Into the Black Nowhere

Into the Black Nowhere

Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killerIn southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie F...

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Into the Black Nowhere Reviews

  • Debra

    ***CRACK***

    That is the sound of Meg Gardiner hitting it out of the ball park once again!!!! She has delivered another well-written, edge of your seat, page turning book that gets your heart beating and one's pulse elevated.

    FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix, who we first met in UNSUB, is now facing off against another serial killer. In Southern Texas, women are going missing from various locations. Caitlin and the FBI discover two women's bodies in the woods after receiving a phone call from a woman w

    ***CRACK***

    That is the sound of Meg Gardiner hitting it out of the ball park once again!!!! She has delivered another well-written, edge of your seat, page turning book that gets your heart beating and one's pulse elevated.

    FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix, who we first met in UNSUB, is now facing off against another serial killer. In Southern Texas, women are going missing from various locations. Caitlin and the FBI discover two women's bodies in the woods after receiving a phone call from a woman whose dog has come home carrying a bloody piece of clothing. Both women's bodies have been staged and are wearing white nightgowns surrounded by Polaroid pictures.

    To find the serial killer, Caitlin must bet into his mind but by doing so, is she also letting him into her mind as well? After a phone tip, Caitlin believes she has a suspect, but this individual brings her to the attention of another person of interest. A person so arrogant, so intelligent, so cunning, so crafty that Caitlin and the rest of the Behavioral Analysis Unit will have to dedicate every waking hour to trailing and bringing down this killer. But will they be able to stop a man who always seems to be step ahead of them?

    This book, just like its predecessor UNSUB, had me at page one and did not let go. Caitlin continues to be a strong female lead who will not stop when it comes to bringing criminals to justice. She is dedicated to her job and in this book, we also see her trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend, Sean, who is also an agent who specializes in bombs and works on the opposite coast.

    One thing I really like about Gardiner's books is that her characters are strong yet flawed. She also can present the investigation in an interesting and intelligent manner. Her plots are very well thought out, and the pacing of the story is spot on. Nothing feels rushed nor drawn out in this book. There was never a point, where I felt bored and wished the story would hurry along. Having worked with serial killers, I will say that I am very impressed with her portrayal of them in her books.

    I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I want to know what exactly was going on the night Caitlin called her friend and she was with Sean...hmmmmm...yes, they have history but why didn't she come right out and say, "Sean and I are having drinks" made things a little suspicious. Looking forward to learning who is safe in book 3, more character development, will Caitlin and Sean work a case together in the next book?????? I have no idea, but I can't wait to find out!!!!!!!

    **the killer in this book was inspired by Ted Bundy. I wonder who the inspiration will be for her next killer?

    Thank you to Penguin Book Dutton and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Dennis

    Beyonce. Oprah. Meg Gardiner. All three

    , but only one of the three has soooo successfully entertained me to the brick of super fandom. Ladies and gents,

    After I read

    this past fall, I knew that I immediately had to click onto Amazon and pre-order

    . I knew it was being released on January 23rd, but I just couldn't wait any longer. I would check Amazon's order menu in hopes that they screwed up and issued me a copy before the pu

    Beyonce. Oprah. Meg Gardiner. All three

    , but only one of the three has soooo successfully entertained me to the brick of super fandom. Ladies and gents,

    After I read

    this past fall, I knew that I immediately had to click onto Amazon and pre-order

    . I knew it was being released on January 23rd, but I just couldn't wait any longer. I would check Amazon's order menu in hopes that they screwed up and issued me a copy before the publication date. Sadly, no negligent workers were looking out for my mental sanity. January 23rd rings in and I ran down to check the mail and was ecstatic to find this beauty in my pile of mail. I was in the midst of another read, but was (im)patiently waiting to start round 2.

    Caitlin Hendrix is back, in Virginia with a whole new clique, and serving you FBI realness. Ms. Hendrix was recruited to join the team after her successful capture of The Prophet in

    and immediately jumps into a new case located in Solace, which is a somewhat neighboring suburb for Austin, TX. Several twenty-something year old women have been declared missing by county police and the FBI is called in due to the pattern and nature of these instances. All the women are physically similar and the disappearances have all happened on a Saturday night. Police and FBI are unsure how to advance, until a body of one of the women shows up—dead.

    Meg Gardiner, Meg Gardiner, Meg Gardiner. Sorry, I thought by saying your name three times it might actually give me the opportunity to meet you and thank you for this series. I just simply devoured this book—I can't describe it any other way. Writing, as always, was top-notch for even the most greedy thriller and suspense junkie.

    differs from

    and I feel like as an honest reader and reviewer, I have to let you know before you pick up this book.

    Sorry, it just isn't as intense as

    , it just isn't. We rarely get to hear any further developments of Caitlin's private life with Sean and when we do, it's irrelevant for the most part.

