In the vein of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, The Devil You Know by Elisabeth de Mariaffi is a thrilling debut novel by about a rookie reporter whose memories of the murder of her childhood best friend bring danger (and a stalker) right to her doorstep.
In short, The Devil You Know is a brilliant, unsettling read. Set in 1993, protagonist Evie Jones is assigned to the developing Paul Bernardo case. This case was very real, as are the places and, in some instances, people, that Evie meets. Though a difficult topic, the author writes about this traumatic time in Canadian history (one that the National Post refers to as “when [Canada] had more dead or missing girls than it knew what to do with”) appropriately. “What sets this novel apart is de Mariaffi’s masterful ability to evoke the feeling of the Bernardo era and what it has subsequently wrought,” says Stacey May Fowles for The Globe and Mail, who calls The Devil You Know “a brilliant debut novel.”
Intrigued? Whether you’re a fan of the aforementioned bestsellers by Gillian Flynn and Alice Sebold, of true crime, or of fictionalized events in Canadian history, The Devil You Know is a must(stay-up-until-you-can’t-keep-your-eyes-open-)read.