Review by Suze
There's a serial killer in Lyndford who goes after young girls with a certain dress style. Someone has seen the killer and a drawing is being shown in all the media in the hope someone can identify him. There are five people who recognize the man in the picture. Who is the killer? Is it Paul, Juliet's abusive husband or is it Steve's childhood best friend Dan, a misogynist with an aggressive attitude? Could it be Tamsin's colleague, the man who broke her heart? Or is it Gary, who's dating Maisie's mother and has recently moved in with them? Orlando's mother Dorothy knows her son is hiding something, could he be the killer?
The Devil You Know is a fantastic book. I loved Terry Tyler's original approach of the subject. There have been several murders already and the killer doesn't stop. Everything is being done to identify the evil person behind them. There are a couple of men who could have done it. They're all acting suspiciously and are lying about something. Each of them in some way fits the police's profile. Every killer is someone's child and might be someone's friend, husband or colleague. How well do you really know the people who are close to you? I loved that Terry Tyler has written a story about this fascinating subject and the result is a terrific creepy book.
The main characters of The Devil You Know all have reasons to believe they know the Lyndford killer and Terry Tyler describes what it's like for them to live with this knowledge. She does that in a gripping and realistic way that kept giving me goose bumps. The story is terrifying because it's about something that can happen to anyone. It's so well written that I believed every word. I was spellbound and loved that Terry Tyler made me go through so many different emotions while reading her book.
Juliet, Maisie, Tamsin, Steve and Dorothy struggle with the fact that they might know the Lyndford killer. I loved how their storylines develop. They're all equally great and Terry Tyler skillfully describes their reasoning and she realistically writes about their fears and doubts. Her vivid imagination and perfect way to translate it into words kept me on the edge of my seat. The Devil You Know is an amazing unique version of a serial killer story. I highly recommend this brilliant thought-provoking book. It's an absolute must-read.
If you like gripping stories about serial killers and love to be surprised you should definitely read The Devil You Know.
About Terry Tyler
I have thirteen books on Amazon ~ ten full length novels, two novellas and a short story collection. My latest publication is a psychological mystery/thriller/suspense drama ~ The Devil You Know is about five people who fear that a local serial killer might be a person close to them.
I write most contemporary fiction, about the issues that concern so many today; divorce, infidelity, addiction, obsession with celebrity, dysfunctional families, body/image issues, meeting people via social networking sites. Three of my books (Kings and Queens, Last Child and The House of York) are modern day retellings of historical periods in the Tudor and Plantagenet eras.
Favourite writers: Deborah Swift, Carol Hedges, Douglas Kennedy, John Boyne, Gemma Lawrence, William Savage, Deborah Moggach, Mark Barry, Jon Krakauer, Phillipa Gregory, Robert Leigh, John Privelege, Dylan Morgan, Kate Atkinson, Norah Lofts, Dorothy Parker, Bill Bryson, PJ O'Rourke, Ann Swinfen, Kate Mary, Keith Blackmore, Frank Tayell.
I'm a total The Walking Dead addict and also love crime drama/thriller series like "24", "Breaking Bad", "Boardwalk Empire", "Game of Thrones" - the books as well as the TV series. I love watching films, and anything to do with history (reading, watching, or walking round places like Lindisfarne Priory going 'wow'), mountaineering or polar exploration.
1) Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello Suze, Anniek and your readers, and thank you for having me! I'm a writer living in north east England with my husband. I've published 13 books, am currently working hard on number 14, and trying not to mentally start 15 and 16 at the same time. I spend most of my time writing and reading. I love history, and read lots of historical fiction and non-fiction, and SciFi/horror, too, particularly zombies, but although my current work-in-progress is post apocalyptic in subject matter, it doesn't include any walking dead - I couldn't complete compete with the best in this genre! (That's me hiding the first four pages of a zombie novel I wrote one night when I couldn't sleep....)
2) You like to write from multiple points of view, what’s so great about it?
I've always written this way, right from when I wrote my first novel 23 years ago. A variety of viewpoints means the story is multi dimensional. I always write from 'inside the head' of my characters, even when they're in the third person, rather than as an omniscient narrator; observing the thoughts of several characters makes a story more rounded, I think, because there is always more than one way to look at a set of circumstances or a relationship ~ and the reader discovers the secrets that Mr A never reveals to Miss B or Mr C!
3) What’s the most fun about being able to publish whatever you like?
