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No One Knows You're Here [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Howzell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fans of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club will love Rachel Howzell's newest title.

Three weeks out of cancer surgery, crime reporter Syeeda McKay is in the pursuit of Los Angeles’s most active serial killer. Over the last twenty years, the Phantom Slayer has hunted African-American prostitutes working in one of the worst parts of South Los Angeles, killing eight victims in the alleys off Western Avenue, and then disappearing into the shadows. But Syeeda doesn’t know that the killer has turned his sights on her.

Detective Adam Sherwood, a hotshot investigator with the Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD, has been handed the Phantom Slayer cases, and together, he and Syeeda must figure out who is doing the killing . . . before Syeeda becomes his next victim.

Rachel Howzell was born and raised in South Los Angeles. An avid reader and lover of books, she received her B.A. in English and American Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

In 2002, Rachel’s first novel, A Quiet Storm, was published by Scriber to great notice, including reviews from O Magazine and Publishers Weekly, with a starred review from Library Journal. A Quiet Storm was also a featured selection for Borders’ Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection for Black Expressions book club. She published her second novel, The View from Here, in November 2010.

The author received rave reviews for her debut title, A Quiet Storm:

“Insightful and emphatic, first novelist’s Hall’s portrayal of bipolar disorder and its long-term effects on an African American family grabs readers from the start.” Starred review from Library Journal

“The author portrays mental illness (including the denial of it) with realism and sensitivity, but what really sets this novel apart is Stacey's lively narration, which crackles with dark humor, wisdom and self-deprecation.” Publishers Weekly

“Sibling rivalry and devotion and the pressures that can tear apart a family—and a fledgling marriage—are the subjects of this urgent first novel by a promising African-American writer.” Oprah Magazine

Editorial Reviews


[Rachel] Howzell is the Sue Grafton of her generation, with a bit more social conscience and street cred.  Like Grafton's Kinsey Milhone, Syeeda is determined to be her own woman, solving crimes and facing down danger, and protecting her own body -- and heart -- as ferociously as she hunts down bad guys. -- Nina Sankovitch, Read All Day and the Huffington Post

No One Knows You're Here is obviously an adult book, but Howzell has written it with so much taste that none of the scenes, be them sex, autopsy or murder scenes, are overdone for the sake of giving too much detail. The characters were interesting, complicated and diverse. And the theme is definitely controversial. -- PaulaSHx: Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing (November 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BDROK4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome November 25, 2011
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It was a great fast engaging read. It definitely sends up the creepy red flag. It also made me wonder how much information I share and who I friend on certain social media platforms. I liked how you got inside both the head of the main character and the serial killer. The twists and turns were terrific. There was a lot going on but you never got dragged down by too many details, it was just right. I also liked the fact it was inspired by a real cold case serial killer and brought to life the injustice of nameless/faceless victims of horrific crimes that go unsolved because no seems to really care. All life should be valued and their killers should be pursued.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Mystery September 24, 2012
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Syeeda McKay is a crime reporter who finds herself in the middle of an investigation in No One Knows You're Here by Rachel Howzell. Syeeda is given a tip about a recent murder and her and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Detective Adam Sherwood, work together to try to solve this case. No One Knows You're Not Here is simply not a crime novel as Howzell does an excellent job of delving into the complex relationship between Syeeda and Adam.

No One Knows You're Here is fast-paced and will keep you intrigued from the very first page. Howzell writes with great detail about how a cold case operates and how to try to solve one. But, what impressed me most about this book was how realistic it was especially Syeeda's relationship with Adam. Whether we admit it or not, we all have insecurities and I believe that Howzell wrote a relatable story in which all of us can see a little bit of ourselves in and can understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Similar to Jame's Patterson's Womens Murder Club March 14, 2012
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Crime reporter Syeeda McKay is after a serial killer. She becomes his target. Adam Sherwood and Syeeda need to figure out who is the killer to save Syeeda's life. If you like crime, detective books this book is for you. Very similar to Jame's Patterson's Women's Murder Club.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe when you're not so busy... March 10, 2012
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I was irritated while reading No One Knows You're Here by Rachel Howzell, not with the book, but with my family. This was one of those high demand family weeks where there are lots of needs that have to be met, and none of them include being left alone to read a good book and then write its glowing review. Every time I had to set it down I could feel my inner tiger growling just a little louder, until finally this morning it just about ate my husband whole.

