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
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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