New Release and Review for The Stranger Inside by Jennifer Jaynes
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.
The Stranger Inside by Jennifer Jaynes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This aint no fairy tale. Harsh look at the life of a widowed wife of a man who committed suicide and the damage that caused her children. The daughter fighting the downward spiral of depression and a son exhibiting abnormal behavior. This is a story of how far a mother will go for her children – no sacrifice is too great.
Along with the family drama there is a serial killer killing girls at the College the daughter attends. The mom who writes mysteries also volunteers at a crisis hot-line center and the killer calls her expressing remorse for his kills but is unable to stop.
Not long into reading this book you realize everyone is on a collision course – one that is both shocking and heartbreaking.
When you get to the end – your left asking yourself what would I have done. This was a thrilling psychological suspense.
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