Review: UNSUB by Meg Gardiner #bookreview #bookblog @meggardiner1 @DuttonBooks


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?

My Thoughts

Anything serial killer, I’m drawn to. So when I heard others talking about this book I reserved, reserved, reserved at my local library.  I loved the catching front cover and the title. My husband on the other (super anti-Criminal Minds) did not and teased me mercifully, lol.  But the story itself was fantastic, I enjoyed such a rich and in depth villain, and something I haven’t seen before.  I imagine it’s difficult to come up with something fresh and riveting and this killer was certainly that. 

I enjoyed all the characters, which I find is something a rare thing. Usually, I can’t stand at least one. But not in this book. Everyone was pretty individual, and brought they’re own special something to the story.  I gasped with Fletcher, I won’t say anything more so as not to spoil it for you. But when a book makes you break the book world into reality that’s a big star on its own for me.

And that ending… Definitely wants me getting into the next book in the series, pronto!

If you love serial killer reads, lover masterful description, thought, and appreciate creative juices creating a stellar story line, then you may love this one.

I rated UNSUB: 5/5 stars

Happy reading



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Avid reader and 'collector' of books. I'm a prison psychologist and criminologist, so no surprise when I admit I have a particular like in true crime and psychological/police procedure thrillers and suspense books.

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