The Devil You Know by Emma Kavanagh

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?

I didn’t realise until quite far into this book that it was the second in a trilogy by Emma Kavanagh, even though I have actually read the first book featuring Jackson Wolf! In a way it actually didn’t matter as these books will all be standalone stories but I did like the fact that once I connected the dots, I was able to relate back to what had happened in To Catch A Killer to DS Alice Parr and why she also appeared in The Devil You Know. And now I can’t wait for the last book to be released, especially after the epilogue gave more clues and yet another dimension to the man who calls himself Jackson Wolf.

Rosa Fisher is 25 and thinks she knows everything there is to know about her family. But a break-in at her mothers home whilst she is staying there leads to her being seriously injured but more importantly, discovering that the intruder was after something far more important than Rosa herself. The shocking reveal that she is not who she thought she was means that Rosa is about to start on a dangerous journey of self discovery that will bring her into contact with a dangerous individual who will stop at nothing to prevent his secrets being told.

Emma Kavanagh understands the psychology behind what makes us who we are and shows this in the way she has developed the character of Wolf and even though he is mostly a shadowy figure in the background here we are still very aware of him and his actions. I was gripped by Rosa and her strength and determination as she sought to find out the truth about her past and how, if at all, the man called Wolf fits in. As she unravels the facts, the pieces of the puzzle start to fit together but some of them are still missing and I hope they appear the next time we meet him! But I like how the author uses certain points in his life to get us to “understand” the direction he is travelling in although I have a feeling there may be a bit of a u-turn coming!

I love books that leave you thinking about how and why characters change and develop and Emma Kavanagh has left me desperately needing to know more about certain characters in this book. This is a brilliant “series” that grabs the readers attention very quickly and runs with it. Very highly recommended!

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.
For more information, tweet Emma @EmmaLK


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