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A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city 20 years earlier.

Caitlin Hendrix has been a narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB - what the FBI calls an unknown subject - the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

The Prophet's cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack's failure to solve the series of ritualized murders - 11 seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh - was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career.

Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father's failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains, for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

Determined to decipher the Prophet's twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father's warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father's mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?

©2017 Meg Gardiner (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Would make a great movie.

What made the experience of listening to UNSUB the most enjoyable?

It was nice to be able to listen while doing other tasks. I really liked the story and would not have had the time to read the book.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. I can usually figure out who the bad guy is. With this story however, I did not.

What three words best describe Hillary Huber’s performance?

Irritating, distracting, eye-rolling. I did not like this narrator. I have not listened to very many audio books yet, so I may be way off and others may like her. I just found her character voices often distracting. It would sometimes pull me out of the book and get me thinking about her voice rather than the story.

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Great story. I really enjoyed it. I think this would make a good movie. I'd pay to see it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Once you start, you can't stop

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This book really caught me by surprise. I started it at 7:30 AM, and I finished the book the same day. It is a great crime novel based somewhat on the Zodiac killer, and it is NON-STOP goodness. It has a little bit of everything, and it will keep you on your toes. Not to mention, the ending is a complete SHOCK! The narrator is fantastic. Don't waste another minute; get this book!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A waste of time

I heard a very positive review of this book on NPR and looked forward to listening to this. Was I ever disappointed. It was easy to anticipate the story line (except for the very last few seconds), the characters lacked credibility and judgment, defied common sense, etc. etc. And to top it off, the perverse details of the killer seemed to be where the author invested the most time but once again, was not believable. And the narrator - well, she is better suited to books needing a maternal voice.
Can I give zero stars?

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Gripping

Intense story line. Dramatic reading pulls the listener in like you are THERE, in the story.

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Freaking awesome!

My only fault with this book is it ended. After I type this review I must go find more from this author. And I must see if there will be more books with Caitlin. Anyway, this is a fast paced, intriguing novel about a really smart, organized, evil, poetic serial killer. I guess that is how I’d describe the Prophet. I could use many more adjectives, but my heart is still pounding as I type, so I can’t think clearly yet. So, in case you haven’t noticed, I loved this book. It’s so intense. I like the characters. I love the plot. It is very well written. Well planned out. I think we should be very afraid of the author. I definitely wouldn’t want to get on her bad side. Seriously, if you like thrillers and serial killer stories, you will love this one! If you hate gruesome details and can’t stomach gore and torture, then you better skip this one. Okay, I’m going to go order a copy for my mom, and do some research on Meg’s other books now.

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couldn't put it down!

Hilary Huber died get usual excellent job of narrating this fast paced thriller. The only negative is the string hanging at the end paving the way for the next in the series a little too conveniently.

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  • Greg
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  • 11-19-17

Couldn't put this down!

Honestly not sure why I loved this book, but it hit the spot in a very big way. As a fan of true crime and particularly the Zodiac case this resonated. Well written, well performed and accompanied by a glass of scotch on a cold November night served as a great escape.

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Good story, good reader

I usually don't like female narrators but she's good. The story is suspenseful, it holds your interest to the very end.

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Too slow moving

Could have been better if were about a third shorter. Too slow and boring with a highly unsatisfactory ending. Not worth the time

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Attention Holding Suspense

I really enjoy Meg Gardner's storytelling. The penultimate scene is very graphic and includes the use of a nail .gun. So be prepared.

The narrator speaks very slowly so I listened to most at 1.5 speed.
Regular speed maybe heightened the suspense a bit but was too slow.