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The Devil You Know

3.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,280 ratings  ·  248 reviews
In the vein of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife, The Devil You Know is a thrilling debut about a rookie reporter, whose memories of the murder of her childhood best friend bring danger—and a stalker—right to her doorstep.

The year is 1993. Rookie crime beat reporter Evie Jones is haunted by the unsolved murder of her best friend Lianne Gag
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2015)
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Jul 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First I have to give thanks to grilled cheesus that I am finally done with this book. Second I must say that if I never read or hear the phrase "j-school" again, it will be too soon. For all of you out there who really did attend journalism school, don't use this phrase - it makes you sound like a douche. Third the main character's boss's car is blue- of this I am sure because it is related so often through the book, you will not doubt that the boss owns a blue car. Finally, yawn. This book was ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Awful! Slow, repetitive, weak, absolutely dreadful. Perhaps the print version is lovely but I doubt it. I heard audio version and I wished I never bought it. I have been trying to find something positive to write in my review and to be objective, but unfortunately this book offers nothing good I was able to catch. I do not recommend as characters are very narrow and the narrative boring.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Is the author allergic to quotation marks? There were exactly zero in this entire book, which made it hard to follow and less enjoyable to read.
It was page 244 when I reached that spot—the place where I couldn’t read but I couldn’t not read. Where I would read a page or two, then close the book and try to calm myself for a few seconds before reading another page or two. That, to me, is the sign of a good mystery.

I really liked the main character, Evie. She was plucky, brave, and trusted her own instincts—not always easy when you’re 21—and although she questions herself occasionally and has the odd panic attack, she generally kept her he
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
It was 2am before I finally closed the last page on this -- there was no way I would sleep until I was finished. The Devil You Know is set in familiar territory for me -- the horrors of the disappearance of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy will never leave me, and with a sister attending Scarborough College at the same time as Paul Bernardo, I've always been haunted by "what ifs." Spooky, thrilling, and chilling, the book perfectly captures not only the sense of a community on high alert when y ...more
PacaLipstick Gramma
Nov 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
I have read my share of crappy books this year. In fact enough to last me the rest of the year. Every once in a while a book comes along and at the end you ask yourself why you read it. It was such a beautiful spring day here in Wisconsin that I should have been outside enjoying the reprieve from the cold or else washing sheets and hanging them outside. Or I could see if I could find some really nice new sheets for my bed. I missed the "January White" sales. But I really don't want white sheets. ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to read this book after seeing a glowing review in the Globe and Mail. The narrator is Evie, a 21 year old cub reporter for a small newspaper.The time is the early 1980's, during the Paul Bernardo/Karla Homolka crimes.
The disappearance and murder of a childhood friend when they were both age 11 haunts her. The man believed to be the killer was never found. Later Evie and other woman have become frightened and vigilant because a man known as the Scarborough rapist was on the prowl. (Be
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi is a highly recommended, compulsively additive novel on the nature of paranoia - and a serial killer.

It's 1993 and Evie Jones is a rookie reporter who at the Toronto Free Press. She's working on researching a series on women's safety that she irreverently nicknames the "dead-girls weekend section" While Evie spends hours researching dead girls, or girls who were kidnapped, raped, and murdered, she also recalls the kidnapping, rape, and murder of her be
Feb 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is a debut novel. As such It should be a career ender. The writing style is dull, tedious narration. Sentences form endless paragraphs of this happened and then that happened followed by boring dialogue and then more repetitive narration. I'm never surprised to read glowing reviews, however, because it is painfully evident what the majority of readers are reading and what they get out of what they read.
Paul Pessolano
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
“The Devil You Know” by Elisabeth de Mariaffi, published by Touchstone Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – January 13, 2015

Evie Jones is a reporter in Canada. She reports on crime but is haunted by an unsolved murder of her friend when they were eleven. The person suspected of the murder, a Robert Cameron, was never apprehended and he was thought to be an American and may have crossed back over the border. Cameron was also known to use various different names thus causing more p
Judy Collins
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Elisabeth de Mariaffi is an intense psychological suspense crime thriller with a blend of mystery and literary fiction. 3.5 Stars

Evie Jones, age twenty-two is a crime beat reporter for the Toronto Press in Canada and reports on crime, but is still haunted by an old unsolved murder of her friend years ago. Robert Cameron was suspected of the murder; however, was never apprehended and uses a number of names. She is obsessed (truly) with finding the murdered, as she is being w
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
There were times where I was intrigued by the quality of the writing in this book and by the next page I was shaking my head wondering what was going on. Very uneven and ultimately, not satisfying.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadiana
I was initially intrigued by The Devil You Know because of the Paul Bernardo case being tied into it. I was born in Scarborough toward the end of his Scarborough Rapist days, so I've been intrigued by this case ever since I can remember. So, a book set in Toronto, with the Paul Bernardo case playing a small role, and dealing with other infamous Canadian cases, sounded like the perfect book for me.

The book is not very linear though. Particularly, during the first half of the book, I found myself
John Braden
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
If I could, I’d give this book a rating of 2.5.

Some things in the book worked well while other elements didn’t. The author creates a sense of dread and tension which is highly effective. As a male reader, seeing the world from Evie’s point of view is like inhabiting a parallel universe where violence is always a possibility and this made for truly hair-raising reading.

