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Good old fashioned detective work takes Centre stage in this installment Lots of sub stories and office politics keep Maeve busy and the surprises in this installment Lots of sub stories and office politics keep Maeve busy and the surprises coming Another cracker from Jane Casey Off to read 5th installment straight away The Stranger You Know is Jane Casey s best book to date that I have read In this installment in the Maeve Kerrigan series three women have been strangled and their bodies have been discarded in a way that bears similarities to the Jack the Ripper murders The police are uick to link the three cases but the vidence points to a shocking suspect DI Josh Derwent Maeve s colleague Maeve trusts her senses that Josh isn t the killer but this isn t the first time that *HE S BEEN ACCUSED OF MURDER *s been accused of murder s past is just about to catch up with him I love Jane Casey s writing she produces utterly gripping material and she always has me hooked from page one She adds real depth to her characters this novel mainly focuses on Josh s past which Jane has kept from us until now Josh is an intriguing character I m never uite sure if I like or don t like him and there are definitely moments when he has made me laugh But after reading The Stranger You Know I think the series would definitely be lost without him he and Maeve have become some of my favourite characters in crime fiction The Maeve Kerrigan books are getting better and better Conscience and Memory each time Jane is a seriously talented writer and her characterisation skills arexcellent I m sure it won t be long before I ll be diving into the next book in the series Right now some of the best crime and psychological thriller writing is coming from women writers think Val Mcdermid Kathy Reichs amongst many well add another name to that list Jane Casey The Stranger You Know is an Pansy Vol. 6 excellentxample of sheer brilliance in the crime thriller genre where there is something on Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods every page where you want to turnvery page because you need to know what happens next Casey does not make it Elizabeth I easy to work out who the killer is and by the time you have pieced it together you are at thend of the book Maeve Kerrigan is a detective constable who has a bugger of Detective Inspector Josh Derwent as her boss arrogant and sexist always undermining her But it would be Derwent that would be reliant on Kerrigan in the Education in a New Society end With female dead bodies dropping all over London all connected by the MO non sexual killing but theyes are removed They all seem to connect to a murder that is over twenty years old when Derwent himself was a suspect We are taken on a journey of loyalty and betrayal where we are left trying to work out whodunit while we feel the pressure upon Kerrigan as she gives the story through her Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education eyes in the first person This is no ordinary police procedure novel but a full speed murder case with all the leads and blind alleys and interesting diversions This is one of the grittiest thrillers written in a while which has been so well written that you are searching for clues and the identity of who really is the killer Kerrigan is a flawed but complex character who is a very likeable heroine who I am glad to have discovered and want to read of This is a brilliant thriller by a brilliant crime writer This is the fourth book in the DS Maeve Kerrigan series and may be the best of the bunch so far I hope this is not because Rob or boyfriendrelationship drama is such a small part of the story but the fact is he is out of the country for most of the time period covered in THE STRANGER YOU KNOWInstead this book is basically centered around Maeve s relationship with her police detective partner DI Josh Derwent and his backstory Derwent is a handsome and vain guy with a borderline personality disorder In previous books he has been mostly a freuent foil and obnoxious obstacle for Maeve as he belittles and berates her while they ostensibly work together to solve crimesIn THE STRANGER YOU KNOW the London Murder Suad that Josh and Maeve work for are trying to track a serial killer who strangles his victims and then removes theiryes and placed them in their hands with no sexual contact and no forensic vidence left behind In time we find out that some twenty years before when Josh was almost 18 he was the prime suspect in the unsolved violent death of his 15 year old girlfriend Angela Poole who was found strangled with her yes gouged out Somewhat bizarrely it s Angela s own father who provided the airtight alibi for Josh which prevented him from being charged for murder as her dad had nearly run him over in the public bus he drove at the time and multiple riders could attest to the incidentBecause of this unfortunate history Josh and Maeve s boss Superintendent Godley removes him from the task force working on solving the Gentleman Caller serial killer case as suspicion mounts that there are connections between the Angela Poole cold case and the current case Things get weirder as the psychological profile of the Gentleman Caller has mu. Riends don't seem to remember anything unusual or suspicious and Maeve is almost at a loss about how to move forward with the investigationThen the vidence starts to point to a shocking suspect DCI Josh Derwent Maeve's partner on the police force Maeve refuses to believe he could be involved but how well does she really know him Secrets Derwent has long kept lo. .
