Fear Has An Agenda In Lisa Jackson’s ‘Expecting to Die’ [REVIEW]

Woods at night

In Lisa Jackson’s Expecting to Die, someone is watching teens in the moonlit woods. (Photo by Ryan and Sarah Deeds, Flickr)

In Grizzly Falls, urban legends aren’t just stories told around the campfire to keep children awake at night. Deep in the woods, under the shroud of night, a sinister figure is watching… waiting… ready to kill. In Lisa Jackson’s newest Selena Alvarez/Regan Pescoli novel, Expecting to Die, fear has an agenda and it starts with Big Foot.



This exciting, suspenseful yarn begins as Pescoli’s daughter, Bianca, and her best friend Maddie sneak up to Reservoir Point to join all their teenage friends in a creepy game of hide-and-seek. But then Bianca falls into a creek bed and discovers a body that has been dead for some time.

Scared and reluctant to involve her mother, Bianca blames Big Foot for the entire situation. Soon the story spreads like wildfire and even catches the media’s attention, much to Pescoli’s chagrin, especially since the detective is sure there are other forces at work here.

To make matters worse, Bianca and her friends are caught up in a deadly real life whodunnit, where the body count continues to rise and everyone points fingers at everyone else. This maelstrom makes it nearly impossible for Pescoli and Alvarez to distinguish fact from fiction as the nightmare rises out of the dark and threatens to consume everyone involved.

Expecting to Die is one of those stories where nothing is what it seems and every nuanced action, every unreliable character is designed to build tension and make readers question reality. From the eerily written chase scenes to the intricate plot, Jackson proves herself a master manipulator, playing upon our emotions and intillect until the story culminates in an impossible scenario readers will have to read to believe. Expecting to Die is one of this season’s biggest surprises, a novel that will leave you wanting more from the incredible Lisa Jackson.


Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson is the number one New York Times bestselling author of over 95 novels, including You Will PayAfter She’s GoneDeserves to DieYou Don’t Want to KnowRunning Scared, and Shiver

She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, written with her sister and bestselling author Nancy Bush, as well as the collaborative novels Sinister and Ominous, written with Nancy Bush and Rosalind Noonan.

There are more than 30 million copies of her novels in print and her writing has been translated into 19 languages.

She lives with her family and three rambunctious dogs in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her home on the Web at LisaJackson.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

By Lisa Jackson
484 pgs. Zebra. $9.99

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

One Response to Fear Has An Agenda In Lisa Jackson’s ‘Expecting to Die’ [REVIEW]

  1. Jathan Fink says:

    Reblogged this on Jadeworks Entertainment and commented:

    The teenagers of Grizzly Falls have more than urban legends to fear with an ominous killer on the loose and the body count on the rise in Lisa Jackson’s Expecting to Die.

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