Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Book Review - The Stranger You Know (Forensic Instincts #3) by Andrea Kane

The Stranger You Know

The Stranger You Know (Forensic Instincts #3) by Andrea Kane

From Goodreads:

It begins with a chilling phone call to Casey Woods. And ends with another girl dead.

College-age girls with long red hair. Brutally murdered, they're posed like victims in a film noir. Each crime scene is eerily similar to the twisted fantasy of a serial offender now serving thirty years to life-a criminal brought to justice with the help of Forensic Instincts.

Call. Kill. Repeat. But the similarities are more than one psychopath's desire to outdo another. As more red-headed victims are added to the body count, it becomes clear that each one has been chosen because of a unique connection to Casey-a connection that grows closer and closer to her.

Now the Forensic Instincts team must race to uncover the identity of a serial killer before his ever-tightening circle of death closes in on Casey as the ultimate target. As the stalker methodically moves in on his prey, his actions make one thing clear: he knows everything about Casey. And Casey realizes that this psychopathic won't stop until he makes sure she's dead.

I haven't read the first two book in the series, but when I was asked if I wanted to be part of the TLC tour, I immediately said yes because my blogging buddy and fellow mystery lover Tea Time with Marce had recommended Andrea Kane more than once before, and I never got around to reading her books.

I quite enjoy reading about the Forensic Instincts team which was made up of people with different specialty and talents - made me want to join their team! Not that I have any crime solving talents. As I didn't read the first 2 books, it took a little bit of effort to try to understand who-is-who, but it wasn't so bad. Though some characters got more "face time" than others, so there were a couple of the team members that I didn't get to know much about.

The story was fast paced, so it was an engaging read. However, some plot lines seemed a bit contrived (especially with Claire's psychic ability - I am not sure whether I believe in psychic power or not so I guess I lean on the more skeptical side though I found the topic fascinating). Also, with Casey being the human behavior expert, there was a choice she made near the end that made me felt like it was uncharacteristic of her.

Reading this book was like watching Bones the TV show - I loved the team work and read about everyone's skills. Seems like a good series to follow!

3.5 Stars.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the tour to see what other bloggers think! And this is a fun post - 5 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About.. Andrea Kane.

Andrea Kane’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, October 14th:  A Bookworm’s World
Tuesday, October 15th:  Inside of a Dog
Wednesday, October 16th:  Patricia’s Wisdom
Thursday, October 17th:  Simply Stacie
Friday, October 18th:  Bibliotica
Monday, October 21st:  The Book Wheel
Monday, October 21st:  Shelf Pleasure – author guest post
Tuesday, October 22nd:  The Well Read Redhead
Wednesday, October 23rd:  Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, October 24th:  Chaotic Compendiums
Friday, October 25th:  She Treads Softly
Monday, October 28th:  Literally Jen
Tuesday, October 29th:  Redheaded Book Child
Wednesday, October 30th:  Mental Foodie
Friday, November 1st:  Life, Love, & Books
Monday, November 4th:  The Daily Mayo
Monday, November 4th:  Joyfully Retired
Tuesday, November 5th:  Bookalicious Mama
Wednesday, November 6th:  Kritter’s Ramblings
Thursday, November 7th:  My Shelf Confessions
Friday, November 8th:  From the TBR Pile
Monday, November 11th:  Sarah’s Book Shelves
Tuesday, November 12th:  Reading Reality
Wednesday, November 13th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, November 14th:  A Bookish Way of Life
Friday, November 15th:  Booked on a Feeling
Monday, November 18th:  Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Tuesday, November 19th:  My Bookshelf
Wednesday, November 20th:  Broken Teepee
Thursday, November 21st:  Fiction Addict
Monday, November 25th:  October Country
Tuesday, November 26th:  A Chick Who Reads

Note - A free copy was given from TLC in exchange of an unbiased review.

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  1. This sounds good to me - I like reading about detectives with psychic abilities - adds a nice difference from the usual detective as alcoholic theme! :--)

    1. True! I can't make up my mind about psychic abilities though - on one hand I thought how cool it'd be if it is true, but on the other hand I am also skeptical?! But I guess that's why I find it a fascinating topic.

  2. I am so glad you read this for the tour. I enjoyed this but loved the 1st two even more. You should read them. The psychic ability not believing is a part of continuous discussion within the team also, I think you would really enjoy.

    1. Ah, glad to hear about the psychic ability is a continuous discussion with the team. May have to go back and read the first two then!

  3. Sounds like quite a page turner! Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

  4. I didn't like book #2 because the psychic came on board (actually end of #1 if I remember correctly), so I won't be continuing with the series. Whether I believe in psychics or not, I don't like how she can be used to direct the plot. It's a cop out to me.

    1. It is true that it becomes a bit too convenient at times... I guess that's why I like Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series because it's a matter of deduction / logic.