Author: Meg Gardiner
Series: UNSUB #1
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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?
UNSUB was my book club pick for The BookBum Club this month. The theme for August was IT’S THE SOUND OF THE POLICE! Admittedly I don’t read a lot of crime novels so when I saw that theme I had no clue what I was going to read. By the way I have noting against crime novels it’s just not something I am familiar with so I don’t tend to reach for them but I would like to read more so if you have any suggestions I am all ears. Anyways I decided to look on Scribd because I knew I didn’t own any crime novels. I saw the audiobook of this book was available and I remembered marking it as to read on Goodreads so I decided to read it.
Like I mentioned I listened to the audiobook of UNSUB which wasn’t horrible but I do wish I would have physically read this. The narrator in my opinion wasn’t the greatest. She didn’t do a good job of differentiating between the characters so I had to really pay attention to what character was talking. Also she didn’t portray the emotions very well. Because of this I didn’t get that edge of my seat feeling like I would have liked for this type of book.
This has nothing to do with the narrator but hearing the words he said, she said etc. started to really get on my nerves it was used so much in the story.
It was a little slow to begin with and it took me a little bit to get into but once things started happening it picked up and I was drawn into the story. I’ll admit that the stuff the killer did went over my head but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment at all.
Caitlin who is one of the main characters kind of bothered me a little bit. She is portrayed as having it together all the time. If any emotion starts to peak through she would tell herself to pull it together and then she would be fine which to me is unrealistic. No one is going to have it that together especially dealing with what she was dealing with.
About halfway through I realized that there were some chapters from the killers point of view mixed in. I don’t know why I didn’t register that from the beginning. The only reason I realized it was because the killer identified themselves to the reader about halfway through which I am still not sure if I like or not. I was totally expecting the reveal to be one way because the books I’ve read tend to always have similar outcomes but this was completely different which I guess really isn’t a bad thing.
When I finished listening to this book I literally yelled “You have to be kidding me”. My husband looked at me and was like what because he thought I was yelling at him but nope it wasn’t him I was yelling at it was the ending of the book. It ends on a freaking cliffhanger. I didn’t realize this was part of a series but I immediately looked it up and found out there was another book so that calmed me down a little. However, you guys know I hate cliffhangers. Cliffhangers aren’t bad they keep the reader interested so they will continue on with the next book and they set up for the next book but I HATE them. I am so impatient and just want to know how things play out immediately.
Overall I really enjoyed this and would recommend to those who enjoy crime thrillers and who don’t have a week stomach. I would also recommend not listening to this on audiobook and be sure you have the next book on hand because you will be left wanting more.