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Find You In The Dark

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  991 Ratings  ·  334 Reviews
A chilling debut thriller in the vein of Dexter and The Talented Mr Ripley.

Martin Reese has a hobby: he digs up murder victims. He buys stolen police files on serial killers, and uses them to find and dig up missing bodies. Calls in the results anonymously, taunting the police for their failure to do their job.

Detective Sandra Whittal takes that a little personally. She’s
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 2nd 2018 by Text Publishing (first published March 6th 2018)
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Kaceey - Traveling Sister
I’ve read a lot of out-of-the box thrillers recently. This one certainly fits that category, though maybe not in the best of ways.

Martin is a loving husband and father. He puts his family first. Okay…most of the time he does. Here’s the deal, it seems Martin has some bizzare hobbies. The kind of bizzare that both his family and the police would probably frown on. But his heart is in the right place... I mean this is for his family after all...right?? And besides, what really are his crimes?
Larry H
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars.

I had this feeling of pervasive dread while reading Nathan Ripley's Find You in the Dark , kind of like watching a horror movie. I wasn't exactly sure what would happen but the tone of the book was so creepy that I kept reading while waiting for something bad to occur.

Martin Reese is a technology executive who was able to retire very early in order to spend more time with his wife and teenage daughter. But he fills his days in a very unusual way—using police files on
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, axis360, e-book
Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley is a 2018 Atria Books publication.
The title and synopsis for this book sold me right away. However, I never could have guessed the way this odd thriller would pan out.

The comparison to Dexter and The Talented Mr. Ripley is way overblown, but if you look closely you might see some small similarities.

Martin Reese has a very, very, dark and twisted hobby. Finding the remains of victims of notorious serial killers, whose bodies were never recovered, just happ
Susanne Strong
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read

If you’re looking for a creepy book that will make you really uncomfortable, this is it.

“Find You In The Dark” by Nathan Ripley is the kind of book that will get under your skin and make you look over your shoulder. Martin, is the finder, he searches for and locates murder victims’ bodies hidden by a serial killer and calls in these “finds” to the police, letting them know that he did their job for them. Martin is a happily married man and a father of a teenage girl who he loves with all of his
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**4.5-stars rounded up**

Dark and twisted, this book had me glued to the pages from start to finish. I flew through it. Almost as soon as I started reading I was sucked in. Find You in the Dark mainly follows Martin Reese, a retired tech guru with an amazingly odd hobby. He was a really unique character. Not super likable in the mainstream sense, he is definitely morally grey, but personally, I like that. I got major Tony Stark vibes from this guy without the iron super-suit. Highly intelligent,
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley is a thriller that centers around Martin Reese who after an early retirement has a rather odd hobby no one else knows about. You see Martin takes these camping trips off by himself but instead of enjoying nature Martin looks for the remains of victims of serial killers.

Martin’s wife’s sister had been a victim twenty years before and the family had never received closure or real evidence of what happened to her so Martin thinks he just may find her in his adv
Sarah Joint
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The blurb for this book grabbed me immediately. Anything mentioning Dexter pretty much guarantees I'll take a closer look. This is a dark one, and very original. It is not Dexter, though it shares a main character with a compulsion to do something highly unusual. It's even more of a gray area than Dexter is, however. Martin is not killing anyone... he's simply finding those who have been murdered, effectively both killing hope but giving some kind of closure to their families. And he can't resis ...more
I loved this book’s synopsis and had such high hopes for loving these characters!


Moving along . . .

Martin sold his tech company and retired early. He’s wealthy and his wife, Ellen, is a loan officer turned shopkeeper. Their teenage daughter, Kylie, is a high school student with a love for swimming. Ellen’s sister, Tinsley, has been missing for twenty years and Martin has been spending all of his free time searching for her remains. Along the way, he uncovers bodies of other murdered women and an
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark, menacing, and gritty!

Find You In The Dark is an engrossing, creepy thriller that delves into the sadistic and disturbing thoughts, motivations, and actions of serial killers and immerses you in all the manipulation, violence, murder, depravity, and pure evil they're capable of.

