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The Stranger You Know

(Maeve Kerrigan #4)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,101 ratings  ·  288 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published July 4th 2013)
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KATHLEEN At book two Casey starts some plot threads that she continues in later books, so I recommend to whomever might ask that you start from the beginning.

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Apr 21, 2017 added it
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)
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 10, 2014 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 ...more
Jacob Collins
Feb 26, 2017 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
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 rated it really liked it
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
Susan Swiderski
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Liz Barnsley
Aug 05, 2013 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…

Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey
Maeve Kerrigan series Book #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 friends don't seem to remember anything unusual
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.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-tn
These just keep getting better and better. Am I the only one shipping Josh and Maeve? Not that I care about romance in these types of books.
Midwest Geek
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery/suspense fans.
Shelves: mystery
More like 3.5 stars, rounded up.

In general, I tend not to like mysteries focused on tracking down a serial killer, but this story differed in that its focus is on the detectives and their interrelationships rather than on the criminal. (I nearly quit reading after the first page from the PoV of the killer, but that was the one exception, although hard to stomach.) The rest is told from the PoV of Maeve, whose partner and immediate superior, Josh Derwent is misogynistic, including toward Maeve,
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easily rounding to 5.

I got my wish, for a deeper relationship or conflict between the heroine and her partner on the force, and more to be done with the outsized jerk personality of the partner.

This was a more complex book psychologically and in the plot, and I ate it up. The heroine continues to come into her own, gradually, from her youthfully meek persona. The momentum was unrelenting but never overdone or exhausting. A procedural mixed with psychological thriller works very well here.

Jill Hutchinson
This is my introduction to the Kerrigan/Derwent series and I am still trying to decide if I like it or not. My problems are this:
*I don't usually care for books written in the first person
*The detective Josh Derwent is too nasty to be believed and how he has kept his job is beyond me.
*(view spoiler)
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some wonderful development of Maeve's partner beyond a sexist pig and a really great mystery.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Maeve and her crew are after a serial killer and the killer may be one of their own.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was looking for another quick read, and enjoyed this one with echoes of an unsolved murder from two decades prior coming forward to directly affect a modern-day serial killer in London. Here's my summary of how the main characters in the series fare:
* Maeve continues to be somewhat disingenuous about not recognizing her own talent and beauty
* Derwent shows that he has a sensitive side (but may also be a murderer!)
* Rob is conveniently out of the picture for most of the book because he's a
Bill Kupersmith
Jul 22, 2013 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
Rob Kitchin
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Rich Stoehr
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jo Barton
Jan 03, 2014 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
Nov 23, 2013 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
Sarah Barry
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Always enjoy reading books by Jane Casey and about her character, Maeve Kerrigan.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Many people on Goodreads seemed to think that this installment of the Maeve Kerrigan series is better than those which came before. I do not agree. This is the Josh Derwent show, start to finish, and I get impatient when the personalities of the detectives overshadow the work. And Casey is still using Maeve's stalker as a tease, whenever she needs an excuse to send Maeve running somewhere unusual.

Still, a very good book. Maeve shows extreme bravery and doesn't get nearly enough credit for it.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I'll have to give this series a rest. It is praiseworthy, and I don't mean to be unfair, but after 4 books I have a problem with the main character, Maeve Kerrigan. Miss Goody Two Shoes: annoyingly right all the time. And if she is so much better than her superiors, why is she still a detective constable? Why not at least a sergeant like her boyfriend?
Wendy Greenberg
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was, as ever a good, page turning book in the series BUT... think this episode wandered too far its home turf. Whilst wrapped in the familiar murder investigation blanket, it is ostensibly "Derwent's story". It is not that the story was less pacey but just stretched to fit the main theme and, as a result felt less credible.
Renee (itsbooktalk)
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
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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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