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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In this exhilarating thriller inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, 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, from her car at a stoplight. A mother is ripped 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's unit discovers the first victim's body in the woods, laid out in a bloodstained white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest's darkness. Around the bodies, Polaroid photos are stuck in the earth like headstones, picturing other women with their wrists slashed. The women in the woods are not the killer's first victims, nor are they likely to be his last.

To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind; he is a confident, meticulous killer, capable of charming his victims until their guard is down, snatching them in plain sight. He then plays out a twisted fantasy—turning them into 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 can they apprehend him before it's too late? 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 his next victim.

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Into the Black Nowhere was just as gripping as the first book in the series with an interesting storyline and some great development for the main character. On Saturday nights in southern Texas, women have started disappearing with increasing frequency. FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, believes the crimes are being committed by one man. Caitlin and her fellow agents head to Texas to try work out how he selects his victims and to find the killer before he strikes again. But with Saturday night approaching and the team no closer to a solid lead, the race is on to find the killer before he claims his next victim. Caitlin is slowly gaining her footing in the FBI which is a lot different than working in the Alameda County sheriff's office. Caitlin is continuing to sharpen the skills that led to the FBI recruiting her and is learning to trust her instincts more when it comes to her cases. She is obviously still dealing with the trauma she experienced in the first book at the hands of another serial killer, and I liked that she didn’t just get over it and instead has to work through her fears. I like that Caitlin isn’t superhuman and that she’s a very realistic and relatable character. Caitlin and the team’s search for the killer, based on real life serial killer Ted Bundy, was incredibly interesting and kept me guessing until the very end. I personally don’t know much about Bundy so a lot of what happened surprised me, but based on other reviews I’ve read for those familiar with Bundy there is less of a shock factor. Caitlin sets her sights on a particular suspect early on in the book to the point I was surprised I was only roughly half way through the the book and it seemed as if everything was wrapping up. I won’t spoil what happens but there are just enough twists to keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next. Into the Black Nowhere ended on a slight cliffhanger so I’m very eager for the next book to come out to see what happens next. I highly recommend this series to fans of thrillers or if you like the TV show Criminal Minds.

Last year, I read and loved UNSUB, so when I saw that First to Read was offering Into the Black Nowhere, I just had to snatch it up. Meg Gardiner has done it again and I devoured this book which reads like a combined episode of CSI and Criminal Minds. Caitlin Hendrix has joined the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit and moved across the country and her relationship. Being a rookie though doesn't deter her from putting in her insights when women start disappearing from Texas. After the fifth woman disappears on a Saturday night, Hendrix and her team head down to outside Austin and ultimately end up finding the bodies of two women in the forest. They are found poised in white nighties, with suicide-like cuts and Polaroid pictures laid around them. The team starts to put together a profile for their UNSUB and are thrown into a cat-and-mouse game and trying to keep their UNSUB from the next victim. Full of twists and turns and with that ending, I am now anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series. Highly recommend!

Love Caitlin Hendrix as the main character for she shows her strength along with her human vulnerabilities and is willing to use both to catch the bad guy! Another hit of a story for Meg Gardiner who knows how to get into the depraved minds of killers and make them come alive in her stories. Plenty of suspense and some twists and turns in this book and a cliffhanger at the end just leaving me waiting for the next book in the series to come out. I received a copy of this book via First To Read.

Thrilling book with so much suspense! I loved it and can't wait to read more. I felt like I was in the book, following the trail, along with the profiler, trying to stop the killer before the next victim died! It was a race against the clock, and I loved every minute of it.

This book was my first Meg Gardiner and I can safely say that it won't be the last. I love books based on true crime and this book was a perfect fit for me. I felt like I was a member of the CRIMINAL MINDS team. Easily 4 / 5 stars.

Another wonderful book in this series. I loved it!

Loved this read! I can’t say enough amazing things about it. I look forward to reading more from this author!

Caitlyn Hendrix is a special agent for the FBI who helps profile killers. When young blond women start disappearing in a small Texas county the FBI gets called in. Shortly after the FBI gets pulled in bodies start showing up. As the body count rises, Caitlyn and her partner and boss are running out of time to save a young college student. This was my first book by this author and I was pretty pleased with it. I was nervous about reading the series out of order but it only referenced previous things that may have been in the first book a few times. The book was actually going at a great pace but then it kind of seemed like the author was trying to make the book longer and it started to draw out. It did end with an interesting cliffhanger so now I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. I read an advanced egalley of this book thanks to for an honest review.

