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by Jane Casey
Minotaur Books, May 2014
372 pages
ISBN: 1250048834

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Though THE STRANGER YOUR KNOW, by Jane Casey, is the fourth in the Maeve Kerrigan series, it's the first one I have read. Someone is killing young single women. They invite the killer in after he gains their trust, and then he murders them and removes their eyes. Maeve Kerrigan is a young London police detective working on the task force that is looking for this serial killer. In addition she's trying to manage her partnership with the most abrasive man on the police force, Josh Derwent. It's a tough balancing act that becomes more complicated when all the evidence points to her partner as the killer.

As I said, this is the first of the Maeve Kerrigan series I've read, but it made very little difference that I hadn't read the previous installments of the series. The reader is given enough background information to be familiar with any relevant prior events from previous books so you won't feel lost at all. Casey's writing style is easy to approach, and also absorbing. She has an attention to detail that brings the story to life, but doesn't bog down the action. And, even though the story takes place in London, any American reader of British police procedurals and thrillers will be able to easily follow the British idioms.

The book was fast-paced and easy to read - two things I always want in a thriller. I want to be entertained, and this book was very entertaining. Maeve is a likeable heroine and one easy to relate to. She's smart and spunky, but also cautious. She's not a perfect protagonist who gets everything right while being indestructible. She's flawed, and that's what makes her so wonderful and approachable. I loved watching her investigate the case, and also, at times, make mistakes in her investigation. In addition, the prospect of single women being targeted is one that most readers will relate to as a fear of their own. And I'm looking forward to following Maeve Kerrigan as she advances through her career and personal life.

Paris Abell is blogger and writer who works as a lawyer in New York City.

Reviewed by Paris Abell, May 2014

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