Not Like Us (An Ilse Beck FBI Suspense Thriller—Book 1)

· An Ilse Beck FBI Suspense Thriller Book 1 · Ava Strong
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Gripped me the whole way… The plot has many twists and turns, but it is the ending, which I did not see coming at all, that totally defines this book as one of the most riveting that I have read in years.”

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In this #1 bestselling mystery by suspense author Ava Strong, a victim barely escapes a serial killer in the Pacific Northwest—yet now, she fears he is stalking her again. Is he? Brilliant psychologist and serial killer expert Ilse Beck has faced many monsters and seen shocking cases—but this may be the most shocking of all.


Ilse Beck escaped her own traumatic childhood in Germany and moved to the U.S. to become a renowned psychologist and the world’s leading expert in the trauma of serial-killer survivors. Ilse has a unique and unparalleled expertise in the psychology of serial killers.

Yet nothing can prepare Ilse for her new patient, a survivor from a near murder by a serial killer. The patient believes she is still being watched by the killer. Is she paranoid?

When the killer claims a new victim, the FBI needs Ilse’s help to solve it. This case and this killer, though, strike too close to home for Ilse’s comfort.

When she wonders if she herself is being targeted, the trauma of her own past comes full circle.

Can Ilse use her brilliant instincts to enter the mind of this killer and stop him before he strikes again?

A dark and suspenseful crime thriller, the bestselling ILSE BECK series is a breathtaking page-turner, an unputdownable mystery and suspense novel. A compelling and perplexing psychological thriller, rife with twists and jaw-dropping secrets, it will make you fall in love with a brilliant new female protagonist, while it keeps you shocked late into the night. It is a perfect addition for fans of Robert Dugoni, Rachel Caine, Melinda Leigh or Mary Burton.



“Wonderful book! I enjoyed the way this book never ceased to add more details, drawing you in and making you see the scene. I felt her emotional war. Ready for the next one!”

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“Not Like Us is a fast paced thriller that is scary, terrorizing, makes you forget to breathe, and fabulous! I can’t wait to read book 2…Not Like Us is everything I want in a thriller.”

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Twisted is just the beginning... Not Like Us was a journey in itself that was intense from the opening page. I was intrigued by the characters and their quirky personalities. Ava Strong has introduced dark suspense at a level in this book that screams keep reading. I was totally taken by surprise.”

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“Great mystery…very suspenseful, loved it!”

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“Not Like Us is a terrific psychological thriller. I especially enjoyed the ending (I did not see it coming)…A great read. Will be looking forward to the rest of the series.”

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104 reviews
Heather W
August 4, 2021
Not Like Us is the first book in the Ilse Beck FBI Suspense Thriller series and is a good start to the series. I enjoyed this thriller. The characters are interesting and the story has danger and suspense. I did find that the end dragged on a little too long. I read and reviewed this book with no obligation. 3.5 stars
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jen zemola
July 11, 2021
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Deb Goddard
July 9, 2021
First in series, brilliant really enjoyed and what a twist!!!!!! Bring on the next in series 👍
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About the author

Bestselling author Ava Strong is the author of the bestselling ILSE BECK mystery series, which includes seven books (and counting). She is also the author of the REMI LAURENT mystery series, comprising six books (and counting), and of the STELLA FALL psychological suspense thriller series, comprising six books (and counting).

An avid reader and lifelong fan of the mystery and thriller genres, Ava loves to hear from you, so please feel free to visit to learn more and stay in touch.

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