Being able to give full rein to all aspects of your creativity, mostly. But that comes with a need to be sensible, and think about readership, too. Complete freedom is an appealing option, but if you're going to change from romance to werewolves to spaceships to Tudor lords and back again, you can't moan if your readers go elsewhere.
Other upsides are being able to choose your own price; you can decide to put a book on special offer whenever you like, and choose your own proofreader, etc. You can write your own blurb, structure the novel how you wish, rely on your own instincts about marketing - I was amazed to discover that some small publishers actually advise their authors to do automated messages on Twitter. You know, those ones that say "Hi, thanks for following! Check out my book at...". Ouch!
4) What’s the best advice you can give a beginning writer who wants to self-publish?
Don't rush to publish. Get your book looked at by someone who will give you an honest opinion first. Learn to redraft/edit your own work. Get it professionally proofread. When you think it's finished, put it away for a month then look at it again. Be realistic, and understand that you're entering a market that's saturated, overflowing and flooding all the lands for miles around; it's very competitive. All classic advice, but can't be repeated too often!
I must also warn you not to get sucked in by those companies who offer all services - critique, editing, proofreading, formatting, etc. Too often they're jacks of all trades and masters of none, and expensive. Ask around, get personal recommendations for individuals who specialise in each area, by writers who have used them; you should be able to check out the books of anyone who has written a testimonial, to see the standard of work. If you can't, it's possible that the testimonial might not be genuine.
5) You write in different genres, what do you like about switching?
I don't switch genres so much as move sideways and diagonally, I think. All my books are character driven and centre around relationships, whether those relationships are in a business, home, social or end of the world setting. I don't change my 'voice'; for instance, I don't write some novels in serious literary style and others in light fluffy, so my books are always recognisable. I've always approached new projects in the same way—I decide what I want to write about, be it the music industry, writers, a family dynasty or a global pandemic, and then work out a plot.
6) What are your favourite writing and reading spots?
I always write in the corner of my living room, at my desk. I usually read in bed.
7) You’re always encouraging people to leave reviews and you review books on your own blog as well. Why is it so important for people to leave a review?
Because they give readers a clear view of what a book is actually like. Blurbs are not always reliable. From a reader's point of view, if a book is full of punctuation errors and lacking in historical research, I want to know about this. At the other end of the scale, when I've really loved a book I can't wait to tell everyone about it. A healthy number of reviews will spark the interest of other readers, even if they're not all good.
If a books has no reviews, or only one or two that are obviously from friends, and unless it's a new release, this can mean that no one has finished it, or that they haven't found it worth logging onto Amazon and commenting about. Sadly, it can also mean that the writer doesn't understand about promotion, which is why some gems get overlooked. All this is one of the reasons why Kindle Unlimited is so good; you can download a book for nothing, and be pleasantly surprised. The writer still earns from it, as long as you read more than 10%.
8) Is there something you still dream about when it comes to your writing career?
I'd just like to write something really, really brilliant. I don't know if I will ever manage to do that; I am realistic about my capabilities, I think. I can write, yes, and I'm proud of some (but not all) of the stuff I've produced so far, but I doubt I'll ever be as good as I'd love to be. Perhaps those who have written books so wonderful that they make me want to weep don't realise how good they are. Talent is a strange thing; I don't think anyone ever has a clear idea of how much they have, or indeed don't have.
9) Could you sum up the main characters of The Devil you Know in 6 words each?
Aha ~ they're five people who suspect a local serial killer might be someone close to them. They are:
Juliet: abused wife, no confidence, a worrier.
Steve: Dan's introverted, solitary, deep thinking friend.
Maisie: teenager, outspoken, hates mum's new boyfriend!
Tamsin: lonely, highly strung, delusional, seeks love.
Dorothy: Orlando's devoted mum, funny, loyal, philosophical.
That was quite hard, actually, to find the right six words for each one. A good exercise :)
10) What are your plans for the future?
Carry on with the first book of my post apocalyptic series; I've almost finished the first draft, but like all first drafts it needs at least a couple of months of hard work to make it publishable. Once it's gone for proof and test reading I'll start the second book; I won't publish the first until the second is finished, as I hate having to wait months for the second part of a series - my plan is to publish book two within the following month. I am pretty sure it will run to three books. Then I've got at least 3 more books I want to write: a psychological thriller based on a true life story from history, then another family saga based on a historical period, then there's the novel set in the 14th century.... I have my work cut out!
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