June Wrap Up 

A Daughter’s Courage was a gorgeous story. 

The Futures was a good one to listen to about a young couple navigating adulthood. 

The Party was just ok for me. 

Allie and Bea was an engaging, thought provoking read. 

The Sunshine Sisters is the perfect beach read!

The Identicals was Hilderbrand at her best.

The Silence was a solid mystery. 

The Summer House was a delightful read. 

The Eyes of the Accused is the second in a series I’m enjoying.

Secrets of Southern Girls was a slow burn that picked up eventually and was pretty solid. 

One to Watch is the third in a series that I’m loving! 

Exquisite is my favorite psych thriller of the year thus far! 

I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, it was the perfect balance between dishy fun and emotional.

The Idea of You was a really cool love story. 

When I Wake Up was a twisty thriller with some racy scenes. 

The Wardrobe Mistress was a lovely historical read. 

Every Last Lie was another great read from Kubica.

Wait for the Rain was a super fun beach read.

The Serial Killer’s Daughter was a chilling, creepy read. 

I loved Liar and Slater is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. 

Serenity Harbor was an adorable read. 

Guilty was a solid psychological thriller.

16th Seduction was a great audiobook with an amazing narrator. 

Wolves in the Dark was a dark read, really good. 

The Betrayed was another winner from Kelleher. 

Two Sisters was an atmospheric mystery with a YA feel. 

UNSUB was a gripping serial killer thriller. 

Single Minded was a hilarious read. 

The Forgotten Girl was a multilayered mystery I really liked it! 

Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town was a fantastic YA historical fiction with a contemporary twist. 

Everything We Left Behind is the second in a series and I enjoyed the unique POV used. 

Phew! I read a grand total of 31 books which is great but I added at least double that number to my TBR 😂 

I read some really outstanding books but my favorite from the month is most definitely The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. 

I should recap some of my reading goals but I’m short on time so maybe next month. I hope everyone is having a great summer so far! 

How was your month? What were your favorite books? 

#CoverReveal The Surrogate by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @bookouture

I am SO excited to be helping to reveal the cover for Louise Jensen’s third psychological thriller today! Both The Sister and The Gift were excellent reads and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of The Surrogate and it sounds simply amazing! 


You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’ 

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Sister and The Gift, this is an unputdownable psychological thriller which asks how far we will go to create our perfect family.  

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Doesn’t it sound awesome?! Here’s the cover, I just love how it’s keeping in the same theme of her other books! 😍

About the Author: 

Louise Jensen always wanted to be Enid Blyton when she grew up, and when that didn’t happen she got a ‘proper’ job instead.
Several years ago an accident left Louise with a disability and she began writing once again, to distract her from her pain and compromised mobility. But writing turned out to be more than just a good distraction. Louise loves creating exciting worlds, dark characters, and twisted plots.
Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, sons, a puppy and a rather naughty cat, and also teaches mindfulness.


Review: Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale @Kerrylonsdale

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Release date: July 4, 2017

Genre: Mystery

I’m doing something a little different here and I’m giving a warning before I even share the blurb for this one. If you haven’t read the first book in this series, stop reading here. Seriously, the blurb for this has major spoilers and it’s an awesome read, don’t let it be ruined for you! Go check out my review for Everything We Keep, then come back and read my review for this after you’ve read the first book. Trust me, you’ll thank me later! 


From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes the highly anticipated sequel. Told from one man’s two perspectives, Everything We Left Behind effortlessly blends suspense, mystery, and romance in an exploration of loss, resilience, and the compelling need to protect the ones we love at all cost.

Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he’s been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She’s married and has a child of her own.

Devastated, James and his sons return to California. But Phil is scheduled for release from prison, and he’s determined to find James, who witnessed something in Mexico that could land Phil back in confinement. Under mounting family pressure, James flees with his sons to Kauai, seeking refuge with Natalya. As James begins to unravel the mystery of his fractured identity, danger is never far behind, and Natalya may be the only person he can trust.


I’ve been dying to read this book since the first one ended in a massive cliffhanger, it’s easily one of my most anticipated books of the year and I’ve become a huge fan of Lonsdale’s work. Knowing I would finally get to hear James side of the story had such a strong appeal to me as I just knew it would be utterly fascinating. The entire idea of a dissociative fugue is crazy interesting to me, can you even imagine waking up one day and having no earthly idea who you are? Not knowing your kids or your significant other?! Insanity and such a compelling premise for a book. 

