Title: No One Knows You’re Here
Author: Rachel Howzell
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication Date: 21.11.2011
The blurb says:
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.
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 palm trees. Overall, it was an OK read but sadly the book didn’t live up to my expectations.
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book for free from Beyond the Page Publishing via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.