    , we do get an original crime-fiction thriller that hasn't been seen before. Ms. Gardiner's stories are based on real-life serial killers and in this story we are given a fan fiction of the Ted Bundy's hysteria, but we are given more that just a new interpretation of a story we've all heard. We see a cat and mouse game gone awry; we see a new kind of suspense this time—dare I say more realistic? This is the type of read that you want to make sure all doors are closed, shower curtains double checked, and windows locked. Although the two books are vastly different in their story telling, they are also given the same Meg Gardiner UMPH that you are expecting. This series is the

    of crime-fiction. Ms. Gardiner gives zero f's about who lives and who dies and that plot twist always makes for the juiciest story. Expect red herrings. Expect to be scared. Expect to pre-order Book 3 whenever we find out more information about it!

  • Larry H
  • Tammy

    This book is FANTASTIC. It’s the best thriller I’ve read so far this year, I literally could not put it down.. it was THAT GOOD. And I absolutely love the main character Caitlin, she’s extremely smart and doesn’t back down to anyone. Run don’t walk to pick this up. I rated all the stars

  • Susanne Strong

    Caitlin Hendrix is back at it. This time, as an FBI Profiler tracking the Saturday Night Killer in Austin, Texas. Women keep disappearing. At first, from public places: the movie theatre, her car and then from home. Imagining it makes shivers run down my spine. Tracking the killer, Caitlin and her team locate several of the victims bodies, in clean, cutesy, white baby doll nightgowns. One is surrounded

    Caitlin Hendrix is back at it. This time, as an FBI Profiler tracking the Saturday Night Killer in Austin, Texas. Women keep disappearing. At first, from public places: the movie theatre, her car and then from home. Imagining it makes shivers run down my spine. Tracking the killer, Caitlin and her team locate several of the victims bodies, in clean, cutesy, white baby doll nightgowns. One is surrounded by Polaroid photographs depicting her death. It’s a scene no person wants to see. This UNSUB is devious, dangerous and slick. He is also brilliant, conceited and cold as all get out and Caitlin and the rest of the Behavioral Analysis Unit have to get inside his mind in order to catch him. All I can say is that I’m glad it was Caitlin’s job and not mine.

    I read this with Brenda and Kaceey. We tore through it and were gripped till the very end. Thanks for reading this one with me sisters, and Brenda - a huge thank you to you! :)

    Published on Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter and Instagram on 2.25.18.

  • Linda

    Yama Hama, it's fright night!

    Let's be clear. I'm from Texas and my boot heel was clickin' on the floor faster than an ol' oil rig pumpin' up black crude. This one's set just outside of Austin. Too close for comfort.....

    Meg Gardiner pulls this story away from the curb right out of Chapter One. Young women are disappearing in South Texas, especially on Saturday nights. An exhausted new mother stumbles half-asleep into the hallway in answer to her baby's cries in the middle of the night. But the so

    Yama Hama, it's fright night!

    Let's be clear. I'm from Texas and my boot heel was clickin' on the floor faster than an ol' oil rig pumpin' up black crude. This one's set just outside of Austin. Too close for comfort.....

    Meg Gardiner pulls this story away from the curb right out of Chapter One. Young women are disappearing in South Texas, especially on Saturday nights. An exhausted new mother stumbles half-asleep into the hallway in answer to her baby's cries in the middle of the night. But the sounds are not coming from the nursery. She spots the baby in the arms of a dark figure sitting on her couch. Not a good sign......

    FBI Agent Caitlin Hendrix has been newly assigned to the Behavioral Analysis Unit with the knowledge that there may well be a serial killer in the Austin area. We met Caitlin back in UNSUB #1. (#2 reads as a standalone.) Caitlin has some notches in her belt from her last go-round. But Caitlin is now learning from one of the best who is a legendary FBI profiler.

    "He has a high threshold for physiological arousal. Killing became the act that satisfies it. And once a psychopath finds the prize button, he keeps hitting it."

    Caitlin is joined by African American FBI Agent Rainey. Rainey, highly knowledgable and professional, is an excellent pairing with Caitlin. Rainey knows the ropes and has an uncanny sense of the perpetrator. It's my hope that Meg Gardiner will include her in the next one.

    Unlike other books about serial killers, we have him in our wide sense of vision almost immediately. It's Caitlin's inner voice that refuses to move on to other suspects. As readers, the "respect" light begins to flash in regard to Caitlin. She's gonna dog this guy 24/7 relentlessly until he slips up. The lowlife character is not just rolled out like the movie credits at the end. Gardiner lets you walk around inside of Caitlin's analytical brain as well as allowing the readers to observe the truly demented behavior of the killer. A killer who walks around town like everyone else with a relationship happening like everyone else. And does Caitlin have the wherewithal to dethrone this killer who has an insatiable appetite for the innocent?

    Meg Gardiner has really outdone herself in this one. If you enjoy being locked into a tenacious storyline with loads of creep served in gallon jugs, then this is for you. As Caitlin would say, "Staged by a man who looks like Mr. Ordinary. Somebody who keeps the monster in a mental cage."

  • Brenda - Traveling Sister

    I was lost in the sunny, jagged craggy coulee with Susanne and Kaceey reading Into The Black Nowhere feeling very excited to start reading this one. Once we settled in and opened up this book we were lost in the coulee and couldn’t be found till we were done.

