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Ugly Young Thing 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 f

  • Title: Ugly Young Thing
  • Author: Jennifer Jaynes
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  • Page: 276
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  • 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 wSixteen 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.

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    1. I had no idea that this book was the follow on to Jennifer Jaynes first novel in the series Never Smile At Strangers. It read perfectly fine as a stand alone and kicked off in fine intense fashion that hooked me into shore pretty quickly. This one is one of those easy read page turners that also give you loads of reading pleasure. What more could you want really?Sixteen-year-old Allie has already experienced a lifetime of horror, having lost her mother and serial killer brother to mental illness [...]

    2. “UGLY YOUNG THING”, (Grand Trespass #2) by Jennifer Jaynes, is the second book in the series,a psychological suspense thriller, with the return of Allie we met in “Never Smile at Strangers” (Grand Trespass #1). Having loved reading “Never Smile at Strangers”, I went right ahead and ordered the second book. I was not disappointed. And now I want more!“ Sixteen-year-old Allie has already experienced a lifetime of horror, having lost her mother and serial killer brother to mental illn [...]

    3. Jennifer Jaynes returns with UGLY YOUNG THING, (Grand Trespass #2) a "killer" followup --an intense psychological suspense thriller, a sizzling page-turner, for a continuation of Allie we met inNever Smile at Strangers (Grand Trespass #1). Allie, sixteen-years-old, is beautiful; however, after being a victim of her abusive mom, telling her she is ugly, she sees a different face, a reflection, when looking into the mirror. She has experienced a traumatic childhood, a lifetime of horror; her mom w [...]

    4. The shocking death of her brother was the final straw for fifteen year old Allie – she knew she had to run or child services would take her away. Her father had left them when she was a small child, then her horrible mother had died; now her brother. She was all alone, terrified but determined to make it on her own. However, after nine months of trying, she finally knew she needed to return to her childhood home in Louisiana – sick, tired and just over it all, a traumatised Allie eventually [...]

    5. If the author was finding her feet with her first book, Never Smile at Strangers she’s off and running with this one, a tighter psychological thriller and a solid 4★ read.A crazed killer, who picks his prey using a 'smile formula', stalks and hunts young women until he's overcome by the itch to do more. He's desperate to please HER, whoever SHE is. Good pace, good characters, good story, but poor little Allie! From the frying pan into the fire. The characters are well-drawn, and we care abou [...]

    6. This is the author's second book, and I feel it's better than the first. I had problems keeping the young female characters straight in the first book, but only Allie appears in this one. The story reveals Allie's history and ancestry. The writing is okay; it's a little slow-paced with lots of dialogue and Allie's internal thinking.I gave the first book two stars, and this one will get three. There is another book in the series, but I doubt I will pick it up. I'm not really interested in finding [...]

    7. 4 star upgraded to 4 1/2 stars!Ever since she was a little girl, all Allie had wanted was the chance to live a normal life. To not be afraid all the time. To be wanted and loved.For she has already experienced a lifetime of horror, having lost both her serial killer mother and brother to mental illness.So when she is placed with a foster mother, Miss Bitty, who seems too good to be true, she can't believe her luck.But what is it with Miss Bitty, and the odd little "family" she has gathered aroun [...]

    8. Title: Ugly Young ThingSeries: Strangers Series 2Author: Jennifer JaynesGenre: Thriller/SuspenseRelease Date: March 3, 2015BLURB: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 [...]

    9. I read Jennifer Jaynes first book Never Smile At Strangers. I absolutely LOVED it! When I saw she had another book out in a matter of months I was wondering if she could pull off yet another stunner, yet another twist, yet another fantastic plot with her awesome style of writing that holds your attention from beginning to end, and someone else I need to 'tell off' for keeping me AWAKE at night because I can't put the blinking book down!!! YesYesOH YESShe has done it again. The subject matter kep [...]

