|Title:||Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel|
|Published:||January 30, 2018, Dutton|
|No. of Pages:||368|
|Cover Price:||$26.00 Hardcover, $28.00 Paperback, $12.99 Kindle|
Into the Black Nowhere is the second novel in award-winning author, Meg Gardiner’s, UNSUB series. Readers met protagonist, Caitlin Hendrix, in UNSUB, and even though she hasn’t had much experience as an FBI profiler, her instincts are right on. She is damaged herself, and has personal issues, which seem to make her easier to relate to and more human. Caitlin and her team are charged with bringing in a serial killer, apparently patterned after Ted Bundy. This killer is not only extremely good looking which gets him fans and groupies, but is also able to manipulate almost everyone to his advantage so that he can keep on killing. As Caitlin follows the clues, she discovers that the killer is into revenge, and hunts down anyone who has given Caitlin any information on him. She boldly follows him – in plain sight so that he is totally aware of her - and it gets to him so that she and her team, as well as unsuspecting women are in danger.
This novel is well-written – actually better than the first installment – and is difficult to put down. Although it’s a good idea to read the first installment before reading this one, it isn’t absolutely necessary since Gardiner develops the characters well and readers get to know them in this second novel. Gardiner is an excellent storyteller and the book flows in such a way that fans may stay up late at night to follow the story. There is also plenty of palpable suspense.
While there is no actual graphic violence in the novel, readers will still have an idea in their minds just what the bodies end up looking like, and also be shocked by the number of bodies and the lack of guilt by the perpetrator. The suggestion of violence may be too intense for younger readers. Into the Black Nowhere most readers on the edge of their seats, and yearning for more.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.