Ugly Young Thing

Ugly Young Thing

by Jennifer Jaynes


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477827352
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Since graduating from Old Dominion University with a BS in health sciences and a minor in management, Jennifer Jaynes has made her living as a content manager, webmaster, news publisher, editor, and copywriter.

Her first novel, Never Smile at Strangers, quickly found an audience and, in 2014, became a USA Today bestseller.

When she’s not spending time with her twin sons or writing, she loves reading, cooking, studying nutrition, doing CrossFit, and playing poker.

She currently lives in the Dallas area with her husband and two sons.

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Ugly Young Thing 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely packed a punch at the end and tied into the first book really well with the characters.
reneewellwood More than 1 year ago
Ugly Young Thing by Jennifer Jaynes Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Stranger Series Book #2 At the age of 16, Allie has already experienced a lifetime of horror, more than anyone should ever have to deal with. Due to mental illness she has lost her mother and serial killer brother. Allie ends up in foster care after returning to her childhood home in Louisiana. She is placed with Miss. Bitty, an odd older woman but, she shows Allie a new direction to a brighter future. But before long, Allie's new life takes a turn for the worst, when young women in the area start turning up dead. And then she starts seeing shadowy figures outside of her bedroom. Then Miss. Bitty ends up chaning and is growing distant, and everyone around notices. Allie begins to wonder if it's her fault, and a nagging voice inside is beginning to wonder if death has found her yet again... or if it has really left her? This book was a quick read for me, I had it read in only a couple of days. It was so hard to put down. The characters came together very well. I did read the first book in the Stranger Series, Never Smile at Strangers. I found that reading the first book, made it much easier to know what was going on and how all of the characters come together. I can't wait to start the third book in the series, Don't Say a Word. I highly recommend reading this book and I give it a rating of 5 stars. Jennifer Jaynes is by far one of my favorite author's and I am yet to be disappointed by one of her novels!
LadyV3 More than 1 year ago
Although the second book in Jennifer Jaynes's Stranger series, Ugly Young Thing can be read as a stand-alone novel - though I do personally recommend reading the first, Never Smile at Strangers to get Allie's background (and because it's an amazing novel). Ugly Young Thing is a gripping, wild ride that begins with Allie's brother's suicide and runs the course of a madman's killing spree. Jen is an excellent storyteller with a gift for making the reader feel like he/she is in the story along with the protagonist. With twists and turns that will leave you breathless, Ugly Young Thing is one of the best thrillers on the market.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Trespass Series and the way it ended, I hope we will hear more from Allie. Allie returns home to Trespass Louisiana and is placed in the foster home of Miss Bitty. She is a health and wellness expert who works with clients to lose weight and become healthy. Allie is an orphan with her father walking out on the family when she was young, her mother killed by her brother and her brother committing suicide, she is worried about her own mental health. She is convinced she is ugly due to her mother's comments all her life, but she is really a beautiful young lady. Miss Bitty hires a teacher to home school Allie and get her ready for her GED. Allie begins to blossom under Miss Bitty's care. During the same time there is a murderer on the loose in Trespass and Miss Bitty is convinced that Allie is in danger. This is a great psychological thriller and a wonderful follow up to Never Smile at Strangers. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Eretria2 More than 1 year ago
Ugly Young Thing By Jennifer Jaynes Allie is alone now. Her brother just killed himself and she has no one left. She evades the authorities and tries to become an adult and support herself. Allie is beautiful and she uses her only asset, her body, to support herself. She abhors her new life, but she would rather be on her own than return back to her home and become a foster child. All she wants is someone to love and care for her. For a short time, she was involved with a man named Johnny, a young driver she meets along her travels. He tells her from the beginning that they have no ties, so she is not surprised to wake up one morning and find him gone with a note telling her she should go home. However, he does not know about her dead abusive mother and her family’s history of mental illness that led to her mom and brother becoming serial killers. It does not take long until she is once again alone, so she returns to where it all began and will end. Allie returns home where she tries to kill herself and join her brother, but without success. She is captured by child services and placed in the system. Surprisingly, it does not take long before a new family wishes to take her on as a foster child. A kind woman named Miss Bitty chooses to foster Allie. She is a wellness coach and believes that she can help Allie. The other people that live with Miss Bitty are her client Joe who she is helping to lose weight, and Louis, her right-hand man. He tutors students and offers to tutor Allie. Soon Allie’s life changes; she becomes the teenager that she was meant to be without the drama of her former life. Everything is going well, until once again, a murderer is on the loose and some of the victims have ties to Allie. What is it about Allie and why do people keep dying around her? My thoughts: Once again, Jennifer Jaynes does a great job in continuing this very fascinating story as we learn more about Allie and gain further insight into the history of her family. It picks right up after her brother kills himself right in front of her. We see her struggles and feel her anguish as she simultaneously misses her brother, but is relieved that she can start over. Like her first, I really love this book and highly recommend it. If you haven’t read the first in the series, do so, and then read this one and wait until the next one as I am. These books have many twists and turns and the author does a great job keeping the reader in suspense to the very end. Review by Michele Douglas Disclosure: I was provided ARC by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. I really enjoyed this book it was a page turning book that I just could not put down at all. I was hooked from the very beginning and was surprised at who the killer was at the end and the twist that went with it. I didn't know this was book two in the Grand Trespass series, as when it starts off it goes off with a bang and keeps you guessing. It didn't bring up things from the previous book I don't believe as I was never lost. Allie is a young teenage girl who has been through a lot in her lifetime. Her mother was a whore and a killer. Her brother followed in his mother's footsteps and ends his life. Allie is left to be on her own as she doesn't want to be in the care of foster parents. She herself sells herself to make ends meet until one day she decided to go back home to the family home. The murder home as people call it. Upon returning Allie does end up in a foster home with Miss Bitty who wants to help Allie. Allie of course doesn't trust easily that is something her mother did tell her along with saying she was ugly.  Allie believes she hears and sees things and you ask yourself through out the book if by chance she could have the same effects happening to her like her mother and brother.  She slowly learns to trust Miss Bitty but Miss Bitty has secrets of her own and we don't truly learn about them until later on in the story. Much later. Allie feels as though someone is watching her and then the murders start. Allie doesn't know what to think about it all because it is like death seems to be following her since she came home.  Allie does try to be a better person and we watch her struggle between being good to fighting the demons that are within her. We go back and forth between Allie and the killer's point of view and who the killer is I never guessed until I think 80% or maybe 90% in and I was like WHAT!!! And then the twist that went along with it! I was like damn I totally didn't see that coming.  The story plot was freaking amazing, the author did a great job keeping me on the edge of my seat and I could not put the book down once I started it. The characters were well developed that all you could do is feel for Allie and hope she would be okay in the end. I love this author's writing style and her ability to keep you on the edge of your seat guessing until the end. Adding her to my list of authors to watch out for. 
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Allie was a 15yr old girl. Her brother hated and had even went so far as to point a gun at her. Her mother had been sick. She hated what her mother had done to her. Allie didn't know how to act. She was always the outsider. When they had been younger, her brother had been her only friend. When they would fight, she would lash right back at him. He grew sick like his mom and killed 2 teen girls. He then killed himself. The book jumps all over. It talks through another killer's perspective, but doesn't bother giving him a name. At point it jumps to Allie's past. Then it jumps to someone else. I got dizzy trying to keep up and keep track of it and eventually just gave up.