stranger you know book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

If there was a murder in your town, would you ever be able to fathom the possibility that someone you know was guilty? That’s precisely the dilemma police officer Maeve Kerrigan has to deal with.

This killer is organized, maniacal, hygienic, manipulative, and worst of all he is the man you would allow into your home if he were to ring your bell. London is under attack. The killer strangles his victims, cuts their hair, washes them clean, and then with a surgical precision cuts their eyes out, placing them onto the palms of their hands. The eeriest thing is a cold case of dejavu for Maeve with the facts undeniably the same. This case resembles a case forgotten long ago, of a young girl named Angela. A young girl, that at the time was Maeve’s partner’s girlfriend, and he the main suspect. This fact puts DI Josh Derwent as the main suspect in the eyes of Maeve’s bosses and for Derwent, these cases will haunt him, bringing up a past of love, loss, and murder that he has long tried to forget. Will Maeve be able to prove that Josh is not the killer – both to herself and others?

In The Stranger You Know, Jane Casey brings the characters to life making each one distinctive and relatable and giving you little clues that makes any one of them a suspect. Maeve, the main character, is stubborn, strong, and smart as a whip. She is determined, whether she likes Josh or not, to find this killer.

The book is well written and the plot extremely steady throughout, though readers should be prepared for the very obviously British dialect. There are no multiple climactic scenes throughout but the book’s plot does not need them; the story draws you in giving you a twist at the end that ends the book with a bang! Listen to the clues because they will make you the winning detective in the end. A great read for crime lovers.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh with her wife and furry children. She loves to cook, watch movies, and looks for inspiration in every book she reads.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Macmillan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.