First of all thank you to the publishers for allowing me *a copy of this book via Netgalley So here we are at book 4 in a series I have loved from *copy of this book via Netgalley So here we are at book 4 in a series I have loved from Casey namely that of Maeve Kerrigan and importantly Sorry Maeve her sometime boss and sidekick the adorably unlikeable but loveable DCI Josh Derwent This instalment finds Maeve and co on the track of a serial killerHowever she is put in a difficult position when it becomes clear to her that the prime suspect is Derwent himselfI adored this book for many reasons Firstly the series main characters are all so very good and much as I have a crush on Derwent Maeve is just as loveable I specially like her ironic and plausible outlook on her own psyche and actions often telling herself off as she dives head first into a situation she KNOWS she should avoidand the way she tends to just fall into the people who are ventually going to become important to her and gives them pieces of her soul without ven realising she is doing it As someone who often has those lightbulb moments herself I can relate As for Josh Derwent well He is difficult to describethe best I can do You know that silly game you play with friends called Marry Sleep with or Kill well in the book world Josh Derwent would be my answer to all three Really And he s getting a bigger role in ach novelthis one was as described to me by the author Wall to Wall Derwent and that made me one happy reader The aptly named Godley is also a treat as he tries to keep the unruly pair under control and the rest of the cast of unlikely and likely characters all add to the whole The relationships developed amongst all the characters over the course of the novels is beautifully done so much so that often the best bits don t have anything to with their current mysterySo that leads nicely on to talking about this particular mystery It had some terrific twists and turns and no I wasnt automatically sure during reading that my beloved Derwent wasnt a murderernor will you be until you read it yourself The current murders have their roots planted firmly in the pastand a death that Derwent was caught up in during his teenage years in the telling of the tale you come to understand him and his motivations a lot I always njoy a book where the past intrudes on the present and this one is a classic and brilliantly imagined xample of that So njoy You know you want to What Not met Maeve and importantly yes yes I know Derwent before Well you need to start with The Burning This isn t a break neck thriller that pushes readers to the dge of their seats but it is a well developed tale replete with descriptive details that can completely absorb them into a world of coppers on the hunt for a serial killer I have to admit this book got off to a slow start for me But I Uickly Settled Into I uickly settled into slower pace and nded up thoroughly Gender Justice enjoying the ride The plot provides plenty of twists and turns to plant doubt about various suspects and to keep readers guessing but I think the author s stongest talent lies in her fully developed characters and in the realistic way they interact withach other Maeve Kerrigan is an intelligent insightful police investigator with integrity out the wazoo and an inuisitive mind that makes her a valuable asset to any investigation Her senior partner Josh Derwent is a brilliant investigator but he also has a disagreeable disposition and seems to derive great pleasure from picking at her with his insulting opinions And he also has a past a past that s come back to haunt him A past that s made him the prime suspect in the serial killings The uestion becomes will Maeve follow her bosses orders and keep Josh in the dark about the investigation or will he strongarm his way into getting her to work with him I didn t realize this was the fourth book in a series but I m pleased to say it stands well on its own I d give it a very strong three and a half stars rounded up to four This was my first book by Jane Casey and I loved it I jumped in halfway through the series but it didn t matter at all There are hints at backstory but this book can Generations and Collective Memory easily benjoyed as a standalone and I m very much looking forward to going backwards and forwards and reading the rest of the series Jane has a no nonsense asy to read style that makes the pages turn uickly The characterisation is superb specially Maeve and Derwent but also the minor characters good and bad and there are some gripping set pieces such as the scene in the park halfway through An From Notes to Narrative excellent book with a compelling plot and a wonderful lead character As stated in previous reviews my new policy is to only award four stars to books that completely blow my mind but this gets a very high four stars I absolutely love the Maeve Kerrigan series DI Josh Derwent is the man we love to hate with all his politically incorrect swagger and sexist comments but they work SO well together in these books Maeve is a great protagonist yet the. He meets women He gains their trust He kills them That's all London police detective Maeve Kerrigan knows about the man she is hunting Three women have been strangled in their homes and it appears to be the work of the same sadistic killer With no sign of break insvery indication shows that the women let their attacker in willingly The victims' neighbors and Ltiple components that accurately describe DI *Derwent Godley s second in command DCI Una Burt is