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Ugly Young Thing

Ugly Young Thing

Scritto da Jennifer Jaynes

Narrato da Natalie Ross


Ugly Young Thing

Scritto da Jennifer Jaynes

Narrato da Natalie Ross

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4.5/5 (7 valutazioni)
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Pubblicato:
Mar 3, 2015
ISBN:
9781501228599
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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.

Pubblicato:
Mar 3, 2015
ISBN:
9781501228599
Formato:
Audiolibro

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  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    Allie is a disturbed teenager who has been through more tragedy than any one person should have to endure. Her brother looked after her while their mother's mind deteriorated but now her brother has left her too. Now it's up to her and she does whatever she must to survive. She is finally placed into foster care and is starting to question everything that she was told growing up. Is she able to trust her new foster mother? Is she starting to suffer from the same mental illness that claimed both her mother and brother? Death has always followed Allie and now that dead bodies are starting to appear again, she wonders if this time it may just be enough to claim her.This book was such a page-turner! The author revealed the pieces to the puzzle at the right time to give hints as to who was involved in the recent murders but yet kept me guessing until the big reveal. The pacing of the story was wonderful and I eagerly awaited what was coming next. Allie was a flawed individual, as are some other characters, and it helped me relate to them. This book shines the light on mental disorders and how life can be affected by them. I wasn't aware until after I was done reading the book and posting my review to Goodreads that this is actually the second book of a series. Now that I've been introduced to these characters, I must pick up the first book so I can get a better look at what they went through before getting to this point. I would also like to note that even though I haven't read book one, Never Smile at Strangers, that it in no way hindered me from enjoying and understanding Ugly Young Thing.I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.
  • (5/5)
    In this second book of the series we watch Allie, the sister of the serial killer in the first book. We hear her story, what she experienced growing up, and how it effected her. Allie's experiences are filled with stress and drama, but we watch her coming of age and learning to like herself a bit. I can't wait for book 3.
  • (3/5)
    This book follows Allie, the sister of the killer from the first book in the series. After months on her own, she returns home and is placed in foster care with Miss Bitty. As time passes, Allie begins to grow her self-esteem. But there is a killer out there and he seems to be targeting people with some relationship to Allie.I liked this book. I was glad to see Allie growing and beginning to value herself. However, it did not have the same atmosphere that the first book did. It was not nearly as creepy.
  • (5/5)
    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 harsh youth but there is hope. A lot of twists & turns kept me guessing.
  • (3/5)
    I would have given this 3 stars if I hadn't figured out who the bad guy was before the big reveal. Although not a spooky book in terms of the supernatural, it gave me the creeps with its family of violent mentally ill. It turns out that this is the second book in a series but it worked fine as a stand-alone. I doubt I will read more in the series because it is too dark for me in my current reading mode but if you like dark psychologically twisted characters, this series might be for you.The story is about the "ugly young thing" Allie, whose mother had been an abusive psychotic homicidal prostitute and brother committed suicide in front of her after murdering some young girls. At 15, afraid of social services, she runs away. But life starts to get a bit better after she is "caught" and is assigned to foster care with Miss Bitty. I won't go into the thriller plot but wanted to comment on one of the strengths of this novel -- the well-done characterization of body dysmorphic disorder. Allie is actually a beautiful young thing but having grown up with her mother constantly telling her how ugly she was, she can't see it. This aspect of the novel was fascinating & Jaynes did a great job of showing rather than telling.
  • (5/5)
    A special thank you to Amazon Publishing, Thomas & Mercer, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 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 in Never 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 was a prostitute, a psychotic murderer. Her older brother tried his best; however, he also suffered from mental illness, and in the end a murderer, ending his life and misery by killing himself before Allie’s eyes. With no family left, she is on the run to Texas, hitchhiking, trying to survive with one trucker after another. Allie’s home had been one of horror-her father abandoned the family early on, her mother a prostitute, dumping bodies in the pond behind their house, as well as abusing her brother; thereby screwing up his mind. After he finally killed their mother, he ended up taking care of Allie, by paying the bills and putting food on the table; ultimately was sick and began hurting people, as well.Currently, she is on the run, tired of trying to survive by selling her body, and when her boyfriend Johnny has to leave, she realizes everyone has abandoned her. Now, nine months later without her brother or her boyfriend Johnny, she met along the way, she sees no point in life. The world to Allie is a frightening place, and she never seemed to belong. In a lonely motel she tried to end her own life with pills unsuccessfully. She feels like such a loser and couldn’t even manage to kill herself. After being attacked while hitchhiking, she decides to return to Grand Trespass, Louisiana to her childhood home to rest and figure out what to do next. She just wants normal. She wants to be wanted and loved, but all the pain has worn her down, and she wants to escape.Finally she ends up in foster care and placed with Miss Bitty. Her home is beautiful, and Miss Bitty, even though eccentric, everyone seems to love her. She is an older, kind, and a giving person. Allie wants to be like her and does not want to disappoint her and lose this opportunity. However, can she trust her? After all, her mom said never to trust anyone nice. Can she possibly have a normal life and a fresh start without her past haunting her? Sometimes she wonders if she will become crazy like the rest of her family.However, not long after moving in with Miss Bitty in Louisiana, near her old home, Allie begins to feel someone is watching her. Miss Bitty is a wellness coach, making sure her home environment is in alignment with health goals from nutritious foods and positive thoughts--from meditation, yoga, and energy work, helping everyone around her. She had been caring for foster children for almost sixteen years and Allie grows to like her. Miss Bitty helps her pick out new clothes and makeup, to give her a classier look and assists with her lower self-esteem issues. Allie just wants to be accepted and have friends. Miss Bitty is kind to her and supportive in every way. Their household is not the norm. Louis comes and goes, a guy which home schools her in preparation for her GED, and later college courses. Joe is a client of Miss Bitty’s from California, living in their guesthouse, and she meets a new friend, Hannah. Hannah’s stepfather, Ted and mother, Claire are weird and he also does maintenance and yard work for Miss Bitty. So a variety of men coming and going. Allie tries working at the supermarket part time; however, it turns into a disaster when people find out she was the murderer’s daughter and sister. The job is short lived.Now, if things could not get any worse, there is a killer on the loose in the nearby town and he is targeting young women, stabbing them multiple times – he is on the hunt and nothing satisfies his itch except killing. He has tried to keep in under control however he stalks, watches, and hides in waiting for the kill.Since the murders have been occurring, Miss Bitty brings home a dog for Allie, and now seems worried and overly protective. Miss Bitty seems distant, Allie sees someone watching her, hears voices, and she wonders if death and pain will continue follow her.UGLY YOUNG THING keeps you on the edge-of-your-seat, switching back and forth between Allie, Bitty, and the sick mind of a killer. As a reader you have no idea the identity of the killer and are holding your breath to learn the killer’s next move. What a shocker!Jennifer does an outstanding job of keeping the suspense high, as one minute you think you have the mystery figured out, and then you begin suspecting another. You are never certain how Miss Bitty is connected to the players and the motives behind the killing until towards the very end. With intense twists and turns, as all the pieces come together from the first and second book. Well-developed characters and vivid settings with heart-pounding scenes awaiting the sick and twisted killer’s next move. So many suspects! Wow, I really enjoyed this riveting psychological mystery thriller, leaving you anxiously awaiting the next book, to learn what is in store for Allie. Cannot wait. Highly recommend this series, and this talented newfound author!