Caged by Ellison Cooper
Many thanks to Minotaur Books for my free advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Review: Seeing fellow reviewers compare this book to Unsub by Meg Gardiner had me over the moon excited to read it. I was also nervous after hearing about some animal involvement, but I decided to proceed with caution and give it a chance after several people assured me I wouldn’t be traumatized. Coming from the person who refuses to watch movies like Marley and Me and has to look away during THAT scene in I Am Legend, I can comfortably say that Caged is safe for animal lovers. There was brief mention of an animal’s death but there is no torture, mutilation or sacrifice, all of which would have had me throwing my book across the room. Caged is fast paced, addictive and pleasantly dark and disturbing. Towards the end there was one aspect of the plot that began to feel a little repetitive, but the way that it was first introduced was brilliant. I had the killer pegged earlier than was probably intended, but it still made for a good twist and a great read. The very last page made me want to scream. There’s one big unanswered question that’s thrown in your face, which I might have hated if I hadn’t found out there is already a sequel in the works. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in the Sayer Altair series.
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Overall Rating: 4/5