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The Stranger You Know (Forensic Instincts #3)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  815 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
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, Fore
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Wow, this one kept me guessing all the way till the end. I had guessed some things, but there was one big glaring fact that escaped me until it was pointed out.

I loved how everyone at Forensic Instincts has seemed to put their petty issues behind them and are clearly a team. It is a good thing because Casey really needed them all. I thought with the last book we were done with the bad guy, but no, he is still obsessed with Casey. I hated how with each new act this evil mad was able to poke at Ca
Apr 18, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2015
At the request of the local police, Casey Woods and her Forensic Instincts team are helping investigate a series of murders. The victims are all redheaded college age women who have been raped and strangled. The killer starts contacting Casey, telling her that he is coming after her. Evidence points to a known murderer who is currently serving a life sentence. As Casey and her team search for the killer, more bodies are discovered, and the killer lets Casey know that she is next.

This is the thir
Jul 03, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I like Forensic Instincts. This is the third book in the series. It is good except for the crimes committed, that part is not a fun topic. I like the team of characters at Forensic Instincts. The plot has twists some I expected and others I did not guess at all. I should have guessed more answers.

Their is case that Forensic Instincts has been hired to look into. It happened fifteen years ago and it ties into a case that is close to Casey past. A father has cancer stage 4 and he wants his
Oct 17, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger You Know is Andrea Kane’s third installment in the Forensic Instincts series. I haven’t read the first two books, but I had no problem picking this book up and getting up to speed with the freelance forensic investigation team lead by behaviorist Casey. Hired by a father who doesn’t have long to live to investigate the cold case disappearance of his daughter from Columbia University several years previously, Casey and her team of specialists connect a group of murders and missing pe ...more
Sep 01, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger You Know
Andrea Kane

My" in a nutshell" summary...

Glenn is a very bad man and is in jail and can't hurt anyone any more...or can he?

My thoughts about this book...

This was one of those fast paced crime/drama books that I am usually incapable of putting down until I finish it. If I do have to put it down...I think about it and yearn to get back to it.

This book fills all of my mystery loving needs.

We have Casey and her crew...her company is Forensic Instincts and they solve crimes.
I enjoyed the journey through this book - well, as much as one can when reading about a twisted serial killer. The scene between Claire and Leilah was especially good - they hash things out over Ryan like grown women instead of immature teenagers and then move on! And talk about things that aren't men! It's a miracle and that's a sad fact.

Then it all goes downhill for me when the (view spoiler)
Sep 20, 2013 Zoeytron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I didn't realize this book was the third in a series featuring Forensic Instinct until I read some of the reviews posted here. It worked just fine as a standalone read. The team put me in the mind of a tweaked up Criminal Minds squad, more specialized and not affiliated with the FBI or police.

There were some cool tools implemented by the tech-whiz of the unit. Present him with a problem, and he will come up with something to listen to it, record it, distract it, open it, whatever you need. This
Disclaimer: I listened to this book instead of reading it. Based on other reviews and a general liking for the story, I am trying to separate the story from the narration but it's difficult.

My review is mostly about the audio version. For plot details, read someone else's review :)

I've never listened to a book that made me repeatedly wonder if the narrator was a computer generated voice. I'd be convinced that it was, then a character would speak and I'd wonder again because the people were well
Sep 20, 2013 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and realized I have been reading the series though I didn't know it. Casey and Forensic Instincts are quite a group of people who are able to solve murder cases. This time the killer or killers are after Casey. She has put away a killer and now another is trying to get her. It moved very quickly and was hard to put down. I enjoyed the ride. Love this author.
Mar 25, 2016 Moshi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers, 2016-reads
I love this series and I can totally see this as a tv series. Completed the book in a day and as much as I hate the body counts, I love how I was guessing throughout the book. Awesome read.
Jul 12, 2015 Sylene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scared to even answer the phone now*
Oct 13, 2016 Melenia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read
Nov 10, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book was so fast paced and intense that I just could not put this book down. I flew through the pages and was utterly satisfied by the end. I may have started on the third book of this series but it didn't affect my enjoyment of this book at all. I was completely hooked from the beginning to end! And I cannot wait to read more by this author!

