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Never Smile at Strangers Audiobook

Never Smile at Strangers

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Publisher's Summary

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 every truly know those closest to you?

When 19-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, Tom's, affair with the missing girl - a relationship that supposedly ended shortly before Tiffany's disappearance. What's more, she comes to the blood curdling realization that someone is watching her 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.

©2011 Jennifer Minar-Jaynes (P)2012 Inkbug Media, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Jennifer Minar-Jaynes' debut novel Never Smile at Strangers is a gritty, atmospheric Southern thriller that keeps the heat and the tension cranked high right to the end. Small town secrets, fully-realized characters, and a truly twisted killer keep you turning the pages. Minar-Jaynes has an unerring instinct for the perfect detail that draws you in and won't turn you loose." (J.D. Rhoades, Shamus nominee & author of The Devil's Right Hand, Good Day in Hell, and Safe and Sound)

"Never Smile at Strangers is an irresistible debut packed with surprises. Her set-up is riveting, the plot loaded with twists and turns that leads into an effective and logical conclusion. Add this to prose that is fresh, interesting, and innovative, and you have one of the best debut novels that's sure to please readers for years to come." (Michael Laimo, author of Dead Souls and Deep In The Darkness)

"Combines the best elements of mystery and suspense - intriguing characters, compulsive plotting, first-rate storytelling. A terrifically impressive debut." (David Angsten, author of Dark Gold and Night of the Furies)

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    "couldn't finish"

    i stopped listening about 10 chapters in because i could no longer stand the narrator.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 10-03-14
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 10-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fast Paced Mystery"

    This book was well written, particularly for a debut novel. The plot was good and moved along nicely. I thought that the characters were well developed and I was interested to see what happened to them. I would definitely read another book by this author. The narrator also did a good job with the characters' voices.

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    Sabinennc 06-13-15
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    "decent book, narrator grated on my nerves"

    The absolutely strange pronounciation of any words with a T or double T baffled me and annoyed me to no end.

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    Sheila Anne Bryan Kingwood, Texas 11-09-16
    Sheila Anne Bryan Kingwood, Texas 11-09-16

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    "Great thriller"

    Keeps your attention throughout.. great listen..very good narration. You'll want to keep listening... it's worth it!

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    Maria inez flores 10-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "must read"

    I enjoyed this book, it kept me guessing "who did it" I didn't figure it out

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    momgiraffe 07-07-16
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    "Entertaining, but kind of a hot mess..."

    There are a lot of characters in this book and listening to it can be a challenge because you can get pretty far into a conversation before you figure out who is talking. I figured out the mystery pretty early. I couldn't be sure, so that kept me listening.

    There are a lot of negative comments about the narrator. I thought she was okay. She matched the story, kind of a mess. She tried to do a Louisiana accent, but she sounded more like a character from Mark Twain's books at times. I think she tried too hard sometimes. The worst part about the narrator is her inability to do voices that you can differentiate. However this book had so many characters, that might be asking too much unless you use multiple narrators.

    Solid 3 stars.

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    Joan Cochecton, NY, United States 07-04-16
    Joan Cochecton, NY, United States 07-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Yuk"

    I couldn't even get through a third of this book. I hate the accents. The story (what I got through) is sick. Can I get my money back?
    The sample that I listened to did not have the accent so I feel I got jipped.

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    Tina Jimenez 06-23-16
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    "4 stars, overall story had to be a 5"

    it's a really good audio book. the accents were easily to identify of where the books origin is from due to the narrator voice, something that can't be done with a regular read. so the listening to.

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    "Excellent!!!"

    Loved every twist and turn!! Kept my attention!! Could not put it down. Storyline was great!!!

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    R Hall 05-06-16
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    "Loved the Book...Hated the Narrator"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Minar-Jaynes and/or Anne Johnstonbrown?

    Well, I would have loved the book if I could have made it past the grating, horrible fake accent of the narrator. It was so distracting that I couldn't focus on the book plot!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anne Johnstonbrown’s performances?

    If she wasn't attempting accents, perhaps. I have no idea what she actually sounds like.


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    "Absorbing story"

    I loved the story. The atmosphere of the south, the relationships in a small town slowly pulling you into their worlds. Most enjoyable. The narrator is the best I have heard in a very long time. Wonderful.

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