Title: Ugly Young Thing
Author: Jennifer Jaynes
Published: March 3, 2015
Genre: Murder. suspense, mental illness
Sixteen-year-old Allie has already experienced a lifetime of horror, having lost her mother and serial killer brother to mental illness.
Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana, Allie ends up in foster care and is placed with Miss Bitty, an eccentric but kindly older woman who shows her a new direction and brighter future.
But Allie's new life takes a devastating turn when young women in the area start turning up dead, and she discovers someone lurking outside her bedroom. As Miss Bitty grows inexplicably distant, Allie begins to wonder if death has found her yet again...or if it never really left her at all.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book it was a page turning book that I just could not put down at all. I was hooked from the very beginning and was surprised at who the killer was at the end and the twist that went with it.
I didn't know this was book two in the Grand Trespass series, as when it starts off it goes off with a bang and keeps you guessing. It didn't bring up things from the previous book I don't believe as I was never lost.
Allie is a young teenage girl who has been through a lot in her lifetime. Her mother was a whore and a killer. Her brother followed in his mother's footsteps and ends his life. Allie is left to be on her own as she doesn't want to be in the care of foster parents.
She herself sells herself to make ends meet until one day she decided to go back home to the family home. The murder home as people call it. Upon returning Allie does end up in a foster home with Miss Bitty who wants to help Allie. Allie of course doesn't trust easily that is something her mother did tell her along with saying she was ugly.
Allie believes she hears and sees things and you ask yourself through out the book if by chance she could have the same effects happening to her like her mother and brother.
She slowly learns to trust Miss Bitty but Miss Bitty has secrets of her own and we don't truly learn about them until later on in the story. Much later. Allie feels as though someone is watching her and then the murders start. Allie doesn't know what to think about it all because it is like death seems to be following her since she came home.
Allie does try to be a better person and we watch her struggle between being good to fighting the demons that are within her.
We go back and forth between Allie and the killer's point of view and who the killer is I never guessed until I think 80% or maybe 90% in and I was like WHAT!!! And then the twist that went along with it! I was like damn I totally didn't see that coming.
The story plot was freaking amazing, the author did a great job keeping me on the edge of my seat and I could not put the book down once I started it. The characters were well developed that all you could do is feel for Allie and hope she would be okay in the end. I love this author's writing style and her ability to keep you on the edge of your seat guessing until the end. Adding her to my list of authors to watch out for.
I’m a novelist, wife and mommy to the most wonderful twin four-year-olds on the planet.
While earning my Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences at Old Dominion University and a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I did a little bit of everything to pay the bills. I’ve been a gas station attendant, waitress, a dancing waitress, beer girl, shot girl, bartender, closing coordinator, executive assistant, medical assistant, EMT, content manager, webmaster, news publisher, editor, copywriter, weight loss coach and publishing consultant.
However, through it all, what I really wanted to be was a novelist.
It’s been a very long, and sometimes difficult road, but in 2011, I finally began living my dream with the release of my debut thriller, Never Smile at Strangers. To date, Never Smile at Strangers has earned a place on theUSA Today Bestseller’s list, the #1 spot (across all categories) in the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Store, has graced the Top 5 in the mystery/suspense category in the Kindle Store multiple times, and has appeared in the Top 25 in the Kindle Store (across all categories).
In 2014, Thomas & Mercer acquired the rights to Never Smile at Strangers and re-released it January 2015. They also bought the rights to my second novel, Ugly Young Thing, and will release it March 2015.
I LOVE to connect with my readers. You can find me at www.ProjectJennifer.com,www.Facebook.com/NeverSmileatStrangers and www.Twitter.com/jenniferjaynes7