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The search for a serial killer leads a woman into the twisted tangle of her own family tree in a chilling novel by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Missing Sister and Lies We Bury.
Adopted when she was only days old, Ivy Hon knows little about her lineage. But when she’s stricken with a mystery illness, the results of a genetic test to identify the cause attract the FBI. According to Ivy’s DNA, she’s related to the Full Moon Killer, who has terrorized the Pacific Northwest for decades. Ivy is the FBI’s hope to stop the enigmatic predator from killing again.
When an online search connects Ivy with her younger cousin, she heads to rural Rock Island, Washington, to meet the woman. Motivated by a secret desire to unmask a murderous relative, Ivy reaches out to what’s left of a family of strangers.
Discovering her mother’s tragic fate and her father’s disappearance is just the beginning. As Ivy ventures into a serial killer’s home territory, she realizes that she may be the next victim of poisonous blood ties.
Praise for Strangers We Know
“…the increasingly tense plot takes turns the reader won’t see coming. Marr is a writer to watch.” —Publishers Weekly
“Elle Marr is an author to know. Just when you think you understand the motives behind her characters and the way their story lines are being presented—bam!—Elle will hit you with twists you won’t see coming. Told from multiple points of view, Strangers We Know is about more than Ivy learning of her past and, shockingly, the serial killer within her family; it’s also about knowing who to trust and how to discern who’s telling the complete story. Because if everyone has secrets, are they truly family or only strangers? Read Strangers We Know to find out.” —Georgina Cross, bestselling author of The Stepdaughter
“Elle Marr burst onto the suspense scene in 2020 with her bestselling debut, The Missing Sister, and followed up a year later with Lies We Bury, another trust-no-one murder mystery. With her third novel, Strangers We Know, Marr firmly establishes herself as a master of ‘did that really just happen?’ thrillers. Strangers We Know has plot twists so unexpected and characters so creepy you won’t want to turn out the lights, and the ending is surprising in multiple ways. Who knew a deranged-serial-killer whodunit could leave you with all the feels?” —A.H. Kim, author of A Good Family
“Dark family secrets, serial murder, and a cult? Yes, please. Twisty and a little twisted, the highly addictive and surprise-packed Strangers We Know will have you pulling an all-nighter.” —Heather Chavez, author of No Bad Deed
“From the first page I was gripped by Strangers We Know and read through the night till the end. The novel is thrilling beyond belief, with suspense and twists ratcheting up on each page. Elle Marr is brilliant at delving into the darkness of a seemingly normal family, and by the time she pulls back the curtains on each character, the terror has built so excruciatingly, you just have to keep going till you find out every single thing—you’re afraid to know, but you have to know. This is the year’s must read.” —Luanne Rice, bestselling author of The Shadow Box
Praise for Elle Marr
“A deep, deep dive into unspeakable memories and their unimaginably shocking legacy.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The suspenseful plot is matched by the convincing portrayal of the vulnerable Claire, who just wants to lead a normal life. Marr is a writer to watch.” —Publishers Weekly
“Marr’s #OwnVoices, trust-no-one thriller unravels with horrifying ‘THEN’ interruptions, producing a jolting creepfest of twisted revenge.” —Booklist
“In Lies We Bury, Elle Marr (bestselling author of The Missing Sister) has brought a cleverly plotted and compelling new mystery with unique characters and truly surprising twists.” —The Nerd Daily
“A deep, thrilling dive into the painful memories that haunt us and the fight between moving on or digging in and seeking revenge.” —Medium
“A twisted mash-up of Room and a murder mystery, Marr’s Lies We Bury is a story that creeps into your bones, a sneaky tale about the danger of secrets and the power the past holds to lead us into a deliciously devious present. Say goodbye to sleep and read it like I did, in one breathless sitting.” —Kimberly Belle, international bestselling author of Dear Wife and Stranger in the Lake
“Dark and compelling, Elle Marr has written another atmospheric and twisted thriller that you don’t want to miss. Lies We Bury delves into the darkest of pasts and explores the fascinating tension between moving on and revenge. This is a fly-through-the-pages thriller.” —Vanessa Lillie, Amazon bestselling author of Little Voices and For the Best
“This haunting and emotional thriller will keep you up at night looking for answers.” —Dea Poirier, international bestselling author of Next Girl to Die
“A clever, twisty murder mystery packed full of secrets and lies that will keep you turning the pages way past bedtime. Lies We Bury hooked me from page one and kept me guessing until its dramatic conclusion.” —Lisa Gray, bestselling author of Thin Air
“Marr’s debut novel follows a San Diego medical student to, around, and ultimately beneath Paris in search of the twin sister she’d been drifting away from. Notable for its exploration of the uncanny bonds twins share and the killer’s memorably macabre motive.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[A] gritty debut…The intriguing premise, along with a few twists, lend this psychological thriller some weight.” —Publishers Weekly
“Elle Marr’s first novel has an intriguing premise…The characters are well drawn and complex, and Marr’s prose offers some surprising twists.” —New York Journal of Books
“A promising plotline.” —Library Journal
“The Missing Sister is a very promising debut—atmospheric, gripping, and set in Paris. In other words, the perfect ingredients for a satisfying result.” —Criminal Element
“Brimming with eerie mystery and hair-raising details…A chilling read that shows the unique bond of twins.” —Woman’s World
“This thrilling debut novel from Elle Marr is a look into the importance of identity and the strength of sisterhood.” —Brooklyn Digest
“An electrifying thriller. A must read—Karin Slaughter with a touch of international flair. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Marr throws you for another loop and the roller-coaster ride continues!” —Matt Farrell, Washington Post bestselling author of What Have You Done
“A riveting, fast-paced thriller. Elle Marr hooks you from the start, taking you on a dark and twisted journey. Layered beneath the mystery of a twin’s disappearance is a nuanced, and at times disturbing, exploration of the ties that bind sisters together. With crisp prose, a gripping investigation, and a compelling protagonist, The Missing Sister is not to be missed.” —Brianna Labuskes, Washington Post bestselling author of Girls of Glass
“A gripping thriller. The Missing Sister delivers twists and turns in an exciting, page-turning read that delves into the unique bond that makes—and breaks—siblings.” —Mike Chen, author of Here and Now and Then
From the Publisher
Ivy was adopted as a baby and never felt the need to seek out her biological lineage. But when it becomes medically necessary to take a genetic test, her worst fears are realized. She’s related to a serial killer—and the FBI needs her help. At the FBI’s request, Ivy moves to the Pacific Northwest to meet and embed herself in her birth family. But the closer she gets to the killer, the sooner she may become a victim of her own ancestry.
