adoption of a daughter. All of a sudden there is this other family in the story, shamed by the patriarch an evil political leader (I don't think there are any other types but evil...but I digress)... Next, another family, grieving over the murder of the husband/father... I was ready to get out a pad and pen to keep track or throw it down and get another book when suddenly...it all made sense! They were all linked... ahhhhI am impressed with the author for her ability to have so many story lines and people in one book and have it all tie up neatly in the end.

  • Amy
    2018-12-26 03:45

    Stay tuned....this is the second one in the series and there is another one coming out which moves forward 15+ years in the future! I had a very difficult time getting back into the characters and remembering the storyline from the first book. As I don't rewrite the plot and try not to give spoilers, my goodreads posting from the first book wasn't helpful to me!!! I only wish the 3rd one was out now as I KNOW that I will have a horrible time remembering all the plot twists and "who done it" between now and then. Hope she gives enough recaps to remind me of the events from this book. Staub has a fabulous way of writing that creates TRUE intrigue and suspense....she really twists around the characters and plot line to make a shocking conclusion. Well done!!!!!!

  • Susan
    2019-01-09 02:23

    Scared to Death was an excellent suspenseful novel that kept you guessing until the very end. Staub does a great job at building a successful who done it by carefully weaving together a mystery of what happened fifteen years ago along with current events that leave two families terrified of what would happen next. All of the main characters are well developed as the story progresses and you find yourself finding something to care about in all of them. This book was my first introduction to Staub and I will definitely be checking out her books in the future. If you like mystery, suspense, and thrills, then this is the book for you.

  • Rhea
    2019-01-13 01:23

    After reading "Live to Tell," I knew I was going to read the whole trilogy. I read a few other Wendy Corsi Staub books in between, all excellent thrillers, but I had to get back to this story. I'm so glad I did because this book was even better than the first. It was scary, suspenseful, and well-written. There are so many characters and each is fully-developed in his or her own way. I cared about every single one of them. And just when I thought I was sure of what was going on...BAM! Wendy Corsi Staub got me with a surprise I did not see coming! The twists are done well, not cheap or illogical. Just great writing. On to the third in the trilogy....

  • Jeannie
    2019-01-21 03:41

    Didn't realize that this was the second book in a trilogy, the first being "Live to Tell." You can still understand what is going on without reading the first book, but it would have been nice to have the back story. This book jumps from character to character so it gets a little confusing at first, but once you figure out who is who then you start to get excited about who going to read about next. Can't wait to get my hands on "Live to Tell" to get the back story and for the next book, "Hell to Pay," to come out on September 27, 2011.

  • Mick
    2018-12-27 04:37

    Scared to Death did not scare me. I rate it a 3 because of the confusing convoluted story and the struggle trying to keep the characters straight.It has been fifteen years since the adopted son Jereny was kidnapped.He was taken to India and abandoned. Unfortunatedly, a pedophile finds him and he is returned to the states. Unknowing to his parents, Jeremy is spying on them. If you were keeping notes on the characters, the last twenty pages is where you can start connecting the relationships. I was glad it was over.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-13 03:36

    This was the first non-young adult novel I’ve read by Wendy Corsi Staub, and I thought it was great. She develops great characters and great plots that are suspenseful and pull the reader in. The story was told through various points of view which gave a great perspective on everything going on. I liked having the perspective of the ‘criminal’ as well, although you didn’t know who the person was until the end of the book. Overall, it was a quick-paced suspenseful thriller with a surprising ending.

  • Moshi
    2019-01-19 23:17

    Rereading for a second time to get the continuation from first book "Live to tell" as I made a mistake of reading it standalone when it was first published in 2011. Makes a lot more sense this time round so I'm changing my rating from 3 to 4 stars. So much paranoia and craziness in these families. Personally do not like Caroline, the daughter of Gravery. I wonder if she's appearing in the next book as an adult?Continuing to the 3rd book in the trilogy now.

  • Linda
    2019-01-15 20:39

    This is the 2nd book in the trilogy. In this book, Elsa and Brett's adopted son disappears from their backyard and is never seen again. When their soon-to-be adopted daughter is taken by someone posing as an adoption agency worker, they feel the nightmare is starting over again. Who would do this to them? They believe it is the biological mother of their missing son but are they right?

  • Linda
    2019-01-11 22:23

    As I've said in previous reviews, I normally do not care for books that start out with several pages each on several characters. Having said that...not the case in this book. Generally, I have figured out who did what by at least the middle of the book. Not this time! By 3/4 of the way into the book I sorta had a suspicion, then that didn't pan out...the ending was kick butt!

  • Jami
    2019-01-10 03:29

    This is the second in the trilogy and I enjoyed it as much as the first. This book was interesting and fast-paced. Some reviewers read this without reading the first and still liked it, but I think you need to read the first book to get a full understanding of the characters, their relationships and what led them to the point they are at here.

  • Sara Trimble
    2019-01-05 02:32

    This book was incredible. The multiple viewpoints and present tense was a bit much to get used to at first but then I found no problem keeping up with the brisk scene changes. The plot line is strong and will leave the reader flipping through the pages at a pace fast enough to light the paper on fire. The ending is sure to surprise every reader.

  • Ginny
    2019-01-12 22:40

    This is a good book with many twists and turns. I didn't read the first book in the series but enjoyed it as a standalone. The main characters are connected by the son one gave up for adoption and the other the parent who adopted him. I couldn't guess the ending because the information needed to do so wasn't given until almost the end.

  • Dawn
    2019-01-18 02:28

    Great ending! I did not see it coming. I haven't read the book that comes before this one, but it still made sense. I'm sure there were a few things that I probably missed, but it wasn't noticeable to me. Now I want to read that one, as well as the third one.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-31 21:26

    And again, book two will not disappoint. The flow between book one and two were flawless. You will find several turns you are not expecting. With most questions answered in book two, I am anticipating where she will take us in book three!

  • Ericka Scott
    2018-12-23 23:32

    Really did not like the present tense telling of the story. Found it a bit confusing when the author needed to add in a flashback... The storytelling was a bit choppy and I found myself having to "read between the lines" to get the full impact of the ending.

  • Mary
    2019-01-21 01:40

    I'm giving it 4 stars because I think it deserves more than 3. It kept me engrossed through about 9/10 of the book. I thought that the last chapter, maybe two, rushed through the typing up of a lot of loose ends. that said, I'm on to the last book in the trilogy. I need to see how it finishes.

  • Stacey Wright Aumock
    2018-12-29 22:38

    Interesting ending.....but I'm still trying to figure out how we got there. :) I feel there should've been more substance/explanation. This could've easily been achieved w Jeremy filling in his parents. The epilogue was cute though