With that note, let's take a look at another violent tale of a serial killer stalking the streets of Los Angeles. Syeeda McKay is a crime reporter who has been investigating said serial killer. Syeeda has a little help along the way from Detective Adam Sherwood, Medical Examiner Spencer, her friend Lena, and her sister and FBI profiler Eva.What Syeeda doesn't know is that because of her investigation she's been brought to the attention of the very person she's hunting.

This story was extremely entertaining, but also so realistically done that it was an absolute joy to read. There's no over-dramatization with the serial killer, he was well researched and fabulously profiled. But the psychological accuracy doesn't stop there, her characters reactions and subsequent actions were also extremely real. Howzell does a fantastic job of showing how not black and white most relationships are, how we have certain blinders for some people, our own insecurities regardless of our status in the world, and how easy it is to judge standing outside of it all.

Howzell also does her job to keep your mind inside the story, keeping you guess as to who the bad person really is, throwing plot twists that you never see coming. Oh you may get a whiff of something, but the way she twists it on you is mind blowing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall good book February 6, 2012
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I was drawn into the book from page one. The plot is definitely intriguing and the characters are easy to relate some extent.

There were only a couple of things that kept me from completely loving this story. One was the main character, Syeeda McKay. As much as I tried to like, understand, or even relate to her, I couldn't. I don't know if it's because of my age or because her stubborness just really turned me off. In the beginning, I was on her side. She's incredibly smart, a strong woman, and definitely a fighter. However, as the book progressed, she became a little worrisome for me. If this book was a movie, I'd be that one person in the theater screaming at the screen "What the hell are you doing? Don't do that!" Instead, I yelled at my Kindle.

Another thing was the amount of characters. I kept getting people mixed up and had to keep backtracking to find out who was who and what role they played in the story and in Syeeda's life.

There is nothing bad to say about this book. It's perfectly edited and no matter how upset with Syeeda I got, I never felt like I was trudging through the book just to say I finished it so I could write the review. I honestly wanted to find out who the killer was. Well, I wanted to know if my hunch that I got early in the book was correct. It was.

So while, I wasn't completely in love with No One Knows You're Here, I still give it a B because it was a good book and I'd recommend it my grandmother and aunt who love serial killer books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, good mystery
Pretty engrossing mystery about an obsessive murderer in LA, and the persistent reporter who wouldn't rest until she finished her story. I really enjoyed the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ShoppingBear
5.0 out of 5 stars great
well written and very good plot, it was a very interesting read held my interest during the whole time i was reading the book
Published 4 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ!
I don't usually write reviews, but I have to let people know that this is a terrific insight into the "THE GRIM SLEEPER CASE". The book is well written and suspenseful. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ed Smart
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a try for the central character
It's hard not to admire the bravery of an author that opts to write a crime novel in a strong, first person voice. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written!
I was pleased with the book No One Knows You're Here written by Rachel Howzell. It brought be back to the very first mystery/kidnapping book I had read which was called The... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mom of 4
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Have you ever heard the saying, “curiosity killed the cat”? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lifetime Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters, hoping for a sequel
Very readable, good writing style. "No one knows you're here" had a good pace, just enough background on everyone, without bogging us down in details or trivial... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lesta S Hardee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and am providing an honest review.

I was a little nervous going into reading this book because it had been out for a while... Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. Cross
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but a little too busy
The author sent me this book asking for a review a little over a year ago. I recently was browsing through my kindle and came across it and decided to give it a shot. Read more
Published 20 months ago by CandysRaves (and Rants)
5.0 out of 5 stars No One Knows You're Here.
A real page turner. Did not see Toni coming. I loved it tremendously. My son is reading it next. I made him curious about the story.
Published 21 months ago by Charon Cooper
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Rachel Howzell Hall was born and raised in Los Angeles. An avid reader and lover of books, she received her B.A. in English and American Literature from University of California at Santa Cruz.

She is the author of Land of Shadows (Forge, 2014), A Quiet Storm, The View from Here and No One Knows You're Here. She lives in Los Angeles.

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