Genres: Crime, Thriller
Published by Dutton on June 27, 2017
Also by this author: Into the Black Nowhere
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 twenty 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—eleven 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 his 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?
Here is what I thought
My friend has been telling me I need to read this book and I am so glad that I did because it was great!
Caitlyn grew up in the Prophets spotlight so to speak as it was her dads biggest case and the one he could never solve and it pretty much drove him crazy. Now it’s about 20 years later and Caitlyn is a new detective and she lands on a case that is either the Prophet come out of hiding or a copycat. Against her parents wishes she makes sure she gets to be part of the team to find the guy responsible.
The Prophet is excited to have the next generation trying to bring him down and it gives him a reason to finish what he started a long time ago. In his crazy mind he has a purpose for what he is doing and Caitlyn is going to be a part of that.
Caitlyn gets wrapped up so much in trying to catch him that she can’t see what it’s doing to her. Her boyfriend who is an agent can tell what it’s doing to her and tries to get her to step back but she won’t back down and it could very well get them all killed.
I really like how driven Caitlyn was to try and get the serial killer but I also think that she was a bit stupid and reckless. She was pushing so hard that she didn’t think about those around her and how it would affect them and it made me want to reach in and slap her at times. She was so bullheaded but in the end it does help her with her quest to nab the bad guy.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I liked the characters both good and bad. The Prophet was so scary and crazy and well he makes me want to read a certain old book that I feel I can’t say as it could ruin parts of the book. I will probably never read said book but you never know…lol. 🙂
Recommended for those who like crime thrillers.