I thought it was time to continue reading through the ARCs I had received at the OLA super conference. Looking through my options, I decided to pick up Find You In The Dark under the pseudonym Nathan Ripley – a debut novel written by Toronto-based journalist Naben Ruthnum
Genre: Psychological thriller, mystery
Martin Reese is obsessed with murder. For years, he has been illegally buying police files on serial killers and using them to locate long-lost victims. Then he calls the police anonymously and taunts them with his finds. Martin sees his work as a public service, a righting of all the mistakes cops have made for years. Detective Sandra Whittal sees it differently. A case-closer on a meteoric rise in police ranks, Whittal is suspicious of the mysterious caller she names the Finder. Even if the Finder isn’t the one leaving bodies behind, who’s to say he won’t start soon?
On his latest dig, Martin searches in a graveyard for the first kill of Jason Shurn, the murderer in the nineties who may have been responsible for the disappearance of Martin’s sister-in-law. But at the site, Martin finds a fresh body lying among decades-old remains. Someone else knows where Jason Shurn buried his victims … and that someone isn’t happy Martin has shown up. Hunted by a murderer and by Whittal, Martin realises he will have to go deeper into the world of death than he ever imagined.
I loved this debut thriller by Nathan Ripley. The protagonist was a little unusual as he is not described as many positive protagonists are. His faults are clearly detailed and he almost borders on being villainous. What I enjoyed most about this novel, is the few unexpected twists in the story that I did not see coming. These twists kept me turning the pages to see what would happen to the main character. Even though he is not a model citizen (though he appears to be), I did not want him to come in harm’s way.
Find You In The Dark is an intense thriller that keeps readers on their toes. If you enjoy trying to figure out ‘who dunit’ then this is the novel for you. And the bonus is that you will not figure out the solution to the question too quickly.
I give this novel ⭐ ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️ 5 stars.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 55th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)