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The Devil You Know

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Every serial killer is someone's friend, spouse, lover or child....

Young women are being murdered in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, where five people fear someone close to them might be the monster the police are searching for.

One of them is right.

Juliet sees an expert's profile of the average serial killer and realises that her abusive husband, Paul, ticks all the box
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published October 3rd 2016
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Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The Devil You Know certainly makes for a very different and intriguing psychological thriller.

The story flicks between different characters who all think that someone they know is the one that is going around and killing young women. This was a totally knew one on me. Having it bared out in front of you and trying to guess which one it was, felt quite bizarre yet also thrilling.

The characters who are all suspects certainly have something about them that makes you believe that it could be them. T
Whispering Stories
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As harrowing as it is, every serial killer that has ever lived has to have been someone’s friend, colleague or family member – or all three.

What if there was a serial killer on the loose near to where you live, and someone you know, whether that be a relative or a friend fits the description, and has been acting out of character lately. Would you suspect them, or would you think of the prospect of someone you know killing another person absurd?

For five friends, colleagues and family members of L
Suze Lavender
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's a serial killer in Lyndford who goes after young girls with a certain dress style. Someone has seen the killer and a drawing is being shown in all the media in the hope someone can identify him. There are five people who recognize the man in the picture. Who is the killer? Is it Paul, Juliet's abusive husband or is it Steve's childhood best friend Dan, a misogynist with an aggressive attitude? Could it be Tamsin's colleague, the man who broke her heart? Or is it Gary, who's dating Maisie ...more
Zoe Saadia
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like with the rest of Terry Tyler's novels, I could not put this one down, devouring it in barely a few days, wishing it was longer, or at least had a sequel to offer. Even though I had to admit that the ending was simply perfect, so very satisfying! Still, to part with the characters I grew to like, sympathize with, admire, or laugh at (yep, there was that one chick that made me roll my eyes more often than not) was difficult.
Psychological thrillers are not my thing, and yet, in Tyler's hands i
Liza Perrat
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adored The Devil You Know, reading it in almost a single sitting, but what I enjoyed most was its refreshing and different approach to the often saturated and clichéd crime thriller genre. Yes, there is a serial killer on the rampage, murdering young women in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, but no, the reader is not witness to a long-winded police procedural, which is almost incidental. It is the reader who gathers the clues, pieces together the evidence and finally, tries to guess who the ...more
Rosie Amber
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Devil You Know is a thriller in a fictitious town in Lincolnshire, England. The book opens with the murder of a young woman by an unknown man. The story-line revolves round the possible perpetrator of a mounting series of murders. I like this author's style of writing so I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of this book as she takes her writing and her readers on a bold move with this genre.

After the opening scene, events turn back to a year earlier, 2015. We are introduced to key character
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2017
I read a lot of crime and psychological thrillers and at the time I got around to reading The Devil You Know I have to admit to being in the mood for something a little different. The Devil You Know had been sitting on my kindle for a while and I completely forgotten what the premise of the book was. I dived into it and was very pleasantly surprised. Tyler has written a compelling psychological thriller that is unique in its perspective. Despite being a thriller, it satisfied my need to read som ...more
Barb Taub
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When you read a new Terry Tyler novel, the only thing you can count on is that you can’t count on anything. I can think of very few other authors who change and mix genres so regularly that it’s become their definition. Her latest novel, The Devil You Know, is no exception.

The book opens with a prologue as a young woman named Dora flashes back to the heartbreaking steps leading to her realization that she’s about to be murdered. Chapter One then goes back in time to a year earlier, as the news b
Elizabeth Lloyd
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When serial killers are finally arrested, people are usually amazed by how normal the culprit seemed to be, but surely their nearest and dearest had suspicions. In fact, some folk must have secretly suspected that they knew the murderer but dared not voice their thoughts.

