Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Stranger You Know (Forensic Instincts #3) by Andrea Kane

Publication: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Source: Publisher

It begins with a chilling phone call. And ends with another girl dead.

College-age girls with long red hair are being brutally murdered, 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 Casey Woods and her investigative team, Forensic Instincts.

Call. Kill. Repeat.

But the similarities are more than one psychopath's desire to outdo another. As more red-haired victims are added to the body count, it becomes clear that each one has been chosen because of a unique connection to Casey….

Now the Forensic Instincts team must uncover the identity of a serial killer before his ever-tightening circle of death closes in on Casey, the ultimate target. As the stalker methodically moves in on his prey, his actions make two things clear: He knows everything about Casey. And he won't stop until she's dead.

I went into this book not having read the previous two books in the Forensic Instincts serious, so the characters and their background were new to me. The synopsis caught my interest and made me want to read it.

When Casey Woods and her team are called to investigate the disappearance of the daughter of a dying man, they learn pretty quickly that this is no ordinary missing person’s case. They discover bodies of young women with red hair have raped and brutally murdered. Things start to pick up and get intense for Casey because not only do the women bare a close resemblance to her but the killer begins to call and taunt her about the murders including her own. From then on, it’s a race to find the killer before he strikes again.

Even though this is the third book in this series, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on too much backstory information regarding the characters. The mystery was pretty interesting and easy to follow. The characters were all unique and I felt like each one added something to the story. Though some of the choices made were questionable and not very smart. This was a little disappointing, especially since Casey and her whole team were touted as being very knowledgeable. All in all I enjoyed reading The Stranger You Know. It wasn’t too heavy of a mystery and it wasn’t too light. It was somewhere in between for me.

RATING: 3 out of 5.


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