clearly invested in the theory of *Godley s second in command DCI Una Burt is clearly invested in the theory of as murderer This is an xample of the ways that interpersonal interactions between members of the team trying to solve the crimes become an important aspect of the storyThe author Jane Casey does a masterful job of lathering suspicion on Josh and his circle of friends from two decades before with several red herrings and side mysteries that distract and attract Maeve and Josh as they try and find the killer or killers responsible for Angela s death and the most recent killings One Excellent Feature Of The Series Is Casey S Characterization excellent feature of the series is Casey s characterization Maeve by providing the reader almost nonstop access to her s characterization Maeve by providing the reader almost nonstop access to her thoughts and in this book far less of the narrative tension is sourced from danger to Maeve and her uestionable decisions than in previous ntries Instead the resolution of the cold case and an increasing trickle of discoveries and revelations about Derwent and his childhood friends are than nough to keep the reader nthralled and Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) entertained in The Stranger You Know It s impressive how Casey has managed to use different styles and writing structures in the first four books of the series while still maintaining the general tropes and narrative structures of the murder mystery genre The first book was about a serial arsonist and multiple first person accounts were included The second book was about kidnappings and Maeve herself became a victim of crime in it twice The third book has her relationship with Rob as a key feature and includedxamples of how Josh and Maeve get results together despite their suabbles The criminal in this book was not a serial killer Overall the fourth book in the DS Maeve Kerrigan series is an xcellent ntry in the British police procedural with female main character genre with a compelling set of mysteries to be solved and surprising and welcome developments in the larger arcs involving 45 starsI m not sure I ve reviewed any other books in this series but I have found them all xtremely ngaging Maeve Kerrigan is a brave wittyvery human character and I am already looking forward to Jane Casey continuing this series Along with Maeve I am really warming to her slightly mad macho colleague Derwent their banter is great dialogue and I hope Casey continues to grow this character The story is interesting an old case intersecting with new ones which become very personal for Derwent and really drew me in very uickly Casey has a fast faced style that is nonetheless thoughtful and clever These books for me are really about the development of the characters something that can be absent in uite a few thrillersmysteries which focus only on the story Highly recommendedFind reviews and bookish fun at Book four in the series and young women are being murdered in their homes and their yes are being removed The murders could also be connected to an historical murder from 20 years back The complex and feisty DC Kerrigan is again called upon to investigate alongside her Detective Inspector Derwent Sexist and hard going but with his heart in the right place Derwent is for once reliant on Kerrigan as the case unfolds and the roads start leading to himThis becomes another gritty police procedural that tests friendships betrayal and loyalty Handled well by Ms Casey the story unfolds at a pacy speed and twists and turns so you don t know where it s all heading Kerrigan though not perfect is becoming a character I like and as of her personality is revealed through the books But what I really loved was of Derwent and his backstory giving an insight into what makes the man tick I really njoyed this one from the many suspects to the clever plotting It made me think and that s not always a good thing in the dead of nightIf you ve not come across this series before I would highly recommend it The books can be read as standalones but much Fragments enjoyable if read in order for the continuing themes Shocker Alert Louacious that I am I really have little to say about my latest outing with Maeve Kerrigan 4 in the series This is a means of recording the read than a review No there was really nothing wrong with this book Yes I didnjoy it but there was nothing that really Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries excited meither What I missed here was development Maeve This was Derwent s story and perhaps we need this to understand our Maeve view spoilerIf you ve read any of these you know Kerrigan and Derwent have a complicated relationship but to make him the prime suspect in a series of serial murders makes little sense to me If and this is a big if I truly believed he did it maybe But no are we supposed to believe Jane Casey would trash Derwent the foil that keeps Maeve on her toes and guides her growing xpertise in her career Not yet at least Derwent is just too important a character to have sitting in The Old Bailey waiting to swing from the gallows hide spoile. Cked away are coming back to haunt him and the Maeve learns about her partner's past the difficult it is to dismiss him as a suspect After all this is hardly the first time Derwent's been accused of murderJane Casey returns with her most outstanding novel yet in The Stranger You Know a taut thriller and an intimate portrayal of complicated all too human characte.

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