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THE STRANGER YOU KNOW: A Forensic Instincts Novel ~Andrea Kane


The book jacket of THE STRANGER YOU KNOW shouts out those words and the reader just wants to know what this thriller is all about.  It is a carefully researched study of a serial killer on the loose in the New York City area. BUT WAIT!   This is the style of a known murderer – rapist who is already in prison. There is no such thing as a copycat killer so how is this possible?

Andrea Kane has penned a page turner with this mystery and it is full of great characters and all the behavioral traits of this specific killer.   The Forensic Instincts “maverick” Investigation firm is on the case and the team is just a study of great problem and puzzle solvers – Handsome, rugged, stunningly beautiful, intelligent, and computer savvy.  The Romance elements are terrific and not gaudy.

The murder descriptions are not for the weak and for some there needs to be a warning about the graphic details.  I found it gruesome but not far-fetched and I know these attacks do take place.  One truly hopes that these kinds of stories do not set- up others for such horrid crimes.  I could not read these types of stories when I was working with children who were victims of this kind of violence.

The warning given, I would also say that this is good escape reading and good a “pay attention” story for college coeds.  Better than a TV show and less violence then most video games. It allows your mind to accomplish some of the figuring out and build on the details the reader is presented.

The Forensic Investigations team is made of interesting, strong characters that have special talents, skills and knowledge of behavioral psychology and forensic research.  They are all very individualistic and quite often blatantly disregard authority.  They are actually the trigger for the serial killer to masterfully attempt to out- maneuver and to defeat the team and their spunky, dynamic leader Casey Woods.

THE STRANGER YOU KNOW is quite the read; I believe you will enjoy it

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tlc logo This great murder mystery was sent to me for review by TLC Online Book Tours and Harlequin Mira Publishers.   I thank them for the opportunity and will now go back and read the first book in the series.

This book would make a great holiday gift for the suspense reader in your gathering.

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13 Responses to “THE STRANGER YOU KNOW: A Forensic Instincts Novel ~Andrea Kane”

  1. Terrill Welch Says:

    Though I am unable to read these kinds of books you make it seem like I might Patricia – no small task!

    Patricia Reply:

    Some of the books I find tough to read too
    This one reminded me of the loss of several students during one summer vacation when the girls were being park rangers at Crater Lake. But I know lots of folks like these mysteries maybe I will sell a few books for the author ?

    Thank you for your kind words

  2. Talon Says:

    This is one genre I skip over. But I have a couple of friends who are addicted so I know exactly who to recommend this to, Patricia!

    Hope you and Zip have a fabulous day.

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for your lovely poems and pictures recently.
    I did this book review because I know several people who would love this book and this genre. It is well written and excellent read, but not my cuppa

  3. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    There’s just no, No, NO way. Call me Chicken Little when it comes to this type of literature, but I just can’t do it.

    Patricia Reply:

    It brought up some painful memories of two of my students who were raped and murdered on their summer jobs….I was uncomfortable with the book, but do know that it was well written and researched and there are lots of folks who like this stuff and maybe I will get some referrals or some magazine will purchase my review? It is a huge market

  4. Sara Says:

    YEAH! You hit one of my genre reads. I haven’t tried Andrea Kane, but I’ve seen her books. I love suspense and murder mysteries. I’ve always read them.

    One of my favorite authors is Karin Slaughter and while her books are excellent to me, they are definitely graphic. But I like this type of book and appreciate your review very much.

    After this review, I will now add this one to my Amazon wish list:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    Sara – Andrea Kane is quite the writer and she certainly does a lot of research in her work. I know she is quite popular and this is the second book in her new series.

    I just knew that someone I knew would enjoy reading this book and knowing about it.

    I thought the psychological/sociological parts of this book were quite well done.
    Thank you for coming on by and sharing your thoughts

  5. Alien Ghost Says:

    I’m not really into this kind of books, but I think the psychological part would get me involved!

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    patricia Reply:

    I do not think everyone is into every book! This is not my favorite genre and yet, I did enjoy reading it and know there are those who would love this read and passing it on to friends.

    I am glad I said yes to doing the review

  6. Andrea Kane, author of The Stranger You Know, on tour October/November 2013 | TLC Book Tours Says:

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  7. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I like your suggestion that college students read this and take it as a warning – good advice!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    patricia Reply:

    Heather J,
    Thank you for coming by….always a pleasure.

    I am concerned about how many college students are not very vigilant – and this story was a good reminder that not every spot is safe and campuses are not always that secure.