Thursday, February 26, 2015

Never Smile at Strangers by Jennifer Jaynes

Never Smile at Strangers
by Jennifer Jaynes

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Published by: Amazon Publishing
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Rating: 3 Stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When nineteen-year-old Tiffany Perron vanishes without a trace, the residents of rural Grand Trespass, Louisiana, launch a desperate search to find her. But few clues are unearthed, and before long another young woman disappears.

As locals continue to vanish, residents begin to discover that they might not know those closest to them as well as they had thought. Lies and insecurities quickly surface, leading everyone to question one another…and their involvement in the disappearances.

Meanwhile, an unstable, twisted killer is hiding quietly in their midst. Ever since his mother’s murder four years earlier, he’s been forced to raise his disturbed teenage sister. He’s terrified of her—and of women in general—and his world revolves around his fear of and obsession over them.

Small town secrets die hard in this novel. Alcoholism and adultery are just two vices weaving in and around the inhabitants. Hitch-hiking is perfectly normal and conversations with drifters is common. What isn't common? Murder.

The book was sometimes written from the (unknown) killer's perspective. I really liked seeing inside his head and wondering who he really was. Each character was expertly drawn, giving them a 3-D quality you don't often find in books these days.

If you're looking for a good afternoon diversion, this thriller fits the bill.

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