I love a book where the main character is a bada** female detective. Caitlin Hendrix is no exception.
This book has everything you could want in a “Who is it?!” type of suspenseful page turner. The murders are very detailed and gruesome, and they only get worse with each kill. I cringed when nails had been used on the victims. So we know that Caitlin’s dad, Max, hunted and almost captured the Prophet all those years ago. Caitlin had been a child at the time. So the Prophet has to be up there in age and in mighty good shape to be able to control two victims at the same time right? Also a 20 year hiatus. What had he been doing all that time? I kept going back and forth thinking the Prophet was a copycat, and I thought I had figured out who he was! On the other hand the messages he leaves made me think he was back after all this time. I was so back and forth in my thoughts until the very end.
Also, I was nervous for Caitlin’s boyfriend and his young daughter. The killers always seem to go after loved ones that are important to the detectives pursuing them. So every time they were brought up in a chapter, I thought this is it, something happened! Thankfully it wasn’t a child he harmed, but the Prophet did go after someone Caitlin was getting close to. That part alone made me want to throw the book at the wall! Not them!! Come on! Ugg so heartbreaking.
This is only book #1 in the series, and this ending was left wide open. I’m even more excited for #2 because of the choices Caitlin made at the end! I’m also kicking myself that I don’t have Into The Black Nowhere (#2).
This was my first book by Meg Gardiner, and I can’t wait to pick up in the next book in the series.
Book Rating: 4/5
Wine Pairing: Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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?