Another hit! I loved the first book in the Unsub series and was so happy to be offered a chance to read this one early too. Meg Gardiner knows how to suck a reader in and keep you wanting to "read just one more chapter". Though this is the second book in the series, I do not think it is necessary to read the first one. Yes, in the first one you get more detailed background information on Caitlin and why she is the way she is but the stories focus is the serial killer. Highly recommend to my thriller, murder, crime, serial killer fellow readers.

I remember reading "UNSUB" last year and it giving me nightmares. I read tons of horror and that never happens so I was a tad disturbed by the fact. Fast forward a year and now the second one has come out. I was a little leery to pick it up even though I was dying to see if this one could hold up to the first. I'm glad to say it did. Caitlin Hendrix has moved on from being a local California Detective to now working as a profiler for the FBI. Several women from Texas, all similar in description, have gone missing and Caitlin and her team head there to assist the local authorities in finding the culprit before more women are lost. This book has so many great elements. Gardiner does a wonderful job at not only getting into Caitlin's mind as she is trying to find out who is behind the abductions, but she also allows us into the mind of this serial predator as well. And it's a terrifying place to be. In order for someone to pull off these abductions, they must also be charming and charismatic which makes the perp that much more scarier. And as I've said before, human beings are some of the scariest "monsters" out there. Also, even though we learn who the culprit is about mid-book, there is still a lot of story to be told and I was just as excited to see what happens next. I had actually thought one the guy was revealed the book might start to slow down a tad - not true! Cailin is not a perfect MC. She's had some trauma in her life and carries some baggage, which in my opinion makes her that much more likable. She crosses some lines during this case and it was interesting to see if she'd be able to pull herself back. Caitlin's boyfriend remains halfway across the United States and works for a bomb squad so if romantic elements aren't necessarily your thing, don't worry because there's not much here. I will say this book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger and I am in serious need of the next book NOW! If you like mysteries and procedural books (although I wouldn't say it was heavy on the procedural side) then I definitely recommend the UNSUB series. Also, a lot of this book happens in the middle of a snowstorm which is an element I love in thriller/horror novels.

5 Stars I’ve been a fan of Meg Gardiner since I read China Lake(2009). I’ve read all her books and I’ve never been disappointed. I loved Unsub, the first book in this new series starring detective Caitlin Hendrix, and Into the Black Nowhere is a 100% perfect sequel. Just like with the first book I was completely mesmerized from the first page. With characters you can’t help loving and action packed plots, this series is shaping up to be one of my favorites. I can’t wait for Bk. 3!

I read the first book in Meg Gardiner’s UNSUB series earlier this month and absolutely devoured it. It was a 5-star read for me that was filled with suspense, memorable characters (including a badass heroine), a disturbing yet riveting storyline, great action scenes, and just an overall fascinating look at the psychology of a serial killer. Because I enjoyed UNSUB so much, I began reading its follow-up Into the Black Nowhere with very high expectations. And thankfully, I wasn’t at all disappointed. Just like its predecessor, Into the Black Nowhere hooked me from the first page and didn’t let me go until I reached the nail biting conclusion. I think I’ve found myself a new favorite series!

I absolutely loved UNSUB, the first book in this series. I was really excited when I saw this was coming out. For me, this one started a little slower than UNSUB, and it didn’t suck me in as well right away. Once they figured out who the UNSUB was, things got crazy and exciting. I’m glad I stuck with it. It ended up being a really good book. Thanks to Penguin’s First to Read Program for an advanced copy.

Women in southern Texas, particularly blonde women, are scared. And they have good reason to be. It seems nowhere is safe -- not the movie theatre, not work, not even home. As women disappear without a trace, leaving local law enforcement stumped, FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix arrives on scene. Hendrix is involved in a vicious, fast-moving game of beat the clock, and if she loses, so will another victim. Can she find the handsome, charming killer before it's too late? In "Into the Black Nowhere," Gardiner tells a finely-crafted story of suspense. Her writing takes the reader into the dark and twisted mind of a killer as well as the FBI agent who's determined to stop him. "Into the Black Nowhere" is a gripping thrill ride from the very first page to the very last. If you're planning to read in bed, double-check to make sure all your doors are locked -- and leave a light on!

