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Publisher's Summary

The search for a serial killer leads a woman into the twisted tangle of her own family tree in a chilling novel by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Missing Sister and Lies We Bury.

Adopted when she was only days old, Ivy Hon knows little about her lineage. But when she’s stricken with a mystery illness, the results of a genetic test to identify the cause attract the FBI. According to Ivy’s DNA, she’s related to the Full Moon Killer, who has terrorized the Pacific Northwest for decades. Ivy is the FBI’s hope to stop the enigmatic predator from killing again.

When an online search connects Ivy with her younger cousin, she heads to rural Rock Island, Washington, to meet the woman. Motivated by a secret desire to unmask a murderous relative, Ivy reaches out to what’s left of a family of strangers.

Discovering her mother’s tragic fate and her father’s disappearance is just the beginning. As Ivy ventures into a serial killer’s home territory, she realizes that she may be the next victim of poisonous blood ties.

©2022 Elle Marr. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“…the increasingly tense plot takes turns the reader won’t see coming. Marr is a writer to watch.”Publishers Weekly

“Elle Marr is an author to know. Just when you think you understand the motives behind her characters and the way their story lines are being presented—bam!—Elle will hit you with twists you won’t see coming. Told from multiple points of view, Strangers We Know is about more than Ivy learning of her past and, shockingly, the serial killer within her family; it’s also about knowing who to trust and how to discern who’s telling the complete story. Because if everyone has secrets, are they truly family or only strangers? Read Strangers We Know to find out.”—Georgina Cross, bestselling author of The Stepdaughter 

“Elle Marr burst onto the suspense scene in 2020 with her bestselling debut, The Missing Sister, and followed up a year later with Lies We Bury, another trust-no-one murder mystery. With her third novel, Strangers We Know, Marr firmly establishes herself as a master of ‘did that really just happen?’ thrillers. Strangers We Know has plot twists so unexpected and characters so creepy you won’t want to turn out the lights, and the ending is surprising in multiple ways. Who knew a deranged-serial-killer whodunit could leave you with all the feels?”—A.H. Kim, author of A Good Family 

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Got all the way to chapter 3 and it won’t play anymore. It’s def not the app cuz other ones are working. Sad. I was interested.

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Slow going. It’s kind of like being told all the story details instead of the actual story. And the male narrator is ridiculous, trying to sound like a valley girl/frat boy combo. And I’m always unsure when I see Ezzo is a narrator as well.

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Brilliantly Wriiten!

Love it when a writer keeps you guessing until the very end. Such a great read! Couldn't stop listening. Finished it in two days.

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So bad!

This story was all over the place and completely stupid. So many flaws and characters doing the opposite of what normal people would do. The narration was awful, especially the main character. It made me cringe to hear what sounded like a mouth full of peanut butter.

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Couldn’t get past chapter 2 - don’t waste your time

The male voice narrator is BAD. I couldn’t listen for more than 2 minutes.

Skip trying to listen to this one and just read it instead.

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a great thriller with an amazing narrator!

There was A LOT happening in this book... I was still a little confused during the epilogue. But I am attributing that to the fact that I listened to the book instead of reading it. That might sound weird but I am more of a visual person. So I think I probably got distracted and missed some important things along the way ...which I probably wouldn't have if I had read it. The main character, Ivy, gave the typical horror movie scenes that had me yelling at her as I'm walking through my house trying to fold laundry. Some of her actions were complete insanity .. but made for her to figure out what the heck is happening! Plus we get some chapters from different perspectives of important people throughout the book that only add to the mystery. Marr wove a detailed and indepth thriller that could've gone so many different ways... You think you know something and bam! The rug is pulled out from under you. You'll never see the twists coming. And there are a lot of twists. Overall, this was a great suspense that kept me hooked!

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I couldn’t even get through it. The make narrator’s fake female voice is god-awful.

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The book lacked depth and nuance. For me a good book does not tell you the story but the story emerges through the characters. The "surprises" weren't surprising at all, but cringy.

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But why?

I understand her autonomy made the story but author gives no reason that Ivy avoids or seems to never even think to notify any authorities. That makes her seem stupid. Who does that? The story was diminished for me when I’m asking ‘why doesn’t she tell someone’ over and over again.

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Oh man, the twists!!!

Foster care that includes molestation, recipe for a sociopathic serial killer…I had a feeling about the killer but wasn’t expecting the twist! OH THE TWIST!! I knew there was something untoward about one of Ivy’s male relatives, but he did have a slightly redeeming quality at the very end. Looking back at the 70s, those are some crazy times and I’m glad I was an 80s baby…this crazy story reaffirms that!

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Elle Marr is class

I am a big fan of Elle Marr having stumbled across her last year. This is the third of her books I have read and it didn’t disappoint.

Ivy is adopted and goes in search of her biological family because she finds out she is related to a serial killer. If it was me I would have stayed well clear with that knowledge but anyway…

This is a great thriller that keeps you thinking. I would definitely recommend.