The Devil You Know by Terry Tyler #bookreview


When serial killers are finally arrested, people are usually amazed by how normal the culprit seemed to be, but surely their nearest and dearest had suspicions. In fact, some folk must have secretly suspected that they knew the murderer but dared not voice their thoughts.

In Terry Tyler’s book, The Devil You Know, five people start to believe that someone they know well may be the killer because of his deceit, or his inexplicable or unpleasant behaviour. As a reader, I was intrigued and unable to deduce which, or even if any of the five candidates might be the murderer. The novel includes some exceedingly nasty characters and sad, unfortunate victims. It also shows us many aspects of society, such as exploited young women from Eastern Europe, a bullying husband and a pragmatic, helpful teacher.

When the mystery is solved, despite the surprise revelation, it all begins to fall into place. The unexplained actions of several characters are revealed to be the result of their human failings. The part of the book which I most enjoyed, was the final section when the continuing lives of the original five characters, who had expressed their fears, were revealed to us. My particular favourite, was Dorothy, an aging single mother who wondered whether, “The autumn of your life,” has, “the mellow golden glow of early October or the dark gloom of late November.”

As in many of Terry Tyler’s novels, the weaknesses and determination of the characters reflect modern society and drive an exciting plot. An original, psychological thriller.

You can find The Devil You Know at Amazon UK  or at Amazon US

and you can read more on Terry’s blog


Published by lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

9 thoughts on “The Devil You Know by Terry Tyler #bookreview

  1. Thanks very much indeed for this delightful review, Liz – you’ve summed it up so well! I loved that you liked Dorothy (she was one of my favourite characters, too – I got a bit teary writing her sometimes!), and I especially love that you chose that quote; it is how it is, isn’t it??!

    I’m very pleased you liked the ‘afterwards’ bit – because it’s not all about who the killer is 🙂

    I appreciate this so much! xx


    1. It is showing us what happened next to the main characters which makes your book stand out among other psychological thrillers, Terry. And you summed up my confused feelings about autumn so well in that comment!


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