On Halloween night five years ago, Chelsea Dutton’s college roommates were viciously stabbed to death, and Chelsea was critically injured. She was found hiding in her apartment’s bathtub, barely clinging to life.
With only fragments of shattered memory, she’s been trying her best to move past the nightmares ever since. Now in Boston, she lives a somewhat reclusive life, working from home as a medical transcriptionist and bingeing on mindless television shows.
She can’t shake the fear that her attacker is out there, waiting to finish what he started, and Elizabeth, a nurse she met after the murders, is the only person she can trust.
When someone from her past reemerges, Chelsea starts receiving disturbing messages and worries that her every move is being watched. As the messages mount and her memories begin to return, she’s led to a very terrifying and lonely place. But she needn’t be afraid. She won’t be alone there for long.
Disturbed by Jennifer Jaynes is a great choice for a Halloween, themed read. The story begins with the murder of two co-eds five years ago on Halloween. On that night, there was one survivor, Chelsea. We move to the present where Chelsea is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She is still haunted by the events that took place five years ago. In addition, she has met a guy who she knew back when the murders occurred and she is also being stalked by someone who is leaving her cryptic notes about the murders. To up the tension, readers find out that the killer was never caught. That’s not all, Chelsea can’t remember a lot including the murders so even though she survived, she doesn’t know who the killer is.
The book is filled with suspense right from the first chapters. I was curious about the murders and the stalking talking place. I had my suspicions. However, the twist was totally unpredictable. It was not something that I had read about before so I totally never saw it coming. It was bizarre but it still made sense.
Disturbed is a really fast-paced thriller. There was something about the book that reminded me about movies like Scream, Friday the 13th, Halloween. This might be an unpopular opinion especially given the number of 5 star reviews that this book has received. However, the movie-feel for me meant that there wasn’t much done in character development. You know how movies manage to cover so much in less than two hours? That is what I felt with this book. It was thrilling but I didn’t connect or care much about the characters so this lessened my enjoyment of the twists. In addition, there was something off about the characters. They were supposed to be young but they sounded way older. For instance, I really thought that the lead detective was about 70ish but he was in his early 40s. This was not because of his bad back; it was in his mannerism, dialogue. There’s an instance where the detective actually said this, “God, at the age of forty, she was still a stunner.” Seriously, is 40 the new Golden Girls age? This could be issues with me though and not the book. In addition, they are not major of course so don’t let this deter you from reading the book.
Nevertheless, this was a good read that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a book that is creepy, disturbing and fast-paced.