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The Dark Corners of the Night

(UNSUB #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,243 ratings  ·  376 reviews
I am the legion of the night …

He appears in the darkness like a ghost, made of shadows and fear—the Midnight Man. He comes for the parents but leaves the children alive, tiny witnesses to unspeakable horror. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating.

Still reeling from her best friend’s close call in a bombing six months a
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Blackstone Publishing
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Leah It can be read as a standalone, however you will definitely connect with it better and enjoy it more if you read the previous two. Plus, in my opinion…moreIt can be read as a standalone, however you will definitely connect with it better and enjoy it more if you read the previous two. Plus, in my opinion, the first two were better (though the 3rd is still great), so I highly recommend just starting from the beginning. They're really easy, really fascinating reads! Enjoy :)(less)

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Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The Midnight Man lurks in the darkness. He can silently enter homes - homes in quiet safe communities. He Kills the parents but leaves the children alive. He's smart, He's sinister, and he always seems to be just one step ahead of the investigators who are hot on his trail.

And.....she's back! FBI behavioral analyst, Caitlin Hendrix!!!! She's been called to Los Angeles to help investigate the killings and a sinister and elusive killer who is escalating. Who is this killer? Why does he se
Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5, because the queen is back! Full review to come.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Susanne  Strong
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Heart Stopping Stars!

There’s a Serial Killer on the loose in the City of Los Angeles and this time, he’s targeting Families and that means, no one is safe.

When FBI Behavioral Analyst Caitlin Hendrix and the rest of the team arrive from the Bureau to join forces with the LAPD to find the man aptly named the “Midnight Man” no stone is left unturned. Unfortunately, more bodies are pile up night after night, and finding the man responsible, seems like an impossibility, until the team deciphers t
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, mystery
Wow, I blew through this book like a reading-monkey on crack. There are reading-monkeys, right?

I don't feel like he's retaining much. Maybe slow it down, reading-monkey.

It was soooo suspenseful, just like the previous two books.
Serial killer? Does he do a lotta killing?

And, actually this killer is just killing the crap out of everyone. I mean, it's like he's a teenager playing Grand Theft Auto. Brutal.

Actually, that looks kinda fun. I think I've been missing out on this whole video-game craze.
Seriously sayin'.........

The Dark Corners of the Night elbows its way into those tiny crevices in your mind that are sacred. Those little niches that you scurry into when life stomps boldly on the fringes of your delicate soul. So much like hidin' under the covers during a violent thunderstorm or zoomin' under the whole damn bed when it just gets deafening and loud enough to break the sound barrier. Only there's no place to hide in this one. No place at all.

Meg Gardiner pulls up a chair for Cait
Larry H
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Fans of creepy crime thrillers, this series is for you!!

A serial killer is targeting Los Angeles families. Smart, ruthless, methodical, the so-called “Midnight Man” kills both husband and wife, but leaves any children physically unharmed but terrorized, left looking at ritualistic symbols and heeding frightening warnings from the man who killed their parents.

Desperate to catch this killer, the LAPD brings in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, including profiler Caitlin Hendrix. The daughter of
Meg Gardiner is one of my favorite authors, and her upcoming thriller, The Dark Corners of the Night , continues to haunt readers. It's the third book in her very popular UNSUB series, and while this chapter in this series seems a bit more police procedural than suspense, the horrors are still prevalent throughout.

FBI behavioral analyst, Caitlin Hendrix has returned to the west coast after her boyfriend's ex was healing from a bombing scare. As Caitlin is still reeling from that attack, she
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
I've been a big fan of Meg Gardiner's UNSUB series since the first book came out a few years back, so I was eagerly anticipating the newest book in the series, The Dark Corners of the Night. 

Like the others, this book follows FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin, who is on a new case for a serial killer they've dubbed 'The Midnight Man', as he breaks into houses of families in the middle of the night and kills the parents, leaving the children alive. We jump right into the action with this one, so I w
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in the Unsub series published 2020.

