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