The quality of the writing overall is precise and punchy and the characters are well drawn. There is a sense of realness to the
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This literary thriller has a slow build toward chilling fear for the safety of the vulnerable young protagonist, Evie Jones. It is 1993 and she is a young reporter for the Free Press in Toronto, living in a walk up apartment, making a living on her own. As a rookie her assignment is usually the background research work which she passes on to the more experienced reporters. But her boss Angie hands her a new assignment and a new tool that changes everything.

The assignment is to gather background
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth de Mariaffi knew exactly what she was doing when she was writing this novel. She was able to create tension, fear, anxiousness ... all in a way that any female walking down the street at night can perfectly imagine. It felt so real. I could imagine myself in the descriptions.

The Devil You Know is being compared to Gone Girl. I would actually say it reminds me more of Before I Go To Sleep and Into the Darkest Corner with a little bit ofThe Lovely Bonesthrown into the mix.

The year is 1
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books
I wish I could say The Devil You Know was as captivating as its title. Instead of being on the edge of my seat, cloaked in suspense, dying to know what happens next, I was bored. It had potential - sure. The storyline could've developed a million different ways. I was hoping for one that was suspenseful, scary, and kept me yearning for more - but instead, it was dull, unimaginative, and slow. Mariaffi's writing wasn't impressive enough to keep me interested, and the characters weren't personal e ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Rookie reporter Evie Jones is determined to solve the murder of her best friend, Lianne Gagnon, a crime that continues to haunt her even though it happened half a lifetime ago when the girls were eleven. As Evie’s research digs into the past, the suspense ramps up and a few nifty twists unexpectedly wend their way into the story.

“The Devil You Know” is written with Evie serving as the narrator; unfortunately she has a tendency to ramble along in a sort of stream of consciousness style that many
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was 2am before I finally closed the last page on this -- there was no way I would sleep until I was finished. The Devil You Know is set in familiar territory for me -- the horrors of the disappearance of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy will never leave me, and with a sister attending Scarborough College at the same time as Paul Bernardo, I've always been haunted by "what ifs." Spooky, thrilling, and chilling, the book perfectly captures not only the sense of a community on high alert when y ...more
Patricia Baker
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
received this book as advance reader's edition from Simon and Schuster.

story of a female reporter playing at detective to solve disapperance/murder of her best friend years ago. I got lost several times in the plot trying to figure out where I was in solving the murder mystery. thought there were extra words that did not need to be in the story. also kept thinking that this was a lot like an early "Gone Girl" and needed a good editor to shape the story. will pass this book on to friends to get
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really loved this. Some decent twists. Mostly what I loved was de Mariaffi's attention to just about everything that a woman can find terrifying about simply being alone in her kitchen at night. Will definitely be looking forward to any of her future books.
Tamara The Fantastic
I listened to the audiobook, good narrator it was the plot that was tricky. The potential for a great story is there but to many questions are left unanswered and the ending seems rushed.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
hard to follow--written without quotation marks--redundant--loose ends---agree with the comment on hot cocoa
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
A little punctuation would have gone a long way. It was difficult at times to make sense of what was actually being said and what was being thought because the writer never used quotation marks.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-books
Nothing really happened until the last 30 pages and even then the story was clunky and not really that interesting. I really did try to like it, but just could not.
Nick Duretta
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
For a novel with intriguing elements--a cold-case murder of a young girl, connections to Charles Manson, a spunky novice news reporter--this is remarkably flat. It's packed with too many extraneous details, hardly any suspense, and a resolution that was anti-climactic to put it mildly. Don't waste your time.
Brenda Worthington
Good read!
Marjorie DeLuca
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The opening of Elizabeth de Mariaffi’s gripping new thriller, The Devil You Know, taps into a woman’s most deep-rooted fear of the monster lurking in the shadows or, in this case, the hooded man watching you through the window of your apartment, his boots leaving impressions in the snow to remind you he’s not a figment of your imagination. As rookie reporter, Evie Jones reflects,
"Maybe it’s your own fear that calls him to you. You’ve imagined him so easily and so often, stalking you in the dark
Shirley Schwartz
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I decided to read this book because it as a group-read for the Afterword Reading Society of the National Post. The book is written by a Canadian author, and it is set in Ontario in the early 1990's, but it touches on Canada from the 1970's until 1993. 1993 in Canada was a year of note. That was the year that Paul Bernardo was arrested for crimes he committed in Toronto. Evie Jones is a young reporter assigned to follow the investigation after Bernardo's arrest. It brings back many memories of Ev ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This Canadian thriller about a young journalist who has good reason to become obsessed with some current and past murders in Toronto doesn't give you pleasurable shivers up your spine. It's much too disturbing, and all too real. The author perfectly captures the feeling most women have felt at some point: the fear of a man assaulting you.

It awoke some forgotten memories, things too trivial to think about because I've been lucky. Like the time I was about five and adults were freaking out about
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Elisabeth de Mariaffi is the author of a new collection of short stories, How To Get Along With Women (Invisible Publishing, 2012).

Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published in magazines across Canada, and she's one of the wild minds behind the highly original Toronto Poetry Vendors, a small press that sells single poems by established Canadian poets through toonie vending machines.
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