“There’s a villain in every hero.
You just need to dig a little.”
Published: June 19, 2018
My Copy Came From: The publisher Atria Books
Read Via: Hard copy
My Like Level: 4 out of 5
Book Synopsis From Amazon:
In this chilling and disquieting debut thriller perfect for fans of Caroline Kepnes’s Hidden Bodies and Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, a family man with a habit of digging up the past catches the attention of a serial killer who wants anything but his secrets uncovered.
For years, unbeknownst to his wife and teenage daughter, Martin Reese has been illegally buying police files on serial killers and obsessively studying them, using them as guides to find the missing bodies of victims. He doesn’t take any souvenirs, just photos that he stores in an old laptop, and then he turns in the results anonymously. Martin sees his work as a public service, a righting of wrongs.
Detective Sandra Whittal sees the situation differently. On a meteoric rise in police ranks due to her case‑closing efficiency, Whittal is suspicious of the mysterious source she calls the Finder, especially since he keeps leading the police right to the bodies. Even if he isn’t the one leaving bodies behind, how can she be sure he won’t start soon?
On his latest dig, Martin searches for the first kill of Jason Shurn, the early 1990s murderer who may have been responsible for the disappearance of his wife’s sister. But when he arrives at the site, he finds more than just bones. There’s a freshly killed body—a young and missing Seattle woman—lying among remains that were left there decades ago. Someone else knew where Jason Shurn left the corpses of his victims…and that someone isn’t happy that Martin has been going around digging up his work. And when a crooked cop with a tenuous tie to Martin vanishes, Whittal begins to zero in on the Finder.
Hunted by a real killer and by Whittal, Martin realizes that in order to escape, he may have to go deeper into the killer’s dark world than he ever thought…
This was really good! I truly enjoyed reading this book from page one. It kept me up late at night not only because I wanted to see what happened next, but because it was creeeeepy! It was nice not read the typical un-reliable narrator story for a change too.
In Find You In The Dark, Martin Reese is obsessed with finding undiscovered bodies hidden by serial killers. When he stumbles upon a very new body in a very old grave site, he realizes he has gotten himself in too deep. Martin has unknowingly angered one of those killers who has remained in the shadows by disturbing the perfectly hidden, (or so he thought) resting place of one of his victims. For years, Martin has been illegally purchasing old police files from Keith Waring. A loser cop who never got to do much more than desk work. With Keith’s files, Martin is able to put enough information together to find these missing victims the police never found. Once found, Martin anonymously calls the police and leaves detailed computer generated messages leading them to the bodies. He reminds them each time of their shoddy police work, and scolds them for letting the victims families down by not trying harder. Detective Sandra Whittal and her partner Chris Velazquez don’t mind the help this mysterious “Finder” has given them, but Sandra feels that something is off with the caller and vows to find him before his calls escalate into his own murder spree.
Once the main plot is revealed, the book really takes off. I was invested in Martin Reese and wanted him to come out on top. His character has to do some major self reflection in order to understand why he has such a desire to recover these victims. Does he have an inner desire to kill on his own, or does he really just want to help families find their missing loved ones? Will the real killer find him and seek revenge? Of course, Martin himself has some things in his past that he would like to remain a secret, but as we know that never happens.
There were two parts of the book that I think could have been tightened up. First, the name of the book. Find you In The Dark didn’t seem like the best title to me. Maybe it had to do with the killer murdering women in the dark? Who knows. But since the police call Martin “The Finder”, I think the title of the book should have been just that. The Finder. Second, the end felt a bit sloppy. I always love the build up in books like this, but have relaized over time that many of the books rush the ending. This ending wasn’t super rushed, but some of the things characters did weren’t true to how they had behaved in the past. I don’t want to say who I am referring to in order not to reveal anything. When you read this, shoot me a message and we can discuss it further.
I highly recommend this book! Please pick up a copy and let me know what you thought. This is one of the better books I have read this year. It will likely make my “Best of 2018 List.” 🙂
Thank you to Atria Books and the author Nathan Ripley for this Advanced Readers Edition of Find You In The Dark.