The Unsub series got off to a strong start and this book is a strong contender to be the best one yet.

The LAPD have asked for assistance from the FBI in a case that is rapidly getting out of their control.

Someone, who calls himself, The Midnight Man, gains entry to houses where unsuspecting families are fast asleep. Once inside he kills both the parents and terrorises the children. No clues are ever found at the scene.

What the LAPD need from the FBI, ap
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this kind of book, with its behavioral and data analyses. Caitlin Hendrix is back with Emmerich, Rainey, and Keyes helping the LAPD investigate a series of gruesome murders. I was slowly pulled in, and then there was an adrenaline-pumping car chase that handcuffed me to the book.

The UNSUB in this book is one really scary, fucked up individual. I’ll be looking into every dark corner in the future while I await UNSUB #4.
Janelle Janson
Thank you so much Book Sparks for my free copy.

It’s no secret how much I love the UNSUB series so we all know I had to read the third installment! I mean UNSUB and INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE were both 5★ reads. BUT GUESS WHAT?!...The third book, THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT, is THE BEST ONE YET!

I am not much of a series person and I’m super picky with police procedurals, but this book is DARK. The story is gripping, captivating, haunting, and horrifying. Gardiner goes deep into character study so
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was drawn by the premise of a crafty serial killer only striking at night.

Special Agent Caitlin Hendrix and her FBI colleagues from the Behavioral Unit are called in to assist the L.A. police in profiling and identifying the killer.

The book is tightly written and slightly more formal than most police procedural's thus enhancing the FBI aura. I can appreciate the research that went into writing this and found the profiling aspect interesting since it was new to me.

This my first read by this au
Jun 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Finally available for download on Edelweiss!!!! My whole day has been made!!!

This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2020!!!!
3.5 Stars

I stopped and started this a few times a few months ago, not able to get into it. Finally picked it back up and I'm glad I did.

Enjoyed the police procedural parts. The geographic profiling was fascinating. The case because of the brutality, killing the parents and leaving the kids behind was tough to read about. The ending pursuit dragged for me and I had to skim a bunch to get through it.

I have to say the romance is my least favorite part of this series. The continued close relations
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4.5 scared me senseless stars

I read a lot of thrillers, mysteries, and Nordic noir, but this book and the Midnight Man really scared me! It’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly what got me, but a few times, I had to set it down and remind myself that this is just a book!

Set in California, a task force has been put together to catch a terrifying killer who kills the parents but leaves the small children to tell his story. He lurks in good neighborhoods and is elusive, seeming to disappear into the n
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I requested this book from Edelweiss based on the recommendation of a fellow blogger. I am happy to report I made the right choice to read it, as the book delivered all I expected and more. The Dark Corners of the Night took me on hair-raising, spine-tingling and nerve-wracking ride.

This is the third book in the UNSUB series and it works well as a stand-alone. This is my first time venturing into this world created by Meg Gardiner, and it was an experience that I hope to repeat whenever the oppo
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was great! This book threw me right in the action from the very beginning and the pace never let up. It was one of those stories that are almost impossible to set aside. As horrible as the case they were dealing with was, I couldn't help but think about the fact that something like this could actually happen and the authorities would probably have a difficult time getting to the culprit. This was a really entertaining read from
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am still on a good roll of books lol. This was the third book in the series and it was just as good as the previous two. The story was pretty good and moved at a good pace and never bogged down . The main characters were good and the story was pretty believable . I would give it a soft 4.2 . I did have a couple of problems however the book picked up where the last one left off-well it has been over a year since I read the last one and do I recall every since book I have read-not sure about tha ...more
Pamela Small
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This novel deals with the horrific theme of juvenile psychopathology. It is a disturbing yet real phenomenon afflicting “normal” families. Due to the weighted content, it is a dark read. However, it is enlightening. And it is important to get a glimpse of the conflicts imposed on law enforcement personnel when confronted with youthful offenders. The nature verses nurture issue is addressed and explained very well. I appreciated th
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2020; Blackstone Publishing

