Review: Unsub by Meg Gardiner

Review: Unsub by Meg GardinerUNSUB by Meg Gardiner
Series: UNSUB #1
Published by Dutton on June 27th 2017
Pages: 366
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A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.

Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.

Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?

Fans of Criminal Minds would know that UNSUB, the title of Meg Gardiner’s latest novel, stands for “Unknown Subject”. The term used by FBI to identify serial killers. And that’s exactly what UNSUB is about. Inspired by the Zodiac Killer, Ms. Gardiner takes us on a thrilling chase for a serial killer who has resurfaced and is terrorizing a whole new generation.

The mystery draws you in, but the characters keeps the reader hooked. UNSUB follows Narcotics detective, Caitlin Hendrix, as she tries to chase down and stop the boogeyman from her childhood, the Prophet. There’s a fine line Caitlin tries to straddle between outthinking the Prophet and becoming obsessed to the point of ruining her life, as it ruined her father’s.

UNSUB is gritty, disturbing, and intense. It will keep readers on the edge of their seats right to the very end. The story is intricately woven, and it all comes together in a satisfying way. Do not miss out on this book if you like a good mystery.

About Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner is a bestselling, Edgar Award winning author. A former lawyer and lecturer at the University of California, she's also a three-time Jeopardy! champion. Born in Oklahoma, she grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and lives in Austin.

China Lake won the 2009 Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Paperback Original. The Nightmare Thief won the 2012 Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the year. Phantom Instinct was named an O, the Oprah magazine, "Best Books of Summer."


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3 Replies to “Review: Unsub by Meg Gardiner”

  1. This book sounds absolutely amazing! I need to get my hands on it now; I’m a huge fan of Criminal Minds and am always looking for some good mystery books. This is definitely the book for me. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Happy reading!

  2. going to have to look this one up, sounds riveting and perfect for fall.

  3. I’m a big Criminal Minds fan so the title is enough to make this one appeal to me. It sounds like a great thriller!

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