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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.

5 of 5 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!

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Unsub was a wild ride!

this was a book that lived on my wishlist for a long time, I'm disappointed It took me this long to listen.

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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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loveeeee

Such a great book! kept you hooked all the way through. 10/10 would listen again

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Love Meg Gardener, but didn’t love this one

I usually love Meg gardener, but I couldn’t get into this one. It’s actually the first book of hers I didn’t finish. I stopped with like 5hours left. Not sure why, it just didn’t seem unique at all. If you live police procedurals you should definitely try it out, or try some of her other books, as they are fantastic!

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Awesome Suspenseful Thriller

This book was great I rarely give 5 usually I fall in the middle but this book was definitely a 5 star from beginning to end captivating. Great plot and unexpected twists. It did not take long to set-up the scenes real page turner

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Formulaic

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes grizzly detective/murder stories and who has not read the routine storyline or seen it on TV ad nauseum. This reads like an adlib story outline that has all the expected pacing with fill in the blank names and murder details. I flipped to the 3/4 mark and to the end to check if the plot followed the expected trajectory and it did -- right on schedule. Could this be a spoof of the genre? The writing and performance are good.

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Wow, very disappointing!

I have read many of her books. While not Dean Koontz or even Lisa Gardner level, I always found them enjoyable. This one however, insulted the intelligence. It's like she got wind of a great storyline and rushed to write it before someone else did. Such a shame because the story had a lot of potential for suspense and thrill but instead I kept finding myself laughing at the absurdity. The authorities were written to be idiots who couldn't do anything right or figure anything out. Again, too bad because the potential is there. I hope she puts more heart and soul into her characters for the sequel. Hopefully they will be allowed some competence and depth so the story is intriguing and suspenseful. Fortunately for her, I will buy it to find out. Fingers crossed it's worth it.

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excellent book

excellent book with great twist. with the storyline and the narration I was easily absorbed into a great evening of entertainment. it was very hard to stop listening to because I always wanted to hear what was gonna happen next...