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The Stranger You Know (Maeve Kerrigan #4)

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He meets women. He gains their trust. Hekills them. That’s all London police detectiveMaeve Kerrigan knows about the man she is hunting. Three women have been strangled in their homes, and it appears tobe the work of the same sadistic killer. With no sign of break-ins, every indication shows thatthe women let their attacker in willingly. The victims' neighbors and friends...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published May 4th 2013)
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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 excellent example of sheer brilliance in the crime thriller genre where there is something on every page, where you want to turn every page because you need to know what happens next. Casey does not make it easy to work out who the killer is and by the time you have pieced it toge...more
Susan Swiderski
This isn't a break-neck thriller that pushes readers to the edge 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 quickly settled into the slower pace and ended up thoroughly enjoying the ride. The plot provides plenty of twists and turns to plant doubt about various suspects and to keep readers guessing, but I...more
Mike Gabor
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-ins, every indication shows that the women let their attacker in willingly. The victims' neighbors and friends don't seem to remember anything unusual or suspicious, and Maeve is almost at a loss about how to move forward with the i...more
Every Jane Casey mystery/police procedural I read makes me a bigger fan. Casey, born in Dublin and educated at Trinity and Oxford, lives in England. Her detective Maeve Kerrigan is English born of Irish (Donegal) parents. Police Detective Kerrigan is smart and ruthless in her pursuit of a sadistic murderer. Casey constructs her stories so that the reader has sufficient clues to whom the suspects and guilty may be. This was a book I couldn't put down and read in 2 days. Casey is the Irish female...more
Rich Stoehr
Jane Casey just keeps on getting better and better at this, and The Stranger You Know might be her best book yet.

Maeve Kerrigan, a Detective Constable on the London police force, has grown a lot over the last four books. She's more confident in the face of the blatant sexist attitudes of her partner, Josh Derwent. In The Stranger You Know, though, Kerrigan is brought in to investigate a series of grisly murders and mutilations, while Derwent himself is being cut out of the investigation...becaus...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo
This is the fourth book in the series of crime novels which feature the detective, Maeve Kerrigan. As always the book hits the ground running with a series of seemingly unrelated violent crimes against women. Gradually, as the story progresses, it becomes increasingly sinister, and when Maeve's maverick colleague, DCI Josh Derwent becomes implicated in the crime, Maeve's loyalties are stretched to the limit.
Of all four books in this series, I think that this is the strongest of them all. The sto...more
In the latest instalment of the brilliant series featuring Maeve Corrigan, we see Corrigan on the trail of a murderer killing single women in London. The killings echo a cold case from twenty years ago, in which a teenaged Josh Derwent was a prime suspect. Corrigan is assigned to look into the 1992 murder. She is caught between her loyalty to Corrigan and her boss.

Casey is back on form with the fourth book in the Maeve Corrigan series. You can't beat a good serial killer storyline, featuring a w...more
Jayne K
I think this was my favorite one so far--loved it!
Minty McBunny
My latest trawl through my library's catalogue resulted in an embarrassment of riches, as they have recently gotten in many of my requested Val McDermid books as well as the latest entries in three of my top 5 UK crime crime series by S.J. Bolton, Mo Hayder and this book.

I barely knew where to start when I got home, but my love for Maeve Kerrigan won out. This was a wonderful follow up to The Last Girl, I was sucked back into Maeve's world in the opening pages and never wanted it to end even as...more
4.0 out of 5 stars - What makes someone become a serial killer?

This 4th book in the police procedural crime series teams DC Maeve Kerrigan with partner and superior DI Josh Derwent as they investigate the murders of three young, single women in different areas of London. When he becomes a suspect due to an event that happened when he was a teenager, Maeve is told to keep Derwent out of the loop. Unable to believe he could have committed the murders, and regardless of the fact that he is a misogy...more
The Stranger You Know is the fourth book in the Maeve Kerrigan police procedural series from Jane Casey, and I think it may be the best so far. The first book was a great start, but seemed a bit clichéd, and there was a lot of introductory material. The second and third were even better, with a lot of character development and a more complex case.

