Narrator: Hillary Huber
Published by Penguin Audio on 27 June 2017
Length: 12 hrs
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Psychological
Source: Publisher, Submitted
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 20 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 - 11 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 the Prophet's 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?
©2017 Meg Gardiner (P)2017 Penguin Audio
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This is the first book in the UNSUB series. The stories in this series are inspired by real-life cases of well-known serial killers. In this one, a young detective, Caitlin Hendrix, becomes deeply involved in the investigation to find “the Prophet”. Twenty years ago, “the Prophet” went on a killing spree in the Bay Area and then disappeared. Caitlin’s father, Mack, was one of the detectives in charge of the hunt for the sadistic killer. That experience left him and his family broken. Now two bodies have been found that display all the hallmarks of “the Prophet”. Could he really be back after all this time? Or is this a copycat?
If you like dark and absorbing serial killer thrillers, then this one is for you. The pacing was great. The tension kept building and from about the 60% mark onwards, it went through the roof. I was glued to my headphones. Caitlin, the protagonist, is a likable and interesting character. The author provided a good mix between Caitlin’s private life and background and her professional life. The sections about Caitlin’s relationship with her father and her relationship with her FBI boy-friend Sean were well done. All the characters, including minor ones, came across as realistic and were well-drawn.
As soon as I saw Hillary Huber was narrating this, I knew it would be a treat. Her narration experience and terrific talent make this an excellent and professional audiobook listening experience. The way she interpreted the characters’ voices and made them come to life was spot on. There were no issues at all with the production of the audio.
This was my first Meg Gardener book, but it won’t be my last. I’ve already added “Into the Black Nowhere”, the second book in this series, to my wish list and intend to catch up on Meg Gardener’s backlist. I really enjoyed the author’s style of writing.
There are some fairly gruesome scenes, so this may not be for the squeamish, but otherwise I would highly recommend this as a gripping psychological thriller with an original storyline and some great characters.
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