Chandra and I seem to be on a roll with this month – despite both of us feeling the opposite! Isn’t it always the most chaotic months that have the most books releasing??
Thanks to Atria Books for the free advanced ebook copies in exchange for our honest reviews.
FIND YOU IN THE DARK – Nathan Ripley (out now!)
This ominous cover instantly caught my attention. Now, let’s see what the #allthebookreviews duo thought.
Chandra’s Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars
This is a slow burn of a thriller featuring Martin – a man who clearly loves his family but you’re never sure if he’s on the right side of things entirely. A successful man who was able to stop working, have tons of money to put towards his own research of these dead bodies while consistently gone from his family was quite interesting. He had quite the understanding, yet frustrated wife and a precocious daughter, Kylie, that I truly found to be the highlight of this book. My favorite line by her: “Fuck You, Dad.” Haha – my sentiments exactly, girl!
Here’s what I loved about this book – a man going against the law to try and do some good. Using his family and his wife’s peace of mind as the excuse to do what he does. While I do believe this was mostly the case, you know anyone with this type of obsession and the wherewithal to get things done… there’s something lying underneath. This is what kept me reading.
What I didn’t particularly care about was the extremely slow burn… which ramps up at the end to an almost too fast of a conclusion that was wrapped up a bit too neatly for my taste. Almost. The last 20% certainly did keep my attention and to be honest, I started to like Martin a little bit more towards the end.
A solid thriller that I did feel was worth getting through the slow burn for. I can see good things coming from this author. While this is touted as a debut thriller, we know this is a pseudonym with other published works under both names. I’m definitely curious where he goes from here.
My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars
This ominous looking cover, coupled with the title, definitely caught my attention from the start. FIND YOU IN THE DARK by Nathan Ripley is a solid thriller debut, but just know that this is a slow burn thriller. So if you’re wanting something fast from start to finish, then this probably won’t be for you!
A man that obsesses over serial killer files to the point of finding the bodies of their missing victims, a detective determined to catch this anonymous tipster dubbed the Finder, and then a new killer into the mix. Talk about an intriguing read! Martin Reese has an unusual and secret hobby. He likes to purchase old police files on serial killers – he studies them and tries to locate the bodies of their missing victims. When he does, he sends photos to the police anonymously, and he believes he is doing the community a public service.
Meanwhile, Detective Sandra Whittal is concerned that the Finder could graduate from finding dead bodies to leaving his own behind. Martin finds himself in some trouble when a new killer has their sights set on him. It becomes a race against the clock for Martin to find the killer and for Whittal to catch her mysterious source and stop the killings.
I was expecting this one to be a bit faster paced simply because of the synopsis. I mean, it sounds like it would be a page turning thriller, but it’s more of a slow burn. There’s nothing wrong with a good building suspense, but it can ruin the reading experience if you aren’t expecting it. This is a solid debut and I really enjoyed the characters. I think that the ending felt a bit rushed and some will find that the ending wrapped up a little too nicely. That last part of the book though really grabs you. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more from Nathan Ripley in the future.
I give this 3.5/5 stars!