Review: Unsub by Meg Gardiner

uNSUB PLUS COFFEECaitlin 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.

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?


I first heard the word Unsub on Criminal Minds which is one of my favorite TV Shows. This book definitely reminded me of CM. The Unsub in this book was a serial killer known as the prophet.

Caitlin Hendrix is working the case and racing against clock to catch the killer. Interestingly, twenty years ago, her father Mack Hendrix was trying to catch the same killer and it nearly destroyed him. Throughout the story, we see Caitlin trying to solve the case and at the same time, ensure that the it doesn’t consume her. We also get to learn more about Mack and how the case affected him.

The tension in this book was maintained from the first page to the last. The body count kept going up and the detectives, for the most part seemed clueless. The Prophet was calculating, methodical and left no evidence behind. The murders were all twisted. The Unsub didn’t just kill but also left messages behind from graffiti, videos to symbols on the bodies. It seemed like there was a plan and but only one twisted mind knew exactly what it was.

The book had many scenes that stood out for me. There were moments when the killer made calls to the media and practically held the whole town captive. The author described these scenes so vividly that I can still see the terrified characters listening to the frightening voice of the killer. The tension was so high that I got caught up with the madness in the town. Like the characters, I was completely captivated(terrified too) by the Unsub.

As you can probably tell already, I liked this book.  Everything worked out really well from the detectives working the case to the setting which was a town terrorized by a deranged serial killer. The book had memorable characters such that I became invested in them. Needless to say, my heart broke when The Prophet took some of them. The author made it easy to get attached to these people hence making this an emotional yet very disturbing read. If you enjoy Crime thrillers then you should definitely get this book.

6 thoughts on “Review: Unsub by Meg Gardiner

    1. The Unsub really had me and the detectives trying to figure out his messages 🙂 I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did if you get a chance to read it.

    1. I wonder if Unsub is a real word used by FBI or just a CM word. Interestingly, there are already news reports about CBS buying the rights to this book. Its being made into a TV Show 🙂

      Thank you 🙂

  1. Great review! I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one; it sounds right up my alley. Good to hear you liked it!

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