There is something about Lonsdale’s writing style that completely captivates me. It’s smooth, polished and just has a really easy feel to it. You know how sometimes when you’re reading a really good book by a talented author and you’re startled when you realize how many pages you’ve turned or how much time has passed as you’ve been caught up in a fictional world? That’s what happens to me every time I read one of her books, it’s awesome! 

The dual timelines here are highly unique as they’re told from James as he snaps out of his fugue and Carlos in the months/years beforehand. Essentially they’re the same person, but not really. That may sound confusing, but it’s not at all and it really helped to answer all the lingering questions that have been running through my mind for months now. 

I’m not going to discuss the plot too much, but in her true fashion Lonsdale managed to pull off several surprises. It was an emotional read as James/Carlos worked through a wide range of feelings, everything from loss and heartbreak to new love and hope. I wasn’t quite as connected to him as I was to Aimee, but I still really enjoyed this one. It’s the perfect light mystery for this summer, it’s not violent or graphic, more of an emotional mystery than anything. And book three in the series is out next summer!!

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the author for my review copy. 

Blog Tour: The Man Upstairs by Mark Fowler @MFowlerAuthor

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Release date: September 29, 2015

Genre: Crime Fiction


Frank Miller, hero of the best-selling mystery novels written by The Man Upstairs, works the weird streets of Chapeltown as a private detective. During the legendary case of the Black Widow everything changed when Frank became aware of his fictional existence. Proclaimed at the time as a work of genius, Frank wonders if it was the first sign that The Man Upstairs was sick. This latest case, involving the death of a care worker, and coinciding with the appointment of Chapeltown’s first elected mayor, has Frank baffled. The Man Upstairs appears to be losing the plot, giving the womanising Frank a steady girlfriend, Marge, who warns him that to survive he must change from the tired cliche that he has become. As the case darkens Frank recognises the depth of his creator’s sickness. His days are numbered as clearly as the pages in the books in which he features. The looming battle with the Mayor of Chapeltown is nothing less than the battle to save himself, Marge, the series – and the mind of The Man Upstairs. The Man Upstairs is plotting to kill Frank Miller and take Chapeltown to hell.” 

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Man Upstairs, I have a Q & A with the author to share today.

Q & A

Hi, I’m Mark L. Fowler, author of three published novels. Coffin Maker was published in 2014. The Man Upstairs followed in 2015, and Silver was published by Bloodhound Books in 2016. My latest book, Red Is The Colour, is due to be published, again by Bloodhound Books, in July 2017.


I’m not sure I can trace that initial inspiration to any one author. As a child, I used to love reading Enid Blyton, and the Pan Horror series. Then I discovered the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, Raymond Chandler, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Lawrence Block, Minnette Walters, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ambrose Bierce and so many others. I tend to draw inspiration from all over the place, from fiction and non-fiction, TV, film and real life. Once the antennae is tuned in, I find, there is inspiration to be found everywhere.


I began writing short stories, and I was able to experiment with a number of my favourite genres, sometimes mixing them to create particular effects. I had a restless drive to explore what lay out on the borderlands. I write in a few genres, ones that I enjoy reading in. As I love reading crime and mystery novels, psychological thrillers, gothic fantasy/horror I tend to write mainly in those genres. Red Is The Colour is my first out and out crime novel, while Coffin Maker was gothic horror/fantasy. With The Man Upstairs and Silver I mixed genres. The Man Upstairs was an opportunity to use a hardboiled detective in a fantastic context, and it was so much fun to write. The cynical wit of the world-weary pulp-fiction hero seemed perfect for an existential crisis.


If I possibly can I like to write most days, and I generally feel happiest when I have a project on the go. I enjoy that sense of momentum, and having something to get my teeth into. There’s nothing worse than a blank page. Having said that, a blank page can also be a challenge. I often start a new project with a What If? scenario that grabs me and gets the juices flowing.


With Silver and Red Is The Colour, Bloodhound Books designed the covers, though they consulted with me in the process. I chose the covers for Coffin Maker and The Man Upstairs, and spent quite a long time searching for just the right images. I was particularly pleased with the cover of The Man Upstairs.


There are a few instances where I have been inspired by someone I know, but I am always very careful to create my own characters and not lift them wholesale from real life. Occasionally there may be a character inspired by more than one person, and I may take a bit from here, a bit from there. Frank Miller, the hero of The Man Upstairs, was based on the hardboiled detective heroes of American Noir. You are unlikely to come across anyone quite like him, but at the same time you are bound to recognize him too.


I’m proud of all of my books. They’ve all involved a lot of hard work, but also a great deal of fun and satisfaction. Doing what I love best and telling stories. Because Coffin Maker was my first book, it will always hold a special place in my heart. A lot of people like that book and it is impossible to pigeonhole. But The Man Upstairs is special in a different way. Sometimes I feel like I could spend the rest of my life writing about Frank Miller.



