Evie Jones is a young reporter in 1993 Toronto, doing more investigating than actual writing. Her latest assignment is for an ongoing story that Evie nicknames “dead-girls weekend section.” She gets bumped up from digging through basement archives for stories about long dead girls to LexisNexis, which intensifies the search.
Evie has never really recovered from her best friend’s kidnapping and murder when they were eleven years old, and the suspect, Robert Cameron, was never caught. With the digital age upon her, Evie starts digging into her friend’s case as she tries to deal with a growing suspicion that someone is stalking her, but it could also be a figment of her imagination.
Paranoia is the main theme as the suspense slowly builds in this literary thriller, but reaches a frightening climax as Evie, who apparently has never seen a horror movie, goes off alone into the basement of a possible suspect’s hunting cabin deep in the woods. De Mariaffi was long-listed for the Giller Prize for How To Get Along With Women, a collection of short stories, but this is her first novel.
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THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Elisabeth de Mariaffi. Touchstone (January 13, 2015). ISBN 978-1476779089. 320p.