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.
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About the Author
#1 USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Jaynes graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She made her living as a content manager, webmaster, news publisher, medical assistant, editor, publishing consultant, and copywriter before finally living her dream as a full-time novelist. Jennifer is the author of Never Smile at Strangers, Don’t Say a Word, Ugly Young Thing, and The Stranger Inside.
When she’s not writing or spending time with her husband and twin boys, Jennifer loves reading, cooking, and studying nutrition.
Visit Jennifer at www.jenniferjaynes.net.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Deliciously Disturbing. Another mind-blowing mystery/thriller! Just can't get enough of this author's books! More please. :D
It’s been five years since Chelsea was brutally attacked in the apartment she shared with her two roommates. Amy and Christine were killed that Halloween night during a party with frat boy Ethan and his friend Boyd. The case has gone cold; the killer at large. No one has seen or heard from Ethan since. Chelsea has scraped together a meager existence in the time since, struggling with bouts of depression, working from home, spending time with her only friend: Elizabeth. When Boyd re-enters her life seemingly out of nowhere, old demons return to Chelsea. But she has that funny feeling in her tummy whenever he’s around. After explaining his impending divorce to her, they start a relationship. But soon, Chelsea starts receiving ominous notes written in the same red marker as the note from the night of the killings. The message: You made me. Detective Lang, who suffered a disabling injury just three days into his investigation of the Springfield Coed Killings, is back on the case with the new evidence that the killer may still be lurking about, watching Chelsea. Someone is afraid those memories she’s been missing since the attack may resurface. Can Lang get the answers he needs before Chelsea is silenced forever? What seems like it should be a straight-laced plot is a murky lake of deceit. Sometimes the lies we tell ourselves can be the most damaging of all. Chelsea’s amnesia could hide a wealth of information, if only she could access it. This was a quick read, very fast paced. However the writing was often so simplistic, straightforward, and to-the-point that it came off as unfeeling, with the tendency to tell rather than show. Further, what the author does show lacks subtlety in a way that is almost patronizing, beating the reader over the head with exposition of things the reader already picked up on. While the plot was interesting and engaging, I had guessed the killer and the twist just over a third of the way into the novel. What’s more is that the story has been done before. I can forgive a tired plotline if the characters are well-developed and the writing is engaging, but unfortunetely, I can’t quite say that about this novel. 2/5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley, publisher Thomas & Mercer, and author Jennifer Jaynes for an ARC of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. Visit Grey Kat Reviews for an in-depth examination of my review with spoilers.
4.5 stars-This was truly a spectacular scary read. I thought that this author did such a great job using words to describe and add suspense to the story. Do you really ever know someone? When Chelsea finds herself in the middle of some hell that no one should have survived she becomes someone else in her mind. She hides within herself trying to be safe and hidden from the boogeyman. But something that was once hidden may be free. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this and write a honest review.
Five years ago Chelsea was a student, living together with two roommates. On Halloween they had a party that ended in disaster. Chelsea's roommates were both stabbed to death and Chelsea was gravely injured and barely made it. These horrible events lead to partial memory loss and Chelsea hardly remembers anything from the life she had before the attack. To escape the reminders of that terrible night Chelsea moved to Boston to be close to her best friend Elizabeth and she leads a secluded life there. When Chelsea meets someone from her past in one of the places she regularly visits in Boston, she's surprised and also happy as Boyd is a guy she used to like. Unfortunately bad things are happening again as well. She always kept having the feeling the nightmare wasn't over, but now that she's back in touch with Boyd messages are appearing and Chelsea knows she's being watched. Slowly memories of that awful Halloween night come to the surface. Will Chelsea finally find out who was behind the brutal attacks and will she be safe or is she still in danger? Disturbed is a terrific gripping story. Chelsea is a broken woman. She finds strength in her friendship with Elizabeth. Elizabeth is always there for her and whenever Chelsea is lost her best friend knows exactly what to do. Chelsea's leading a pretty lonely life, but she's doing okay given the circumstances. She has Elizabeth and that's enough for her. When Boyd reappears in her life this feeling changes and Chelsea slowly begins to want more. However, that's when strange and creepy things are starting to happen to her and I couldn't stop reading before I found out who was behind them. Jennifer Jaynes has written a great thrilling story. She knows how to work with tension and her writing becomes more and more suspenseful as the story goes on. Disturbed is a fast-paced read and I flew through the pages. The mystery of the horrible Halloween night is a good one, the story is filled with surprises and the ending is amazing. Disturbed is definitely a well-chosen title, I loved this fabulous chilling book.
This was one twisted novel. I wanted to believe one person was the culprit but it just seemed too perfect but yet I couldn’t figure why or who else it could be. Then, when it was being revealed to me, I saw what I had been missing, I couldn’t believe it, seriously?! I was along for the ride on that one. The novel starts with a brutal killing. Two college girls killed and one left for dead, with a hand-written message on the bathroom mirror. Fast-forward to now, almost five years later and Chelsea is still reliving the nightmare. Chelsea has lost most of her memories but the memories of that night, the night she was found in the bathtub are still vivid. When Chelsea returns from her morning run, she swears she saw Ethan outside her apartment. Calming Chelsea down, Elizabeth reminds her best friend that this typically happens after a night that she has her recurring nightmare of the night that she almost died. Ethan was there the night of the slaying, Ethan and Boyd, two boys she hasn’t seen since the night that turned her life around. Amazingly, Chelsea runs into Boyd a few days later and they immediately hit it off. They decide to meet for dinner and I immediately want to run into the restaurant and throw water on both of them. Put the brakes on it, people! They are falling for each other like magnets. Chelsea gets a note on her car windshield and it corresponds to the night of the murders. Boyd shows up, she gets a note, is this a coincidence? Chelsea sees Ethan and Boyd together in the same week, another coincidence? I am undecided about Boyd as why are they madly falling for each other and why all of a sudden does she get a note? More dates and again, she gets another note that sounds like it came from the killer. Boyd? Boyd and Ethan? Hello?? Elizabeth tries to be her best friend and also tries to give her sound advice but Chelsea has her mind set already. Boyd acts like he knows nothing about the notes and the police are checking out all the alibies. Too much innocence and not enough gaps, who is playing this game and why? 4. 5 stars I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review.