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 is a very good read. It starts with a bloody and intriguing prologue and continues as a creepy menacing thriller. It is well written and Chelsea is a very sympathetic character – her emotions leaped off every page. You’re suspicious of everyone involved but the conclusion is still a surprise.
It wasn’t as scary as I was expecting from the blurb and the prologue but it certainly was disturbing! The book had a slightly unusual style in that a chapter would end with a cliffhanger but the next chapter would begin two, three or more days later with the intervening events being recapped which, for me, made it lose some of its momentum.
That aside, the plot is gripping and clever and the mystery is developed and revealed really well. I will definitely be reading more from Jennifer Jaynes. I am very grateful to #TBConFB for the ARC of Disturbed.