5* Stars! This book was amazing... well-written, fast-paced, fantastic storyline and characters. I loved every minute reading it! If you enjoy the tv show Criminal Minds you will definitely love this book... has the same vibe to it. I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series! Highly recommend!

First off let me say that when I saw this was inspired by Ted Bundy and I was selected to review it, I was more than ecstatic!! I’m all for serial killer books. I also loved Megan Gardiner Unsub.. but back to this book . It was well written and I love that Caitlin Hendrix is back in this book. This book definitely felt Criminal Minds and To Catch a Killer to me. It’s fast paced, can’t put down, and honestly I can’t wait for her next book! I definitely recommend if you love to get into the minds of a detective and figure out the clues.

This book is amazing! It is well written. I like Caitlin's sass and willingness to put herself into the turmoil to get her criminal. I didn't get to read her first book UNSUB but I will definitely go back and read it now

An amazing sequel to Gardiner's novel 'UNSUB', 'Into the Black Nowhere may just be better than the first. Caitlin Hendrix, now a special agent with the FBI, is tracking a serial killer who seems to abduct blonds without leaving a trace. The local Texas police, stumped, calls in FBI to shed light on these mysterious abductions. With her trademark penchant toward near obsession with her cases, Hendrix uses her gut instincts to connect dots where others might have dismissed a pattern. This leads her and her FBI mentors hunting a Saturday night killer cross country and many twists and turns. And if you were wondering if the villain from book one will pop up again, well you'll have to read til the end. Meg Gardiner hit another homerun.

Into the Black Nowhere is a fantastic thriller that will set you on edge and pull you into the mind of a charming, ruthless killer. Meg Gardiner returns with her tough, crime-fighting heroine Caitlin Hendrix, now a profiler with the FBI. The second book in the UNSUB series has to be the most phenomenal sequel I have ever read. Special Agent Hendrix is sucked into a case where women are disappearing without warning and leaving no clues behind. Based on the events of the first novel, I thought this story would focus on catching the Ghost. Instead, this story takes a detour in which readers get a chance to see Caitlin catch another unsub while working as a professional profiler. While working the case, Caitlin has to deal with an upsurge of dark thoughts that have haunted her since her father's downfall. Her issues make her all the more human even as she struggles to maintain balance between sympathy and detachment from victims. The progression of this novel can be likened to a cat and mouse game. The team has narrowed their profile and Caitlin is sure of who the culprit is, but they don't have hard evidence to pin the crimes on him. He slips out of their grasps until the case breaks wide open and Caitlin finds vital information that completes his profile. Even then the case can't be wrapped up with a neat little bow. Just when you might think the story is finished Gardiner throws a curve in the story that takes it further and makes it even more thrilling. Into the Black Nowhere is one of those rare novels that exceed expectations on every level. It's not just a story meant for a few hours entertainment because it stays with you long after you finish. This dark and edgy thriller is perfect for Criminal Minds fans. I am completely sold on this series and look forward to the next chapter! *ARC provided via First to Read*

I have been looking forward to this book since I finished Unsub in July. Unsub was one of my favorite books of 2017. It was so good, I voted for it as a Goodreads’ Choice Pick. Unfortunately, it didn’t win, but it should have. I was worried that the next book wouldn’t be has good as the first; however, that is not a problem here. Into the Black Nowhere is a fabulous addition to the series and is a must read. If I’m honest, this book may be even better than the first. Fans of Lisa Gardner or the tv show, Criminal Minds, will love this series. I can’t wait for the next book!

