Find You In The Dark by Nathan Ripley
A chilling debut thriller in the vein of Dexter and The Talented Mr Ripley.
Martin Reese has a hobby: he digs up murder victims. He buys stolen police files on serial killers, and uses them to find and dig up missing bodies. Calls in the results anonymously, taunting the police for their failure to do their job.
Detective Sandra Whittal takes that a little personally. She’s suspicious of the mysterious caller, who she names the Finder. Maybe he’s the one leaving the bodies behind. If not, who’s to say he won’t start soon?
As Whittal begins to zero in on the Finder, Martin makes a shocking discovery. It seems someone—someone lethal—is very unhappy about the bodies he’s been digging up.
Hunted by a cop, hunted by a killer. To escape and keep his family safe, Martin may have to go deeper into the world of murder than he ever imagined.
Find You in the Dark was a story where the writing wasn't the best, the characters were not very realistic, but the story itself was interesting enough that I kept reading because I wanted to see what would happen. And I am glad I did as I enjoyed how everything played out.
Martin Reese is a married father of one who has an odd hobby - he gets information from a lax police office and finds the bodies of victims of serial killers who are now in jail or dead. No one knows he does this. He goes camping a lot and on those camping trips he finds the bodies. He is so smart he can see what others have missed. He can find the clues in what the killers have said to find where they hid their victims so the victim's families can have some closure. His wife's sister went missing when she was in college and his wife has issues to this day because of it. They never found her body so they don't really know what happened to her, only what they think happened.
Now Martin is kind of a creepy guy. He can come off as the normal person, but he has a past and really who goes out and digs up dead bodies like that? It is strange, but then he gets mixed up in a situation that could be very very bad for him. Someone isn't very happy that he is finding people who were never supposed to be found and so they want to make Martin pay. That is where the story gets really good. Where you are like how in the world is he going to get out of this? I really enjoyed it and who was involved and all of that.
Now there is also a cop who is after Martin as she has singled him out as being the Finder - the guy who finds the bodies. And she was my least favorite part of the book because while the other characters weren't always written so they felt 100% real, she was written so she was like a caricature of what her character was supposed to be. She was so over the top not realistic it was distracting. Her conversations with people didn't read right, the way she acted and what she did was too much. But I did enjoy what happened with her and the other cops. How everything played out. It was pretty good. Though then she suddenly changed on some big things by the end which didn't make the most sense to me, but oh well.
Overall the writing wasn't the best, but the story itself made up for it. The ending was great, I enjoyed reading and kept wanting to know what would happen next.
Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2