#BookReview: THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT by Meg Gardiner @MegGardiner1

The Dark Corners of the NightPublication: 18th February 2020 – Blackstone Publishing

I am the legion of the night …

He appears in the darkness like a ghost, made of shadows and fear–the Midnight Man. He comes for the parents but leaves the children alive, tiny witnesses to unspeakable horror. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating.

Still reeling from her best friend’s close call in a bombing six months ago, FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix has come to Los Angeles to assist in the Midnight Man investigation and do what she does best–hunt a serial killer. Her work is what keeps her going, but something about this UNSUB–unknown subject–doesn’t sit right. She soon realizes that this case will test not only her skills but also her dedication, for within the heart of a killer lives a secret that mirrors Caitlin’s own past. Hesitancy is not an option, but will she be able to do what must be done if the time comes?

Tense and impactful, Edgar Award winner Meg Gardiner’s latest UNSUB thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat until its riveting conclusion.

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There is a serial killer on the loose in Los Angeles. He is called The Midnight Man. He breaks into homes in the middle of the night, he kills the parents and leaves the children unharmed, but with a message. He leaves no trace behind. The LAPD has no choice but ask for the help of the BAU and so FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix is back! As the killer strikes over and over again, the FBI needs to figure out why The Midnight Man is killing and how to stop him.

Haunting, scary, gritty, The Dark Corners of the Night gave me goose bumps and made me check that the doors and windows where locked at night. The murder scenes are gruesome and violent and the descriptions are very detailed. I found fascinating how the author digs into the mind of the serial killer and the story becomes a character study as she explores the reason behind their behavior. The profiling process is detailed and insightful and it gives the reader a break from the fast-paced narrative.

The characters are well-developed and realistic and the personal lives of the protagonists mixe with the police procedural creating a gripping and authentic story that I couldn’t put down. The story is told mainly from Caitlin’s point of view, but we get also a glimpse of the killer and his victims’ perspectives.

Would I recommend The Dark Corners of the Night? Absolutely!!! Crime fans out there will love the originality and darkness of the story, the suspense that doesn’t leave the pages, and the strong and human characters that drive the story. A brilliant and thrilling read not to miss!

A huge thank you to Blackstone Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the novel.

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