I received this book for free from kindle unlimited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Never Smile at Strangers by Jennifer Jaynes
Published by Thomas and Mercer Pages: 306
Source: kindle unlimited
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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.
Haley Landry followed her best friend, Tiffany Perron, into Provost’s, a small bar that lay at the fringe of Grand Trespass, Louisiana.
What I thought of this book
Never Smile at Strangers was a decent thriller about a few of the people who live in Grand Trespass. There are a lot of things going on in the story to keep it going. You get three different POV’s in the story, there is Haley, Erica and then the bad guy.
Haley has had a hard time dealing with the death of her father and then her friend Tiffany goes missing. She was kind of a slutty girl so most people think she just ran off with some boy but Haley knows she would have called her.
Erica wants to be a writer and she is hoping that in writing a great story that she can finally find her mother and be reunited. Her mother was a writer and she ran off leaving Erica with her father.
The killer is infatuated with one of the teachers in town Rachel who is married to a cheater. He cheated on Rachel with Tiffany and some others. He doesn’t like Rachel being hurt and he is always watching over her through the woods. He has had a very strange life because his mother use to make he do some horrible things and so you can see how he would end up being a bit of a psycho himself.
All of these lives sort of intertwine into each other to produce an interesting story.
I would have to say that my favorite character would be Erica, she is a bit of a loner and oddball. She wants nothing more than to leave Grand Trespass and write her novel. With everything that is going on in town she starts sort of writing down ideas and following the detective around.
I only guessed who the killer was right before the author unveiled it and Erica and Haley figure it out.
It never really had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next but I did find the story interesting. This is a series and I will probably be checking on the next one to see what it is like. If your into YA thrillers then you might like this one so give it a try and see.