My Review of Closer Than She Knows
“What do a young police officer, an elderly woman, and a court reporter have in common?”
Nothing, but Teegan, a court reporter. Teegan is transporting evidence with a police officer when the officer is shot dead. While making her witness statement, she sends her youth minister friend, Max, to feed her dog, Tigger. Max hears a scream when he arrives at Teegan’s house. He finds Teegan’s elderly neighbor stabbed to death in her backyard. Attempting to chase the perpetrator, Max is clubbed to unconsciousness.
When the first note from the killer is found, Teegan knows she will need help finding the serial killer from her police blue family to protect both her loved ones and herself. This time it’s personal and the killer is Closer Than She Knows.
After reading hundreds (perhaps thousands) of thrillers, I look for small variances between them. In keeping with the author’s Amish romance past, the best part about this book is the warm relationships between the characters. I felt like they were close friends by the end of the book. However, in contrast to the usual romance, the book keeps a thriller’s pacing and has plenty of plot twists. Closer Than She Knows is an excellent example of a character-driven thriller. It is also a Christian tale with no inappropriate conduct, while not hitting you over the head with religion. 4 stars!
Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
A serial killer bent on revenge . . . and striking too close to home.
Teagan O’Rourke has always loved murder mysteries. In her job as a court reporter, she has written official records for dozens of real-life murders. She’s slapped evidence stickers on crime scene photos. She’s listened to hours of chilling testimony. But she’s never known the smell of death. And she never thought she might be a victim.
A young police officer is murdered just inches away from her, and then a man calling himself a serial killer starts leaving Teagan notes, signing each with the name of a different murderer from her favorite mystery novels.
Panicked, Teagan turns to her friend Max Kennedy. Max longs for more than friendship with Teagan, but he fears she’ll never trust someone with a past like his. He wonders how much of God’s “tough love” he can take before he gives up on love completely. And he wonders if he’ll be able to keep Teagan alive long enough to find out.
As Teagan, Max, and Teagan’s police officer father race to track down the elusive killer, they each know they could be the next victim. Desperate to save those she loves, Teagan battles fears that once haunted her in childhood. Nothing seems to stop this obsessed murderer. No matter what she does, he seems to be getting closer.
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Kelly Irvin is a bestselling author and two-time Carol Award finalist. She is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two cats.
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