Sunday, October 25, 2015

Book Review- Never Smile at Strangers

Never Smile at Strangers ( Grand Trespass #1)

by Jennifer Jaynes

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.

In this USA Today bestselling thriller, debut novelist Jennifer Jaynes delivers a psychologically riveting page-turner that is packed with surprises and will have readers guessing to the very last page.

                               Favorite Quotes:

She wondered if she knew the mysterious guy who had caught Tiffany's eye.

Women like her- plain, predictable, and responsible-went for boys like Mac and stayed with them.                                        

                                     My Review:

I finished Never Smile at Strangers last night and it definitely had a ending that was never expected. 
At first, I was thrown off by all the characters to this story. I think this might be the first book that had a few more characters than normal connected to the storyline. I thought about it and realized that this is a story of a small town, so each person has at one point come into contact with each other, which made the killers identity that much more difficult. This story is twisted with mentions of incest in the killers past and present. His fear of women is over powering and somewhat obsessive, no thanks to his dead mother and his sex crazed teenage sister.
Most characters in this story has a tragic heartbreak or loss. Haley, her father died after being hit by a vehicle and also losses her mother to a state of depression. Haley feels lost, her best friend Tiffany is missing and finds it difficult to help raise her sister. She also questions her relationship with Mac, her boyfriend.
Erica, a co-worker of Haley's and the missing girl Tiffany, Erica remembers her mother as being perfect but wanting more than the life a small town can give a woman, she believes her mother ran away to be a best selling writer and blames her father for just about everything.
Rachel Anderson, a beautiful woman whose husband had a affair with the missing teenager. Rachel's life is falling apart right in front of her eyes. Her children seem to hate her, husband ignores her and she feels everything will get better at the bottom of a empty wine bottle. 
The town is being questioned and there seems to be no clues leading to finding Tiffany until a second girl goes missing and clues start falling into the hands of a couple of the towns people ( I don't want to give anything away). Never Smile at Strangers will have you flipping pages faster than you can imagine and have you questioning if you really know people that you have in your life everyday. Jennifer Jaynes writes one of the best endings that I have read in a long time. 

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