Rating: 4.5 / 5
Meg Gardiner is an author I have read and enjoyed in the past, but haven’t picked up again in very recent times. Seeing a few reviews around for her new UNSUB series, I knew it was time to rectify that!
UNSUB by Meg Gardiner is the first in the new series. There are currently two books out (UNSUB and INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE) and a third is coming out next week (THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT). In UNSUB we follow Caitlin Hendrix. Growing up, a serial killer known as The Prophet was her detective father’s obsession in the 1990s, wrecking his life and breaking him down.
Twenty years later, Caitlin is a detective herself, trying to make her way outside of her father’s legacy. When bodies begin to appear with cryptic messages which seem to be tied to those long cold cases, Caitlin winds up in the middle of it all. Stakes are high with personal ties to the cases and taunts from the killer.
Inspired by the Zodiac Killer, this book was a wild ride and I loved it. The story wraps together word puzzles, high action scenes and plenty of peril which are all things I look for in this type of suspense / mystery novel. The story really kept me hooked to keep ready and intrigued to find out what comes next for Caitlin.
Caitlin is a great character to root for. She has her flaws and makes mistakes along the way, but is a strong character willing to put herself out there to hunt down the bad buy and protect those she loves. Given her father’s tumultuous past, Caitlin has a lot to live up to and overcome and she does so well.
UNSUB has me hooked on Caitlin and on this series and I look forward to reading the next two books very soon!