The pacing of The Stranger You Know is terrific – I had a hard time putting the book down. The narrative is a great blend of character development and...more
Annie Michelle
As the saying goes, “to every reader her book, every book its reader” This book was just not for me. I could not get around the nasty, mean, crabby, snarky, horrible characters in this book! There is only one guy who is a half ass normal person and its Maeve's boyfriend. I have a feeling even though anyone in this book could chew glass and fillet people at the same time, he will end up being the killer. I had to stop reading about a third of the way in, I did try.
I got this book in a Good Reads giveaway, so thank you!

When I first received this book and started it, I wasn't completely sold on it and whether or not I would enjoy it. It began a little slow for me, but after a few chapters, I was hooked. It was a fast and easy read for me because I was interested in the story and what would happen next. The pages flew by and before I knew it, I was halfway through the book.

I have to say, I'm very picky about the main characters in books. After reading (most...more
I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley however all opinions are my own. I had a really hard time getting into this book, the first half of the book seemed to add a lot of characters at once and many London specific language. There was one scene where there were many "coppers" in the room and it jumped from first names to last names that it seemed like there were 30 people in the room at once.

The last half of the book really picked up though as the main character Maeve Kerrigan tries t...more
Started this and the first chapter reads familiar, like I have already read it sometime ago. Looking at the previous read books by Jane Casey wether I read a preview, I did not find any for this book, strange feeling, or Casey is copying her own work somewhere... .
Reading on, no, after the first chapter or a few pages it is new to me.

Excellent twists, keept me guessing till near the end who would the killer. Although there is a bit of deux-ex-machina there in the final conclusions when all is ex...more
Detective constable Maeve Kerrigan often finds her brilliant boss, DI Josh Derwent, crude and rude. But no way she thinks he's a murderer. Still, in Jane Casey's sterling The Stranger You Know (St. Martin's digital galley), Kerrigan's on the inside in the investigation of a serial killer who kills attractive young women in their homes, but Derwent's shut out by their superiors. Not only does he fit the profile of a trustworthy stranger a woman might invite in her home, he also was the prime susp...more
I got this book as a Goodreads First Reads. The premise of the book was interesting so I requested to have ARC. I was definitely happy that I got the chance to read this book in advance. I had never read any of Casey's books but I do enjoy a good thriller from time to time. The heroine is actually a police officer who does not require a male to save her (which I appreciated). It did seem to wrap everything up neatly at the end and I wonder if the missing information will be the premise for the n...more
Tom Donaghey
THE STRANGER YOU KNOW came to me through the Goodreads program. It is several stories in from author Jane Casey’s first book and this is a good read indeed. Slow to start, it poses a question that would be hard to answer. What if the person you were teamed with, the person you had to work with every day, the person you relied on and you had to trust, what if that person was a suspected serial killer? And what if you were a cop and you had to trust your partner to have your back, no matter what?...more
When DC Maeve Kerrigan is assigned to a special task force investigating a serial killer who is cutting women's eyes out, she's surprised that her partner DI Josh Derwent is not. Then, much to her amazement, she learns he is a suspect because of the similarities to the murder of his teen girlfriend more than 20 years ago.

Jane Casey is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors, and, this fourth book in the series is the best yet. The story grabs you from the first page and doesn't let up. I es...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
The most recent book in the Maeve Kerrigan detective series finds Maeve tracking a serial killer hunting young women throughout London. He leaves no clues behind, but the facts of the case have an eerie similarity to an incident her partner DCI Derwent was involved in during his teens. Maeve can't believe Derwent would be involved, but the more she begins to learn about his past, she starts to question everything. I highly recommend this book series to any mystery lovers!

Laura W. / Marathon Cou
4.5 stars

When London’s latest serial killer’s MO is similar to that of a crime committed over 20 years ago, DC Maeve Kerrigan’s own partner falls under suspicion. But despite their differences, Maeve is not prepared to condemn one of their own without the evidence. In an effort to help DCI Josh Derwent clear his name, Maeve must look closely into his past and the secrets hidden there – and be prepared for the consequences.

