Rachel Howzell No One Knows You're Here


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Fans of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club will love Rachel Howzell's newest title. Three weeks out of cancer surgery, crime reporter Syeeda McKay is in the pursuit of Los Angeles’s most active serial killer. Over the last twenty years, the Phantom Slayer has hunted African-American prostitutes working in one of the worst parts of South Los Angeles, killing eight victims in the alleys off Western Avenue, and then disappearing into the shadows. But Syeeda doesn’t know that the killer has turned his sights on her. Detective Adam Sherwood, a hotshot investigator with the Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD, has been handed the Phantom Slayer cases, and together, he and Syeeda must figure out who is doing the killing . . . before Syeeda becomes his next victim. Rachel Howzell was born and raised in South Los Angeles. An avid reader and lover of books, she received her B.A. in English and American Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 2002, Rachel’s first novel, A Quiet Storm, was published by Scriber to great notice, including reviews from O Magazine and Publishers Weekly, with a starred review from Library Journal. A Quiet Storm was also a featured selection for Borders’ Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection for Black Expressions book club. She published her second novel, The View from Here, in November 2010. The author received rave reviews for her debut title, A Quiet Storm: “Insightful and emphatic, first novelist’s Hall’s portrayal of bipolar disorder and its long-term effects on an African American family grabs readers from the start.” Starred review from Library Journal “The author portrays mental illness (including the denial of it) with realism and sensitivity, but what really sets this novel apart is Stacey's lively narration, which crackles with dark humor, wisdom and self-deprecation.” Publishers Weekly “Sibling rivalry and devotion and the pressures that can tear apart a family—and a fledgling marriage—are the subjects of this urgent first novel by a promising African-American writer.” Oprah Magazine
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  • Didn't live up to my expectations

    No One Knows You're Here


    04. March 2014 um 21:25

    The storyline is really interesting and very well researched; perhaps not surprisingly as it is inspired by the Grim Sleeper case, a series of real-life murders in South Los Angeles, which were made public by a journalist. It took me quite a while to get into the story, about one third actually. I also didn’t instantly warm to the main character Syeeda McKay. In fact, I never really did although admittedly she did grow on me a little. My main problem with the book was that it’s very busy. There was just too much going on – the murders, the main character battling cancer, a stalker, a complicated romantic relationship, reunions with old college friends… Some of it distracted from the story to be honest. I really wanted to like this book. But I didn’t. Not as a whole anyway. I did like parts of it though such as the middle part. Then it took an unexpected turn, which to my mind didn’t quite suit the story. It also meant that an occurrence towards the end, which the book led up to and hinted at throughout, was dealt with too fast. In fact, the ending felt a little rushed and was rather abrupt. I turned the page, thinking it was the end of a chapter but found that it was actually the end of the book. It was an unsatisfactory ending. Because of that I am giving No One Knows You’re Here a rating of 2.5 stars. Overall, it was an OK read but sadly the book didn’t live up to my expectations.

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