Day: November 15, 2016

‘The Devil You Know’ by Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4 #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview


* * * * * ‘The Devil You Know’ is on offer until 21st November – it’s just 99p/99c. Even more of an incentive to get yourself a copy! * * * * * 

Every serial killer is someone’s friend, spouse, lover or child….
Young women are being murdered in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, where five people fear someone close to them might be the monster the police are searching for.
One of them is right.
Juliet sees an expert’s profile of the average serial killer and realises that her abusive husband, Paul, ticks all the boxes.
Maisie thinks her mum’s new boyfriend seems too good to be true. Is she the only person who can see through Gary’s friendly, sensitive façade?
Tamsin is besotted with her office crush, Jake. Then love turns to suspicion…
Steve is used to his childhood friend, Dan, being a loud mouthed Lothario with little respect for the truth. But is a new influence in his life leading him down a more sinister path?
Dorothy’s beloved son, Orlando, is keeping a secret from her—a chilling discovery forces her to confront her worst fears.
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a character-driven psychological drama that will keep you guessing until the very end.

One of the intriguing things about serial killers is that they all have families somewhere, or at least friends, acquaintances or colleagues who know them. And it’s natural to wonder why these people didn’t notice something, and didn’t say anything.

This novel explores that idea in a storyline that keeps you guessing until the very end. Told from the point of view of five different people, all of whom have suspicions about someone they know, or even love, it makes you realise that things aren’t always that simple and that our prejudices, our emotions and even our selfishness can get in the way, and prevent a murderer from being stopped.

This novel is so much more than a whodunit. Character-driven and page-turning, it pulls you along. Believable situations, circumstances and settings add a reality that makes you realise this could happen to anyone, and makes you wonder what you would do in the same position.

Each of the five main characters is skilfully drawn and three—dimensional – the author avoids clichés and stereotypes that would be so easy to fall into.  Motives and emotions are easy to understand and to empathise with. There are reasons for everything the characters do. Nothing happens just for the sake of the plot – the characters motivations and influences, their circumstances and actions, drive the narrative along.

Technically excellent, beautifully written, entertaining and enjoyable (if a little unsettling!) to read, Terry Tyler has ticked all the boxes with this one. Definitely recommended.

5 stars