The prose is chilling and tight. The characterization is well done with a whole slew of characters that are flawed, vulnerable, and persistent. And the plot, told from multiple perspectives, is an exceptionally suspe
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
2.5 I thought I would never finish stars

This book had quite a different interesting concept. It was about a man, Martin Reese, who had a penchant for finding the graves of women who were killed by serial killers. Martin would unearth the bodies and then in a hidden phone message, alert the police to his finds. He claimed he was doing so in order to give the dead women's family peace and to bury the remains of their family member. However, there were many indications that there might be something
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery, netgalley
Martin Reese is a digger. He finds the graves of serial killer victims whom the police haven’t been able to find throughout the years. After taking photos of the bones for his own personal collection, he calls the police anonymously and informs them of his find. He likes what he does and is meticulous and thorough. Nobody, not even his wife and daughter know what he's up to in his so called “camping trips”.
All is well, until he finds a grave, which is supposed to be hiding 20 year old bones of
FIND YOU IN THE DARK is the chilly, creepy debut thriller by Nathan Ripley.

Martin Reese has a strange hobby, and one that his family is not aware of: he is obsessed with serial killers. He researches and digs up murder victims. He buys stolen police files on serial killers, and uses them to find and dig up missing bodies. Calls in the results anonymously, to the police. He feels worthy that he can secretly solve mysteries, ones that the police can’t solve.

But Martin keep a scrapbook of his disc
Nathan Ripley (real name Naben Ruthnum)'s Find You in the Dark is an interestingly different serial killer story than what I'm used to. The story focuses on Martin Reese, father, husband, breadwinner, and grave digger. Martin's hobbies include vigilante investigating and rescuing missing bodies of the victims that were never discovered and returning them to the police. Plot twist: Martin returns the bodies in secret, taunting and bullying the police for not doing their jobs. Martin's secretive ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martin is a family guy who has what some may consider a very creepy hobby. No, he doesn’t collect Living Dead Dolls or horror movies like the rest of weirdos, he digs up the corpses of people murdered by serial killers and taunts the police with his ghastly finds. His wife and daughter have no idea what he’s doing on the side even though he comes home dirty and smelly after a long day of playing with old bones. The police also haven’t a clue.

Find You In The Dark has a twisted and unique to me st
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs
As much as I’m a serial killer thriller junkie I’m always on the lookout for a unique twist on the genre and this one was definitely original. Sure, you have a cop tracking down a murderer and the killer himself, but the addition of Martin, who isn’t a killer but instead a bizarre combination of vigilante and everyday family man. He hunts the burial sites of victims, he doesn’t search for women themselves and he definitely doesn’t hurt them. A strange little hobby to say the least, but one that ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free e-copy of Find you In The Dark by Nathan Ripley from NetGalley for my honest review. This book is Nathan Ripley‘s debut thriller.

This book is about a wealthy retired man, Martin, who has a family of his own. He is bored and is obsessed with serial killers. He secretly researches and digs up missing victims of serial killers. He feels like he is doing people a favor by helping solve mysteries secretly and doing thing that the police don't do.

Martin's most recent dig is the bod
Liz Barnsley
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Before I started reading this I’d heard mixed reports which is always intriguing – turns out I adored it and it was just the kind of story I love to get my head into. Not sure what that says about me…

ANYWAY, Martin spends his spare time looking through the cracks of various police investigations and very successfully digging up lost victims of serial killers. Sandra is a detective who is not as enamoured of this idea as some of her colleagues – rather than seeing him as a hero, she wonders about
I find it impressive how vile and tormented someone could be, how a sick mind can operate... This book give you an inside view on how a serial killer thinks, and that is something. Ok, I'll say it, it's disgusting. This book was good, but I found it difficult to read.

I received an advanced copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Find You In The Dark is the first novel by Canadian author, Nathan Ripley. Martin Reese is a wealthy man with an unusual hobby. He made his money from IT, sold his company and now enjoys his free time looking after his wife, Ellen, who insists on maintaining some independence, and his almost-fifteen-year-old daughter, Kylie.

