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Dark Pattern

(The Naturalist #4)

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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,151 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Dr. Theo Cray is on the hunt for a killer nurse, and redemption, in a mind-bending psychological thriller by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Naturalist.

Dr. Theo Cray has a legendary mathematical knack for catching serial killers. Until his exposure to a mind-altering pathogen knocks him off his game. It has upended an investigation, destroyed his reputation, and l
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Paperback, 318 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Lisa
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I love these books! I do. I've never been disappointed by this author....but, occasionally, things go sideways. This was so far from being what I've come to expect, that I'm not even sure Mr. Maybe was paying attention. It felt like he needed to get a book done, and this was his three day take! In other words, it was not worthy! I'm used to authors screwing the pooch eventually, but not on the fourth of this series.
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 25, 2019 marked it as owned-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dennis
I'm obsessed with this series in an unhealthy sort of way. Also? The narrator, Will Damron, is one of the best voices out there. After the cliffhanger from book three, it seems like October will never arrive.

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Lisa
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love these books! I do. I've never been disappointed by this author....but, occasionally, things go sideways.
This was so far from being what I've come to expect, that I'm not even sure Mr. Maybe was paying attention. It felt like he needed to get a book done, and this was his three day take! In other words, it was not worthy! I'm used to authors screwing the pooch eventually, but not on the fourth of this series.
Linda
"It never stops, not really. What happened to my head, it's not something that gets better." (Detective Rust Cohle from True Detectives)

And Dr. Theo Cray, computational biologist extraordinaire, has some head trouble, too. He's been exposed to the vicious Hyde virus that has been laying dormant within him since his last run-up with a serial killer. Theo has been trying to stay one step ahead of it with weekly MRI's at various hospitals under an assumed name. So far, so good.
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/10/17/...

These Naturalist books tend to be “one day reads” for me, and Dark Pattern, which got devoured in two reading sessions over a matter of hours, was definitely no exception. I love this series so much, and I just knew this novel would be another unputdownable mystery, which is why I’m glad I had the foresight to clear my schedule to devote an entire afternoon to reading, because bloody hell, this one was addictive.

Once again, Dr. Theo Cray is
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Inkish Kingdoms
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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So my suspicions were completely correct… there is more Theo to come. I was so stressed at the end of the book. Andrew loves plot twists and he never have enough of them. I started this book thinking that it was going to be the same all over again but with a different villain, and I was a bit right about thinking that.

We see the same old and tiring Cray acting before thinking. The Cray against the system to help the weak. The Cray that never learns, but
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Inkish Kingdoms
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So my suspicions were completely correct… there is more Theo to come. I was so stressed at the end of the book. Andrew loves plot twists and he doesn't have enough of them ever. I started this book thinking that it was going to be the same all over again but with a different villain.

We see the same old and tiring Cray acting before thinking. The Cray against the system to help the weak. The Cray that never learns, but there was one moment when the author put this character on a real
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Emma
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr Theo Cray is a great character! And I love this series. Slightly implausible ending to this one, I thought.
Kimberly Barnes
Ending that isn't.

I love Theo Cray as a charactee. Love how his mind works and how he has no boundaries once he's obsessed. The ending of this book disappointed me. It's a sleazy marketing ploy to get us to read the Jessica Blackwood series, the 1st of which isn't available through Kindle Unlimited. I couldn't remember what Amanda Paulson's big project in Mayanmar was, but I didn't care to go back and re-read because Theo's finding N2 was brutally anticlimactic on top of coming to the conclus
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Tammy
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Compulsively readable, Andrew Mayne’s thrilling series is just getting better and better.

If you haven’t started this series yet, then my question is, why not? I am enjoying the hell out of Andrew Mayne’s The Naturalist series, and it’s clear after finishing this fourth book that he isn’t even close to being finished with Dr. Theo Cray’s story. Dreview.The
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Debbie
Another fabulous addition to The Naturalist Series. Andrew Mayne has become an auto click author for me. His writing is smart, entertaining and always surprising. It has been a fascinating experience watching Theo Cray's character develop over these 4 books. My heart nearly broke for him in this one. I can't say I didn't see the dark spiral coming but I'm eager to see where Andrew goes with the next in this series.
Ed
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ingenuously original addition to this entertaining series.
Teno Q.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Dark Pattern, or: Theo Hits Rock Bottom

I'm a huge fan of this series and its main character but this felt rushed. I hope the copy I received isn't the final release version because it feels like a draft Mayne hammered out 3 days before the deadline, while going down a checklist and hitting all his criteria. This time Theo is hunting a serial killer nurse, business as usual, but everything else feels off.

