#NewRelease THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by @TerryTyler4 #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

The Devil You KnowThe Devil You Know by Terry Tyler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Devil You Know is a thriller in a fictitious town in Lincolnshire, England. The book opens with the murder of a young woman by an unknown man. The story-line revolves round the possible perpetrator of a mounting series of murders. I like this author’s style of writing so I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of this book as she takes her writing and her readers on a bold move with this genre.

After the opening scene, events turn back to a year earlier, 2015. We are introduced to key characters who all discover that those close to them have valid suspicious actions which make them all capable of being the one the police are after. Juliet’s husband is a bully and regularly goes out late at night claiming it’s for business meetings. Steve’s friend Dan, is the spitting image of the e-fit photo of the man the police suspect. Tamsin’s liked colleague Jake Fallon for ages and when they finally get together she wants more than a one night stand. But why is Jake giving her the brush off and avoiding her? Maisie’s Mum has a new boyfriend, but just how loyal is he? Dorothy’s routine loving son Orlando, starts staying out late and not attending club meetings he’s always been to.

The plot is character driven, building the layers in delicious anticipation with plenty of red herrings which had me mentally accusing the most obscure characters of the deadly deed, then just when I had convinced myself I’d solved the case a new piece of evidence was dropped into the story-line and off my thoughts went on another tangent. My mind doesn’t work methodically like a police detective, and when the body count began to grow I needed to eagerly read on as I pointed my accusing finger at yet another character.

By the end I wanted to have a cuppa and a chat to Dorothy, who seemed a little lonely and I found Juliet very intriguing, which just shows that even with a dark genre, readers can still empathise with really well written characters. The last fifth of the book had some marvellous twists and complimented the different approach to thriller writing that made this a superb read.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com also available free from Kindle Unlimited

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The Manila Strangler by Steven Donahue

The Manila StranglerThe Manila Strangler by Steven Donahue

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Manila Strangler is set in Philadelphia. Karen Thorn is a boxer and ex-cop, she’s now a private investigator after too many complaints about her aggressive dealings of suspects. After the murder of high profile artist Vicki Southfield, Karen is hired by Vicki’s father to help solve the case. But he insists she’s partnered with Detective Sean O’Brian, and they have to put aside their past relationship so that they can work on the case.

The killer has left very few clues, except the number 1 on the cheek of his victim. It’s a clue that he’s a serial killer. They follow up lead after lead which doesn’t get them very far until the next body is found, this one with the number 2 on her cheek. The FBI get involved and tussle for ownership of the case, whilst reporter Nick Cargo seems to be suspiciously present at too many places for comfort.

Victim number three throws a possible line of connection to the investigators, but they are still chasing clues. As well as the murder case Karen is training for a boxing match and ruffling the feathers of Pablo Ramirez. The book is fast paced and has lots of twists and turns before the murderer is found, a good quick read.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Steven will be our guest author tomorrow here on the blog, come back and find out more about his writing.