Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner is the 2nd book in the UNSUB series, however, it can be read as a standalone novel as well. This was my book club’s October selection and I think it was quite the perfect selection for this month. Caitlin Hendrix is an FBI profiler and is called to Texas to investigate a series of murders. These murders occur on Saturday night and are all blonde women in their early twenties. These women vanish without a trace, some at the movie theaters, at a train stop and even from their own homes. When their bodies are found, they are in the forest dressed in a white nightgown surrounded by polaroids. This killer is good, he leaves no evidence, so it is up to Caitlin and her team to dive into the killer’s mind and determine his identity before anyone else is killed. He is escalating and time is of the essence.
I want to read every book in this series now. I loved every minute of reading this book. It is 355 pages and I read it in less than a day. I am a huge fan of Law and Order SVU, and I truly felt the similarities with this book. Serial Killers are complex and it takes a lot of psychology in order to even come close to getting in their minds. That is my favorite part of this book. Caitlin has to create a profile just based on the murders, she has to go through the process of elimination, get into his head even without evidence. I loved all the characters, they were well-developed and quite brilliant. I loved how Gardiner set up for book three!
Another fantastic aspect of this book is the pacing. There is not a moment where I wasn’t glued to the page. I had to know what was going in Caitlin’s head. I was also trying to think ahead and what the killer was doing. I was asking myself what is his motive for doing this. Overall, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I felt completely immersed in this well-developed story and I can’t wait to read more.