    10. I received an ARC ebook from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.Excellent—4.5 out of 5 stars."Ugly Young Things" is that type of book I cannot put down. Even though Allie, the main character, makes horrible decisions and hates everyone in her life, I connected with her and cheered for her, hoping she'd come around. The immersive prose put me in Allie's world, and I did "feel the feels." The mystery surrounding the serial killer made the heart-pounding ending superb.Overall, "Ugly Young [...]

    11. When Allie was growing up, her mother was crazy and murdered those who she wanted to or who the voices told her too. Later Allie's brother when she was sixteen, decided to kill and then he eventually committed suicide. Allie left home and wandered the streets and became a prostitute to survive, sleeping around with truck drivers. One day, she has enough and wanders back to her real home. One thing leads to another, and she is placed in foster care with Miss Bitty. During this time, Miss Bitty wi [...]

    12. What a deliciously dark read! Ugly Young Thing is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Filled with intrigue, darkness and suspense, it takes you inside the mind of a serial killer and disturbed teen and opens your eyes to the horrors of both.Allie is a young girl, who's self image and self worth are convoluted by years of abuse from her sick mother and by experiencing devastation and horrors that no one should have to endure. Is mental illness genetic? Or, is there [...]

    13. I received an ARC from NetGalley in return for a fair and unbiased review. I loved this book! Whilst as a standalone book you still can feel the evil do yourself a favour and read the first one "Never Smile At Strangers" before this. The only problem with this one is that there is a third and I don't want to wait too long. I want to know more about Miss Bitty, which I suspect will be revealed and the next book and I want to know more about Allie's mum. Some authors just have that gift of hooking [...]

    14. A really good mystery/thriller.I really like that both this and the first book in the series, Never Smile At Strangers, can be read on their own but also really compliment each other.I found this a really enjoyable read, the book held me captivated from the beginning, i really connected with our main character Allie and was rooting for her to find her way.I would have loved to have perhaps seen a little tidbit of Haley and Erica from Never Smile At Strangers so we know how they are getting on.(v [...]

    15. Well, just finished this masterpiece. This is a very well crafted psychological thriller. This novel is a sequel to Ms Jaynes novel Never Talk to Strangers. It meshes very well as asequel, but can be read as a stand alone as well. This novel delves deep into the mind of a mentally ill serial killer. The twists and turns leftme frantically trying to find hope for a young homeless girl who has lost her family and ends up in a foster home. Words cannot express the emotional journey this story took [...]

    16. First reviewed at Keeper BookshelfAllie’s life has been pretty terrible. Her father had left their family when she was just a baby. Her mother was a prostitute and had been constantly abusive toward Allie. Even though she was stunning even at 15, she had been told for years that she was ugly and grotesque. She believed those lies. In her brother’s final moments of madness, she was convinced he was about to kill her – until he turned the gun on himself. Ending his life and the reign of terr [...]

    17. I was fortunate enough to receive this book as an ARC from Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. In fact, I didn't even realize it was Book #2 until after I had already started reading it, but I was still able to pick up most of the back story. I don't usually find myself reading a lot of thriller/mystery but this book caught my attention and hooked me immediately.Allie comes from a very unfortunate background. Her mother was a prostitute, murderer and mentally ill. [...]

    18. This book is the second one in the Strangers Serieso. To really understand it you should read book one, Never Smile at Strangers first. I flew through both books. The story is intense. Usually when a story is so intense I will read a book in between; something completely different and more innocent. I tried that. I ended up putting that book down and beginning this one right away. Now I am wondering what to do until May when Don't Say A Word comes out. In my review of Never Smile at Strangers I [...]

    19. The second book in the Grand Trespass series catches us up with what happened to Allie at the end of the first book. Once she is back at the only home she's really known the authorities catch up with her and she is placed in foster care under the enigmatic Miss Bitty, who as well as being a wellness consultant is known in the appropriate circles as being an exceptional foster parent, however, this selfless woman is hiding much about her past and the reasons for which she undertakes the form of p [...]

    20. Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book via Giveaways. I have finally been able to start reading it. (Headaches and eye problems have been interfering with my lifelong ability to devour books.) When I'm finished reading, I'll formulate my thoughts and post my honest review. Stay tuned!

