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The Stranger You Know (Maeve Kerrigan #4)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  686 ratings  ·  113 reviews
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
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Published May 20th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Paul
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
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.
Mark Edwards
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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Barbara
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
Jill
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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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
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Jo Barton
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
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
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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Jayne K
I think this was my favorite one so far--loved it!
Jen
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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Rob Kitchin
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
Fowles Family
So the third of my DeadGoodBooks prize - I don't want you thinking I only read crime drama it's just that when you win a prize of crime books you're going to read them all! This one isn't a debut, and looking around it seems that Casey has got a few of both these Maeve Kerrigan books and other heroes. I'm quite surprised that I haven't come across her before as there's a lot about this that is right up my street.

To begin with, I didn't like it. There was a lot of name-dropping and references to
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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
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Denise
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
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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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Tiffany
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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Cláudia
I discovered Jane Casey by chance (when I was looking for new crime/thriller authors) but became a fan quickly, and this one is probably her best books yet. Very hard to put down, we want to know more and more. It was very interesting to know more about Derwent's past and why he is like he is - if that will make a difference in future books and his relationship with Maeve, it's something we will need to wait and see. I hope so, but I doubt it! ;)
Kerry
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
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Ingo
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
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Nancy
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
Helen
Maeve is drawn into a murder investigation in which there are elements similar to an old unsolved case - the murder of Derwent's girlfriend years before. He had been a suspect in that but had an alibi; there now seem to be a number of clues pointing to him. Maeve is told not to share information with him (but she does). At the same time, Rob is away and Maeve is alone in a flat she hoped her stalker had not discovered, but events suggest otherwise. As the historical case is uncovered, a number o ...more
Sasha
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
Elan Durham
I like Jane Casey as a Crime Writer, though after reading months and months of the typically terse Scandi Crime fiction, and the even terser Lee Child ... she seems a bit sit-com chatty at times. However, this could become a GOOD THING if someone picks up her books as a television series, which I actually think would be a good thing. She has a natural ear for dialogue and her mosh-pit style machinations in the Met, where her DI's present all the challenges of modern life is endlessly entertainin ...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
Evelyn
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
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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 Co
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Heidi
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
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