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Strangers She Knows

(Cape Charade #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,371 ratings  ·  255 reviews
I have three deadly problems:
1. I've seriously offended a maniacal killer.
2. I just had a bullet removed from my brain.
3. My new daughter is growing up too fast--and she's in the line of fire.

Living on an obscure, technology-free island off California means safety from the murderer who hunts Kellen Adams and her new family.... Or does it? Family time becomes terror-time, a
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by HQN Books
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Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd is a 2019 HQN publication.

I have a terrible habit of putting off the last book in a trilogy or series when I don’t want it to end. I’ve had this last installment in the Cape Charade series on my Kindle for a while, but have been reluctant to read it. I’ve been hoping for an extension or a crossover series to be announced, but it looks as though that’s not going to happen- at least not any time soon.

So, I finally pulled this book out of hibernation and prepa
Maureen Carden
Revenge comes at different temperatures. Strangers She Knows (Cape Charade #3) explores the possibilities centered around a family who has already endured way too much.
There is the revenge “best served cold” which is the choice of a demented serial killer with a serious grudge against Kellen and Max Di Luca. After all, the killer has been patient enough to wait on the removal of a bullet from Kellen’s brain and for her to work through all of the severe complications resulting from her surgery.
Theresa Alan
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I think I might have enjoyed this book more if I'd realized it was the third book in a trilogy. When NetGalley granted my request to read this, that's when I realized I had not. But I'm also not sure I would have made it to the third book because I didn't love the writing. I don't always have to read high-brow stuff; I read a lot of suspense, but I just didn't fall in love with the writing or characters.

Thanks to NetGally for allowing me to review this novel.

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Robin Loves Reading
In this thrilling conclusion of the Cape Charade series, Kellen is finally free to live a quiet life. Well, actually, she is rather forced to do so. She has just had a bullet removed from her brain and she is currently striving to regain some skills. She is now with her husband, Max and daughter Rae.

However, Kellen is not so safe after all. Someone has managed to escape prison, thus forcing Kellen and her family to flee in order to survive. What a challenge for Kellen. She has proven to be a str
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, suspense
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

This is not my favorite Christina Dodd by a long shot. There are so many moments when I just shook my head and said, "huh". The final showdown between Kellen and her arch enemy, Mara, was exciting, but the whole thing was a far gone conclusion. Rae was wonderful and the whole Ruby Morgade plot line was fascinating, if sad.

Mara Phillipi, the whack job baddie from the pervious b
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, thriller
Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd is the third and final book in the Cape Charade series. Ms. Dodd has perfected the art of writing a gripping suspense novel and yet providing a little humor throughout the story to relieve the tension.

I adore Rae. She has grown so much throughout this series. She reflects both her mom and her dad's strong characteristics. The plot moved at breakneck speed that kept me turning the pages all day. Honestly, I could not put the book down. I was terrorized by Ma
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Thrillers, Suspense
*Rating* 3-3.5


Strangers She Knows, by Christina Dodd, is apparently the final chapter in her Cape Charade series. I recommend that future readers read the series in order as it follows the main character Kellen Adams through a series of hair raising adventures. I haven't read the in-between novella's, so I might be a hypocrite in telling other readers to do so. However, the story will make more sense to you if you have read the others. In th
Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd is the third book in Cape Charade series. Each book in this fast paced series can be read on its own since the author provides a recap (just enough to catch you up, but not too much as to spoil the other books in the series for new readers). Kellen Adams Di Luca has gone through so much in the last few years. She is denied her wedding night and honeymoon when the bullet in her brain shifts requiring immediate surgery. Kellen does survive the surgery, but she ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

