Amanda Kyle Williams

The Stranger You Seek

"'... I just had to read this book in almost one sitting.'"


In the sweltering heat of an Atlanta summer a killer is pushing the city to its breaking point, preying on the unsuspecting, writing taunting letters to the media, promising more death. Desperate to stop the Wishbone Killer before another victim meets a shattering end, A.P.D. lieutenant Aaron Rauser turns to the one person he knows can penetrate a deranged mind, ex–FBI profiler Keye Street.

Keye was a rising young star at the Bureau until addiction derailed her career and her life. Now sober and fighting to stay so, Keye picks up jobs where she can get them: catching adulterers, serving subpoenas, chasing down bailjumpers and dodging the occasional bullet. With multiple victims, little to go on and an entire police force looking for direction, the last thing Keye wants is to be pulled into the firestorm of Atlanta’s worst nightmare.

And then it suddenly becomes clear that the hunter has become the hunted - and the stranger she seeks is far closer than she ever dared imagine.

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The Stranger You Seek is a debut novel that has been written so well it felt as though I was reading a book by a favourite author. The main character, Keye Street, had many familiar traits and was so well created I did not feel as though this was the first time I had been introduced to her. A complex character with many flaws, a recovering alcoholic being one of them, I was pleased that the author kept her on the wagon. Street left the FBI due to her relationship with alcohol and now has her own private investigation business. She is helping out as a consultant with the local police force whilst also continuing her own private work, which tends to offer some humour and light relief to an otherwise quite heavy and gruesome storyline. Street has a close circle of friends to help who are a variety of characters without any being over-the-top or unbelievable, and all playing an important role in both Street's personal and professional life. And her mother, well, she is just one of a kind! Whilst not totally convinced by the motive revealed at the end of the book, this did not distract from my overall enjoyment and I just had to read this book in almost one sitting. I am pleased to see that the author is already working on her next Keye Street novel as I believe that she has created a great lead character. I feel this will become a series definitely not to be missed!

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