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The Stranger You Know (Maeve Kerrigan #4)

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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 frie ...more
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Published May 20th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published July 4th 2013)
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Carol
Shocker Alert - Loquacious that I am I really have little to say about my latest outing with Maeve Kerrigan, #4 in the series. This is more a means of recording the read, than a review.

No, there was really nothing wrong with this book. Yes, I did enjoy it, but there was nothing that really excited me either. What I missed here was development Maeve. This was more Derwent's story and perhaps we need this to understand our Maeve. (view spoiler)
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Janet
Mar 11, 2017 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book four in the series and young women are being murdered in their homes and their eyes 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 him.

This becomes another gritty police procedur
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Paul
Feb 10, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
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
Malia
Feb 26, 2015 Malia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
4.5 stars
I'm not sure I've reviewed any other books in this series, but I have found them all extremely engaging. Maeve Kerrigan is a brave, witty,very 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 f
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Jacob Collins
Feb 26, 2017 Jacob Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 quick to link the three cases but the evidence 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. ...more
Susan Swiderski
May 12, 2014 Susan Swiderski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Margaret Madden
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 good old-fashioned detective work takes Centre stage in this installment. Lots of sub-stories and office politics keep Maeve busy and the surprises keep coming. Another cracker from Jane Casey. Off to read 5th installment straight away.
Mark Edwards
Mar 15, 2015 Mark Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 easily be enjoyed 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, easy-to-read style that makes the pages turn quickly. The characterisation is superb - especially Maeve and Derwent but also the minor characters, good and bad – and ther
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Carol
Aug 24, 2016 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey
Maeve Kerrigan series Book #4
2★'s

From The Book:
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
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Mike Gabor
May 30, 2014 Mike Gabor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
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
Lynn
Oct 20, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger You Know is the 4th book in the Maeve Kerrigan series. Maeve is a detective constable based in London. Her supervisor is DI Josh Derwent who she tolerates because she has to. The banter between them is at times humorous and adds interest to the case. Maeve has a boyfriend Rob who is in police work too and is in the U.S for a work related project during most of this book. It appears that Maeve and Josh are heading for friendship or at least respect for each other but neither would ad ...more
Annie
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.
Liz Barnsley
Aug 05, 2013 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Jane Casey, namely that of Maeve Kerrigan and more 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 killer….However she is put in a difficult position when it becomes clear to her that the prime suspect is Derwent himself…

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Rich Stoehr
Apr 24, 2014 Rich Stoehr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jo Barton
Jan 03, 2014 Jo Barton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christine
Nov 23, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sarah Barry
Sep 12, 2014 Sarah Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, I did not get this book as a freebie, secondly, I don't feel the need to relay the blurb which is already out there for you all.

All I want you to know, is this; this is Jane Casey's best read to date. Jane did all the hard graft of building the main characters in the preceding books which made this an effortless read. For your own enjoyment, read the books in chronological order.

The relationship between Maeve and Derwent is equally hilarious and poignant in this book. Also, just as
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Femke
Aug 14, 2016 Femke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2016
Spannende thriller waarbij je tot het einde in spanning wacht voor de dader..
Shannon
Jun 07, 2017 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent read, nothing to write home about. A good mystery, if not particularly surprising. Enough to keep me reading the series.
Renee (itsbooktalk.com)
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Maeve is back and this time the murder investigation into the deaths of three different women hits close to home...with her partner and supervisor DI Josh Derwent falling under suspicion. You see, there was a murder in Derwent's past and along with learning the details of that long ago crime, we also get to know him so much better and I for one was thrilled by this plot development! I haven't had a book boyfriend since Mark Joesbury from Sharo
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Bill Kupersmith
Jul 22, 2013 Bill Kupersmith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jen
Feb 04, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger You Know (Maeve Kerrigan Novels Bk. 4)

You can easily guess that Jane Casey has become one of my favorite crime authors. I've followed the series with enthusiasm since receiving the The Burning from NetGalley last year.

The books can be read as stand alones, but a great deal of the pleasure in the books involves the way Casey has managed the character growth and the intriguing subplots from one book to the next. And the dialogue--some authors never get the hang of effective dialogue,
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Tiffany
May 07, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jane
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
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Jill
Sep 30, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the fourth in an excellent police detective series featuring 28-year-old London Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, an attractive Irish woman trying to survive in a British, male-dominated police department.

In this installment, a brutal serial killer of young women is stepping up his pace, and Maeve is invited to be on the task force. Superintendent Godley deliberately excludes Maeve’s partner, however - the difficult Josh Derwent, and at first Godley refuses to explain why. Maeve p
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Lisa
Oct 24, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Larraine
Apr 14, 2015 Larraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I became a fan of Jane Casey's after reading her first Maeve Kerrigan book, "The Burning." Maeve is an interesting character. She was raised in London, but is Irish down to her flaming red hair. She is tall, good looking, an excellent cop and very unsure of herself. Not only does she have to put up with the usual mail disdain of female cops, but also their absolute disdain of anything and anyone Irish. The crimes that she solves tend to be very dark with somewhat graphic descriptions. However, t ...more
Vera VB
Sep 08, 2016 Vera VB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maeve Kerrigan is een briljante jonge rechercheur die in haar werk te maken heeft met sexisme en moet opboksen tegen vooroordelen. Ze heeft een relatie met een agent die om haar uit het team overgeplaatst is naar een ander team. Rob, zo heet die agent is momenteel in Amerika voor een cursus en dus blijft ze alleen over in hun appartement. Dat is niet zonder gevaar want ze heeft al een tijdje last van een hardnekkige en gevaarlijke stalker die haar al twee keer gedwongen heeft een andere woonplaa ...more
Rob Kitchin
Dec 28, 2014 Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stranger You Know is the fourth book in the DC Maeve Kerrigan series set in London. In this outing much of Kerrigan’s attention is focused close to home, trained on her immediate boss, the intimidating bully, Josh Derwent, and the connection between the murder of his girlfriend twenty year’s previously and a series of more recent slayings. Derwent is desperate to be part of the case, but some of his colleagues are unconvinced of his innocence. Kerrigan is prepared to give him the benefit of ...more
Tom Donaghey
Apr 29, 2014 Tom Donaghey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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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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