The Killing Kind


A prequel to the Strangers series.

Written by Jennifer Jaynes & Burke Bryant

Release date: 6/2021

   When a nine-year-old boy makes a horrifying discovery in the pond behind his house, things in his life go from bad to worse. He can’t tell anyone about what he’s found—not his father, his mother, or even his little sister. Neither can he share how he feels, because the thing floating in the pond is more than just terrible. It’s curious, and disgusting, and wonderful.

  The boy’s quest to solve the mystery of the thing in the pond forces him to acknowledge the darkness looming under the surface of his broken home—his father’s alcoholism, the men his mother brings into her bedroom, his younger sister’s strange behaviors. His only comfort is the company of a stray dog he calls Goldie, and in the perfect family he observes in secret. But when his father abandons the boy and his sister, the boy must come to understand who his mother truly is, because in this revelation he will also discover who he and his sister are destined to become.

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Never Smile at Strangers

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   When nineteen-year-old Tiffany Perron vanishes without a trace, the residents of rural Grand Trespass, Louisiana, launch a desperate search to find her. But few clues are unearthed, and before long another young woman disappears.

As locals continue to vanish, residents begin to discover that they might not know those closest to them as well as they had thought. Lies and insecurities quickly surface, leading everyone to question one another…and their involvement in the disappearances.

Meanwhile, an unstable, twisted killer is hiding quietly in their midst. Ever since his mother’s murder four years earlier, he’s been forced to raise his disturbed teenage sister. He’s terrified of her—and of women in general—and his world revolves around his fear of and obsession over them.

In this USA Today bestselling thriller, debut novelist Jennifer Jaynes delivers a psychologically riveting page-turner that is packed with surprises and will have readers guessing to the very last page.

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Ugly Young Thing

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   Sixteen-year-old Allie has already experienced a lifetime of horror, having lost her mother and serial killer brother to mental illness.

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana, Allie ends up in foster care and is placed with Miss Bitty, an eccentric but kindly older woman who shows her a new direction and brighter future.

But Allie’s new life takes a devastating turn when young women in the area start turning up dead, and she begins to see shadowy figures outside her bedroom. As Miss Bitty grows inexplicably distant, a nagging voice makes Allie wonder if death has found her yet again…or if it never really left her at all.

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Don't Say a Word

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   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.

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