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Never Smile at Strangers [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Jaynes
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (694 customer reviews)

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Book Description

USA TODAY Bestseller

#1 in Barnes & Noble Nook Store (Across All Categories; February 2014)

Top 5 in Mystery/Suspense category of Amazon's Kindle Store (Numerous Times)

Top 25 in Amazon's Kindle Store (Across All Categories, Numerous Times)

WHEN TEENAGE GIRLS VANISH in what was once considered a safe Louisiana bayou town, the lives of four desperate young locals take unexpected turns, begging the question: Do you ever truly know those closest to you?

**Please note that "Ugly Young Thing," the second book in the STRANGERS SERIES will be released March 2015. If you would like to be notified once it launches, please go to and hit "Like" or email Jennifer at**


When nineteen-year-old Tiffany Perron vanishes from rural Grand Trespass, Louisiana, best friend HALEY LANDRY's relationship with her boyfriend becomes increasingly strained. To make matters worse, her impressionable younger sister BECKY has begun idolizing an impetuous, seductive 15-year- old who's encouraging her to do dangerous things.

Meanwhile, ERICA DUVALL, a reclusive 19-year-old aspiring writer, befriends Haley. Ten years earlier, Erica's mother abandoned her, leaving her with the womanizing used car salesman father she loathes. She's decided to write a novel based on Tiffany's disappearance; a novel that she hopes will lead to a reunion with her estranged novelist mother.

RACHEL ANDERSON, a 36-year-old mother of two, is having trouble coming to terms with her husband's affair with the missing girl--a relationship that supposedly ended shortly before Tiffany's disappearance. What's more, she comes to the realization that someone is watching her family through the large back windows of her house.

A DISTURBED MAN also lives in the area. Ever since his mother's murder four years earlier, he's been raising his insolent teenage sister, ALLIE, who sleeps with truck drivers for money. He considers women to be dangerous--and his world revolves around his fear and hatred for them. He's terrified of his sister, knowing she's intent on pushing him over the edge.

Editorial Reviews


The Kindle Book Review (Indianapolis, IN) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Never Smile at Strangers (Grand Trespass Series, #1) (Kindle Edition)
On behalf of my wife.

She rates this book a 4.5 stars (which gets rounded up to 5.0 stars)

She loved the dialog(ue), kept her entertained, and loved the surprise ending.

Read the other reviews to decide if this book should grace your bookshelf (or kindle). My wife added it to her "favorites" on her kindle.

Anthony Wessel
Reviewer at the Kindle Book Review
Founder of Digital Book
Founder of The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books (updated daily)

About the Author

Since graduating from Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Health Sciences and a minor in Management, Jennifer Jaynes has made her living as a content manager, webmaster, news publisher, editor and copywriter.

In 2004, Jennifer founded, which became widely recognized in the writing world and went on to be named a 'best website for writers' by "Writer's Digest" magazine.

After moving from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles in '05, Jennifer quickly traded in her conservative business suits for jeans and t-shirts and added screenwriting and freelance writing to her repertoire.

In 2010, she gave birth to two beautiful boys, Christopher & Ryan. Christopher has a congenital heart condition called hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, a CHD that she plans to write about in the near future.

In 2011, she published NEVER SMILE AT STRANGERS, which quickly rose through Amazon's ranks and has made several bestsellers lists. Its sequel, UGLY YOUNG THING, will be published in late 2014.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1805 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Inkbug Media, LLC; Second Edition edition (January 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068RVK2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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126 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense and truly frightening December 8, 2011
By beanie
I finished reading this book at 2 AM on a Tuesday night, because there was no way to pull myself out of the story without finishing it. Fans of mystery novels and tension-filled psychological thrillers will genuinely enjoy reading "Never Smile at Strangers." Minar-Jaynes has combined everything I loved about the old "Fear Street" novels with everything truly scary that keeps me awake at night now. There is something chilling about the darker side of humanity, and Minar-Jaynes does an excellent job of reminding the reader of exactly why parents tell their children not to talk to strangers. The characters' fear is honest, and their pain and confusion can be felt in the writing. Furthermore, she has tapped into what makes "mystery" novels so compelling when they're done right- the suspense in this book is incredible, and the ending was like the explosive final scene of a movie that no one can stop talking about. I give major kudos to Mrs. Minar-Jaynes for writing a book that deserves front window-status in any bookstore.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! November 21, 2011
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This book was just what I needed! Jennifer has developed a great novel that brings the small town of Grand Trespass alive!