Theo feels out of character, acting rashly and overlooking huge issues instead of being c
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Ankita A
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kyle
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5 stars. I really really wanted to like this book more, but by the end of the book sadly I did not really enjoy it. I do enjoy Theo Cray and if you are a fan I recommend the read, but I can easily say this is the weakest of the books and just felt sloppy and rushed. I hate to say that because I really like the author and all his books and podcasts. In response to this book, the story is just all over the place with multiple plot lines that go nowhere, and ridiculous over the top encounters T ...more
Lisa
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Pattern is the fourth in The Naturalist series, which follows computational biologist Dr. Theo Cray. Dr. Cray has gained notoriety as somewhat of a hobbyist in using pattern recognition to find and stop serial killers. This time Dr. Cray is on the trail of a serial killer nurse who has killed hundreds of patients and he's determined to protect any future victims. At the same time, he's dealing with his on
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Jeanette
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read, but do wonder if i should have started this series from book 1. The synopsis really grabbed my attention, as i can never resist a book that features a serial killer. I really feel that i ought to read the previous three books of this series before i can make too much of a comment.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy and this is my honest review, which i have voluntarily given.
Gerry Tolbert
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mayne Hits Another One Out of the Park

Theo Cray isn’t exactly my spirit animal, but I dig his style, with no nonsense about seeking an approximation of absolute truth for all values of approximate. The mystery is solid, the story runs deep, and the twist has me ready for the next two books. If you like murder mysteries and cutting edge statistical analysis/forensics/computer science, this book continues what the last three started and then some.
LeAnna
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again I was sucked into Dr. Theo Cray’s world and could not get out! These books are life! Theo’s moral compass and way of thinking are so similar to mine that I devour these books with ease. This one sets Theo against an adversary he has to follow into a very dark place. Absolutely cannot wait for the next one!
Joe Lucia
This book started slow, dragged in the second quarter, picked up in the third quarter, and then completely and utterly fell apart in the last quarter. I was expecting a lot compared to the first three books, and this definitely did not live up to that standard.
Raena
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series by Andrew Mayne, but I didn't like this one as much as the others. Don't get me wrong it's still a great read, I think this ones was just a little darker than the other ones were. Theo Cray is a great character, even if I dont always agree with the choices he makes. Let's be honestly he can be a arrogant and cocky and that's why he finds himself in the predicaments that he finds himself in. I know he always means well and that's why I love the guy so much, but come on T ...more
Jane
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries-modern
A fast, easy read, with a decent mystery. My low rating is due to the fact that I'm not connecting with the main character as the series moves forward. I loved The Naturalist, the first book in the series, and wish the character would go back to doing more biology!
Jacqui Huntley
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well written psychological thriller about a man, Dr Theo Cray, chasing a killer nurse across various parts of America using his own system of computational biology to look for patterns in events. He is suffering the after effects of some previous drug and it would have definitely been best if I had read previous stories in the series to understand better his frame of mind. His data analyses and logical thought processes were well written though and you just wanted him to find said killer nurse ...more
Steve
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disconnected beginning. Wandering and at times incoherent middle that lacks the flair, research, and sharpness of previous installments. An epilogue that plugs for a different series. There's always one in a series that fails to excite. Hopefully this book will be the exception and not the rule for future books.
Donna J
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The Dark Passage’ Book 4 💕💕 is Theo..but something’s happening..


When I found out the date when ‘The Dark Pattern’-Book 4 was coming out, I actually marked my phone calendar. I read it on the day..but it took me days to review it. Theo is someone I can’t let go of & I wanted my review to say something good—I love how author ‘Andrew Mayne’ is meticulous in his research of everything that Theo Cray has gone through, his thoughts, his love of the innocent, his hatred of evil & as usual
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Mike Nemeth
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With "Dark Pattern," the fourth installment of the Naturalist series, writer Andrew Mayne drags protagonist Dr. Theo Cray into the 1960s-70s literary abyss that marks the era of anti-hero. And that's a good thing. Cray can't get a break. He's questioning everything, even his own existence. And that makes chasing after a potential serial killer preferable to letting his mind grind to dust. He burned a lot of bridges in the previous episode, tracking a killer with a pathogen that boasts truly horr ...more
Elisa
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Dr. Theo Cray is one of my favorite crime-fighting geniuses with psychopathic tendencies (well, maybe he’s the only one, he’s an original character). He is smarter than most people but sometimes his arrogance gets in the way and blinds him. This is the case in this new installment in The Naturalist series. I have to say I don’t like where his personal life is headed, but it makes sense considering his circumstances. He knows what he’s risking, but has to find the bad guy at any cost. And this ti ...more
Grace
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Linda
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have not read any of this wonderful series, I highly recommend that you do. I was so excited to see another addition to the series and so thankful to NetGalley for advancing me a copy.

Dr. Theo Cray is an intelligent, introverted scientist who uses his ingenious mind and something called computational biology to catch serial killers. Distracted by the possibility he may be infected with a virus generated by the last monster he discovered, Theo is impelled to investigate suspici
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Andrew Mayne, star of A&E's Don't Trust Andrew Mayne, is a magician and the bestselling author of over a dozen novels. His novel The Naturalist spent six weeks at the #1 spot for all books on Amazon. Learn more at AndrewMayne.com