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Into the Black Nowhere

(UNSUB #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  4,558 ratings  ·  694 reviews
Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer.

In 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
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Dutton
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Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dutton
Shelves: from-publisher

“We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere.”
-Ted Bundy

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- we see the scum getting taken off the streets and our inner curious drama queen gets to experience what used to be a real fear and co
Larry H
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

Meg Gardiner, Meg Gardiner, Meg SLAY me! Reading UNSUB a month or two ago just blew me away, and here you are again, with another heart-pounding, completely riveting novel featuring FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix. What an amazing series this is turning out to be!!

In a little town called Solace, Texas, women are literally disappearing on Saturday nights. One moment they're there—on a concession line at a movie theater, in a mall parking lot, in their car stopped at a railroad crossi
Susanne  Strong
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars (rounded up).

So darn good! If this book doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.

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
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
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

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
Beyonce. Oprah. Meg Gardiner. All three iconic legends, but only one of the three has soooo successfully entertained me to the brick of super fandom. Ladies and gents, it's Ms. Gardiner, bitch.

After I read UNSUB this past fall, I knew that I immediately had to click onto Amazon and pre-order Into the Black Nowhere . 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
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, mystery
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
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
A serial killer is plying his trade with impunity, his preferred fare is bouncy blonde cheerleader types.  Not to be glib about it, but these blondes are not having more fun.  FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix has her capable hands full with this latest case, probing inside the mind of a psycho is no picnic, either.  And this particular sicko has a following of fanatical groupies mucking up the works.  It's a bad business.  And a great read.
Krystin Rachel
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And second: I’m so depressed this is over.

I’m not religious, but over this Easter weekend I’ve decided I worship at the printing press of Meg Gardiner. And her books are my bible.

If you’re interested in my new religion, let me know. Maybe I’ll make some pamphlets.

I’m completely blown away by this instalment in the UNSUB series. I think I literally peed my pants over the first one, and it seemed a completely impossible task that
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: release-2018
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
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Women are disappearing in Gideon County, Texas. All five of them abducted late at night on Saturdays over the past six months. FBI Special Agent Caitlin Hendrix works in the Behavioral Analysis Unit. When the BAU is put on the case, Hendrix travels to Solace, TX with two other special agents to investigate the abductions. They might be able to find the last victim alive if they move fast. Hendrix is new to the unit, still in training to hone her profiling skills. She still bears the scars from t ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omggggg I LOVE THE UNSUB SERIES! And, can we say girl power?! I love Caitlin and Rainey! They are bad ass!!! Into the Black Nowhere is book two in the Unsub series and it was AWESOME! I believe you could read it is as standalone but why do that when Unsub 1 was AMAZING!

FBI profiler, Caitlin Hendrix and her FBI team, are requested in Gideon county for their help. Five women have been disappearing on Saturday nights for the last six months. All five women leave with out a trace and even more chil
Jill McGill
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5* Stars!

This book was amazing... well-written, fast-paced, fantastic storyline and characters. I loved every minute reading it! If you enjoy the tv show Criminal Minds you will definitely love this book... has the same vibe to it. I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series! Highly recommend!

*I want to thank NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Dutton for the ARC!
Glenn Sumi
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Last year, enticed by Larry’s enthusiastic review, I picked up and devoured Meg Gardiner’s first Unsub (stands for Unknown Suspect) novel. I liked it a lot. This book is a strong follow-up with a different feel but just as effective a hook.

Bright and ambitious police detective Caitlin Hendrix has moved across the country to join the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia. Soon she’s profiling a serial killer who is abducting women in and around Austin, Texas. The victims have seem
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
UNSUB, which is the first book in this outstanding series made my Best of 2017 list and while I was ecstatic to get my hands on the follow up novel, I was also nervous. When the first book in a series is as fantastic as UNSUB was I can’t help but be worried that the next won’t measure up, but rest assured this one was just as gripping, terrifying and all around amazing! Meg Gardiner is a master and I’ll follow this series as long as she keeps writing it.

I love that Caitlin is a full fledged prof
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meg Gardiner’s second book in the UNSUB series is on par with the first book. Using short, jabbing chapters made the book fast-paced initially, and as the FBI drew closer to the Unsub, the chapters were more extended. Most characters, especially Special Agents Caitlin Hendrix and Brianne Rainey, were well-drawn, but an exception is SAC C. J. Emmerich. He was present and accounted for, but I don’t feel I know him as well. The Unsub was written as charming and friendly, similar to the real-life Te ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I really enjoyed this book! I was a huge fan of the first book in this series, UNSUB, so I was really excited to read this one. I will admit that I didn't like this book quite as much as the first book in the series but it was a very strong book. I was hooked by this book from the very start and enjoyed it to the very end. This series has quickly made its way onto my must read list.

Caitlin is now working as an FBI profiler. She goes
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-uno, 2018, 2020, favorites
When I read UNSUB earlier this year, it a) gave me nightmares, b) instantly catapulted to my favorites shelf, and c) made me crave more of both Meg Gardiner's writing and Caitlin Hendrix's spunk and intuition. That should give you some small idea of how incredibly excited I was to tackle the second book in the UNSUB series, Into the Black Nowhere.

