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UNSUB: A Novel by Meg Gardiner

UNSUB: A Novel

by Meg Gardiner

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I generally like a good serial killer book every once in awhile. Unfortunately, Meg Gardiner's 'Unsub' is a miss. The plot was too far-fetched for me, the writing was just OK (sort of the 'generic thriller' variety) plus the resolution and conclusion were incredibly convoluted.

The story was fairly intriguing, at least in the beginning. An infamous serial killer in the San Fran area seemingly returns after a multi-year respite and begins a new spree. One of the leads on the law enforcement side happens to be the daughter of the detective who led the investigation of, and whose career was ended by, the murderer's initial spree. The killer kills, and kills again (always in gruesome and spectacular fashion), etc., while the police thrash around trying to figure out the motivation. The lead detective has a brainstorm that allows some progress to be made on the case, eventually the killer's identification is discovered, and a wild and inconclusive conclusion ensues.

On the positive side, the pacing is good and the plot moves ahead quickly. The characters aren't developed very well, though, so we're left with an implausible story with a crazy conclusion. ( )
  gmmartz | Oct 2, 2017 |
Caitlyn is the daughter of a detective whose life spiraled out of control in search of a serial killer. Now the killer is back, and Caitlyn is determined to close the case once and for all- but will it destroy her the way it did her father?

It's fast paced and doesn't shy away for the gory details. I recommend this particularly for fans of shows like Criminal Minds. ( )
  stormyhearted | Aug 25, 2017 |
Unfortunately, I'm only about a fourth of the way into this book, and I'm not thrilled with it at all.
Caitlyn is the daughter of a cop who, 20-some years prior, had tried to catch the Prophet, a maniacal serial killer (and was unsuccessful at it). Now Caitlyn is a cop herself and the Prophet has returned (or has he...?). She's determined not to get lost like her father did (he had to seek counseling and quit the force), but she's in the thick of it, as the Prophet has called her out specifically to try and find him.
None of the characters are likable, therefore, it's just not a great read. ( )
  Pamela2016 | Aug 3, 2017 |
Unsub—the FBI's designation for Unknown Subject. The history of serial killers has been peppered with this word, as each at one time in their history has born this classification. In this story Detective Caitlin Hendrix must do what her father had failed to do many years earlier – – track down the Prophet, a serial killer that terrorized the Bay Area decades earlier and not only destroyed her father's career but also destroyed him psychologically. And the Prophet is back. Killing and taunting investigators. For Caitlin, this is personal. Sifting through a series of ingenious and brutal murders that have deep religious and literary connections, Caitlin must try to outthink the unknown killer—the unsub. But he always seems to remain several steps ahead. His meticulous planning and execution is matched only by his extreme brutality and a gift for shocking even the most seasoned detectives. The characters are compelling and the villain is one of the best you will ever encounter. The writing and storytelling are nearly perfect and this is a book that once you start you will not be able to put down. Lock the doors and get ready for a frightening ride. I could not recommend this novel any more highly. A great story, well written.

DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly, Samantha Cody, and Dub Walker thriller series ( )
  DPLyle | Jul 18, 2017 |
This is a perfectly solid crime novel, just nothing terribly interesting, unique or original about it. It hits all the right notes at the right times, but just provides exactly what you'd expect. I don't think I'll be picking up the inevitable sequel. ( )
  schmootc | Jul 14, 2017 |
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