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UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

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Book Summary

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?


Condition: Like New (may contain a publisher extra mark)

Hardcover, Published June 27, 2017 by Dutton

ISBN: 9781101985526


2 reviews for UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

  1. Chandra

    Season One, Pilot Episode, Complete and looks like this is going to be a WINNER!

    I’ve seen a lot of referencing this book to the show Criminal Minds and I can absolutely see why. As one of my favorite shows, clearly I LOVE this book! If you don’t already know, Unsub is short for Unknown Subject, the person(s) being sought for the crime(s). I have always been fascinated by this kind of work because you really have to dig into the mind of the criminal and his behavior in order to try and get a step ahead to beat him/her.

    Bring in Caitlin, daughter of the father who almost caught the Prophet, but didn’t, causing his life to fall apart around him. Will she follow in his path and not only be bested, but have it cause her physical, mental and social strife?

    My goodness does Gardiner give us the works with this novel. We have a highly intelligent Unsub who is patient enough that his terror has reigned for over two decades. He has a plan and is meticulous, leaving cryptic clues while sitting in the background giddy over his successes. What better mouse to play with than the daughter of the one you bested decades ago? Oh what an intricate plot you weave!

    If you love the show Criminal Minds, behavioral analysis and/or a proper gruesome, well thought out serial killer rampage, then you are going to be quite pleased with this book. History certainly does repeat itself and comes back with a vengeance.

    You guys, get this book. Read it, love it, remember it…. the next book is out in January and you’re going to need to get that one too. Chop chop – these are doozies and must reads in my opinion.
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  2. Amy

    I just want to say, if you haven’t read UNSUB yet, please do! It is inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer and it is fantastic!!! Easily one of my favorite books this year! It is dark, disturbing, and intense! It was action packed and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! Just to see inside the mind of a serial killer… Ugh, chills! Oh and go ahead and order the other two books from this series, both are amazing too!

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