Review: Stranger in the Room
Private investigator Keye Street is working on an interesting case when her cousin Miki comes to her saying she woke up to find a stranger in her room, pointing his finger at her. Things like this have happened before, though, so Keye doesn’t worry much about it but does offer her a place to stay.
Keye’s boyfriend, police Lieutenant Aaron Rauser is investigating a couple deaths of his own. At first, the cases don’t seem to be related but, using her profiling skills, Keye quickly figures things out.
As I listened to Stranger in the Room, by Amanda Kyle Williams, I kept thinking it would make a great series since it has such an interesting group of characters. After I finished the book I discovered it is the second book in the Keye Street series. This book certainly stands alone, though, because I never felt like I was missing a part of the story.
The heart of the story is Keye and she is a fabulous character. She’s smart and strong, yet insecure. She and her brother were adopted but seem to question their mother’s motives. And, with her cousin Miki around, there’s sure to be some drama. Her dangerous, stressful job keeps things interesting too.
I enjoyed this book and thought the mystery aspect was solid and the pacing was terrific as well. I always looked forward to going back to the book and hope to read more of the series.
I listened to the audio version of Stranger in the Room and found Ann Marie Lee’s narration to be okay. I wasn’t crazy about her Southern accent. There were a couple of words – specifically kudzu (KUD-zoo) and Dekalb (the l is silent) – that weren’t pronounced the way they are in this part of the country. Since Keye has lived in Atlanta her whole life, she would know how to pronounce those words. Those things probably won’t bother most people the way they did me, though. The audio is on 11 CDs and lasts approximately 13 hours.