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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First thought when finished: Keye is a leading character that has really grown on me. In this 2nd installment I have really grown to care what happens to her!
What I Thought of the Characters: Stranger in the Room continued the character development that I thought was so well done in The Stranger You Seek! Keye continues to grow, mess up, stumble, and struggle through while using her brilliant profiling skills. I said this when I reviewed The Stranger You Seek: "Character development was fantastically done and brilliantly executed." and it holds true for Stranger in the Room. Keye is a flawed character that you want to root for. There was a good bit of her family (mostly her cousin who is involved in this case) and Aaron Rauser (her lover and detective leading the main case)too. Keye's relationship with her adoptive parents is explored more too. What is brilliant is none of these elements take over the story. The case is still the main reason to be there!
What I Thought of the Case: Stranger in the Room was the type of thriller where you aren't really trying to guess who is doing it but more "why?". It really is a case of what goes with what and how do they all fall together. I really enjoyed how it played out and thought it was really well paced. The last 1/4 of the book really kicked it up a notch and the ending was really good. Amanda Kyle Williams did a good job of not forgetting that Keye had a job that wasn't helping Rauser track down his killer. The way she wove the two cases together worked really well!
What I Thought of the Audio: Narrated by Ann Marie Lee, Stranger in the Room runs 13 hrs and 2 mins. I grew to like the audio but I have to admit it took about half the book. I read the first one and I just didn't have Keye sounding quite the way that Ann Marie played her. I was also not a huge fan of how Rauser sounded. That being said the pacing was really well done. I also loved the emotion that Ann Marie brought to the story. Overall, I will probably stick to print in the future for this one (maybe) but I will try other audios with Ann Marie as the narrator.
Final Thought: I have read both The Stranger in the Room and The Stranger You Seek (book 1). This is a series that I am really enjoying and can't wait to see what Keye gets into next.
(Y'all her cat is named White Trash, there was a Mumu toe-sock wearing funeral home momma, AND poor Rauser's garden is being raided by the neighbor's cat. There is a nice little bit of humor in the book that will make you smile. It isn't a light thriller by any means but those moments are what I think makes Keye very human.)