The Devil You Know Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01LXQISIY
- Publication date : October 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2342 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #769,227 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Review by Author Roy Murry
The people living in your circle, family, and friends, do you know them? Are they what they seem, or are you delusional?
A thirty-five to a fifty-year-old serial killer is roaming Lyndford, England. The police publish his facial sketch in the newspaper. The young women are his target.
Who is he, Tom, Dick, Harry or someone you know? Ms. Tyler gives the reader a few stories that may define the killer.
Each scenario is a dramatic, wrenching event that guides the reader to believe this person is the man. The lead plot character is sure they know the killer and determine to get him.
Only one man did the crimes, or did he? The reader may know at THE END or not.
Drama and thriller put into a good read. You'll have to be a Sherlock to read between the lines and decide whodunit.
This novel is my third read of Terry's endeavors. Well written and enjoyable as always.
Top reviews from other countries
The synopsis has been well covered in the many glowing reviews so I won’t go into details about the various characters, but simply express my thoughts on the quality of the writing. In my view, the subject of serial killers is reaching saturation point, their stereotypical portrayal in danger of becoming hackneyed. Terry Tyler avoids falling into this trap with an approach that is altogether different and gives the reader pause for thought. How many times have we wondered if the family of a psychopath had harboured any suspicions about their relative? And, if so, what must it feel like to live with those suspicions gnawing away at you?
The plot structure is clever. Having established that any one of the 5 characters in question could easily be the killer, my conclusions were constantly challenged as the story moved back and forth, causing the weight of suspicion to shift. To write a convincing story of this nature and maintain the suspense throughout is a testament to this author’s skill. It’s not often I read a book like this which has me second-guessing until the very end. I liked Terry Tyler’s style. It’s straight-forward and economical and her characterization is superb. It’s easy to see why she has gained so many loyal followers and I’m delighted to have discovered her books.
A serial killer is strangling young women in the town of Lyndford. The story mentions the victims and the police investigation but neither are the focus of the book or the growing suspense. Five different people living in the area think they may know the killer. Are any of them correct? Will they speak to the police about their concerns? Are they in danger until they do?
The five are diverse and well-thought-out characters. An abused wife convinced her husband fits the criteria of a killer. A young woman suspects a co-worker when a one night stand gets rough. A teenager with doubts about her mother's new boyfriend and the reason he gives for his trips away. A mother who discovers her son is lying about his whereabouts and his fishing trips coincide with the murders. A man suspects his friend who has changed since hanging around with new friends.
A great idea for a book, well-executed.
This novel is set in the UK (in Lincolnshire), and the characters talk like me. I found myself connected even more to the story and its characters, and thinking, this is modern and feels genuine. It is a pretty accurate representation for the most part on how people actually talk in England (at least up my end anyway). Everything is described in plenty of detail, is completely believable and feels real.
It lost a star, as I felt bits were slightly rushed, and there were times when I lost the tension a little bit. I also guessed the truth, but I consider myself a bit of a Poirot when it comes to a good thriller! All in all, definitely enjoyable and I can't wait to tuck into some more of Tyler's work. This one will definitely be recommended to my friends and family!
4 strangled stars!
The whodunit aspects of the story are deftly handled by the author, with flawless plotting, pacing and genuine clues interspersed with red herrings. All five key characters have good grounds for their suspicions and just as you decide on who the culprit must be, evidence appears against one of the other suspects which makes you change your mind. I must confess, I did not guess till the end. What I particularly liked though was the way that even after the killer had been revealed, the stories of the other characters were all brought to a conclusion, including some unexpected revelations which helped make sense of earlier events. Too many writers, even in the psychological thriller genre, have subsidiary characters that are little more than cardboard cut outs whose sole raison d’etre is to advance the plot. It takes a talented writer like Terry to rise above this and create characters with sufficient depth that their stories need to be concluded.
I loved the length of it as well, the more pages the better for me. The one with more content will always win out when I can't afford 2, for example, or I like the sound of 2 in the Kindle First listings. The one with most pages is the one I'll select.
There were some amusing parts to this and I'm sure, like me, everyone reading it picks their perpetrator.....I got it wrong !! It was so interesting reading all the varying back-stories and I liked how she wrote all the various little epilogues to each set of the probables. They were all such differing characters from alternate walks of life which just goes to show........murderers pop up from where you least expect them !!
A couple of sentences dropped words, like "....wasn't joining in one of conversations buzzing around" or "Do you want me wait with you ?" and "......lasted only second or two" and then a couple of sentences with an additional word rendering them nonsensical, "A man came turned the corner, out of the side street" and "....let's put the possibility of internet bullying thing to one side.....". There were misplaced or missed apostrophes and also dropped speechmarks, too. The most annoying ones to me was in getting dates wrong. The Norfolk murders suddenly happened in 2014, when they were actually committed in 2013 then one chapter heading was Monday, 20th October, 2015 and the previous chapter had been Monday, 19th October, 2015 !! Brandon was bizarrely written Brndon one time and 0h like that with a zero and not an o !! Things I think ought to have been spotted.
It won't put me off reading more by her, though. This one was really very entertaining.