I recently rediscovered Enid Blyton’s The Mystery That Never Was. I loved that book as a child. Possibly my favourite book at the moment is Pop 1280 by Jim Thompson.


Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson and Thomas Harris. They all have such fantastic imaginations and they all know how to tell a story. I think it could be a very long dinner party, and I hope that during the evening we could all gather around a roaring fire to hear some ghost stories.


Favourite colour- Red is the Colour at the moment.

Favourite food- A good roast or a stir fry.

Favourite film- Casablanca.

Favourite song – Kentucky Avenue, Tom Waits.

Real ale or wine? Wine.

Beans or peas? Peas.

Sauce-Red or brown?- Red.

Kindle or paperback?- I prefer a book for non-fiction, particularly reference books, but for novels I really don’t mind.

Chocolate-Milk or Dark?- Dark.

Tea or coffee? Tea in, coffee out.

Coke or pepsi?- Don’t care.

Tapes/C.D’s/Vinyl?- CDs – I never play my vinyl these days, sadly. I keep meaning to though.

Marmite-Love it or hate it? Hate it.

 Huge thanks to the author for joining me today! 

About the Author: 

Mark L. Fowler is the author of the novels Coffin Maker, The Man Upstairs, Silver, and Red Is The Colour, and more than a hundred short stories. His particular interests are in crime and mystery, psychological thrillers and gothic/horror fiction.

His first published novel, Coffin Maker, is a gothic tale set between our world and the Kingdom of Death. In the Kingdom the Coffin Maker lives a solitary existence, and every coffin he completes signals the end of a life in our world. One day he discovers that he is to be sent two apprentices, amid rumours that the devil is arriving on Earth.

Mark’s second novel, The Man Upstairs, features the hard-boiled detective, Frank Miller, who works the weird streets of Chapeltown. Having discovered that he is in fact the hero of twenty successful mystery novels, authored by The Man Upstairs, Frank has reasons to fear that this latest case might be his last.

In 2016, Silver, a dark and disturbing psychological thriller was published by Bloodhound Books. When a famous romance novelist dies in mysterious circumstances, she leaves behind an unfinished manuscript, Silver. This dark and uncharacteristic work has become the Holy Grail of the publishing world, but the dead writer’s family have their reasons for refusing to allow publication.

Red Is The Colour is Mark’s latest book, a crime mystery featuring two police detectives based in Staffordshire. The case involves the grim discovery of the corpse of a schoolboy who went missing thirty years earlier. Red Is The Colour is the first in a series featuring DCI Tyler and DS Mills, and will be published in July 2017 by Bloodhound Books.

The author contributed a short story, Out of Retirement, to the best-selling crime and horror collection, Dark Minds. Featuring many well-known writers, all proceeds from the sales of Dark Minds go to charity.

A graduate in philosophy from Leicester University, Mark lives in Staffordshire, and is currently writing a follow up to Red Is The Colour. When he isn’t writing he enjoys time with family and friends, watching TV and films, playing guitar/piano and going for long walks.


Review: Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town by Leslie Tall Manning @LTManningWriter

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Release date: February 2, 2016

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction


It has been a long and difficult year for the Decker family, especially for sixteen-year-old Brooke. Her grades have plummeted. She deliberately breaks curfew. She makes out with boys she hardly knows. 

And now her father has totally lost it. When Tim Decker signs up his family of three to be contestants on a Hollywood reality show, Brooke’s life turns upside down. The place: The North Carolina backcountry. The year: 1861. 

Brooke is forced to trade in her Victoria’s Secret bra for a rib-cracking corset, her comfy jeans for an ugly farm dress, and her private bathroom for an outhouse. Television cameras will follow her every move as she lives the grueling life of a mid-nineteenth-century farm girl: milking a cow, churning butter, fetching water countless times a day, and riding in a horse-drawn wagon along a rutted road to spend pennies in town. 

This will be Brooke’s life for four awful months. Unless, of course, she breaks the rules and the producers kick her off the show…

Other families are scattered throughout Sweet Sugar Gap. The snotty Prudence Miller soon becomes Brooke’s rival. Wendell Murphy, who works at the local mercantile, is instantly smitten with Brooke—but also makes her suspicious. Does the only cute boy in town really like her, or is he merely showing off for the cameras?

Brooke Decker may just have to find a way to make it in the backcountry, leaving behind the modern frills she can’t live without. But can a young girl’s wishful heart surrender to a time and place she believes she can never call home? 


