Up until yesterday I knew who I was.
Up until yesterday my life wasn’t a lie.
Rosa Fisher is the smart girl, the good girl. At twenty-five and mid-way through a PhD in the psychology of fraud, she thinks she has herself all figured out. Until that night, when the house is dark and she is all alone, and she hears an intruder on the stairs.
But the intruder isn’t looking for Rosa Fisher. He’s after someone else. And everything Rosa has ever known about her world is about to be turned upside down.
Determined to find out who she really is, Rosa traces her origins back to a small Canadian town, to a fire in a barn and a devastating family tragedy. Which forces her to question – if she can lie with such ease, was she ever really the good girl after all?
The Devil You Know is published in ebook and paperback on the 28th May 2020. You can pre-order your copy using the link below.
This was another tense, clever read from this talented author. I was so excited to read another book from her as I’ve really enjoyed her previous books.
Firstly I thought the characters in this book were brilliant. My favourite was definitely Rosa who was a strong, impulsive character who I liked immediately and I enjoyed following her throughout the book. She makes some rather questionable decisions sometimes which gets her into trouble and had me wishing I could somehow go into the book to give her a talking to as I found her so frustrating! I always think this is a sign of a well written character when they can make you feel so strongly about their actions. Jackson Wolf was also an interesting character as although on one hand he was quite terrifying and I felt he’d kill anyone in an instant if he got the chance, on the other I felt there was a hint of something a bit softer about him which I found very intriguing.
The tension in the book gradually increases as the story goes on with the wonderful writing and vivid descriptions ensuring that I couldn’t put this book down. The author has a background in psychology and includes a little bit about the psychology of fraud and the effect it can have on a person. I thought it was incredibly clever how Rosa’s paranoia after the break-in was described as it wasn’t written in a hugely dramatic way but rather with small subtle changes to her which gradually increased as time went on. This made it seem very realistic and meant I felt a lot of sympathy to Rosa.
Overall I really enjoyed this tense, clever read which kept me guessing until the end. I had many theories about who Jackson Wolf was but was proven wrong multiple times which I really enjoyed.
Huge thanks to Alainna from Orion for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orion for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
About The Author:
Emma Kavanagh was born in Wales in 1978 and currently lives in South Wales with her husband and two young sons. She trained as a psychologist and, after leaving university, started her own business as a psychology consultant, specialising in human performance in extreme situations. For seven years she provided training and consultation for police forces and NATO and military personnel throughout the UK and Europe.
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