Elle Marr is the master of creating a chilling story that’s both relatable and horrifying all at once. Strangers We Know gripped me until the very last word.
—Megha Parekh, Editor
- ASIN : B08VRWKVZ9
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 May 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 5696 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 280 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,737 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That's the beginning of a journey that takes Ivy to the small town of Rock Island , Washington to discover her roots and get some answers about her adoption. Most family reunions don't also involve a quest to discover which of the new-found relatives is a serial killer and Ivy's investigations cause ripples that lead her into danger. There's more than a touch of Twin Peaks about Rock Island and its inhabitants, not least Ivy's new found relatives and their secrets.
This is quite a hard book to review without spoilers, there's so much going on that links to the final outcome. There are red herrings,twists and shocks ,I was impressed with the big reveal then realised that there were several more chapters to go and I'd been suckered by author Ellie Marr once again. As Ivy investigates the countdown to the next full Moon,and potentially the next murder, approaches the list of potential suspects increases rather than decreases.
I really enjoyed this book,it's clever and quirky with it's cast of often rather strange characters and an involving plot line. A great read.
"Strangers We Know" is my first experience of reading Elle Marr's work and it very much left me with mixed feelings.
Ivy Hon was adopted as a very young girl and knows little of her birth parents. Later in life, when she starts to develop certain health issues, she decides to to sign up with one of the DNA analysis companies, in the hope of gaining greater understanding. Little does Ivy suspect that this decision will lead her on down a track that involves the hunt for an elusive serial killer.
Elle Marr certainly has a fluent, engaging style of writing and whilst this book has its shortcomings, there is also plenty to like. I particularly enjoyed the novel slant on the oft rehashed serial killer theme, which made for a refreshing change compared with the hackneyed and formulaic approach that is so often taken with this subject matter. The author also raises some interesting questions relating to the "nature versus nurture" debate.
Set against the positives were other less convincing aspects. Some of the plot developments tended towards the slightly too convenient side and, as a result, undermined the overall credibility and impact. I also felt that the closing sections of the novel were a little rushed and didn't do justice to the more painstaking care that had been taken in the main body of the story.
Ratings-wise this sits somewhere between an upper 2-star and a lower 3-star, but in recognition of the fact that I did find it mostly enjoyable and entertaining, I have nudged it into the higher bracket.
In my opinion the author has thrown too many ideas into the plot which results in a mishmash with loose ends. One idea is a full on red kipper, which if edited out would make no difference to the storyline. Also, the ending is far too convenient and comfortable; coupled with perpetrators that seem to have been picked out of a lottery.
The synopsis basically outlines the plot whereby a young woman is searching for her birth family. She (Ivy) was adopted after birth and suffers an unknown illness that maybe genetic. Her search brings her into the world of a renowned serial killer and Ivy maybe related to this killer. This is a good idea but as mentioned there are too many attempts at diverting the reader into false assumptions.
First the positives: it is a page-turner, easy to read, not overly long (a day's reading) and the plot is nicely set up (I've looking for her birth parents and any hereditary link to an illness that she is suffering from).
However, there are some questionable threads to the plot, which I don't want to be too specific on (@ChocoHart refers to many in her review, and I have to say I agree with many mentioned. NB: Choco says up front that there are (many) spoilers in her review so take note!)
For my two-penneth, I would say that there are things that people close to certain central characters should notice (but don't); the protagonist (Ivy) getting too close to someone and trusting them (when, given the circumstances it would be unwise to do so); someone she could easily have checked out with a simple phone call (but, of course, doesn't); her car being spotted randomly but oh so easily; and, finally, some coincidences relating to all the murders / potential murders being committed. Sorry, I know it's all vague but I didn't want to give too much away.
So, overall, some plot holes but nevertheless an entertaining read.