|Title: “Into The Black Nowhere“|
|Author: Meg Gardiner|
|#Pages: 368 (Hardcover)|
|Publisher: Penguin Group Dutton|
|Release Date: January 30, 2018|
This is the second book in Meg Gardiner’s UNSUB series. I heard great things about the debut novel of this new series and was thrilled to get permission to review “Into The Black Nowhere”. Our Main character is FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix. She has recently been assigned to the behavioral unit. In the small town of Solace, Texas the FBI have discovered two women’s bodies staged and surrounded by polaroids. There are missing women who are unaccounted for and the profilers are sure they have a serial killer on their hands. When they zero in on a suspect, what they find is a cunningly smart, manipulative man who can win the trust of women too fast for their own good. The FBI’s behavioral Analysis Unit will have to work day and night just to keep up with this killer.
Meg Gardiner uses the real serial killers for her inspired characters. “Into The Black Nowhere” was inspired by Ted Bundy. Bundy is well known to be both deadly and smooth. He used his charm and good looks to lull women into a sense of security. This allowed him to get closer to them, making his victims vulnerable to his predation. If a serial killer blends seamlessly into the society to which they belong, every person becomes a potential victim because we just don’t see them coming.
There is spectacular character development in this book, I love how Caitlin is strong, smart but also human and flawed. The pace of the book is perfect, I felt like I was right with the characters. The story never lags but also isn’t rushed so you feel like you’re dropping clues because of the pace. Gardiner shows she’s an expert at writing.
If you love shows like Criminal Minds and are riveted the psychological manipulations of psychopaths then don’t miss this book. I will definitely be going back and reading the first in this series, “UNSUB”. “Into The Black Nowhere” was a spectacular read, Meg Gardiner has outdone herself and I can’t wait to read number three.
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