Stranger She Knows by Christina Dodd _ Book Review


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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 last, alone, Kellen faces a killer playing a cruel game. Only one can survive, and Kellen knows who must win…and who must die.



[I received a physical copy for an honest review]

The Cape Charade series by Christina Dodd is one where I look forward to each new release. The series follows the life of Kellen Adams and since book one she has been through a lot. I recommend starting from the beginning because you form a bond with the main characters and give the book more meaning.

Stranger She Knows has Kellen, husband Max, and daughter Rae hiding out from a killer set on revenge. They hide out on an island, remote, no access to the mainland, and limited resources. Kellen uses the time to bond with her husband and daughter. It isn’t long before the killer finds them and Kellen has to do whatever she can to protect her family.

“All’s fair in love and war, Max. This is a battle.”

I loved getting to see Max and Kellen engage more, and they tried to work together when it came to interactions with Rae. They weren’t perfect but they acknowledged that. Rae was a bit all over the place, I understand she has been through trauma and is on the cusp of puberty but her character yo yo’d between immature and mature so quickly that I couldn’t keep up. One of my favorite parts of the book was the old diary they found and would read passages from, it was a great added layer to the story line. The big confrontation at the end between Kellen and the killer is clever and interesting. It keeps you on your toes and thoroughly satisfying.

“We’re off track .” […] “I want to tell you the game.”
Kellen braced herself. “What Game?”
“The game were going to play. It’s called ‘Kill Kellen the Fun Way'”

Book one had a slow build and a shock for an ending. Book two was much faster paced and once again ended with a whammy. Book three goes back to the slow build up of unease until everything comes to a head. The Stranger She Knows had a great spooky vibe to it that makes it a perfect fall read.

4 star rating

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