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review 2018-11-25 01:21
This series is compellingly told in Audio format
Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel - Meg Gardiner,Hillary Huber

 

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Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which 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 is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes 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 and the FBI's serial crime unit discover the first victim's body in the woods. She's laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest's darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style--posed like Snow White awaiting her prince's kiss. 
 
To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology--that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy--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 with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. 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 more victims. 
 
 
 

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If I rated for the intensity of the last third of the book, this would be an easy 5 Stars...but I deducted a little for not only the somewhat meandering pace at the beginning of the book but also for the awkward sections of the story where they delved into Caitlin's personal life...they didn't feel relatable to me.  Although, in the first book it worked just fine for me, maybe, it's due to the different locale???  
 
I love a good profiling case, I find it very intriguing.  I didn't know or remember any of the details of Ted Bundy's actual case, so I went into this basically blind.  I did, however, google it after I finished the book, and I can say there are similarities to that case, but lots of differences too.  Overall, I found the first book the best of the two, but I' m looking forward to the next book in the series.
 

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☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 3.8/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Intensity⇝ 4.2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.7/5
Originality⇝ 4.2/5
Ending⇝ 4.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ ...yeah.
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Book Cover⇝ Okayish
Narration⇝ ☆4.5☆ for Hilary Huber, she totally works for Caitlin Hendrix.
Series⇝ UNSUB #2
Setting⇝ Mostly Austin, TX
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
 
 
 
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review 2018-10-24 22:23
All these voices in my head get loud, I wish that I could shut them out...
I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga

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~BOOK BLURB~

I Hunt Killers

Barry Lyga

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What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

 

Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

 

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.

 

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

 

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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The narration for this Audio was phenomenal, Charlie Thurston can tell a story, and what a compelling story it is.  I was honestly reminded of The Naturals, because of the whole son of a serial killer, using profiling to solve serial crimes, is also done in that series (but differently)…but this actually came out before that Series did.  I'm glad I didn't read this before The Naturals, though, because it might have ruined one of my fav series for me.  

 

With perfect plotting, that's executed in a believable way…this is one of the better YA Crime/Mysteries that I've read.  Jasper, Connie, and Howie were exceptional characters.  The kind you can root for, especially Jasper, who never really knows if he's going to end up being like his father.  His inner demons, aka the voices in his head, aka his Dad, will kind of creep you out, and maybe, it will also make you feel for him.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 4.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5  Cliffhanger~ Sort of…

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Book Cover~ Perfect

Narration~5 for Charlie Thurston

Series~ Jasper Dent #1

Setting~ Lobo's Nod

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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I used this for Amateur Sleuth Square in Halloween Bingo

 

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review 2018-09-29 12:56
This is a perfect fit for Murder Most Foul...
A Killer's Mind - Mike Omer

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~BOOK BLURB~

A Killer's Mind

Mike Omer

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Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, The FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate.

 

Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die. But when the contents of three inconspicuous envelopes reveal a chilling connection to gruesome murders from Zoe’s childhood, suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A Killer's Mind is morbidly fascinating and generally creepy.  Compulsively readable, or listenable, I couldn't put it down.  I had some issues with the way some elements played out and some minor believability issues, but nothing too major.  I got this book as a Kindle First and bought the narration and it was totally worth it.  I really like stories about Profilers, I find the whole process quite intriguing.  Narration by Brittany Pressley was very well done…I liked the way she did Zoe's accent, making it more pronounced when she was agitated.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Sort of…

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Book Cover~ It's eye-catching…

Narration~ 4.5 for Brittany Pressley. 4 for overall because I believe this would have been top notch if they had a male voice for the male pov's.

Series~ Zoe Bentley Mystery

Setting~ Chicago, IL, Dale City, VA, & Maynard MA

Source~ Audible Audiobook

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I used this for Murder Most Foul Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

 

 

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