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Book Review – The Stranger You Know by Andrea Kane

Synopsis:  It begins with a chilling phone call to Casey Woods. And ends with another girl dead.

College-age girls with long red hair. Brutally murdered, they’re posed like victims in a film noir. Each crime scene is eerily similar to the twisted fantasy of a serial offender now serving thirty years to life-a criminal brought to justice with the help of Forensic Instincts.

Call. Kill. Repeat. But the similarities are more than one psychopath’s desire to outdo another. As more red-headed victims are added to the body count, it becomes clear that each one has been chosen because of a unique connection to Casey-a connection that grows closer and closer to her.

Now the Forensic Instincts team must race to uncover the identity of a serial killer before his ever-tightening circle of death closes in on Casey as the ultimate target. As the stalker methodically moves in on his prey, his actions make one thing clear: he knows everything about Casey. And Casey realizes that this psychopathic won’t stop until he makes sure she’s dead.

First Line:  Just one more body.

Random Quote:  Big payoff or not, he hated these meetings with Fisher.  The guy scared the shit out of him.

Review:  The Stranger You Know is a lot of fun.  Firmly in the Romantic Suspense genre, this is the third book in Andrea Kane‘s Forensic Instincts series.  I haven’t read the others, but there was absolutely no barrier to entry in reading this one.

The premise is this:  a serial killer is on the loose, raping and killing redheads.  The Forensic Instincts team (a private investigations firm) is called in to help out and before long team leader Casey finds out she’s the ultimate target.  The book turns out to be a fun cat and mouse thriller.  The best thing about it is the characters, all of whom are warm and believable, particularly Claire, the team’s psychic intuitive.  The likeable characters drive the feeling of suspense and at some points I found myself expecting the worst behind the knock on the door.

Lots of fun, just enough romance, a good read.

FTC Disclosure:  Thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on the virtual tour for The Stranger You Know!  Be sure to visit the rest of the stops on the tour for more great reviews and go buy this book!

Publishing Information:  Harlequin MIRA – September 24, 2013

Format:  Kindle


Reading Challenges:  Eclectic Reader Challenge 2013, 2013 Literary Exploration Challenge, 2013 Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge

About Andrea Kane

Andrea Kanes psychological thriller The Girl Who Disappeared Twice became an instant New York Times bestseller, the latest in a long line of smash hits. With her acclaimed signature style of developing unforgettable characters and weaving them into carefully researched story lines, Kane has created Forensic Instincts, an eclectic team of maverick investigators. Recruited because of their special talents and dynamic personalities, the high-energy members thrive on blatantly disregarding authority. Armed with skills and talents honed by years in the FBI and Special Forces and with training in behavioral and forensic psychology, this unstoppable team solves seemingly impossible cases while walking a fine line between assisting and enraging law enforcement.
With a worldwide following and novels published in more than twenty languages, Kane is also the author of numerous romantic thrillers and historical romances. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she is busily crafting a new challenge for Forensic Instincts.
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Andrea Kanes TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, October 14th:  A Bookworms World
Tuesday, October 15th:  Inside of a Dog
Wednesday, October 16th:  Patricias Wisdom
Thursday, October 17th:  Simply Stacie
Friday, October 18th:  Bibliotica
Monday, October 21st:  The Book Wheel
Monday, October 21st:  Shelf Pleasure  author guest post
Tuesday, October 22nd:  The Well Read Redhead
Wednesday, October 23rd:  Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, October 24th:  Chaotic Compendiums
Friday, October 25th:  She Treads Softly
Monday, October 28th:  Literally Jen
Tuesday, October 29th:  Redheaded Book Child
Wednesday, October 30th:  Mental Foodie
Friday, November 1st:  Life, Love, & Books
Monday, November 4th:  The Daily Mayo
Monday, November 4th:  Joyfully Retired
Tuesday, November 5th:  Bookalicious Mama
Wednesday, November 6th:  Kritters Ramblings
Thursday, November 7th:  My Shelf Confessions
Friday, November 8th:  From the TBR Pile
Monday, November 11th:  Sarahs Book Shelves
Tuesday, November 12th:  Reading Reality
Wednesday, November 13th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, November 14th:  A Bookish Way of Life
Friday, November 15th:  Booked on a Feeling
Monday, November 18th:  Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Tuesday, November 19th:  My Bookshelf
Wednesday, November 20th:  Broken Teepee
Thursday, November 21st:  Fiction Addict
Monday, November 25th:  October Country
Tuesday, November 26th:  A Chick Who Reads
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