I thoroughly enjoyed this creepy yet utterly plausible work which explores the question of how well we really know the vaguely suspicious individuals in our lives who appear as friends, husbands, lovers and family members! Tyler is a fine writer and has a really good grasp on the varied social milieu around Lyndford where the action unfolds, from the beer swilling yobbos to the well-heeled but domestically oppressed stay-at-home mum and the unfortunate laddette out too late at night... the social depictions give this book a strong touch of authenticity. The book is well structured and will keep you guessing with the looming question, who is the Lyndford Strangler? Recommended.
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's mother and has recently moved in with them? Orlando's mother Dorothy knows her son is hiding something, could he be the killer?
The Devil You Know is a fantastic book. I loved Terry Tyler's original approach of the subject. There have been several murders already and the killer doesn't stop. Everything is being done to identify the evil person behind them. There are a couple of men who could have done it. They're all acting suspiciously and are lying about something. Each of them in some way fits the police's profile. Every killer is someone's child and might be someone's friend, husband or colleague. How well do you really know the people who are close to you? I loved that Terry Tyler has written a story about this fascinating subject and the result is a terrific creepy book.
The main characters of The Devil You Know all have reasons to believe they know the Lyndford killer and Terry Tyler describes what it's like for them to live with this knowledge. She does that in a gripping and realistic way that kept giving me goose bumps. The story is terrifying because it's about something that can happen to anyone. It's so well written that I believed every word. I was spellbound and loved that Terry Tyler made me go through so many different emotions while reading her book.
Juliet, Maisie, Tamsin, Steve and Dorothy struggle with the fact that they might know the Lyndford killer. I loved how their storylines develop. They're all equally great and Terry Tyler skillfully describes their reasoning and she realistically writes about their fears and doubts. Her vivid imagination and perfect way to translate it into words kept me on the edge of my seat. The Devil You Know is an amazing unique version of a serial killer story. I highly recommend this brilliant thought-provoking book. It's an absolute must-read.