Every so often (more often, recently) Martin goes on a camping weekend, on his own. At least, that’s what he tells everyone. What he’s actually doing is tracking down t
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
View this full review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.

My first thought upon finishing this debut Thriller by Nathan Ripley was, "Thank goodness that's over!" For anyone sure I was able to drop nothing but 5-star reviews on every other book this year, here is proof of the contrary. I do loathe giving low-star ratings to books, especially those I was incredibly excited to read, but such is the life of a book blogger. If I had not requested and received this book through Netgalley, I would h
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

Find You in the Dark was a very fun read for me. The synopsis is right up my alley, and I'm happy to say that I enjoyed it.

You can pretty much sell me on any serial killer novel, and this one did not disappoint. The story was intriguing, and I was so excited to find out what was going to happen. This is also a pretty unique story since the main character is a vigilante of sorts who is digging up victims of serial killers that the police couldn't find.

This is a slow burn, but I still found
Edward Lorn
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n, ebook
Review and rating to be published closer to date of publication.
Mandy White
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Find You In The Dark by Nathan Ripley is an original thriller that had me turning pages as fast I as I could! Such a great book.

Martin Reese is a husband and father and he has a very strange and morbid hobby...he buys police files and searches for murder victims before digging them up and anonymously calls them in. Detective Sandra Whittle starts to think that Nathan - who she calls "The Finder" might be more involved than just finding the bodies. And now he is being hunted by a killer who is ta
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read Find You In The Dark this week. It was massively entertaining, with a lovely dollop of weirdness. It is the debut novel from Canadian author, Nathan Ripley.

We meet a rich middle aged man, with quite a unique hobby. Martin Reese made a fortune from his IT company and retired young. He now hunts for the victims of serial killers. He taunts the police at their failure to link the clues together. Martin does not endear himself to the police, taking this approach. Detective Sandra Whittle is o
Lisa Jordan
Nov 29, 2017 marked it as to-read
Hello book. Your blurb speaks to all the twisted parts of me. Let's be BFF's.

I'm just going to put out into the universe how much l want to win an ARC for this book. SO. MUCH.
Please and thanks Universe. Regards, Lisa (super excited fan girl w/ black heart).
3.5 stars
Find You in the Dark is a dark and gritty novel with a unique twist. Martin Reese is a successful business man, husband and father. He also has an unusual obsession. He finds bodies left behind by serial killers. Is he motivated by the closure that this gives to the victims' families? The pleasure of taunting the police? Or by some sordid desire? Detective Sandra Whittal would probably place her bets on the latter. A driven officer of the law, her investigative skills are heads above th
Romi || Romi Reads
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I’m still doubting whether I should give this book 3 or 3.5 out of 5 stars. It definitely was a good read, but it just isn’t a new favourite of mine. Don’t get me wrong: I absolutely loved the concept and this is quite good for a first novel! All I was missing was some psychological aspects to the story. There were plenty of situations and characters that could have been analysed in a psychological way. If this book was a little more psychologically supported I would also have liked the characte ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
3.5 stars rounding to 4 for goodreads.

This is a slow burn of a thriller featuring Martin - a man who clearly loves his family but you're never sure if he's on the right side of things entirely. A successful man who was able to stop working, have tons of money to put towards his own research of these dead bodies while consistently gone from his family was quite interesting. He had quite the understanding, yet frustrated wife and a precocious daughter, Kylie, that I truly found to be the highlight
Jay G
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Martin Reese buys stolen police files and uses the information inside to dig up the bodies of serial killer victims then calls the bodies in anonymously, taunting the police for not doing their jobs. A young Detective named Sandra Whittal has began call him 'The Finder' and has made it her personal mission
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, atria
Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

After seeing some of the bad reviews for this book I was a little apprehensive about reading it. I actually enjoyed the book. It had a dark, creepy and unique story line with some twists. However, I did not find any of the characters too interesting and I really detested Detective Sandra Whittal and the wife, Ellen. It definitely does have a bit of a Dexter vibe to it.

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for a copy of Nathan Ripley's "Find You In The Dark" in e
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