Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner

Into the Black Nowhere

Meg Gardiner

"Her novels are, simply put, the finest crime-suspense series I've come across in the last twenty years."--Stephen King

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Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer

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.

Advance Galley Reviews

Five women have disappeared from Gideon County, Texas, in the last six months all on a Saturday night. The killer uses his good looks and charm to lure unsuspecting women into his deadly game of cat and mouse. He has a powerful God-like complex which he uses to torment and violently kill his victims as part of his twisted fantasy. As Saturday night quickly approaches, FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix must track down the killer before he can strike again. Into the Black Nowhere is the exhilarating second novel in the UNSUB series. I literally could not put this novel down and finished it in one sitting. I really enjoyed the criminal profiling element of this novel as well as the dark and disturbing insight into the killers psyche. I always feel that one of the most frightening aspects of some serial killers is their ability to appear as completely normal, functioning citizens capable of attracting women and groupies with their charming personalities and good looks. This is definitely a novel I would recommend to anyone who loves Psychological Crime Thrillers.

I wish I would've listened sooner to everyone who said that I would love Meg Gardiner - I have found a new favorite author!! Even though I didn't read the first book in the UNSUB series I felt this could be read as a stand alone. Action packed, keeps you on your toes the whole time - love Caitlin Hendrix and can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

As a fan of Meg Gardiner's I was eager to read Into The Black Nowhere. I was not disappointed! The story picks up some time after the end of UNSUB, with Caitlin Hendrix now a member of the FBI in the behavior analysis unit. She and her team are called in to help with a number of suspicious disappearances in Texas. After they discover multiple bodies in a field the police and FBI realize they have a serial killer on their hands. The story builds in intensity chapter by chapter and the climax is thrilling. Caitlin is a fascinating character who is clearly still trying to overcome traumas from her past. But it doesn't stop her from going after this book's UNSUB, who is clearly enjoying the chase. The ending leaves an opening for another book in the series (hopefully). I would definitely recommend this book!

The pace of Into the Black Nowhere starts at a slower pace while it establishes the intense evil that is wrapped up and twisted the insides of our serial killer. I kept reading with that sense of dread that builds as we're lead to realize just how sick and depraved the killer is. Caitlin Hendrix investigates in her new role as a team member of the BAU. Caitlin is navigating many transitions: moving from west coast to Virginia, hoping a long distance relationship can last after her professional move, feeling her way into her new team and her role in BAU, and flashing back to a significant unresolved issue from her teen years. She has a lot to handle, but yet Caitlin remains laser focused on identifying and then capturing this monster. After the outstanding slow buildup at the start of the novel to establish the full depravity of the killer, the action in Into the Black Nowhere takes off like a race car. I really liked the talent of Meg Gardiner in the movement of the plot. I hadn't read Book #1 in the Caitlin Hendrix series, UNSUB, but I like Caitlin enough as a character that I am happy to read backwards! You're in luck if you haven't read UNSUB, because you have time to read UNSUB before the Black Nowhere comes out in 2018. I liked this book and I'm excited to have Meg Gardiner as a new author in my life!

While I have to admit I have not read any of Meg Gardiner's previous books, that is all about to change! Having read Into the Black Nowhere, I am definitely a new fan. I enjoy reading books that grab you from the start and never let go. Into the Black Nowhere is definitely one such book. This is very well written and follows a twisting, turning, fast pace. Every time I thought I saw where Meg was going, she threw me for a loop. Her main character, Caitlin, was a well thought-out and nicely developed character. You, too, will pick up this book and speed read it to the end to find out what happens,

4 stars! Into the Black Nowhere (UNSUB #2) by Meg Gardiner was a intense and crazy ride. Gardiner concocted a chilling serial killer based on the outline of Ted Bundy and neatly blended it with her Caitlin Hendrix character in modern times making it a fast paced book that I couldn't put down. Story alternates between various players in the game, but primarily stays with Caitlin Hendrix as she's moved from detective in the first UNSUB book to the FBI BAU in the second . It's easy to follow the series of events and keeps action moving and you don't need to have read the first book in the series to follow this one. No plot spoilers here, enough is given away knowing this is inspired by Bundy's crimes, but if you enjoy things like Netflix's MindHunter, and don't mind a high body count? This is a great addition to your TBR. I will be on the look out for the next Meg Gardiner book *Thanks to Penguin Random House First to Read for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review


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