I absolutely loved how the author developed each of the characters. Especially when it comes to the killer! Rarely does the reader get to spend so much time in the mind of the antagonist and I absolutely loved it!

If you are looking for a good mystery/ thriller then this is the book for you. This book was very hard to put down and now that I have finished it, I wish that I had more to read by this author!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read.... July 11, 2012
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This book is a hard one for me to rate because on one hand I felt like it was for young adults but on the other hand the subject & story was pretty heavy.

WARNING: If you do not like sexual content and gross murder stuff you should NOT get this book. There is also swearing for those people who do not like it.

The story was a very good one but you do have to know in advance that it is heavy on the sexual content (think incest). The characters are interesting but a lot of the stuff going on was maybe for teenagers (however, I would not want my teen to read this book) because it is mainly about young adults (drinking, sex, smoking, etc.) and what happens in the life of a teen whose best friend goes missing. She is having a lot of problems at home so this adds more problems.

I though the characters were well fleshed out and I do think that what was going on with the teens felt very realistic. They seemed like normal teens (no sugar coated gorgeous perfect teens here) and their lives & problems were not sugar coated.

All in all, a good mystery with characters/situations that felt real (even though we do not want to think this goes on in our own towns/lives). I thought the story moved along fairly quickly and I would definitely read any other books by this author.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good if you like sex & vulgarity October 1, 2012
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I almost stopped reading because of all of the sex, vulgarity and darkness. But I had to see what happened so I trudged through it. I must say, I enjoyed the ending and that the killer wasn't who I thought it was. I am glad that there was a happily ever after ending. A book filled with so much darkness needed it!
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of characters, not enough depth March 3, 2012
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I appreciated the fact that the author kept you guessing until the end, but with so many characters it made the misdirection easier. That being said, the ending wasn't a real surprise. It was a bit neat and 6 weeks after the final showdown there was a too much "happily ever after..." for such violence.

There was some depth to a few of the characters, but I was expecting more from the detective/police side. The former football playing detective has less then a suppporting role which I found disappoiting. There wasn't much detecting going on, just a lot of speculation by the amateurs. It was interesting having the killers perspective coming through at times.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling and writing March 4, 2012
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I can't believe how quickly I read this book. The story was really compelling which is why I couldn't put it down. The story didn't seem forced, like many suspense and mystery novels do. It flowed well and was evenly paced.

I also loved the writing. I could picture everything in the book. The people, the houses, the locations. I've never been to Louisiana, but I could truly picture it all. The characters were well-developed and consistent. Often I find that to be a common downfall in books I read, but these characters (most notably Haley, Erica, and Mac) were really well done.

The only downside is that I'm bummed because I read the book so quickly! I hope the author comes out with another book soon.
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84 of 109 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars None July 6, 2012
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Call me unenlightened, but the mere thought of a mother who tortures, molests, and ruins her children leaves me feeling sick. I'm sorry that so many people are fascinated by the twisted and perverse behaviors such evil creates in children. I wish I had never stumbled across this backwoods story of dysfunction and sickness. I wish I had read a single, honest review about this book's content and I would have avoided it entirely. I know such things exist in the world, but they don't have to pollute my mind as well. Recall the tragedy of the Green River Serial Killer and you'll have no need to read this book.
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Since graduating from Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Health Sciences and a minor in Management, Jennifer Jaynes has made her living as a content manager, webmaster, news publisher, editor and copywriter. In 2011, she left the corporate world to care for her twin toddlers and pursue a career as a novelist.

Later that year, she published her suspense debut, NEVER SMILE AT STRANGERS, which quickly found an audience and eventually earned a place on the USA TODAY Bestseller's list.

To date, NEVER SMILE AT STRANGERS has earned the #1 spot (across all categories) in the Barnes & Noble's Nook Store, has graced the Top 5 in the mystery/suspense category in the Kindle Store numerous times, and has appeared multiple times in the Top 25 in the Kindle Store (across all categories).

Its sequel, UGLY YOUNG THING, will be released March 2015. It's available now for pre-order at

Jennifer Jaynes loves to connect with her readers!


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