Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Caged by Ellison Cooper (thoughts)
"FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair hunts for evil in the deepest recesses of the human mind. Still reeling from the death of her fiance, she wants nothing more than to focus on her research into the brains of serial killers. But when the Washington D.C. police stumble upon a gruesome murder scene involving a girl who'd been slowly starved to death while held captive in a cage, Sayer is called in to lead the investigation. When the victim is identified as the daughter of a high profile senator, Sayer is thrust into the spotlight.
As public pressure mounts, she discovers that another girl has been taken and is teetering on the brink of death. With evidence unraveling around her, Sayer races to save the second victim but soon realizes that they are hunting a killer with a dangerous obsession...a killer who is closer than she thought."
Oh my goodness - this book is easily a five star, going on my top reads of the year list type of book! I enjoyed my time reading this one immensely to say the least. I feel like this type of book is totally my own personal reader catnip if you will. It features a female lead detective (in this specific case she is a FBI agent but you get the gist) that is emotionally closed off due to her past. It's a police procedural which I absolutely adore (or FBI procedural - take your pick). And it focuses on a dark, twisted mystery that pulled me in until the very last page. What more could you want in a book like this? It's everything that I love all wrapped up into one amazing read! Now I need more books just like this or at least just as good! It's funny but before I started this one I remember seeing a slightly negative review (I don't remember the specifics or anything - just that the reader wasn't wowed by it) so I didn't know what to expect when I picked it up. I knew it sounded like my type of read but would it live up to those expectations? It sure did and then some! This is one of those books that just sucks you in and doesn't let you go. It wasn't one that I felt the need to read fast or fly through the pages. Instead I found myself unable to set it down and just so immersed in the ongoing investigation. I took my time with this one and loved every minute of it! Every time I thought I had a handle on it, the author was able to turn it around so completely that I just knew that I was wrong. I didn't figure out the ending until exactly when Sayer did which was the perfect way to experience the book. This book was just so unexpected and fresh compared to much of what is out there in the world of thrillers nowadays. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say too much but this is exactly the book that I hoped it would be and so much more!
Overall, I'm pretty sure that it is clear that I loved this book! I read the majority of this book during a long break in my daughter's softball tournament which was the perfect way to read this one! I just couldn't stop reading as I had to see how everything would end. I'm absolutely stoked that this is the beginning to a series so I have another book featuring Sayer to look forward to. Especially as the author set up another mystery outside of what was going on in this book that she left open for possibly the next book. I'm so intrigued and will be impatiently waiting to get my hands on that book whenever it releases! I just cannot say enough good things about this book. I can highly, highly recommend to those who love mysteries and thrillers. It's going on my top reads list this year without a doubt so that should tell you everything you need to know!
Bottom Line: A five star read that I can't stop gushing about!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. Thoughts are my own.