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Never Smile at Strangers Audiobook

Never Smile at Strangers

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 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.
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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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    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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    "couldn't finish"

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

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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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    Cynthia PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States 01-09-16
    Cynthia PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States 01-09-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Very good!"

    I really enjoyed this book. I got it on Kindle unlimited and then was able to go back and forth between reading and listening. I thought I had the killer figured out but was surprised in the end. I liked it so much I am reading the next in the series!

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    the voices of the characters in the audio book were annoying. the narrator tried to use a southern Louisiana accent but failed miserably. I might have liked the book better if it weren't for that piece of it. it was confusing trying to keep up with who was who and listening to the voice style.

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    J. T. Carter 11-24-15
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    "Enjoyable Mystery/Thriller"

    Hard to follow occasionally when switching to different characters. Left me wondering if there were visual cues in the ebook that were missing in the audiobook. This didn't spoil the book at all though. Interesting characters and a real feel of the town developed a nice mental painting. ~JTC~

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    Teresa 10-29-15
    Teresa 10-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read"

    I really enjoyed the book. It will be interesting to read the next in the series after learning the characters in this one. Interesting read for sure.

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    Dede Bonham, TX, United States 10-24-15
    Dede Bonham, TX, United States 10-24-15 Member Since 2008

    I am an avid hot rodder and enjoy restoring antique airplanes and automobiles.

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    "Immediately bought the next book"

    A lot of surprises in the story.
    I finally knew who did it.
    Not easy to figure out.

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    Lifelong Book Lover USA 10-18-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story, fair narration, fair grammar"

    Story is good, but it needs editing. I find grammar problems annoying. The author has difficulty with serial plurals. An editor would help.

    Narration is fair. I find the attempt at speaking in a young child's voice to be cringeworthy. I prefer a normal adult voice simply reading the child's dialogue to be preferable.

    The worst part of the narration is mispronunciation of common English words. The example that springs to mind is "mischievous." A simple phonetic reading of the word is all that is needed to see that it is a three syllable word, promounced "MISS-che-vous. The narrator butchers this word, creating a dreadful four syllable confabulation (miss-CHEE-vee-ous) that sets my teeth on edge. I don't think correct pronunciation is too much to ask when one purchases an audiobook that has professional narration. I have heard better reading on the free site, Librivox.

    The third problem with the narration is weird, incorrect inflections that change the meaning of the sentence. It's as if the narrator is reading the material for the first time - or simply isn't paying attention to what is being read.

    I won't listen again. This isn't literature. It is more like a guilty pleasure. I only wish the narration was better. Rather drove me batty.

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    Gregory S. Wilder Lexington, KY USA 10-15-15
    Gregory S. Wilder Lexington, KY USA 10-15-15 Member Since 2012

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    "I kept wanting to love it"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    ending fell a little flat. I was expecting a big final conflict, but really wasn't there.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Southern characters


    Do you think Never Smile at Strangers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I doubt it


    Any additional comments?

    It started really good. I liked many of the characters.

    Early on, the storytelling, was kind of unique. It started with one character, who introduced us to another and so on. There were a lot of characters, and I kept wondering what was the connection to the central story. It does do a good job of tying that together in the end.

    The book makes a pretty thin attempt to lead you down the wrong path, with who the bad person will be. Kind of cheap. And (spoiler), the bad person turns out to be a very minor character in the story.

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