Women are disappearing in Gideon County, Texas. All five of them abducted late at night on Saturdays over the past six months. FBI Special Agent Caitlin Hendrix works in the Behavioral Analysis Unit. When the BAU is put on the case, Hendrix travels to Solace, TX with two other special agents to investigate the abductions. They might be able to find the last victim alive if they move fast. Hendrix is new to the unit, still in training to hone her profiling skills. She still bears the scars from the case that gained her a job at the BAU -- a serial killer known as The Prophet. An unknown killer is still at large from that case. Hendrix keeps a composite sketch of the suspect above her desk to remind herself that he's still out there. But for now, this case in Texas is more important. I'm not going to say more about the plot. No spoilers from me! nto the black nowhere is the second book in the Unsub series. I loved the first book in this series! Unsub was supremely suspenseful, dark and just awesome! This follow-up book is just as good, or even better. I spent yet another late night reading because I had to finish the story. Great characters. Awesome suspense. Royally horrific bad-guys. I don't often give 5 star reviews.....but this book earned full stars. I am most definitely going to be reading more of this series! And.....CBS has purchased the rights to turn it into a television series. I have mixed emotions about this.... On the one hand....YAY! The characters and storylines are awesome and I'd love to watch it on televisions! But on the other hand.....the characters and storylines are awesome....and I'd hate television to screw that up. I don't want another Temperance Brennan/Bones thing going on. Now TV fans will stop me there and say "Hey, the Bones series ran for 12 seasons!'' Yeah, it did.....but the characters and situations bore little resemblance to what Kathy Reichs wrote in her books. They shared a name and an occupation (sort of), but nothing else. Temperance Brennan in the books is a more complex and interesting character than the Sheldon Cooper-like character from the show. And the plots from the books are much better, more realistic. The argument might also be made that Meg Gardiner will be a producer for the show......well, Kathy Reichs was listed as a producer for Bones as well. Sigh. Let's see some grit and some good scripts, CBS! Be true to the books -- they are amazing! I can't wait for the next book in this series!

I read the first book in this series a couple of weeks ago (Unsub). You don't need to read it to understand this book, but I will say that as a reader I was able to see some development between the first and second book. I was more quickly intrigued by this book than the first. I will be on the look out for more books in this series. I really enjoy the characters and look forward to seeing how they continue to develop.

This is my first book by Meg. This book reminded me show Criminal intent on the flow. Overall I really enjoyed the book and give it 4 stars out of 5. Caitlin is the main FBI profiler on this case and she has to figure out what is driving the killings to try to get a step ahead. She has to track all the way back in history of the main characters to put together all the pieces. The book moves at a pretty fast pace and was a quick read for me. The only downside for me was it seemed to go in too many directions, especially after he escaped. To which it almost defied logistical logic. I will look to read more books by Meg though as I enjoy these types of thrillers.

The premise of this story that anyone can vanish at any moment without a trace is one that makes your skin crawl; a chill sends shivers through your body and goosebumps pop up on your arm along with the little hairs on the back of your neck and you feel like your not alone, but you are, right? This novel was inspired by the real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, who before his death by execution, confessed to 30 murders but the actual number may never be known. Gardiner really had a lot of similarities between her fictionalized account and the real life and crimes of Ted Bundy. It was a fast-paced action-packed read, but I didn't really fall head over heels for it like I normally do for these types of books. I did not read the first book in this series and so I'm not sure if I was losing anything from not having as much in regards to character background as if I had read the first book, but I'll never know for sure now. It was a decent read which I did enjoy but it just was the middle of the road type feeling for me on this one

I totally enjoyed this, and read it at a break-neck speed, which matched the fast pace of the novel. I hadn’t read the first ‘Unsub’ novel, but the cross between a ‘Criminal Minds’/Behavioral Analysis Unit at the core, with a familiar ‘Unsub’ as the basis for the plot (in this case, someone quite similar to Ted Bundy), made for a compelling read. I liked Gardiner’s writing style, and that she kept a step removed from the real Bundy case. Fun read!

Into the Black Nowhere is the sequel to UNSUB. In this book we find that Caitlin and Sean have recovered from their injuries and Caitlin has moved to Virginia and is now working for the FBI as part of the Behavioral Analysis Unit. She is on the trail of a serial killer and wanting to prove herself in this elite unit. Caitlin feels certain she has identified the person responsible but can she prove it - will this prove she belongs as a member of the BAU or is she in over her head. While an intense and entertaining read, I missed Caitlin and Sean's interaction that was part of the first book. Additionally, this book did not involve the Ghost, the one who got away from the first book, and it was oddly unsatisfying to not continue the hunt for the Ghost.

Meg Gardiner’s second entry in the UNSUB series was a fantastic, fast paced read that kept you enthralled with the FBI work of Special agent Caitlin Hendrix. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and found that I wanted to reread the 1st book immediately so that I could stay put in Caitlin’s crazy hectic life for just a little bit longer. I highly recommend if you like thrillers and police procedurals with intense, well written characters.

This was a new author for me, and I can't read to back up and read book #1 in the series! I love shows like Blacklist, Manhunt, and Criminal Minds, so Into The Black Nowhere fit right in. This book has a fast pace with plenty of action to hold the reader's interest. I really liked the main character, Caitlin, and the way her professional life seesaws with her personal life. I'll definitely be reading more of this author's books!

