This is a really good suspense novel, quite unlike anything I've read before. Set in Toronto in the early 90's, it deals with main character, 21 year old Evie. As a new reporter, her job has her investigating the Paul Bernardo murder case, which brings up her old memories of a childhood friend who was kidnapped and then murdered. The locals in Toronto and St. Catharines were so familiar to me. The overwhelming dark tone and fear from those days when the Bernardo case came to light read like it was yesterday. The ending is unexpected and unsettling. This is good suspense!
The Devil You Know by Elizabeth De Mariaffi
The Devil You Know is a tense thriller by the Giller prize nominated author Elizabeth De Mariaffi. When the novel’s heroine, Evie Jones, was young her best friend Lianne Gagnon went missing. Lianne was later found strangled and discarded. This added her to a long list of girls kidnapped, raped, and murdered during Evie’s youth. Now it is 1993, Evie is all grown up and working as a journalist in Toronto. In her professional life Evie is often called upon to investigate cases similar to Lianne’s. This prompts Evie’s decision to re-open Lianne’s cold case. Evie begins putting the pieces together and comes to a shocking conclusion. Lianne’s killer is still out there and he is not finished with Evie. Throughout the novel Evie is forced to completely reconsider her relationships with those closest to her. I found this book to be very readable. It was fast paced and interesting, definitely a lot of fun to read. It shows how traumatic events, in childhood or otherwise, never leave a person. This novel accurately portrays the effects of loss and a climate of fear on a human mind. The main character Evie is fascinating. She is simultaneously vulnerable and strong, a paradox of a person. I felt the ending was a bit anti-climactic, but it does tie everything up quite nicely in a way. The author also captures the tone and landscape of not only Toronto the good, but Toronto the bad. Overall an intriguing piece of Canadian fiction.
Overly contrived, and moving at a glacial pace, this book did not capture my interest at all.
I agree with shinbone - 'Don't waste your time'
Ugh! If there was a book I could rip in two this would be it! Frustrating. No quotations when people are speaking makes it difficult to follow. By a third of the book- the point where I looked ahead to see if it was going to go anywhere, I figured out that it wasn't going to get any better. I was right. It was recommended by the CBC as a good read so I gave it a shot. Yuck! Don't waste your time.
If you are a woman, you just 'get' the way the author describes the way women feel when walking home at night, or alone at home and they hear a strange sound. It's how we have to think, feel, react to keep ourselves 'safe'. Wrap all that around a story about an old child murder with the Scarborough Rapist, Paul Bernardo and a peeping Tom and you get a suspense filled mystery that is a great read. My only criticism is that they spelled St Catharines incorrectly throughout the entire book! As someone born & raised there, it irked me every time I saw it.
A very good start, but by page 93 the main plot (as described on book cover) had not really begun. There was much fill about ice cream and what I thought completely irrelevant material. Most disappointing.
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