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Not So Ugly: A Review of Jennifer Jaynes’ “Ugly Young Thing”

Goodreads.com Description: “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 begins to see shadowy figures outside her bedroom. As Miss Bitty grows inexplicably distant, a nagging voice makes Allie wonder if death has found her yet again…or if it never really left her at all.”

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

Once again, Jennifer Jaynes has produced an amazing tale of intrigue! Ugly Young Thing was not the book to read before bedtime. The story line was too creepy and real.

Ugly Young Thing picks up nine months after Never Smile At Strangers. This time we’re following Allie’s life. She’s been a bad girl, but given her history what else could she be. My heart went out to little Allie. She’s been through so much. Jaynes isn’t finished twisting her life.

The characters in this installment are well-developed and everyone has their own little secret. This time, however, the suspect isn’t easily guessed. There were no obvious clues pointing to a possibility. At the top of the story, I got the feeling that there may be a relation to the killer in Book One and Book Two. Jaynes didn’t make it that easy. The killer in Ugly Young Thing is a shocker.

There is enough description in Jaynes story to give a vivid picture without being gory. This is a good thing. When the killer, while holding a knife, ponders how easy it is to sneak into houses nowadays, it was enough for me to put the book down. The point hit home big time. I hadn’t read a book that freaked me out in many years.

I thoroughly enjoyed the thrilling Ugly Young Thing! There are more twists in Allie’s story. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for Jaynes to finish the next TWO installments in this series.

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