Title: Don’t Say a Word
Series: Strangers Series 3
Author: Jennifer Jaynes
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Death has always stalked single mother Allie Callahan. For the first time in her life, she has found a fragile sort of happiness living a quiet, peaceful existence in East Texas with her young son, Sammy, and her adoptive mother.
Still, Allie fears she may be susceptible to the same mental illness that destroyed her serial-killer mother and brother. She's haunted by the idea that she could become incapable of caring for Sammy.
When twelve-year-old twins Zoe and Carrie arrive on her doorstep late one night, their parents slain in a vicious double homicide, Allie’s strength and sanity are put to the test. What did the twins see on the night of their parents’ horrific murder? They are too frightened to say.
Soon faced with a series of menacing phone calls, a rising body count, and the pressure of keeping the girls and her own son safe, Allie fears she'll lose her mind—and her one shot at happiness—once and for all.
I’ve been waiting months for this book and it didn’t disappoint. I was lucky enough to stumble upon Jaynes’ other books one weekend and that’s all it took for me to know she had a life-long follower! This book is what every book lover wants from their favorite author....they want to be caught up on the character’s life. Essentially, that’s what we get here but it’s so much more than what Allie has been up too since Ugly Young Thing.
Jaynes has a way of writing that just pulls you in. I couldn’t put it down and just like her other two books, I finished this one in record time. DSAW switches point of view throughout the book, we even get to see the life and thoughts of a 4 year old and it was dead on!! I’m pretty good at figuring out the outcomes of books but this one threw me. I could probably say that I had it half right, there’s a twist to it that you won’t see coming! I ended the book wanting more…I think Allie could use a love story now!
Book 3 isn’t as “dark” as the other 2. Some may like that but I did miss it in this book. I think that if people are going to kill and/or hurt others that it is going to be dark! I hope Jaynes goes back to the dark side!! I like books that make me scared of the dark!! I’m looking forward to where Jaynes goes next. She’s been among my favorite 5 authors since her first book. I can’t wait to see where we go after this series or even if she decides to do more with it.
Well done Jaynes!! Totally another 5 star!!
I received an ARC of this from NetGalley, the publishers Thomas & Mercer, as well as Jennifer Jaynes in exchange for an honest review.