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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Jennifer Jaynes (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 03-23-18

Superb psychological thriller until...

....the last 30 minutes. A committee of monkeys could have come up with a better ending. What was the author thinking? Even with 7 great hours of action and suspense and with flawless narration by Tanya Eby I cannot give this novel more than 2 stars due to the awful conclusion.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Could easily have been a 5 star book...

Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Jaynes? Why or why not?

With out a doubt.

What does Tanya Eby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think Tanya Eby is an excellent narrator. I do think she added to this book.

Any additional comments?

This book started out with a bang. There were murders of college women, ruminations from a troubled mind, a single mother who writes mystery books, a daughter who seems to do what ever it takes to embarrass her mom and an adopted son who is sickly. Everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted.
This all is great and the story moves right along. Then here comes a slightly predictable conclusion to the killings and that was ok. It's what follows that that made me almost want to throw my iPod across the room! After this believable story to have such a far fetched ending just blew me away! I don't want to give anything away but I am interested in what other people think. But for me the ending brings this book down from 4 to 3 stars.
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Thank You.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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ending sucked

you can't escape consequences and you shouldn't teach that it's ok. it's not ok, I don't care how much you love you kids. wish I hadn't wanted my time on this book

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great book until the last couple of chapters

I really enjoyed this book. The character development, the building suspense, the big reveal - great story. But the resolution left me shaking my head. It ruined the book for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Oh blah!

This book started out good and was suspenseful and chilling. However things god from good, to bad and then to worse. In trying for an expected 'twist', the author chooses a most unlikely suspect. So unlikely that it's preposterous. Disappointing!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • loretta
  • fort myers, florida, United States
  • 08-08-17

Could Have Been Great

Potentially good story....interesting characters...... BUT ...all stories have a beginning, middle and end.....this story had NO END !
Left one hanging.......was this a cheap attempt for a sequel ?????

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • valerie
  • Detroit, MI, United States
  • 05-10-17

Disappointing

Would you try another book from Jennifer Jaynes and/or Tanya Eby?

probably not

Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Jaynes again?

probably not

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

work with better material

What character would you cut from The Stranger Inside?

Wanye

Any additional comments?

Found the story kind of silly. There were so many other ways this story could have been told without it sounds childish - which this did.

I also didn't like that the ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Well done!

Very interesting and entertaining, the author kept me submerged in her world. I thought the characters were well written and although I thought the perpetrator was predictable, it was still worth the listen right up until the very end. Ending could have been better but I still feel like I got my money's worth out of the book. The narration was excellent as well.

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Not impressed

I didn't like the story , the ending was terrible for anyone with a conscience .

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Missy Mac

First time book by this author. I like her style. Good storyline. I was surprised by the ending. Looking forward to reading more books by her.

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  • j c rogers
  • 08-06-18

Very here there n every where

Jacqui
I tried to give it a go The actor who performed it was good and I’ve listened to her and liked her before but the story cut to each piece messily and wen it got to 1 hour before end I could not take it anymore. The way the killer who most of us listening would already know was revield was so clumsy I couldn’t take anymore. Therefore I give it 2 stars for the story it really should have been more connected and moved from one part to another but was patchworked

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  • mrssdee
  • 02-07-18

The stranger inside

Excellent as usual, great story line. well presented, good narrator, would definitely listen and read this author again...