The Stranger You Know is the fourth book in the Maeve Kerrigan series, and...more
Bev Taylor
another maeve kerrigan thriller

he meets women, gains their trust and then kills them

three women have been strangled in their own homes with no sign of a break in. also no apparent connection between them

them evidence starts point at derwent - maeve's colleague
she refuses to believe he can be involved but how well does she know him? this is not the first time he has been accused of murder

so begins the digging for the truth

the only thing i found difficult to believe was why her superiors did...more
Supplied by Random House New Zealand for an honest review

Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan is chasing a serial killer whose MO has a striking resemblance to an old unsolved murder – one her partner, Detective Inspector Josh Derwent was suspected of committing. Josh is left off the investigation and, not believing he’s guilty, Maeve is torn between following orders not to give him information and her loyalty to him. Can Maeve solve the case and keep everyone safe?

The fourth book in the Maeve Ker...more
R J Mckay
I received a copy of The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey from Goodreads for a fair and honest review.
I love a mystery the quietly leads you toward the wrong road of logic just to make a sharp turn down a dark alley! It gives you a good mental workout and keeps you busy turning back the pages to discover how you were so easily misled!
Jane spins a wonderfully twisted tale of a sadistic murderer that might be sitting next to you … or might be a complete stranger. She superbly creates a picture of...more
Gary Van Cott
A pretty good book. The story unfolds in a reasonable way with Maeve picking up clues as the book moves along (instead of saving everything for the end as some books do). I am not a fan of first person. At least it is confined to the main character in this book and not several people as in earlier works. However, I think with first person the reader should know everything the character knows. That doesn't happen in this book, although what is held back until the very end isn't at all critical to...more
Jenny L
Oh how I wish I had read the first of Jane Casey's novels featuring the fiesty and fabulous Maeve Kerrigan. This is the first in the series I have read and it was superb. So, so good. Gripping story, great characters, dark, funny and utterly compelling. You are immediately deeply immersed in the story, and despite not having read the preceding four stories about Maeve, you feel you know her from page one. Excellent story. I will be on the look out of the next from Jane Casey, just wish I had kno...more
The Stranger You Know is your standard mystery/thriller fare and if you like those sorts of books chances are you will like this one. The story revolves around detective Maeve Kerrigan (who I gather has been featured by previous books from this author though I've never read any of them). She is brought in to join a team of officers investigating a suspected serial killer. To complicate matters the current murders are very similar to a murder her partner was suspected of as a teenager and therefo...more
Lisa (scarlet21)
This is the fourth book in the Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey but the first one that I have read. It being part of a series was no detriment to the story, the threads of previous stories and background were easy to pick up as the characters are strong and the writing excellent.

The story revolves around a spate of murders that have recently occurred throughout London and the fear that the murderer is ready to strike again; added to that is the possibility that these murders have a striking s...more
This is a solid, well plotted mystery. There have been a spate of young women murdered, and there is very little for Maeve Kerrigan and her colleagues to work with. When it becomes apparent that the MO is very similar to a murder from long ago it's up to Maeve to hunt down the killer. There is a strong suspicion that her partner and immediate boss, Joshua Derwent may be responsible.

I hadn't read this author before and was unaware that this book is part of a series. Early in the book past relatio...more
Bill Kupersmith
This one is so much better than Harry Bingham's Love Story, with Murders, that I'm tempted to go for five stars. But Maeve Kerrigan still needs some sorting out. Her very hesitant affair with Rob finally evolves to the point that Maeve can tell him that she loves him. Remember that when we first met her in The Burning Maeve preferred sex with men she not only didn't love, but whom she didn't even like. And whilst she enthusiastically threw herself into having sex with Rob, real intimacy has been...more
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She studied English at Jesus College, Oxford, followed by an mPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College, Dublin
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