In Terry Tyler’s book, The Devil You Know, five people start to believe that someone they know well may be the killer because of his deceit, or his inexplicable or unpleasant behaviour. As a reader, I was intrigued and unable to
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the intriguing things about serial killers is that they all have families somewhere, or at least friends, acquaintances or colleagues who know them. And it’s natural to wonder why these people didn’t notice something, and didn’t say anything.
This novel explores that idea in a storyline that keeps you guessing until the very end. Told from the point of view of five different people, all of whom have suspicions about someone they know, or even love, it makes you realise that things aren’t a
It's no secret that I'm a huge Terry Tyler fan, and The Devil You Know is one of my favourites so far! It's a psychological drama, which is a completely different genre from her other novels, and I very much admire how effortless she made it look to master a new style. I also loved the multiple points of view, which is a technique this author has perfected. I always love piecing the story together from different characters. I feel like you get the full story that way, not just one or maybe two c ...more
Shelley Wilson
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
‘Every serial killer is someone’s friend, spouse, lover or child…’

It’s a frightening thought that you could know someone capable of such atrocities as rape and murder.

In Terry Tyler’s latest novel, The Devil You Know, she expertly weaves fives stories/five lives around the brutal murders of a string of young women, leaving the reader feeling as scared, horrified, anxious and betrayed as her characters. Introduced to the five suspects via the point of view of the mother, wife, colleague, friend,
Cynthia Harrison
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I have been a fan of Terry Tyler for years and always anticipate her new releases. This novel was no exception. Although Tyler has not written a psychological thriller before, she is in touch with what makes people--the good, the bad, and the strange--tick. There's nobody better at sketching a character in a sentence or two, and because of that, everyone in the large cast of characters is engaging, from the stars of the show to those who appear only briefly, no character is stereotypical. The se ...more
Jenny Twist
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every serial killer is someone's friend, spouse, lover or child....

Apart from being a thundering good read, this is such a clever book. I love thrillers and detective books and have read hundreds but I don’t think I have ever come across this idea before. We follow five characters, each of which has good reason to believe that somebody they love is the killer. I grew so fond of some of the characters that I was really afraid that one of my favourites was guilty.
I am saying no more about the plo
Carl Rackman
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I read a full-length novel in one day, but Terry Tyler's "The Devil You Know" has reset the clock.

This is an excellent twist on the serial killer novel. No splattering blood, no dull descriptions of the "hungry eyes" or "moist palms" of the killer, and no cheap thrills either. It's a brilliantly-told human story set in a completely authentic northern English town.

What I loved (5-stars): The plot. This was a creeping lesson in suspense. It's constructed in such a way t
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books
The Devil You Know is a character driven psychological drama that will have you on the edge of your seat. I could not put this book down. Once I had read the first page - I was hooked. If you love intelligent and insightful crime novels, then this is the book for you.

The Devil You Know is delivered from five different viewpoints: those of a mother, a friend, a daughter, a wife and a colleague. When I first saw the 'list of contents' displaying a series of names, I thought that I would become con
Cathy Ryan
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama, psychological
Dora had been promised a job in England but her brother knew better. He pleaded with Dora not to trust the man who made the promises but she laughed off his concerns, believing she was in control of the situation and not in any danger. Dora found out to her cost her brother had been right. She paid the ultimate price for her naiveté.

Twelve months earlier and a third body has been discovered in Lyndford raising the possibility of a serial killer at large. The story is driven by the characters, to
Caryl Williams
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book will be on my list of best Crime Fiction from 2016. It’s simply outstanding.

Do any of us really know the people in our lives, or what they’re capable of?
I was hooked from the very first chapter of this book and couldn’t stop reading. In fact I had a sleepless night because I couldn’t put it down!

There is a serial killer on the loose. This isn’t a police procedural though and we hear very little about the detectives investigating the case, nor do we need to because the nerve jangling te
Judith Barrow
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Terry Tyler’s novels; the plots, the characters, her style of writing. And so I was really looking forward to reading her latest book. I wasn’t disappointed.
Anyone who has read my reviews of this author’s books will know how much I admire her writing. Just as a reminder I’ve added a couple of links. For her novel, You Wish: and then for Best Seller: A Tale Of Three Writers:
Although THE DEVIL YOU KNOW takes us, as readers, away from her usual c
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having read & absolutely loved all of Terry Tyler's previous books i was excited & intrigued at the prospect of The Devil You Know as it represented a different subject matter to previous books.
The only bad thing that i can say about this book is that it had to end, as ever the author has an amazing talent of creating interesting & in the case of Dorothy endearing characters.
Without wishing to spoil the plot for people who have yet to read all i can say is that this is an
excellent st
G. Lawrence
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read, gritty, compelling, scary... How well do you know the people in your life?

