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review 2018-05-21 10:26
UNSUB, by Meg Gardiner - Book Review
UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner

Ever since the publication of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS thriller authors have been trying to recapture the magic of Thomas Harris's masterpiece by working from the same playbook. Likewise with David Fincher's nihilistic, deadly-sins-themed film SE7EN. In UNSUB, Meg Gardiner blends the two to create a pretty basic stew that you're gonna see coming like the final minutes of a bukakke telethon.

 

Caitlyn Hendrix is your every-woman with daddy issues. Nothing new there. The daddy who gave her issues is a disgraced cop who came super close to catching the killer Caitlyn is now tasked with catching, and you've seen all this before. Ya got your journalist/red herring, your fuck buddy/dude-in-distress, your AP Lit-studying serial killer, and you've. read. this. book. before.

 

What Gardiner gets right is the blistering pace and the machine-gun prose. She doesn't waste any time with needless information, and instead face-fucks you with a continuous stream of murders, bait-and-switches, and one cool-as-polar-bear-testicles beat-the-clock scene that had me sweating profusely and panting like a dog locked in a car under the Arizona sun with all four winders up and the heater's dial crunk to Satan's Taint.

 

The supporting characters are serviceable, and the deaths/crimes scenes are interesting enough to warrant a read, but the main reason to give this one a try is that it's brainless summertime fun. You're not gonna have to think too hard while chillaxing and sipping daiquiris under your garishly-colored sun-brella. You're not gonna wanna throttle your kids when they interrupt your reading to tell you they dropped a Baby Ruth in the pool and now the CDC is on site. In fact, if you do find yourself thinking whatsoever, you're gonna figure out everything before Gardiner wants you to, so try and log off, ya dig? Just shutdown and go with the flow and you should have a good time.

 

There's a sequel called INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE and I will be reading it because I didn't hate the MC and people told me that it's much better than this one, so once it hits paperback we'll see what it do, Perdue.

 

In summation: If you've ever read a popular thriller, you've read this book. But that's the thriller genre in general. If you're a fan of the genre, you show up expecting interesting crime scenes, strict adherence to formulae, and white-knuckle pacing, not deep character development and originality. Books like this are the natural evolution of the dime-store pulp detective novels of yesteryear, and there's nothing wrong with that. If you dig this kinda thing, get you some.

 

Final Judgment: Somewhere between James Patterson and Michael Connelly.

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review 2018-05-02 19:02
Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner
Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel - Meg Gardiner,Hillary Huber

I gave Unsub three 1/2 stars and this one will be getting three minus the 1/2 and I will be stopping with the series right here. It’s just not one for me. Everyone else seems to love it so I think it’s a case of personal taste. And, to be totally honest, I wasn’t really in the mood for it when it arrived in from Overdrive but I plunged in anyway because I had waited so damn long for my turn.

 

This is book #2 in the Unsub series and follows FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix as she tracks down a serial killer inspired by true life murderer Ted Bundy.  I’ve come to realize recently that I’m not a huge fan of police procedural type books unless the serial killer is given his/her own POV like the most excellent The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker. I love getting into their heads and seeing what makes them tick. I think I’m spoiled for all serial killer books now that I’ve read that one. This is my problem and not the fault of this book. This story was told mostly from Caitlin’s POV and while she’s a determined, single-minded, strong woman, she wasn’t the killer and when the killer was caught halfway through the story (are you kidding me?!), my attention began to wane pretty quickly and it just devolved into something that I didn’t like. A supposedly meticulous killer suddenly goes batshit crazy and starts a-killing willy-nilly? Seriously? Nope, that just didn’t work for me.

 

I listened to the very end but it was only “meh” for me. The narrator Hillary Huber is very professional sounding but I definitely felt as if she were reading to me in many spots (something I didn’t notice in Unsub) and it would pull me out of the story which didn’t help the book go down any easier for me.

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text 2018-03-03 15:32
Kill Your Darlings Yellow Guess - Cause of Death
UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner

I read UNSUB by Meg Gardiner for the revolver card. It fits for 2 reasons - the author's last name starts with 'G' and the main character carries a gun as part of her job as a detective.

 

 

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text 2018-03-01 23:54
February Recap
UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby
Rhapsodic - Laura Thalassa
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel
Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land
White Bodies: An Addictive Psychological Thriller - Jane Robins
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter
Mists of the Serengeti - Leylah Attar
Twelve: The Naturals E-novella (Naturals, The) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

A sorta slow reading month for me...but I've had a lot going on, and I'm going on Vacation in 6 days.  After I get back from vacation I'm only working 5 more days and I'm having surgery on my foot.  That means at least 8 weeks off work and lots of down time...so, translation...lots of reading time.

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

Finish Date:  02/04

☆5☆ STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Finish Date:  02/07

☆4☆ STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Finish Date:  02/10

☆4.3☆ STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Reread on Audio) Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Finish Date:  02/10

☆5+☆ STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Finish Date:  02/16

☆2.5☆ STARS - GRADE=D+

 

(Audiobook) White Bodies by Jane Robins

Finish Date:  02/21

☆2.7☆ STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Finish Date:  02/24

☆3.8☆ STARS - GRADE=B

 

(eBook) Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Finish Date:  02/24

☆4.8☆ STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Kindle eBook) Twelve by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  02/27

☆4.3☆ STARS - GRADE=A-

 

9 Books Total, 6 (1 a reread/listen) Audiobooks,  & 3 eBooks

2,825 Total Pages (including Audios)

 

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review 2018-02-21 23:29
Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel - Meg Gardiner
I absolutely loved the locale of this book! Of course, duh, it would be Austin. HA!!

This book kept me mesmerized for hours and I loved it!!!! So many suspected characters for me that, of course, did not work quite that way. Ahhh, the joy of a good book!!!!

I do have to say that Caitlin did tend to get on my nerves a little with her self analysis and issues. However, I still enjoyed the book. A lot!!!

Thanks to Penguin Group Dutton and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

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