I don't typically read series. It's too much of an investment, books end without answers, and I am left waiting for a new one to release. However, I was introduced to Into The Black Nowhere back in January of 2018. I specifically remember reading it in Whistler, foregoing a night out to stay bundled up on the couch, rapidly flipping pages because it was incredible, and frightening, and wonderful, all at the same time. Little did I know that it wasn't a stand-a-lone, but the second in a series that would soon become one of my favourites of all time.
When I was younger I was captivated by true crime stories (hello...JonBenét) and loved every single episode of CSI. There is something about fast-paced crime investigations, behavioural analysis, and unpredictable outcomes. So it was no surprise that after I started this story, I could not put it down. I read a LOT of books. I've read 32 books and it's only the end of April. Oftentimes, I will look at a cover and remember that I either 'liked it' or 'didn't like it', but I have a difficult time remembering the plot, characters or resolution. That is not the case with Meg Gardiner's books. As soon as I finished Into The Black Nowhere, I went back and read Unsub, which filled in a lot of holes that I had when finishing Into the Black. The backstories of certain characters started to make sense, and I couldn't wait for her to release the next one.
2 years later... and Booksparks makes my dreams come true by sending me the third instalment called The Dark Corners of the Night. What a thrill it was. Intricately written, unsuspecting antagonist, and an intriguing story filled with action and suspense.
What's most exciting is that this series has been bought by CBS and will soon be a TV show.
I highly recommend this series and can't wait to hear what you think!
I was fortunate enough to receive an amazing package of books from Dutton back in November, full of Advanced Reader Copies. I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't read the first instalment in the UNSUB series, however I found this one works as a stand-alone. This was an intense and thrilling reading experience. I started this on December 29th as we headed up to Whistler for New Years Eve weekend. Once I started, I couldn't stop, and I read well into the night on News Year Eve (super anti-social). The characters are mesmerizing, the detailed scenes heart-wrenching, and the plot is completely original. I felt like I was watching an entire season of Criminal Minds. I highly recommend this one for anyone needing a fast-paced, addictive psychological thriller. I didn't think any thrillers could top Good Me, Bad Me, Final Girls, or The Good Daughter this year, but this one knocked it out of the park. Bravo Gardiner!
Details from Goodreads:
Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer
In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.
Caitlin and the FBI's serial crime unit discover the first victim's body in the woods. She's laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest's darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style--posed like Snow White awaiting her prince's kiss.
To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology--that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy--dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin's profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people's trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.
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