The Devil You Know

by Samantha Turner

Crime and Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading Expert Review of The Devil You Know

Wow! This is a short book but one that once I started, I just had to finish in one go. I perhaps wasn’t expecting such a turn of events, and what transpired was terrifying. By the end, I was a little stunned at what had just happened, but it was all done so well, flawlessly paced, and with a fluid writing style from start to end. Best of all, I loved Lizzie as a character and got her from the very first page. I actually really enjoyed this book and now want to see what the new version of Lizzie does next! Very much recommended for a hard-hitting read.

Clair Chaytors, A LoveReading Ambassador

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The Devil You Know Synopsis

When Lizzie Holland decides to make a change to her mundane life people think she is having a mid life crisis. Determined to prove them wrong she continues, unaware of the horror that will quickly turn all of her dreams into her worst nightmare.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9798640151817
Publication date: 25th April 2020
Author: Samantha Turner
Publisher: Independently published
Format: Paperback
Primary Genre Indie Author Books
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The Devil You Know Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

An ending you didn’t expect after a gripping little read. I enjoyed it.

Although this is a short story, it manages to hold the suspense well and although you think you know what’s coming - you don’t! An ending you didn’t expect after a gripping little read. I enjoyed it.

Maureen Gourlay

Very well written and held the suspense right to the last page.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - even though I am unsure if 'enjoyed' is the right word!! Quite scary at times and has reinforced my feelings to never trust anyone. Nice to read a shortish book for a change, but I wanted more when it came to an end. Very well written and held the suspense right to the last page. Yes - enjoyable! 

Jayne Burton

A well written short story, with some well-drawn characters.

A well written short story, with some well-drawn characters.

The story revolves around Lizzie Holland. Bored with her job in a pharmacy, Lizzie decides on a new vocation and trains to be a nail technician. Happily married to the love of her life, David, life improves dramatically as she makes a success of her business.

One day she receives a request from a new client. With feelings of unease, she sets off to find the house somewhere in the middle of nowhere. A move she will only regret.  

Things get very tricky from then on. The action comes thick and fast at this point. A surprise ending, which I won’t give away! 

I liked the characters and the fast-paced action. A sound debut and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.  

Helen Lowry

Wow. Short but packs a punch.

Wow. Short but packs a punch. The short chapters give this story a fast-paced element. It grabs you quickly and doesn’t let go until the end. The story is a modern day cautionary tale of the dangers of the internet and at a time when so many of us are trying to live a more fulfilling life how sometimes the grass isn’t always greener. I can’t really say too much without spoilers, but this is a very quick, but entertaining read. The one thing I would say though, is that it probably needs to have a bit of a warning for triggers. Although I almost put it down early on due to this, I persevered and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Amanda O'Dwyer

This short story had me gripped from beginning to end – I really enjoyed it and cannot wait for the next instalment.

This short story had me gripped from beginning to end – I really enjoyed it and cannot wait for the next instalment.

Lizzie Holland is the central character in this story and we are introduced to her at a time in her life when she is very disillusioned with her career. She started work straight from school as her parents encouraged her to do so and she’s had the same job in a pharmacy for many years. However, she is bored with it and after much thought and deliberation she leaves her job and trains to be a nail technician. 

Her nail business does well and soon she is travelling around to clients’ houses and building up a number of regulars. Then she receives a request from a new client, which initially makes her feel uneasy but she goes to their house. This is where the story gets interesting and the drama begins. A fantastic rollercoaster of a book that is nail-biting right until the last page – highly recommended!

Nicola Edwards

It's dark, violent and completely gripping, with a shock ending that seems to come far too soon.

The Devil You Know is Samantha Turner's first short story in her Lizzie Holland series. It's dark, violent and completely gripping, with a shock ending that seems to come far too soon. 

After finally deciding to change career at the age of 39, Lizzie finds herself the prey of a dangerous and sadistic psycho. The brutal torture she endures at his hands changes her forever and subsequent stories are set to explore how she tracks and brings down other men like her attacker, in her new role as a police detective.

The issues this story raises are important and thought-provoking. Firstly, the twisted mind of the assailant is fed and further poisoned by the internet, where he finds like-minded criminals and is able to give vent to his toxic ideas. He also uses social media to identify and lure his victim to his remote cottage. Many calls have been made to governments to place more stringent curbs on web companies but still sites exist where very questionable content can be viewed and links forged for evil purposes. It is a non-stop battle which has many implications.

Secondly, there is the question of the police radar. Lizzie's attacker was 'known' to the police but they were powerless to do anything until a crime was actually committed. The answer to this could be to greatly increase the number of police officers so that surveillance can be more effective but again, this is a fine line and no-one wants to live in a police state.

How such a short story manages to pack in so much and wring the reader's emotions right out is little short of amazing...bring on Lizzie's first case!

Drena Irish

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Publication date: 25/04/2020
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