Published: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Thriller, New Adult
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
Death has always stalked single mother Allie Callahan. For the first time in her life, she has found a fragile sort of happiness living a quiet, peaceful existence in East Texas with her young son, Sammy, and her adoptive mother.
Still, Allie fears she may be susceptible to the same mental illness that destroyed her serial-killer mother and brother. She's haunted by the idea that she could become incapable of caring for Sammy.
When twelve-year-old twins Zoe and Carrie arrive on her doorstep late one night, their parents slain in a vicious double homicide, Allie’s strength and sanity are put to the test. What did the twins see on the night of their parents’ horrific murder? They are too frightened to say.
Soon faced with a series of menacing phone calls, a rising body count, and the pressure of keeping the girls and her own son safe, Allie fears she'll lose her mind—and her one shot at happiness—once and for all.
I received this book to give an honest review.
As this is book three in the stranger series I believe you can read this book as a stand alone, I didn't feel lost while reading this book at all. Allie is a single mother of a cute little boy named Sammy, and lives with her mother (her adoptive mother) Bitty. Bitty takes in foster children every now and then it seems.
The story starts off really good and pulls you in with the twins.
We learn a little bit of what Zoe and Carrie go through as their parents have been murdered and it breaks your heart. So when they come to Bitty and Allie's home in the middle of the night Allie keeps her distance as she still has a lot of her things to deal with and knows not to get too close. The murders remind her of her past and the girls remind her of how she was growing up.
As we slowly get to know the girls as days go by we start slowly seeing how Zoe actually is and it has you worrying about her mental state. She just really wants to be loved but at what lengths will she go to get it? As the story progresses we do learn about what happened that horrific night and all I could say when I found out was 'what did I just read' it was one of those twist that I didn't even think about.
Allie learns that she is actually stronger than she seems and that she will not ever be like her mother.
I honestly love how the author can give you twists and turns and make you really enjoy the characters. The way she can pull you enjoy the story and you can't put it down is amazing. I hope she continues with this stranger series as I am liking how Allie is becoming stronger within each book.
One of my favorite quotes in the book “As Bitty always said, not forgiving was like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. She forgave, but she would never forget.”
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 the USA 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.