4.5 stars. In the second installment of Meg Gardiner’s UNSUB series, Into the Black Nowhere, rookie FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix matches wits with a suspected serial killer. This latest release works well as a standalone, but I highly recommend the first book in the series as well. After another young, blond woman is abducted from her home, the Solace, TX police call on the FBI to help catch the person responsible for a total of six missing women. The kidnapper is brazen and snatches women not only from their homes, but public places as well. Caitlin, along with fellow agent Brianne Rainey and their boss Special Agent in Charge C.J. Emmerich, travel to the small town where they hope to glean enough information to form a profile of the suspect. Following a grisly discovery, the agents now know the kidnapped women are being murdered and even worse, they are not the killer’s first victims. With the help of a former soldier, Caitlin is certain she has found the serial killer. However, with no evidence to support her theory, the police are unable to make an arrest. Caitlin hopes to force the suspect into making a mistake, but will she arrest him before he strikes again? Caitlyn has settled into her new job at Quantico and although she is new to profiling, she is an experienced cop. She is meticulous and insightful with keen instincts that rarely steer her wrong. She loves her career, but she and her ATF boyfriend Sean Rawlins are quickly discovering the downside to their long distance relationship as their busy careers conspire to keep them apart. The investigation into the missing women is intense and Caitlin and her fellow agents feel the pressure to find the person responsible. Caitlin has no doubt she has located the killer, but he is quite clever and rather adroitly and arrogantly evades surveillance. The suspect knows how to get to under her skin which shakes her confidence, but she quickly recovers from the momentary slip. Trying to stay one step ahead of her confident and supercilious suspect, Caitlin manages to trap her quarry, but once again, he out plans and outmaneuvers the FBI. Into the Black Nowhere is an incredibly well-written and quite clever police procedural. The plot closely mirrors the Ted Bundy case but Meg Gardiner keeps the storyline fresh and interesting. The novel comes to a nail-biting, edge of the seat conclusion. While the current case is completely wrapped up, this latest addition to the UNSUB series ends with a shocking cliff-hanger that will leave readers impatiently awaiting the next installment.

The first thing that came to my mind while reading this book is how much it read like an episode of Criminal Minds. Being one of my favorite shows, I was completely hooked on Into the Black Nowhere. This book is complex, gruesome, and intriguing right from the start. Since Meg Gardiner's first novel, Unsub, Caitlin Hendrix has been recruited for the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. With her determination and heart, Caitlin is dedicated in finding who is taking and killing women in the Austin area. I love Caitlin as a character. Her troubles from her past constantly haunt her throughout the investigation but she finds ways to put these negative feelings into the work she does. She is hardworking, a team player, and puts everything she's got into trying to capture the killer.  Her and her FBI team race against the clock in this book, fighting against a criminal they have never experienced before. Into the Black Nowhere is definitely a book for readers who like Criminal Minds, serial killers, and cat-and-mouse chases. This fast-paced read will keep you on the edge of your seat, rooting for the FBI to find the killer before he kidnaps another woman and causes more destruction. I encourage everyone to read this series! You can read this as a standalone but I recommend starting with the first in the series, Unsub, because it is just as good as (if not better than) this one. The ending also hints to another book coming from this author for this series!

This is the second book in the UNSUB series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. The main character is an FBI agent and is tracking an UNSUB who has been kidnapping and killing young women. There is a lot of suspense and action and the whole time I was reading I did not want to stop. The dialogue was funny at times and the author has really done her research into terms and techniques that the FBI would use to investigate crimes. This is really a great book and with the cliffhanger ending there will be more, and I cannot wait!

Wow. This was sooooo good. I can’t believe I had never heard of this author before. I found out this is the 2nd book in the Unsub series. The book starts off with a bang. The killer shows up at a farm house in Texas. A new mom awakes to her child crying and goes to investigate. The husband comes home to find his wife missing and so the tale begins. The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis unit is invited to assist in the hunt when it’s determined that not one but numerous blonde woman from the Texas area have gone missing. So begins the hunt for the killer. This is the second book in the series but it could definitely be read as a stand alone. The story is fast paced and you can’t help but turn the page. If you love a fast paced thriller...this should definitely be on your list.

