Author: Andrea Kane
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA, September, 2013
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours
My Rating: C+
Casey Woods is the president of an organization specializing in private investigations. She created Forensic Instincts (FI) ten years ago when her best friend’s murder was never solved. Her latest client wants FI to locate his missing daughter, also suspected of murder. So many details in this new case are similar to the original case. Something tells Casey there is a serial killer still out there.
The Forensic Instincts team is well-rounded, although a bit unusual. There’s an ex-FBI agent and an ex-Seal, a technology expert, and a psychic. There’s also Hero, the blood-hound with super powers. Together they take on private clients or cases that police departments have given up on.
As the story progresses, it shows the team going to work on the new murder investigation as we learn about the old one. The story breaks off from time to time to take a look at other people. There is an inmate in prison who seems to have a good money source. He has hired a security guard and a retired police detective to get information to him.
We also meet a group of students at Columbia University. Since the former victims were redheaded coeds who attended the University, the reader is pretty sure one of them is about to be the next victim. Since the convict seems to be pulling the strings, it appears Casey Woods is the ultimate one the convict wants killed.
Its a pretty good plot that feels familiar. It has the feel of various crime shows I’ve seen on TV such as Criminal Minds or parts or The Mentalist or even Law and Order: SVU. Actually, I think the Forensic Instincts team’s members and the company’s title would make a good basis for a new show. Any creator/producers listening?
It was a good story but, unfortunately, I wasn’t exactly enamored with parts of it. Some things just didn’t fit my “believability” standards. Here’s an example: If you knew someone was going to kill you, would you go off alone on the NYC subway with no protection? Of course not. There were several things like that that didn’t make sense to me. Maybe I’ve read and watched too many of these crime shows.
The Stranger You Know is the third book in the Forensic Instincts series. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by starting with book #3. It was an effective stand-alone.
I read this book as part of a TLC Book Tour. I’d like to recommend that you check out some of the other book bloggers on the tour. You can see the schedule here: TLC Book Tours