The only reason I have stuck with this series is because I wanted to know how it would all turn out. Overall I found this installment kind of boring compared to the previous two books. The peripheral characters weren't well fleshed out, so I didn't get the sense of drama that the author was attempting to achieve. Basically it was Kellen, Max, and Rae stuck on an island with some non-essential characters and a dog whose paws needed lots of attention, waiting for Mara to figure out where they were
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dodd-christina
I am SO bummed. I have been looking forward to this book and devoured it in one day. This is the last book in what has been proven to be the best series I have ever read by Christina Dodd. Actually, it is one of the very best, period. I just loved Kellen Adams. She has been one of the most interesting characters I have ever read. Brave, honest, tenacious, loyal and definitely unforgettable. I certainly have never encountered another character like her. This book, like all the books in this dynam ...more
Donna Hines
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Hunter or Hunted you decide?!
This is the dilemma introduced here as Kellen Adams and her family are in the line of fire.
It's a cruel game of cat and mouse even after moving to an island off of California to stay safe but instead she's brought the action upon her.
Christina Dodd always delivers and executes perfectly and this novel is no different as it's packed full of action, suspense, and mystery.
Thank you to Christina Dodd, Harlequin (HQN) and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this ho
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read the first 2 full length books in this series and was highly impressed with the strong character and skills of Kellen Adams. Much has happened since the first book. Kellen found her husband Max and daughter Rae. She survived the removal of a bullet from her brain and endured months of rehab.

Here's Kellen's backstory: She's not really Kellen -- she is Cecilia. Kellen is her cousin. Cecilia was in an abusive marriage. Kellen came to get her out of it and died, along with Cecilia's husband. C
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Psychological Thrillers / Romantic Suspense / Serial Killers / Contemporary


STRANGERS SHE KNOWS is the grand finale of the Cape Charade series starring Kellen Adams. Coming September 17, 2019.

-- Can't wait to read it!

Three years have passed since we last met Kellan Adams in What Doesn't Kill Her. We learn that Kellan has undergone brain surgery to remove the bullet and she's slowly settling back into the family life with her husband, Max and their 10-year-old pre-teen daughter, Rae. Kellan ha
Jacqueline Francis
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that it is rare that I enjoy a thriller. It really takes an exceptional author and a great plot to keep me super into it. This book kept me up half the night! I could not put it down. Christina Dodd is an amazing writer. She has a knack of creating dangerous and scary stories in the most beautiful and mysterious of locations while also making the reader fall in love with the characters. Agh! I have so many good things to say about this book. I read the second book in this series ...more
Janet Robel
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! What a story and ending! The first chapter is unbelievably riveting. Solid, well-written characters are hiding out from a crafty serial killer named Mara. I love when Kellen and her daughter Rae come across Ruby Morgade's diary and her story unravels.

I couldn't put this down till the end. This is an amazing series you just have to read if you love suspense. If you know me, you know that I don't like to give anything away in a review. So, all I can truly say is, go read this book. I recomme
Pj Ausdenmore
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christina Dodd brings readers another compelling page-turner in this thrilling conclusion to her Cape Charade series. While book two remains my favorite, I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series and the main characters are some of my all-time Dodd favorites. I so admire Kellen's strength in overcoming all of the obstacles life has placed in her path - more than anyone should have to endure. What she has survived in her still young life is almost inconceivable and yet she continues to fight f ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-challenge
Well, I started in and read the last book of this series. Now I can see that I should look up the other books in this series EVEN THOUGH I truly believe STRANGERS SHE KNOWS can be read as a Stand Alone! Naturally I was hooked by the description and the ….three deadly problems describing our heroines status.

1. I've seriously offended a maniacal killer.
2. I just had a bullet removed from my brain.
3. My new daughter is growing up too fast--and she's in the line of fire.

Now who could possibly NOT w
Norah Gibbons
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd is the final chapter in her thrilling Cape Charade series. I do think that it would be best to read the entire series in order as it follows the main character Kellen Adams through a series of hair raising adventures. This story will make more sense to you if you have read the others and they are all very good. In this book Kellen and her husband Max Di Luca and their da ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2019
4.5 stars The third and final installment in the Cape Charade series ended on a satisfying note, although I’m sad to see it end. (I loved the found surprise in the old mansions attic—that includes a story within a story, it was the best part of the book!)