The second book in the UNSUB series by Meg Gardiner did not disappoint! Blonde women keep disappearing in southern Texas on Saturday nights, taken almost in plain sight but no witnesses. Caitlin Hendrix, a former detective from California, is new to the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit and her team is assigned to the case. Let me say, the villain in this one was so twisted and frightening! I loved the cat and mouse game between him and Caitlin as she rushes to stop him. The last few chapters were breathtaking and I couldn't read them fast enough. Readers who haven't read the first book should not stay away. This could easily be a standalone. I am eagerly anticipating the next book in this series!

I received ARC for free in return for my review of the book. This is the first book of what appears to be a series that I have had access to read. It does work fine as a stand alone book. It is a great police procedural with likeable characters that are well written getting you quickly invested in a favorable out come. Enter the world of Caitlin Hendrix a rookie in the division of Crimes Against Adults at the FBI's BAU. Sent into the field to investigate several dissapearences of young woman in a small Texas town, she is forced to develop her skills quickly as things escalate in an effort to keep anyone else from being kidnapped by a serial killer at large. Twisted, yet satisfactory ending. Will be keeping a look out for the next book.

Meg Gardiner makes an interesting choice with her follow-up to Unsub, the first book in a new series, published in 2017. Although Into the Black Nowhere follows that earlier book chronologically, it does not directly pursue an unresolved thread from the end of it. Since her experiences with the Zodiak-like killer known as the Prophet, former Alameda police detective Caitlin Hendrix has joined the Crimes Against Adults division of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit—in a very short period she has risen from rookie detective to rookie Special Agent. One of her first field cases involves a series of disappearances in the small town of Solace in Central Texas. Five women have been reported missing on Saturday nights over a six month period, taken without a struggle often from public venues. This UNSUB must have a way of charming his victims without raising alarms. The pace is accelerating, so the FBI is summoned. Shortly after they arrive, the first body is found, suggestively dressed and posed, together with evidence of the magnitude of this killer's spree. Not to mention evidence revealing of his psychological pathology. Gardiner, who lives in Austin, makes good use of her knowledge of that region of Texas, delving into the small town politics and relationships that might provide the FBI with the evidence they need to identify the killer. Caitlin's profile—in unison with a helpful tip—points her in the direction of one man, although there's no hard evidence against him. She and her colleagues decide to pressure their prime suspect, a character inspired by Ted Bundy, through the use of overt surveillance, which flirts with harassment. Per the profile, this suspect, no longer unknown, won't file a complaint because he thinks he's smarter than the authorities. The pressure to kill builds within him, though, so he takes a calculated risk to satisfy his needs, but the FBI is one step ahead, or so they think. Just when they have him within their grip, he pulls off a daring escape and leads Caitlin and the others on a cross-country chase. The bodies of those who have worked against the killer pile up. The shadow of the Ghost, the one who got away from the Prophet case, who may still be plotting against her, lingers in the background throughout the novel. Caitlin is also dealing with a long-distance relationship with boyfriend Sean Rawlins, who works for the ATF in San Francisco, where he remains in close proximity with his ex-wife, with whom he shares a daughter. His work is dangerous—there's a serial bomber at work—but Caitlin has to keep her head in the game because her nemesis is cagey and resourceful, and he may have allies as well, so she can't allow herself to be distracted by domestic issues. This is another solid serial killer novel that explores the type of profiling that will be familiar to viewers of Criminal Minds, although this team flies on domestic airlines instead of on a dedicated Lear jet. The psychological profiling is well-researched and utilized in the story, both in assembling the events that created this twisted killer but in creating the character of Caitlin, too, who has her own psychological baggage to mine. Her life is personally at risk in this case because she has dared to challenge a lunatic with delusions of grandeur and murderous intent.

Women disappearing in Texas are found dead, dressed in white nightgowns. Caitlin and other team members are on the hunt for a sadistic serial killer. This is the second book in the series but is fine to read as a stand alone book. Suspense keeps building while they search for the killer, and I did not want to put the book down. This is another exciting book from Meg Gardiner. An advance copy of this book was provided to me for my review.

"Into the Black Nowhere" was a sleeper for me. I have not read anything else by the author Meg Gardiner. Realizing this is the 2nd book in the series I stopped this book to read the first so I could understand this series better. I like what I read so far and can't wait to come back and finish. This is my kind of book.

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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