In this tautly crafted tale of psychological suspense, a recently widowed mother resorts to the unthinkable to protect her shattered family. But does she go too far?
After mystery author Diane Christie loses her husband to suicide, she and her son move to the small coastal town of Fog Harbor, Massachusetts. Her daughter is attending college nearby, and Diane hopes that her family can now begin to heal. But rebuilding their lives after the tragedy isn’t so simple.
Diane’s depressed college-age daughter, Alexa, still avoids her, critical of everything Diane does, and even her generally amiable teenage son, Josh, has started acting out. Diane pushes forward, focusing on her writing and her volunteer work at a local crisis hotline. She knows that healing takes time.
But then a girl from Alexa's college is found strangled. Worse still, the murderer uses the crisis hotline to confess to Diane . . . and claims she is the only one who can stop the killing. And just when the glow of new love from an attractive admirer begins to chase away some of the darkness, more girls turn up dead, and Diane races to solve a mystery she fears will hit terrifyingly close to home.
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About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Jaynes has always had a passion for writing, even if it took her a while to turn her passion into a career. After graduating from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and a minor in management, she made her living as a content manager, webmaster, news publisher, editor, and copywriter. Then everything changed in 2014 when her first novel, Never Smile at Strangers, topped bestseller lists at USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. At that point, there was no going back. Since her debut, Jennifer has added two more novels to the Strangers Series and has released her first stand-alone. When she’s not writing or spending time with her husband and twin sons, Jennifer loves reading, cooking, and studying nutrition. She and her family live in the Dallas area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is my first book by this author. The cover and description actually pulled me in and I was not disappointed. This was quite the page turner and I found myself trying to guess until the very end as to who the killer was. My heart broke for both mom and daughter’s strained relationship as well as what happens to the family later in the book (don’t want to spoil anything). Well done! I will most certainly purchase more of her books!
Jayne's really had me going with this one. I really thought I knew who the killer was in the beginning but of course other characters and situations come into play causing me to second guess myself halfway through. It sticks true to the style of her other books and I couldn't stop reading. Cannot wait to read her next one.
Wow! I flew through this one. So good. I don't think I'd change anything about it. Completely absorbing, suspenseful, and well-written. Start it when you have a good chunk of time to kill, because you're going to want to read this in one sitting if possible and the end will leave you reeling. Diane lost her husband to suicide. She is a successful author, and she and her two children made a move for a fresh start. Daughter Alexa is a college student who has slipped into severe depression. She lives in a tiny apartment not far from her family. Though her mother supports her, she is borderline cruel to her. She seems to still resent the adoption of her teenage brother, Josh. Though he's been in the family since he was in diapers, she still holds onto it. When a fellow student is murdered, Diane worries about her but she only pushes her farther away. Diane receives a strange phone call at her volunteer helpline job before the first body is found. Someone who has disguised their voice tells her the name of the first victim before the police release it. Could she be talking to the murderer? Tensions mount as the violence continues but the police haven't a clue. She's used to writing dark stories, but now she's involved in one... complete with murder and a potential romance with a handsome but mysterious stranger. I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Thomas & Mercer, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.