Kellen Adams is released from rehab following surgery, but still struggles with the function of her right hand. Just as things are getting back to normal at home, Mari Philippi, a vicious killer they put in prison, has escaped and is looking fo
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-reviews
As the third book in the Cape Charade series, I would recommend reading these in order. However, this one does a great job of recapping important information from previous books, so it could be read as a stand-alone if required. STRANGERS SHE KNOWS follows Kellen, Max, and Rae after they have already been through so much. Kellen, who is not really Kellen, has had brain surgery to remove the bullet in her head and is still doing the hard work of recovering- however, she is alive, so that is certa ...more
Shelleen Toland
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kellen Adams just had a bullet removed from her brain. She is trying to get a hand back to working order and she has a maniacal killer after her and her family. So the family goes to an obscure Island off California where there is no technology. No phone service, computers, internet, etc.
They hire someone to be their cook and she gets scared there.
The couple who takes care of everything on the island are strange. The woman doesn't like anyone and her husband is a drunk. Kellen and her daughter
Susan Underbrink
A big thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin romance for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. Is this part of a series? I felt sort of like I walked into the.middle.of a conversation. This reads just ok as a stand alone. I truly felt like I was missing a lot of information, maybe a chapter about what happens before we arrive? I liked the book, it has a little romance, lots of suspense and a bit.of mystery. I rate this a 3.5
Sue Gosland
What Fun!! Kellen DiLuca has a husband and a child that she loves. She has forgotten and lost years with them while she recovers from an abusive first husband, a head shot she doesn't remember, a stint in the Army and a return to the states. This is the third book in this series, and they are trying to avoid Mara Phillipi, whom Kellen met in the first book. Everything comes to a head in this one, and it is a real thriller. I loved it!! ...more
Sonia Cristina
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
3,5 stars

After the ending of book 2, Kellen fainting at her wedding after seeing Mara Philippi, I was anxious to know what happened next so it was with great expectation that I started this book. It was good, I just wish the final part, where the confrontation between hero and enemy happens, was different.

The descriptions of the mansion in the island and the island itself made me wish I was there - how cool would that be?

Kellen, Max and Rae are such a cute family, I'm very fond of these charact
Diane Saul
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kellen is struggling to recover from a bullet to the brain. A murderer with a grudge against Kellen has escaped from prison putting Kellen and her family in danger. The family retreats to a remote island only to find danger has followed them.

I had trouble getting into this book and I found the way the descriptions of the characters were presented distracting. Once I got into it I wanted to find out how the story ended. There was plenty of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. I am givin
Sarah Webber
This series is absolutely banana-pants-crazy-sauce, but it ends well.
Anne Morgan
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After years of fighting for it, Kellen Adams is finally starting to have the life and family she always wanted. Her only problems now consist of recovering from brain surgery and her daughter Rae growing up too fast- while Kellen is only just getting used to even having a daughter! Then Kellen and husband Max learn that their old enemy, psychotic serial killer Mara Phillips, has escaped prison and is hunting them down. The small family moves to a tiny, technology-free island off the coast of Cal ...more
Meg Martin
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling Romantic Suspense

I am not sure where to begin to review this awesome book. Kellen has so many challenges. She just had a bullet removed from her brain and here comes her archenemy from the past. Mara just escaped from prison ready to attack not only Kellen but also her family. Husband Max packs up the family to hide on his family’s private island where he feels they will be safe. Family includes Kellen, their daughter Rae and family dog “Luna”. The caretaker and his wife on this islan
Kim Worley
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down! Christina Dodd does it again with the third book in this series and does not disappoint.

After years of fighting and struggling Kellen is finally getting the life and family she wanted and deserved. AS Kellen recovers from having a bullet removed from her brain and struggles to get her life back she learns that her archenemy Mara has escaped from prison and is trying to kill her again.

This prompts Kellen and Max to take their daughter Rae to hide on his family's isl
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