STRANGERS SHE KNOWS By Christina Dodd

SYNOPSIS

I have three deadly problems.

  1. I’ve seriously offended a maniacal killer
  2. I just had a bullet removed from my brain.
  3. My new daughter is growing up too fast – – and she’s in the line of fire.

Living on an obscure, technology-free island off California means safety from the murderer who hunts Kellen Adams and her new family….or does it? Family time becomes terror-time, and at one last, alone, Kellen faces a killer playing a cruel game. Only one can survive, and Kellen knows who must win… and who must die.

MY REVIEW

I had the first two books in this The Cape Charade trilogy, so I was delighted to be given this one as an eARC by Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair, unbiased and honest opinion. My review for the other two books is on my blog if you would like to recap.

I love this family the very strong Kellen/Cecilia Adams who has overcome a lot of obstacles, Rae Di Luca, Kellens daughter she didn’t know she had until the daughter was seven years old, and Max Di Luca, who continues to worry about Kellen and their daughter Rae, he will do anything to keep them safe. Which is why they now find themselves on this remote island where there is no internet, or mobile phone signal they are cut off in the hope they will be safe. But when Kellen is involved nothing ever seems safe.

The third book starts two years after the second one ended Rae is now ten years old, Kellen has had the bullet removed from her brain and is left with problems with her right hand where she has to exercise it regularly to stop it from atrophying. Max is just happy to have his family together, he has been being very gentle with Kellen since her surgery. Kellens worst fears are coming true. Her nemesis Mara Phillipi has escaped from prison, and Max and Kellen know that that only means one thing, she is coming to do what she promised, and that is to kill Kellen and take everything she loves away from her. Max and Kellen hatch a plan to make it look like they are going to Italy, but in fact they go to an island off of the coast of California called Isla Paraisi. Rae is not at all happy about this and makes it very clear, what will she do without the internet, no mobile, no television and not seeing her friends. On the island there is an old mansion which is relatively clean thanks to the newly hired Olivia the cook and housekeeper, the only other people on the island, are Jamie an environmentalist who thinks that Max and Kellen are looking at the island with the intention of building a hotel, or something on it, she really doesn’t like the family, and makes that perfectly clear, the there’s her husband who is always either drunk, on his own moonshine, or who is high on his own drugs.

Strange things happen in the house, where food goes missing, music plays in the night and things go bang. I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first two, this one didn’t have the amount of action in it that there was in the other books. However it is still a good read, and ends the series well. I do love the Di Luca’s having got to know the characters over the three books you feel like they are friends, people you know and could just sit down and have a chat with. To me if an author has made you feel like that they have done a good job. Obviously that’s not true of other genre’s but is certainly true with this one.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars a really good read but you do need to read the first two first I think as non of this will make sense without those.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd writes “edge of the seat suspense” (Iris Johansen) with “brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humour that are pure Dodd” (Booklist). Her books have been called “scary, sexy, and smartly written” by Booklist, and much to her mother’s delight, Dodd was once a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. With more than fifteen million copies of her books in print, Dodd’s fans know that when they pick one up they’ve found as Karen Robards writes “an absolute thrill ride of a book!”


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