    Caitlin now an FBI profiler in training is on the case for a killer that turns into a cat and mouse game. The dynamics here between Caitlin and the killer is tense, interesting and engaging. Caitlin in more vulnerable and pushes herself as

    I was lost in the sunny, jagged craggy coulee with Susanne and Kaceey reading Into The Black Nowhere feeling very excited to start reading this one. Once we settled in and opened up this book we were lost in the coulee and couldn’t be found till we were done.

    Caitlin now an FBI profiler in training is on the case for a killer that turns into a cat and mouse game. The dynamics here between Caitlin and the killer is tense, interesting and engaging. Caitlin in more vulnerable and pushes herself as she goes up against this arrogant and cunning killer.

    Meg Gardiner does a fantastic job creating an interesting team here with Caitlin and her colleagues who all work together to bring down this killer and we really loved the dynamics between them as we were cheering them all on in this fascinating cat and mouse game.

    Meg Gardiner takes us thundering down a fast-paced road soaring along with Beyonce's “freedom” blaring through the coulee. We could feel that black-blood sensation creeping into our veins under that violet sunset. We soared through this book in mostly one day only stopping to reach for a much-needed coffee till we got to the ending that left us all saying WOW. We highly recommend.

    Published January 30, 2018

    Thank you, NetGalley, Penguin Group and Meg Gardiner for a copy to read and review.

    All of our Traveling Sisters Review can be found on our sister blog:

  • Jilly

    Set in Texas? Mentioned Torchy's Tacos? Talked about how we homeschool our kids?

    This was set in my world.

    Except, there was a serial killer in my world, so maybe I shouldn't be so excited about that.

    Unless he has a room made of candy, then I'd be willing to overlook a few things...

    This is the second book in the series, and so it assumes you know the characters and takes off running with some pretty twisted dude killing women with blonde hair.

    Not in this book.

    You know how you will read a murder-my

    Set in Texas? Mentioned Torchy's Tacos? Talked about how we homeschool our kids?

    This was set in my world.

    Except, there was a serial killer in my world, so maybe I shouldn't be so excited about that.

    Unless he has a room made of candy, then I'd be willing to overlook a few things...

    This is the second book in the series, and so it assumes you know the characters and takes off running with some pretty twisted dude killing women with blonde hair.

    Not in this book.

    You know how you will read a murder-mystery and there is only one murder, and maybe a second that the cops amazingly prevent or something? This is NOT that kind of mystery. The amount of bloody murder that this serial killer manages to accomplish in this book would almost be impressive, if he were like planting flowers instead of killing. It would be a freaking flower-fest all across the country. Beautiful flowers everywhere.

    Everyone loves flowers.

    If you liked the first book, you will like this one. I definitely didn't want to put it down. Well, except to lock my door, with my brave dog at my side.

    Bad dog! You are supposed to save mommy's wine. Forget the chips!

    Another thing that happens in this book is that thing where the whole story seems to get wrapped up way too quickly and you are thinking... huh, that was easy. Then, you check the Kindle and realize you are only 60% finished....

    Shit's about to go down.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Obviously serial killer thrillers are hot stuff right now; it’s become near impossible for anyone to get away with the criteria and multiple murders required to be classified as such with technology advancing as it is. This has developed into the best of both worlds-

    and our inner curious drama queen gets to experience what used to be a real fear and co

    Obviously serial killer thrillers are hot stuff right now; it’s become near impossible for anyone to get away with the criteria and multiple murders required to be classified as such with technology advancing as it is. This has developed into the best of both worlds-

    and our inner curious drama queen gets to experience what used to be a real fear and concern plaguing society in our fiction. I used to wonder how someone like Ted Bundy got so many women to trust him; sure he was good looking and charismatic, but when a killer is on the loose prowling at night and women are urged to exact the utmost caution, how did he manage to STILL deceive so many ladies?

    was a fantastic fictional account that helped me understand just how a wolf in sheep’s clothing can fool nearly anyone into believing what they want you to.

    was actually quite different than

    , and that’s not a bad thing. While I did feel the suspense was not as gripping in this novel (we find out fairly early the identity of the killer and he follows a very similar M.O. to the original Ted Bundy), I loved how much the “series” portion of the novel matured. Caitlin and Rainey were a dynamic duo and I would LOVE to see Rainey in future books. She was a strong POC and I feel that mainstream thrillers just do not have enough of these. She was entirely as vital to this story as Caitlin herself, and now that she’s kind of on her own, I like the idea of Caitlin making a deep, platonic connection with another female who gets what she goes through and struggles with on a daily basis.

    The plot was a little less twisty this go around, but I felt because we knew more here, the action and pacing were brilliant and nerve-wracking. I loved how this felt like a true, FBI thriller and it wasn’t trying to also market as a psychological suspense/mystery. I did miss seeing an abundance of Sean in this book, but I understand why he wasn’t as relevant in this installment and was pleased at how the ending of this book gave a little nod to

    and book #3. I am beyond ecstatic to see where Meg Gardiner takes us next and am waiting with bated breath for another showdown with Caitlin and her crew! Hurry up 2019!!! ❤

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