Caitlin Hendrix, FBI behavioral analyst, is recovering from a bombing that almost killer her best friend, with the support of her boyfriend (and her friend's ex), Sean. She soon heads to LA to help capture a deadly new serial killer, the Midnight Man. As he escalates in his crime, Caitlin and her team have less and less time before he strikes quicker and deadlier. The lack of clues he leaves behind just might be the clue they need to find him.

I loved t
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you a thriller fan and you haven’t read this series it’s a MUST! Bonus if you’re a fan of shows like Criminal Minds because this book (and the whole series) is like an insane episode of the show but better. Also, you could probably read this as a standalone and be fine but don’t, because all three books are phenomenal and you’ll be missing out.

What makes a perfect thriller for me? A few things, first the case has to be somewhat original so and MG managed to explore something I’ve really never
Krystin Rachel
I love Meg Gardiner and I doubt I'll ever give her a bad review. I can't control my bias here.


Malina Skrobosinski
"The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears." - Heraclitus

What do you do when someone preys upon you in the dark of night? Can you trust your sense of sight when someone has taken the light? I've got to say... Meg Gardiner has escalated one of my fears with this one, albeit, some might say it's an irrational fear, but a realistic one all the same. I've often feared someone sneaking into my room in the middle of the night and attacking me, and should I survive said attack, not being able to
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A serial killer who murders parents but leaves their children alive. He's dubbed "The Midnight Man" - a vampire like killer whose horrific crime spree is demoralising the Los Angeles Police Department and terrifying the millions of people living in the city.
FBI behavioral analyst, Caitlin Hendrix and her colleagues are called in to help the LAPD hunt him down. The action is frenetic, backed with extensive technical and psychological jargon which at times becomes somewhat overwhelming. This is t
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Meg Gardiner never disappoints! She is my go-to thriller queen and this series with FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix has proven to be one of my all time favorites.
A serial killer is on the loose in Los Angeles, California. He only strikes at night and there is no pattern to his killing. He is basically killing for sport and at random. The worst of their kind. When LAPD find themselves in over their heads, they bring in the Behavioral Unit from Quantico, Virginia. This case hits everyone to their cor
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
I said this with book 2 in this series, and I'll say it again, it's like reading a Criminal Minds episode and I am here for every single letter of every single word on every single page.

I love seeing the growth of Caitlin and her relationships. How they all navigate their work life with their personal one. I love the thought process of how she deals with the profiling of the Unsub. And can we please talk about Hannah - I love her character so much in this book. Huge heart eyes for this little gi
Laura Peden
She did it again! These Unsub books just get better & better 🤤 FBI profiling at it’s finest. These books of fiction are really for fans of true-crime. Each book is loosely inspired by a real life serial killer. Book 1 is based off The Zodiac Killer; Book 2 Ted Bundy; Book 3 The Golden State Killer mixed with another but I’m not saying who because it’s spoilery. She blends the true life details so well into her fictional world. It doesn’t feel like a copycat, it’s completely original but you will ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is the third entry in Gardiner's UNSUB series. I was somewhat caught up in the first one because she sketched out her characters to have some life and interest for the reader. By this, the third, it's deja vu all over again, but perhaps worse. Very nearly the entire book is having the protagonist, the newest member of the FBI's serial killer unit, explain absolutely everything--how profiles are collected, how computers can make patterns, and on and on. It seemed like a bunch of little Wikip ...more
Karima chermiti
Jun 02, 2019 marked it as to-read

#1 : UNSUB (UNSUB, #1) : 5 Stars
#2 : Into the Black Nowhere (UNSUB #2) : 5 Stars

February 18th 2020 Is too far away. I mean can't we skip the rest of the year already.

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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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