Disturbed by Jennifer Jaynes
‘I do love Jennifer’s books and this one is no different. The suspense starts at the beginning and builds throughout the book to an edge of the seat ending nobody will see coming.’
A captivating psychological thriller from #1 USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Jaynes.
On Halloween night five years ago, Chelsea Dutton’s college roommates were viciously stabbed to death, and Chelsea was critically injured. She was found hiding in her apartment’s bathtub, barely clinging to life.
With only fragments of shattered memory, she’s been trying her best to move past the nightmares ever since. Now in Boston, she lives a somewhat reclusive life, working from home as a medical transcriptionist and bingeing on mindless television shows.
She can’t shake the fear that her attacker is out there, waiting to finish what he started, and Elizabeth, a nurse she met after the murders, is the only person she can trust.
When someone from her past reemerges, Chelsea starts receiving disturbing messages and worries that her every move is being watched. As the messages mount and her memories begin to return, she’s led to a very terrifying and lonely place. But she needn’t be afraid. She won’t be alone there for long.
I do love Jennifer’s books and this one is no different. The suspense starts at the beginning and builds throughout the book to an edge of the seat ending nobody will see coming.
Chelsea barely survives a horrific murder at Halloween which sees her 2 flat mates slaughtered. She is stabbed, slashed and bleeding out when Lang and his police colleagues arrive. Her life is saved and she recovers physically, albeit scarred. Mentally the scars will never heal and she spends some time in a psychiatric hospital after attempting suicide.
The story picks up again 4 years later with Chelsea living an insular life working from home and venturing out only to run. Her confidence is shattered and she is plagued by nightmares. Everyone believes that Ethan committed the murders but he disappeared the night of the murders and hasn’t been seen since. Her best friend is Elizabeth who looks after her and is always there for her.
Lang was investigating the murders and forms an attachment to Chelsea but is involved in a bad accident which he has spent the 4 years since the murders rehabilitating from. He returns to work part time to work on cold cases and the Halloween murders are top of his list.
The characters develop well over the course of the story into complex, realistic characters that fit with the story perfectly.
There are many twists and turns as Lang reopens the investigation and the pace of the book increases along with the suspense.
This is a very gripping book that readers of psychological thrillers will love. The ending didn’t quite work for me but overall this is a brilliant book.
Many thanks to the author, Jennifer Jaynes, who kindly gave me an advance copy of this book
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.