Every serial killer is someone’s friend, spouse, lover or child….
Young women are being murdered in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, where five people fear someone close to them might be the monster the police are searching for.
One of them is right.
‘The Devil You Know’ is the latest offering by British author Terry Tyler. This time she gives us a multi-layered psychological thriller from the perspective of five different protagonists, one of whom is living close to a murderer.
We meet several seemingly ordinary inhabitants of the town of Lyndford in Lincolnshire, where a killer is hiding in the shadows. Each individual has a backstory which gives them depth and the reader instantly feels empathy, as whilst things may appear tranquil on the surface, all of them are living in dysfunctional dynamic situations.
Tyler anchors her story in the contemporary world by making references ranging from celebrities and serial killers to watching Bargain Hunt on the telly and buying floral separates in M&S, all of which give her tale an earthy realism.
The individual scenarios unfold gradually as each of the protagonists become plagued by feelings of insecurity and unhappiness which turn into suspicion, misery and fear.
The art of good story telling is to make the reader relate to the characters and to be honest, we all know a person like Orlando who is past forty but still living with his mother. Indeed, most of us have worked with someone who has an unrequited crush on a colleague.
Tyler keeps the structure tight as she allows the momentum to steadily build. She gives us undercurrents, twists, turns and the odd bit of misdirection along the way. Even at the bleakest of times we see smatterings of humour, albeit counterbalanced with elements of pathos. In the second half of the book, each character allows suspicion to become certainty as they search for evidence to reinforce their belief that someone in their immediate circle is the Lyndford Strangler.
The reveal and its ramifications weren’t a disappointment and I can do nothing but congratulate this accomplished author on yet another excellent story.
I award ‘The Devil You Know’ a richly-deserved five stars.
About the Author
Terry Tyler’s first Amazon publication, ‘You Wish’, won Best Women’s Fiction in the eFestival of Words 2013, while short story collection ‘Nine Lives’, family dramas ‘Last Child’ and ‘The House of York’, and psychological drama/thriller ‘The Devil You Know’ have won other small online awards or been named on book bloggers’ ‘Best Books of the Year’ posts.
Terry is fascinated by the psychology behind relationships, and this forms the background of all her books. From the ‘is my husband/friend/son a serial killer?’ fears of the characters in ‘The Devil You Know’, to the dark and complex emotional tangles of ‘The House of York’, to the aspirations of several writers in ‘Best Seller, it’s all about the characters. And the plot twists…
Terry has a blog on which she writes around many topics (social networking, writing, nostalgia, TV and film). The link: http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/. She also has a book review blog, on which you can find her own reading choices and those she reads as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review team. She loves Twitter (TerryTyler4) and can also be found on Goodreads and Facebook.
Terry lives in the north east of England with her husband.
You can read more of my reviews at: http://whisperingstories.com/