Book Review – The Devil You Know: Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4 

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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 tension of the narrative gradually unfolds just fine, as we read on in this absolutely compelling and absorbing read.
The story is told from the perspective of five different people who suspect that someone close to them might be the killer. The young teenager who suspects her stepfather, an abused wife whose secretive, violent, shady husband fits the description, a woman working for a local newspaper who thinks the photofit image of the suspect matches a colleague who spurned her, a young man who is finding the behaviour of an old friend increasingly distasteful and a devoted mother who discovers that her middle aged live-in son is keeping secrets from her.
Each character has chapters of their own, then it’s onto the next and so on, then back to each character again to anxiously follow their individual stories as their lives carry on and suspicions grow.
I really didn’t guess who the perpetrator was and there is a shocking twist at the end.
What I also liked about the book was that the story of each person carries on after the denouement and the killer is behind bars, so we find out what happens to them all, with some surprising outcomes.

I’m surprised the author is an Indie (by choice though), although I shouldn’t be, because I’ve read some excellent books by Indie authors and this is one more to add to that tally.

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11 thoughts on “Book Review – The Devil You Know: Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4 

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  1. I’ve just logged on to Twitter this morning, and this is the first thing I saw in my notifications. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was so worried about whether or not this book would miss the mark – I don’t like reading police procedurals, and had no interest in writing one, but I thought that people who like crime novels might find that aspect of it lacking.

    I still had to mug up on the procedures, of course, and did actually write more scenes from DCI Reddick’s POV, talking to his team, at first, but then thought, ‘no, this isn’t the book I want to write.’ I’m so glad it worked for you to this extent. Thanks so much for this wonderful review.

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  2. You’re more than welcome Terry. Thanks for writing such an excellent book. I keep thinking of more reasons why I loved the book, so this review might evolve further!

    Very few writers can do what you’ve done, in my opinion, and write such fascinating character driven plots. Val McDermid and Stephen King, two of my favourite writers, can do it and you’ve done it here.


  3. I’ve read most of Terry Tyler’s books, Caryl. She is a very accomplished and professional writer who is an example to Indie authors. As you say, she is self-published by choice, and each of her books is as compelling as the last. She has made character driven contemporary fiction her own! And yes…she is very popular and rightly so!! I’m so pleased you’ve discovered her too!

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  4. >>>>>Vallypee!!!! You’re such a sweetheart, thank you. And ditto Val’s books. African Ways was my #2 in my Best Books of 2014.

    Caryl, that’s good about the spike!!! I do RT a lot, though, and have a lot of Twitter followers, so that’s got a lot to do with it; simply that it arrived in front of the eyes of a large amount of people.

    Still pleased though 😉


  5. Your review got me interested in this book now, like big time. I also kind of like it that there’s an ending after the ending you know. It often happens that a story just stops right after the killer is apprehended. I have to say that I’ve seen the cover and didn’t even try to get to know more about this book, it really doesn’t spike my interest but now this changes everything !

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    1. Thanks, Inge; yes, that often frustrates me, too! Because the main characters of this book are the families and friends of the person-they-think-is-a-killer, I had to think about the aftermath, and how their suspicions affected their relationships.

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