One of the first series that I fell in love with was The Little House on the Prarie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and I know I’m not alone there, she’s a legend. So when I read the blurb for this book I was super intrigued by the idea of a throwback to those books with a contemporary twist. On top of that, I’m a reality TV junkie so I couldn’t have been more invested even before I turned the first page. This book was everything I had hoped for and more, it had fantastic messages and themes for young adults, witty dialogue and it brought history to life in a totally captivating manner. 

Brooke is a fairly typical teenager acting out in a semi normal way. Her mother passed away one year earlier and she’s clearly struggling. Her dad is doing his best, but raising two young girls on his own is so challenging and on top of that he lost his wife. I was completely taken in by the Decker family and felt so much sympathy for them. Brooke was crying out for help in her own way, Tim was just trying to keep going, one day at a time and sweet Rebecca Lynn is only ten and totally broke my heart. When Tim signs them up for the reality show, Brooke isn’t exactly pleased as you can well imagine. 

This book was so historically accurate, it’s very apparent that the author spent a good chunk of time researching the 1860’s. Entering Sweet Sugar Gap was like entering a time warp and I was enchanted by the setting she created. History was never one of my favorite subjects as a kid, but reading about the era in such a creative and fun way was amazing! I learned so much about how life was for people back then and I can’t wait until my own kids are a little bit older to read this with them. I only say I’ll wait a few years because my oldest daughter is eight and there are a few references to drinking and drugs that are a tiny bit too mature for her now, but for the teenaged crowd this is ideal. 

The character development was outstanding here, especially in Brooke but every member of the Decker family grew so much over the course of the book. Living exactly as people did back in the 1860’s was not easy and stripping away the creature comforts they had become dependent upon caused them all to do some soul searching and find out what is truly important. This was one of those books that made me feel all the feelings, I laughed, cried, was mortified and scared, any emotion you can think of I probably experienced while reading this gem of a book. I highly recommend this to anyone, but especially to those with teenagers, I think it’s a story that can really resonate with them and teach some great lessons without them even realizing it. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the author for my review copy. 

Review: The Forgotten Girl by David Bell @DavidBellNovels @BerkleyPub #giveaway

Release date: October 7, 2014

Publisher: Berkley NAL

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


If you liked Gone Girl, don’t miss this twist-filled thriller…

The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door… 

…and it’s his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor—she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town.

But Hayden never returns.

And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason’s past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s life—and possible death—deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them and the secrets that should be taken to the grave. 

When the opportunity presented itself to participate in a special “tour before the tour” in honor of Bell releasing his seventh novel and to highlight his earlier work, I knew I had to take it! I’ve teamed up with the publisher to host an awesome giveaway, one lucky duck will win a copy of both TFG and BHH! Entry form is at the end of this post. Bring Her Home is out next month, stay tuned for my review of that, but for now read on to see what I thought about The Forgotten Girl


The premise of this book hooked me instantly, I’m always drawn to books that have a past mystery merging with one in the present day and with the addition of a missing person, I’m all in! Maybe it’s because the possibilities are endless in terms of where the misper is and what actually happened to them, but these types of mysteries are always one of my go to choices. Then, you have the bonus of it being a Bell novel and his books are guaranteed fantastic reads, true page turners. 

Bell shines the brightest in how well drawn his characters are, he writes people that are ordinary citizens that are placed in extraordinary circumstances. There is nothing far fetched about these scenarios, they’re wholly believable, something that could truly happen to anyone and I think that is exactly why I love his work so much. Jason and Nora are an average couple in their forties living back in his hometown of Ednaville after spending some time in NYC. They don’t have any children and live a peaceful, sedate lifestyle for the most part. As the hits kept coming for the couple, I found myself wondering what I or my husband would do in the same situation and most of what Jason did was easy to understand and identify with. 

This was a compelling read, I kept wondering where the heck Hayden was and if she was alright and I also wondered how what happened on Jason’s graduation night would all tie in. It was a constant guessing game, exactly what I crave when I’m reading a mystery. It’s a multilayered story with good old small town secrets and a tightly wound plot. Bell is such a great writer, the pages just fly by as you get caught up in his characters lives. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

About Bring Her Home: 

In the breathtaking new thriller from David Bell, bestselling author of Since She Went Away and Somebody I Used to Know, the fate of two missing teenage girls becomes a father’s worst nightmare…. 

Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.

As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.

When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family…


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My last blogiversary #giveaway!

It’s time for the final giveaway to celebrate my blog turning one, I guess I’ve stretched out the celebrations for as long as possible 😂 

This time I’m hosting it on Instagram but I wanted to make sure everyone knew about it! All the rules and details are there, but it’s another Book Depository one so hurry over and throw your name in the hat! 