Loved the fact that it did not glorify the killer either... Much more on the victims, the families, the suspects. Really interesting and told from so many character perspectives. Thought provoking. Tyler's best book yet in my opinion!
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it

Do you consider yourself paranoid? Do you trust people easily? Do you look for signs everywhere?

As a real fan of psychological thrillers, I admit I sometimes find my mind focusing on the slightest detail, an innocent comment from a friend or a family member can make me create all kind of scenarios, and I have a tendency to be… let’s say extremely careful. There’s nothing wrong with that, is it?

Now imagine you are a regular person. Your favorite past time is not to look for murderers and look und

Wendy Unsworth
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The question at the heart of The Devil You Know by Terry Tyler is 'Do we ever really know anyone, even our nearest and dearest? The answer, clearly, is no. We can't ever know for sure what goes on in someone else's mind but also they can never know what goes through ours and so there is a vast capacity for misconception.

The story is split into parts that go beyond viewpoint. We meet The Wife, the Colleague, The Mother etc and at first I thought each was connected to the Lyndford Strangler who is
I adored The Devil You Know, reading it in almost a single sitting, but what I enjoyed most was its refreshing and different approach to the often saturated and clichéd crime thriller genre. Yes, there is a serial killer on the rampage, murdering young women in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, but no, the reader is not witness to a long-winded police procedural, which is almost incidental. It is the reader who gathers the clues, pieces together the evidence and finally, tries to guess who the ...more
Jill's Book Cafe
4.5 stars

This is a book about a serial killer that had me hooked from the beginning and kept me gripped until the unexpected end. It has to be said that the thriller genre is fairly saturated with serial killer books and it seems to me, that to stand out, the books are getting more vicious, more voyeuristic and for me, more unpalatable. This book however takes a refreshingly different approach and concentrates primarily on the people who start to doubt that special someone close to them as they
Mairead Hearne (
The Devil You Know is the first book I have read by writer Terry Tyler.

Published in October 2016, The Devil You Know is currently available in ebook format. Described as ‘a character-driven psychological drama that will keep you guessing until the very end‘, I wanted to find out more!!

Please read on for my thoughts…

The Devil You Know is quite a different psychological thriller. Murders take place, women fear for their lives, the police are confused as to where to go next. The murderer is very
Andrew Webber
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Devil You Know is a really clever spin on the genre, in that the readers suspicions are seen through the suspicions of those closest to a number of possible suspects, all of whom harbour characteristics that point towards guilt in some way.

There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader genuinely guessing about the outcome, and the pace of the writing encourages you to race through it. So much so that I was incredibly frustrated yesterday to find I'd left my kindle at home before I set
Geoffrey West
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love whodunnits, and this is a belting whodunnit, but with a difference. In The Devil You Know, Terry Tyler ventures into serial killer territory (it starts with a murder, one of several), but this isn’t anything like what you might expect. Rather like the TV Colombo series we’re introduced to the person who we suppose is the killer and his (initially) unsuspecting family, and you assume the story will be how he is caught. But then we’re introduced to someone else, who’s an equally plausible c ...more
Julie Haiselden
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Devil You Know’ is the latest offering by British author Terry Tyler. This time she gives us a multi-layered psychological thriller from the perspective of five different protagonists, one of whom is living close to a murderer.

We meet several seemingly ordinary inhabitants of the town of Lyndford in Lincolnshire, where a killer is hiding in the shadows. Each individual has a backstory which gives them depth and the reader instantly feels empathy, as whilst things may appear tranquil on the s
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was delighted to find that Terry Tyler had written a new book as I've read all her other titles and enjoyed everyone. The Devil You Know is a psychological thriller which explores contemporary issues within a gripping multi-plot structure. As always with this author, the characterisation is superb and it's easy to identify with the main characters as the story evolves. Each story line encompasses some unexpected and surprising twists and developments. The structure is chronological and each pl ...more
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