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 discovers someone lurking outside her bedroom. As Miss Bitty grows inexplicably distant, Allie begins to wonder if death has found her yet again...or if it never really left her at all.
"Ugly Young Thing" is a dark psychological thriller that keeps you guessing who is the killer until the end. 16-year old Allie comes from a family from hell. Her brother killed her mother and two other girls before he shot himself in front of Allies. She runs away and did the only thing she could do - sell her body for money to survive. But somehow the poor thing could manage to not fall apart entirely. She returns to the only home she knows. But there is nothing left for her. There she is found by the authorities and send to Miss Bitty, who is now her foster mother.
Allies mother and brother have both been mentally ill and also they where both killers. Allie is of course deply traumatised. She think of herself as ugly, monstrous and worthless. She is struggeling with the new experience in Miss Bittys house, where she is welcomed. But then a young woman is murderd in the neighbourhood and Allies is seeing things, not knowing, if there were real or if she gets herself mentally ill. And Miss Bitty has a dark secret of her own.
"Ugly Young Thing" is very well written. It keeps up the tension all the time. It also gets you into the head of a phsychopatic murderer. It keeps you guessing who is the killer and what is it about Miss Bitty. Its an easy read, but also sad and dark and the author managed it very well to put much psycholigcal development into this rather small book.
I enjoyed it very much and will watch out for the next book from Jennifer Jaynes,