    21. My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin: witandsin/2015/02Ugly Young Thing is a dark psychological thriller tinged with sadness. Author Jennifer Jaynes has a strong, compelling voice that had me reading late into the night.Allie’s life has been filled with trauma, abuse, and murder from day one. After the death of her mother and brother (both serial killers), Allie finds herself utterly alone and without resources. When a second chance with a kind foster mother presents itself, Allie’s suspi [...]

    22. This book follows directly on from "Never Smile at Strangers" but there is enough information contained in this sequel so that you don't need to read the first book. That said, I firmly believe that you will get more out of this if you do read it as you will realise that this book is more about Allie and her struggles than just another serial killer book.We follow Allie from the death of her brother, through living as a runaway, and then on to where she comes back to her hometown and arrives as [...]

    23. 5 out of 5 starsReview by Lorraine Helgeson Leatham - Rainey Day Book Reviews I haven’t read book one, Never Smile at Strangers, that it in no way hindered me from enjoying and understanding Ugly Young Thing. Allie is a disturbed teenager who has been through more tragedy than any one person should have to endure. Allie's mother was a prostitute and her father left them when Allie was very young. Her brother looked after her while their mother’s mind deteriorated but now her brother has left [...]

    24. 3.5 STARSI read the first book in this series (although you don't have to in order to read this one) just before reading this one. Allie was a minor character in the first book. Her brother was a twisted killer and her mom was a killer as well. Mental illness runs rampant in their family.I quickly figured out who Bitty was, but the killer kept me guessing until almost the end. The story moved along at a good pace, and although the storyline was a bit gruesome, it wasn't described in a lot of det [...]

    25. Ugly Young Thing, the follow-up to Never Smile at Strangers, is a gripping psychological suspense thriller featuring sixteen-year-old Allie who appeared in the first book. However, it works fine as a stand alone. Allie ends up being fostered by Miss Bitty after having lost her brother and her mother, both of whom were suffering from mental illness and had killed people. Now there is a new killer on the loose targeting young women. Told from the perspectives of Ally, Miss Bitty and the killer, th [...]

    26. ★★★★☆This book can be read as a stand alone, but you will understand the heroine better if you have read the previous book. Since her brother's suicide Allie has been on her own. Using the only thing she has to live, her body. Life as a fifteen year old Hooker is too much for her to handle, so she returns to her old house. Child services soon catch her and she is handed over to a foster home. Miss Bitty takes on Allie's care. There must be a catch. Who could possibly want an ugly thing [...]

    27. i was given a review e book copy from the book club on facebook for an honest reviewis is the second book of a series, but it read as a total stand alone. wow! i started this book late evening and stayed up as late as i could. picking the book up as soon as i had finished work. The book isn't an easy read and at times you really want to grab Allie and take her away to be safe, what a totally broken family.This is Allie's story and it is cleverly plotted and written, with twists and turns. Allie [...]

    28. Ugly Young Thing by Jennifer Jaynes I received a free kindle copy of Ugly Young Thing by Jennifer James, published by Thomas & Mercer from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. I gave this suspense-thriller five stars. The character Miss Bitty is the wonderful but slightly flawed woman who is positive & loving. I'd have liked to have her for an aunt or older woman friend. She is a life saver for Allie who has lost her mother & brother to mental illness. The young woman had a hars [...]

    29. Best Thriller of I have read this Year!A great thriller and so much more. Bitty and Allie's story was so moving. Allie really went through a transformation. She experienced so much trauma, but she really learned more about herself and her own inner strength with Bitty. The great part is you have the mystery and intrigue still woven throughout the story. You can never figure things out. The ending was a true shock! Loved it! My heart was still beating out of my chest when I was done. A job well d [...]

    30. Haunting, ThrillingI read this book two days Hated to put it down . Great storyline with lots of twists and turns and a sense of place that transports the reader to rural Louisiana , where the air is dark with secrets. Good and evil , hopelessness and redemption battle each other until the shattering climax. It is left in such a way that I do expect a sequel and I will be looking for it . Don't miss this read.

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