In The Stranger You Know, a killer is attacking and killing college girls who all look eerily similar to one another. The killings are also very r
Oct 18, 2013 Kellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Stranger You Know by Andrea Kane is the third book in the Forensic Instincts series. The book is billed as a standalone novel, but I will venture deeper into that a bit later. Casey Woods is still hunted by the murder of her best friend, Holly. Holly was brutally raped and murdered and her killer was never found. Casey, however, becomes a bit hopeful about possibly bringing her best friend’s murderer to justice, when she is approached to solve a case,

Review originally posted: Traveling With T

Someone is murdering red headed women in New York City. Someone who has an axe to grind against a particular red-headed woman. Can the Forensic Instincts team find the murderer? Before he attacks the target of his obsession, their leader, Casey?

Casey has assembled a team of the best of the best. Some might call it a dream team of investigators. Casey calls it Forensic Instincts. With each person on the team having a specific set of skills, collectively-
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
In The Stranger You Know by Andrea Kane the Forensic Instincts team is hired by a dying father to find out what happened to his college aged daughter, Jan Olson, fifteen years ago. It's a police cold case that was never solved. While it appears the team only has a scant police file of information to go on, team leader, Casey, who was in college at the time, had a friend, Holly, who was brutally raped and murdered. It appears that the cases are linked and the team is really looking for a serial k ...more
Nov 17, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

The title is a clue. It’s also a double play on words, both that the killer is a stranger that Casey Woods knows, and that people are often stranger than anyone can know. In this particular instance, quite a bit stranger.

Also this third case that the Forensic Instincts team is investigating (after their awesome beginning in The Girl Who Disappeared Twice and equally compelling followup The Line Between Here and Gone) the two cases that the team is investiga
Tabitha (Pabkins)
The Stranger You Know is the third book in Andrea Kane’s Forensic Instincts series. These books follow a small firm of private investigators. All of them seem to come from some prior law enforcement, military, and or government type backgrounds but are now working in the private sector. I have not read the previous two books in this series and thankfully there really isn’t a need to. I didn’t feel lost at all because there was enough recap spread throughout the first part of the book to catch me ...more
Nov 13, 2013 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest case for Forensic Instincts is one that hits a bit too close to home for Casey. When she was in college her best friend was raped and murdered. Now, they've been approached to help find the body of another college girl, one who went missing right around the same time Casey's friend was killed. It's a long shot but Casey hopes that this case may provide some answers to her friend's murder. While reviewing the missing girls items, Claire - the team's clairvoyant - connects with yet anot ...more
This is the third book in the Forensic Instincts series and I think it's my favorite one so far. It's intense, emotional and fast-paced. It's also more personal that the previous books and that appealed to me; I felt more connected to the characters.

The case that FI is working bears a close resemblance to a cold case from Casey's past and then Casey becomes a target when the cases intertwine. As the FI team works to find the killer and keep Casey safe, the victims become more and more personal
Luanne Ollivier
Andrea Kane is an author whose name I recognized, but hadn't yet sampled their writing. Kane is a fairly prolific writer, with a number of series to her credit.

The Stranger You Know is the third entry in her Forensic Instincts series. FI is a group of experts with specialized skill sets and deep pockets, able to go and do what formal agencies can't. In this book, they have been asked to assist by local law enforcement.