Blog Tour: Single-Minded by Lisa Daily @lisadaily @HelloChickLit

Title: Single-Minded
Author: Lisa Daily
Release Date: June 27th, 2017
Tour Dates: June 27th – July 4th, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Alex has planned and executed her life with laser focus since she first met her future husband at the play-doh table on the first day of kindergarten. They have a terrific life, a gorgeous house on the bay, and fantastic careers they love. There’s only one problem: Alex’s husband Michael is gay, a fact he neglected to mention in the 23 years since they first met.

Now, Alex’s perfectly planned life has completely fallen apart, her biological clock is starting to feel like the timer on a nuclear device, and she finds herself drooling over her completely-dreamy-but-definitely-off-limits client, a star chef opening a hot new restaurant. Armed with dating guidance from her oddball collection of advisers—including her gay ex-husband, a foul-mouthed political consultant, a perkily masochistic yogi, and a pot-smoking octogenarian—Alex navigates the booby-trapped world of modern dating, in her search for a second chance at love.

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Single-Minded! Happy publication day to Lisa, I wish you so much success. 


Poor Alex, I warmed to her character right away, how could you not?! She just found out her husband is gay and her entire world has crumbled. After the initial few chapters detailing their breakup, things fast forward to five months later which was a decision that I really liked. Instead of outlining Alex moping about and eating ice cream straight from the carton for weeks, you catch up with her again after she’s started the healing process. Her two best friends are insisting that she gets back to dating, especially since she’s only slept with one man before. Since he’s gay, they determine it doesn’t really count and implore her to lose her gay husband virginity. How? Online dating. Thankfully, I was married well before dating apps were a thing because I’ve heard some horror stories about them, but living vicariously through Alex was hugely entertaining. Some of them men she meets where a walking nightmare! Fun to witness for sure, but it made me extremely grateful for my husband. 

Daily is a great writer, her prose is smooth and light and infused with so much humor. There were countless scenes that made me giggle and plenty of conversations that had me in stitches. The characters were realistic and relatable and Alex is the type of friend I would want to have in real life. There was a sweet romance and I so badly wanted Alex to find happiness with a man worthy of all she has to offer.  This is an ideal book to pick up this summer, super light and easy going but with enough heart and substance to keep you engrossed. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly post to share what you recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this week. It’s hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate.

What I Read Last Week: 

The Serial Killer’s Daughter was a chilling read. 

Liar was another fantastic psychological thriller from Slater. 

Best Friend for Hire was a fun read about one woman finding self confidence again. 

Serenity Harbor was adorable, super sweet. 

Guilty was a good, slow building thriller. 

16th Seduction was a great book to listen to with an outstanding narrator. 

Wolves in the Dark was a gripping read.

The Betrayed was another bold, gritty read from Kelleher. 

Two Sisters was a solid read, very enjoyable. 
Currently Reading: 

Up Next: 

I have some other I need to get to but I’m not sure what yet, stay tuned! 
I had another great week, how about you? My last giveaway will be up soon too!

Review: UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

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Release date: June 27, 2017

Publisher: Dutton Books

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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? 


Having seen every single episode of Criminal Minds I like to fancy myself an amateur behavior analyst. Not in the sense that I can actually analyze human behavior with any skill, but more along the lines of; I know the right terminology and how profiling works in a general way. So the minute I saw the title of this I was interested, Unsub stands for unknown subject and my hours of watching CM taught me this along with terms like victimology and escalation. This stuff fascinates me and UNSUB read just like one manic episode of one of my favorite shows. 

Caitlin is a new officer and this is her first major case. I really liked her as a lead, she’s strong yet vulnerable inside, and she’s also super sharp and witty. The mix of her personal and professional lives was perfectly balanced, and her fathers connection to the Prophet killer was a nice addition. 

The construction of this complicated plot was totally brilliant, the first half is fast paced enough, but around the halfway point things really get kicked into high gear and the tension is through the roof. It’s a deadly game of cat and mouse and the pacing is relentless. The Prophet was one of the scariest fictional killers I’ve ever come across, for as much as I read books with serial killers I normally don’t get that frightened but I have to admit that I was scared witless this time! He’s meticulous, ruthless, calculated and cunning and though he’s laid low for twenty years, he’s back with a vengeance. History is repeating itself in the worst possible way and things come to a head in an explosive, gripping conclusion. 

I’ve been deliberately vague in terms of the plot, but trust me when I say, if you like serial killer novels or shows, this is a must read! 

Overall rating: 5/5