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Sunday, February 16, 2020

#ATBR2020 Review: The Dark Corners of the Night by Meg Gardiner @blackstoneaudio @meggardiner1 @jessmapreviews

The Dark Corners of the Night 
by Meg Gardiner

Thanks so much to Blackstone Publishing for these copies.  I can't even begin to describe how much I love this series!

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date: February 18, 2020
384 Pages
Series: UNSUB #3
Genres: Thriller, Crime Fiction

I am the legion of the night …

He appears in the darkness like a ghost, made of shadows and fear—the Midnight Man. He comes for the parents but leaves the children alive, tiny witnesses to unspeakable horror. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating.

Still reeling from her best friend’s close call in a bombing six months ago, FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix has come to Los Angeles to assist in the Midnight Man investigation and do what she does best—hunt a serial killer. Her work is what keeps her going, but something about this UNSUB—unknown subject—doesn’t sit right. She soon realizes that this case will test not only her skills but also her dedication, for within the heart of a killer lives a secret that mirrors Caitlin’s own past. Hesitancy is not an option, but will she be able to do what must be done if the time comes? 

My Review:

I said this with book 2 in this series, and I'll say it again, it's like reading a Criminal Minds episode and I am here for every single letter of every single word on every single page.

I love seeing the growth of Caitlin and her relationships.  How they all navigate their work life with their personal one. I love the thought process of how she deals with the profiling of the Unsub. And can we please talk about Hannah - I love her character so much in this book.  Huge heart eyes for this little girl.

Gardiner does an outstanding job of giving us the creepiest of villains and creating the backstories of the main characters that just keep me absolutely glued.  This entire series has been 5 star reads for me.  If you love the behavioral aspect of the procedurals then these reads are definitely for you.... especially if you love seeing the characters growth from books one through three.  Do these need to be read in order? Probably not... but personally I think you should to get the back stories while still reveling in the extraordinary cases they pursue.

I can't recommend this series enough.  And woah that epilogue - bring me #4 ASAP please and thank you!


Jessica's Review:

This is book three in the UNSUB series and this is one that has not disappointed in the slightest. Meg Gardiner has created something sinister, thrilling, and incredible here! I highly recommend this to those that love criminal and investigation shows like Criminal Minds, CSI, etc, because these books are just as intriguing and they suck you in.

A new sadistic killer is on the loose in California, and Caitlin Hendrix, an FBI Behavioral Analyst, is called in for the case. Dubbed the Midnight Man, this killer is targeting homes with families. The Midnight Man kills the parents then stays to torment and torture the children that are left behind. Will Caitlin be able to track him down before he strikes again?

This series does a great job connecting you directly to our characters. Watching Caitlin grow from book one to now has been a treat. While you don't NEED to read them in order to be able to follow along, I would definitely recommend picking up books one and two because you'll get some backstory that continues to be built upon. The research that goes into this series just shines through in every page. Gardiner puts in so much information without it feeling bogged down and unnecessary. Plenty of suspense to keep you gripped from start to finish, a new twisted and terrifying killer, and make sure you don't skip that Epilogue! 

Meg Gardiner remains on the auto-buy author list and I can't recommend this series enough. Now the countdown begins for book four - because I think we can all agree that we need it ASAP.

5 stars

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