- File Size: 4028 KB
- Print Length: 359 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (July 10, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 10, 2018
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078GXWPX3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Then there was the murder victim no one knew had a twin. The protagonist's grandmother knew about it and gave the information to the protagonist while they drove home in/on the motorcycle with the sidecar.
The opening started out as a tough and gritty and smart serial killer story then shifted to a mashup with smatterings of a cozy as if it couldn't decide which audience to pander to.
Soon she is put on as the head of a team looking into a serial killer who keeps young women in cages, studying them, and then letting them die of starvation and dehydration.
Sayer is a different type of FBI agent, strong willed, wanting to fight for the underdog. She rides around on a vintage motorcycle, lives in a bare bones apartment, and started out life with a history of trauma and continues to live a life filled with traumatic events.
Soon she and her team are on the trail of the Cage Killer, more devious than any killer they've previously encountered.
I liked Sayer and her FBI partner Vik. Oh, and neighbor Tino. The author does a great job artfully filling in Sayer's backstory. This is the first book in a series. The second is BURIED, which I'm off to read next. I hope the author fills in more of the stories of the side characters in it.
There was also an interesting premise for this book. I had an idea of who the antagonist might be but I wasn't sure until right at the end.
I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy psychological thrillers, mysteries, and stories about serial killers.
I really liked Sayer as our protagonist. She was a multi-faceted character who generally does a good job at separating work from her emotions (you have to in her job, otherwise you'd go crazy), but as her case progresses and more young girls are involved, she can't keep her emotions in check any longer. We get a glimpse of her background, in the mention of her fiancé who died while working a case for the FBI, and it definitely made me want to learn more about her character. There will be another book coming out next year that also features Sayer, so I'm excited to learn more about what happened with her fiancé, and to learn more about her in general.
I loved how fast paced the book was - I didn't feel like it dragged at any point. The killer in the book is very smart and meticulous - everything was well thought out and well planned, so fans of similar books (think The Fourth Monkey and UNSUB) will like this one! It's dark, but not as violent as Karin Slaughter's books, so people who like the subjects she writes about but have a hard time stomaching her gruesome, graphic descriptions should find this one to be a nice happy medium. I had a theory in the beginning of the book that turned out to be wrong, and didn't see what was actually happening until it was about to hit me in the face, which is always a win in my book - I love a good twist! All in all, I rated this one 5 stars, and am very much looking forward to the next book in the series! I definitely recommend this one to fans of twisted serial-killer-thrillers!
This is a very complex thriller with twists and surprises all over the place! What is the difference between justice and vengeance? Twins, ancient symbols and rites, procedural work, and a glimpse at the inner workings of the FBI all combine to make for an entertaining and engrossing read!