It did not disappoint.

Meg Gardiner does it again with this equally brilliant and captivating sequel in which Caitlin Hendrix returns, this time as a fr
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book, 2018
Another excellent book in the UNSUB series!!
4.5 stars!!

Into the Black Nowhere is the second book in this series and starts off with our main character, Caitlin Hendrix starting at the FBI in the Behavioral Analysis Unit. Caitlin is working with a legendary FBI profiler C.J. Emmerich and ten-year veteran Brianne Rainey on the abductions of women in the Gideon County of Texas.
I enjoyed all the characterization with Emmerich and Rainey. They really added to the overall plot and I hope to see more w
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2018
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Fans will enjoy this newest installment, book number two of the UNSUB series. Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner is a great nail-biting thriller and I enjoyed every minute of it.

My favorite character was Caitlin Hendrix, a member of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. She is a smart tough agent but is realistic when she shows some weakness also. The killer in this novel was so good at reading and manipulating people th

Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Last year, I was completely obsessed with Unsub, the start of a new series by Meg Gardiner that featured FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix. Heart pounding, dark and visceral, Unsub had me holding on to the edge of my seat and screaming for more. So, of course, I was extremely excited when I found out that the second book in the series, Into the Black Nowhere, would be publishing in January 2018!

Now, without giving away any plot points or information (because I absolutely consider Unsub to be a MUST REA
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The follow-up to Unsub hits all the right chords for fast-paced cat-and-mouse thrillers but lacks the same level of character depth and story outside of the hunt-for-a-serial-killer narrative. In Unsub, author Meg Gardiner went to great lengths to establish her series protagonist Caitlin Hendrix, now the new kid on the block in the FBI’s Behavioural Analysis Unit, as a tough, take charge cop with a personal connection to a killer and a family history rich in the violent world of serial killers, ...more
L.A. Starks
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying Gardiner's Unsub series--this is the second. The opening gets central TX right and the Oklahoma scenes are well-done (many thanks to Gardiner for that) instead of stereotypes.

The action moves quickly throughout and the heroine-villain scene at the end is so gripping readers (or at least fellow writers) will appreciate the effort it took Ms. Gardiner to think through and block out/map out the action.

Highly recommended.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Into The Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner is the 2nd book in her UNSUB series.
It's excellent!
A serial killer is hunting, controlling and killing women. FBI agent, Caitlin Hendrix must stop him.
Meg Gardiner is proficient with the technical details of FBI profiling and tracking.
She gives us a very compelling female character, a horrifying villain and intense plot twists.
A Must Read!
Laura/Mystery in Minutes
Overall Rating: 4.5/5

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Building to a gripping, race-against-time crescendo, Into the Black Nowhere is an immersive, meaty thriller for readers to sink their entertainment teeth into. It features Caitlin Hendrix, formerly of the Alameda County Sheriff's department, and now a special agent with the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. Into the Black Nowhere takes Caitlin and her colleagues initially to the southwest to investigate
After the intensity of book one, I expected a lot.. more. INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE failed to match the level of wow I experienced in UNSUB and ultimately was seriously frustrating due to the constant fumbles and flubs of law enforcement. It was an interesting set-up in regards to catching the killer early and then watching everything go to shit in the process, and in fact escalating as a result, but like.. wow. Not the good kind of wow. The so much fail kind of wow.

I'm interested in book three, t
Janelle Janson
INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE by Meg Gardiner - Thank you so much to Dutton Books for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own.

“Her pulse pounded in her forehead. ‘And I’d slip under the surface of a warm bath. Into floating darkness. It would be like...’ Her voice grew soft. ‘Like falling through a field of stars, into the black nowhere.”

Caitlin Hendrix is a rookie FBI agent that is now a profiler for the Behavioral Science Unit. She is in a small town in Texas, far away from the familiarity
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
After reading and loving UNSUB a few weeks ago, I knew I had to get my hands on Into the Black Nowhere, the second book in the series. It's always a gamble with thrillers that have sequels - sometimes the sequels aren't as good as the original, but I was pleasantly surprised that I loved this one just as much as I loved UNSUB! 

Into the Black Nowhere picks up shortly after UNSUB leaves off. Caitlin has relocated to Virginia for her new job as a criminal profiler for the FBI, and is pretty quickly
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Book 2 in the Unsub series.

This had a fairly slow build up to what became a F1 Grand Prix finish.
If you like your villains to be completely vile, then this is the book for you. This villain is the quintessential smiling assassin. Good looking with the kind of sex appeal that most women can’t ignore.
As a thriller it ticks all the boxes but a lot of the characters fell short of the mark for me. I found that the FBI agents were just a bit too back and white, all business with no cracks in their pr
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Meg Gardiner is the author of fifteen thrillers. Her latest is The Dark Corners of the Night, the third novel in the UNSUB series featuring FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix. Stephen King says, "Don't miss it. This is a great one." It's been bought by Amazon Studios for development as a television series. The first novel in the series, UNSUB, won the 2018 Barry Award for Best Thriller.

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