The founder of FI, Casey Woods, was the bait for a serial killer in the pas
Nov 13, 2013 Patty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third novel by Andrea Kane in the Forensics Institute series - that being all of them. I must admit to liking this implausibly perfect group of individuals that have come together to create a super investigative agency to do what law enforcement can't because they have more money and pay less attention to things like warrants and rights and little things like that. But the purpose of books like these much like the purpose of one hour crime shows is to engage us, make us shake our head ...more
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The Forensic Instincts team is by far my favourite detective group, yes they are unorthodox and sometimes use research tactics and get their answers illegally BUT to save lives, that is ok, right....... They consists of a behaviorist, a techno-wizard, an intuitive and a former navy SEAL. If you watch the TV show Scandal, you will love these books.

Andrea Kane is one of my favourite suspense writers, I enjoy the characters and even if I guess some of the case there are always critical
Jan 19, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger You Know is a disturbing psychological thriller with a serial rapist/murderer intent on making Casey Woods, team leader of Forensic Instincts, his ultimate prize. Casey has built an impressive team at Forensic Instincts and between them and the skills they bring to the table, they are a formidable force. The idea of a team of maverick investigators who, at times, cross lines that the police cannot is intriguing. While they often work alongside the police, this group is full of speci ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 star read

Casey Woods is all too familiar with the killing of college students. When she was in college her best friend was murdered and the murderer was never found. That seems to be the only link to Forensic Instincts' current case of a missing and presumed dead college student, until Casey gets a mysterious phone call. While Forensic Instincts puts all of its talents into solving a cold-case file of murdered college students and a missing girl that's presumed dead, their case quickly becom
Shazza Maddog
I actually picked this book up for the cover - bright yellow is quite attractive. The blurb was enticing enough, and I do like suspense/mysteries. Unfortunately, all the suspense came from me suspending my disbelief.

The story started out good - Casey is the head of a detective team, Forensic Instincts, made up of Marc, the ex-Navy Seal, Ryan, the computer/AI genius, Patrick, the ex-cop, Claire, the precog/claircognitive, and Hero, the bloodhound. They've been asked to investigate the location o
Jul 07, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger You Know, the third installment of Andrea Kane's Forensic Instincts series, hits close to home for the team members when a sadistic killer sets his sights on Casey Woods. Their investigation into a cold case bears a startling resemblance to a current string of grisly murders and leads the team to a murderer already behind bars. It soon becomes apparent the murderer is targeting Casey but why? And can they stop the murderous rampage before more innocent lives are taken?

In this third
Jan 19, 2014 TheGeekyBlogger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Read/Listened for Review (Netgalley/Brilliance)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The Stranger You Know ended up being an amazing thrill ride that had me biting my nails till the very end!

Story Thoughts: I have to admit upfront that I love the Forensic Instincts series. They are brilliantly written and well plotted. The Stranger You Know was no exception. I liked how this one gave us the back
Oct 07, 2013 Yasmin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I slept on the title of this book or the clues mentioned early on that made me pause and wonder why were they were inserted...but I didn't connect the dots. By the time I figured out who was doing the killings I was more than 60 percent done listening to the audiobook. Not a bad thing but I should have figured out who the killer was sooner.

The Stranger You Know (TSYK) was a quick, easy read, it wasn't a WOW read for me. I read a lot of mystery, suspense or thriller novels and the
Jul 25, 2013 Sian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Hmm this started off so well and then it all ended far too quickly for my liking.

I didnt realise when I first started reading this that this is the 3rd in a series, that i had read the 1st book, missed the 2nd and skipped straight to the 3rd.

Looking back I can see I gave the 1st book 4 stars so i obviously liked it, however thinking back now i honestly can barely remember it.
Luckily this book can be read as a stand-alone, am pretty sure the bad guy in this was the first we had seen of him, it wa
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Coming in May 2016 from Andrea Kane: The Murder That Never Was.

ANDREA KANE's psychological thriller, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, became an instant New York Times bestseller, the latest in a long string of smash hits. With her acclaimed signature style of developing unforgettable characters and weaving them into carefully researched story lines, Kane has created Forensic Instincts, an eclectic
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Forensic Instincts (6 books)
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