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Dennis Reviews: Into The Black Nowhere

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Book Title: Into The Black Nowhere
Author: Meg Gardiner
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Series: Unsub #2
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Crime Fiction
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Pub Date: 01/30/18
5 STARS

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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Beyonce. Oprah. Meg Gardiner. All three iconic legends, but only one of the three has soooo successfully entertained me to the brick of super fandom. Ladies and gents, it’s Ms. Gardiner, bitch.

After I read UNSUB this past fall, I knew that I immediately had to click onto Amazon and pre-order Into the Black Nowhere . I knew it was being released on January 23rd, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. I would check Amazon’s order menu in hopes that they screwed up and issued me a copy before the publication date. Sadly, no negligent workers were looking out for my mental sanity. January 23rd rings in and I ran down to check the mail and was ecstatic to find this beauty in my pile of mail. I was in the midst of another read, but was (im)patiently waiting to start round 2.

Caitlin Hendrix is back, in Virginia with a whole new clique, and serving you FBI realness. Ms. Hendrix was recruited to join the team after her successful capture of The Prophet in UNSUB and immediately jumps into a new case located in Solace, which is a somewhat neighboring suburb for Austin, TX. Several twenty-something year old women have been declared missing by county police and the FBI is called in due to the pattern and nature of these instances. All the women are physically similar and the disappearances have all happened on a Saturday night. Police and FBI are unsure how to advance, until a body of one of the women shows up—dead.

Meg Gardiner, Meg Gardiner, Meg Gardiner. Sorry, I thought by saying your name three times it might actually give me the opportunity to meet you and thank you for this series. I just simply devoured this book—I can’t describe it any other way. Writing, as always, was top-notch for even the most greedy thriller and suspense junkie. Into the Black Nowherediffers from UNSUB and I feel like as an honest reader and reviewer, I have to let you know before you pick up this book. It is not going to have the same format nor plot development as it’s predecessor. Sorry, it just isn’t as intense as UNSUB, it just isn’t. We rarely get to hear any further developments of Caitlin’s private life with Sean and when we do, it’s irrelevant for the most part. However, we do get an original crime-fiction thriller that hasn’t been seen before. Ms. Gardiner’s stories are based on real-life serial killers and in this story we are given a fan fiction of the Ted Bundy’s hysteria, but we are given more that just a new interpretation of a story we’ve all heard. We see a cat and mouse game gone awry; we see a new kind of suspense this time—dare I say more realistic? This is the type of read that you want to make sure all doors are closed, shower curtains double checked, and windows locked. Although the two books are vastly different in their story telling, they are also given the same Meg Gardiner UMPH that you are expecting. This series is the Game of Thrones of crime-fiction. Ms. Gardiner gives zero f’s about who lives and who dies and that plot twist always makes for the juiciest story. Expect red herrings. Expect to be scared. Expect to pre-order Book 3 whenever we find out more information about it!

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