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The Stranger You Know

(Forensic Instincts #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,158 ratings  ·  161 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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
I'm beginning to believe that books by Andrea Kane are just not my kind of thing. This is my third book by this author and just like the previous times I just wasn’t enamoured.

This is my second book in this series, I liked it a bit more than the other one - A Face to Die for but still i didn't fully enjoy the whole experience. 'Till now the best book from this author is Twisted from her other series.

The thing is that both books in the Forensic Instincts series are pretty boring and unremarkabl
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 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Forensic Instincts team takes on a cold case as a dying father needs closure for his daughter's disappearance fifteen years ago. Team members Marc, Ryan, Patrick, and Claire, and leader Casey begin backtracking and leads start to point to a serial killer, Glen Fisher, serving a life sentence in prison.

Red haired college women are being abducted, raped, and killed in the same manner as Glen Fisher committed his crimes. Casey receives phone calls from the murderer right after each kill and he
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it


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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
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
Eva North
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books
Ok, I read the first one and fell in love with her writing, the characters and the series. Lockdown was a very quick read, more or less introducing a few characters, not pertinent to this series. The second one in this series pulled me in, as a mom. Really good, glad how they both ended. The third one, wow. Pulled me in and wouldn't let go. Very chilling, edge of your seat reading, makes you always wanna pay attention to your surroundings. I won't give spoilers, but this one was as equally good. ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Scared to even answer the phone now*
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mike Cuthbert
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! An American author I did not know and she delivers! Great craftsmanship is indicated in constructing a group largely like TV’s “Scorpion,” of a former SEAL agent, FBI agent, a couple of computer and IT specialists and its most problematical member, a clairvoyant named, of course, “Claire.” I should not forget Yoda, the do-everything computer and Casey Woods, the red-haired leader, coordinator and den mother of the group and her dog, Hero. The group is collectively known as “Forensic Instin ...more
Leena Aluru
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a big disappointment. A CSI in print. It was everywhere..and simultaneously nowhere.

Casey woods is a PI who runs her own maverick team of professionals who.include an ex SEAL an FBI guy a tech wiz and also a psychic. These guys have been asked by NYPD to help them with a series of rape and murder of college girls all of who fit a certain physical description. The synopsis made me eager to read it. However, I've got a whole gamut of issues with this book.
1. Casey is the person in charge
Kaelee Newton
I’m a sucker for a couple of things one being forensics and the other being the paranormal. The Forensic Instincts series would appear to be a blend of both. The FI team is comprised of a core group of individuals: Casey is the founder and she is the behaviorist, the body language expert, the psychology person while Claire is the sensitive, the psychic, the woo-woo person. Others in the team are Marc, Ryan, and Patrick who each bring something slightly different to the group. One is skilled in c ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Red-headed college girls are being raped and murdered. Casey Woods, owner of Forensic Instincts, had a friend who was a victim and the murderer was never caught. Now murders are being committed similar to those committed by Glen Fisher. A sadistic murderer, he was caught using Casey as a decoy and is now in prison. But he has never forgotten Casey and swore he would get even. Since Fisher is in prison, who is the copycat killer? Calls are made to Casey after each death is committed and the kille ...more
Victoria McDevitt
May 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is my 3rd Forensic Instincts book and it’s the one that convinced me not to continue reading the series. The characters are all shallow, instead of elaborating on their personalities and allowing us to get to know them better the author simply harps on the same details about them over and over. Plus, the technical and tactics details were just beat to death and the dialogue was unrealistic. Overall it seemed rushed and lacked suspense.
Catherine Woodman
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I am reading these in order to date, and this one is just a little bit more creepy than I like, and had it been the first one I read, I would have put the series down--as it is I have #4 out of the library and I will read that and decide. Casey is getting stalked by a serial killer, and it is just a bit too gruesome for me. The Forensic Instinct team is still a good one, and this is written similarly to the other two that I have read in terms of story line and quality.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this one the best so far of this series, probably mostly because it didn't go back over all of the details of the company again and again like the last one. I was captivated by the story, though it was definitely disturbing and quite graphic at some points. I still just really like these characters, I guess, and I'll keep reading them!
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Have read Andrea Kane before and usually found it quite gripping. Not so in case of this book. It was very repetitive in terms of the murders. Very little in terms of the reader connecting to the characters. I have not read Forensic instincts 1 and 2 so that might be a reason but i feel every series should not necessarily engage the reader only if it is read in order.
Melanie Lopata
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Wonderfully written but sick. I mean, the author describes in depth the rapes, murders and thoughts of the psycho - which is good because she did her job my making it real, but it was disturbing none the less. I need a break from this series for awhile
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining read about a serial killer who has an obsession with red haired women. The storyline is entertaining and I enjoyed the character development. I like that each installment wraps up one of their cases and leads you perfectly into the next
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Andrea Kane loses none of her writing talent in this novel. It's just as suspenseful and gripping as her previous two novels. It's a difficult story line, but informative. This is another can't-put-down novel that I finished in one sitting.
Karen L.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series.....
Sheila Arel
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Audio book . First time with this author . Loved this thriller.
The suspense was full and the characters were alive .
Jinianne Gorg
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well done but yet predictable. Andrea Kane dies a good job of this series.
Debbie Reid
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Truly enjoyed this book
Yvonne Speece
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is #3 in the Forensic Instincts series- I'm loving this series but this book had lots of brutality and sick bastards. Onto #4.
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Andrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-nine novels, including fifteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles. With her signature style, Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life-threatening danger. As a master of suspense, she weaves them into excit

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