Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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 is marketed for fans of Dexter. I loved the books and the show, so I couldn’t wait to pick up something similar to fill the void Dexter left. Unfortunately, comparing Find You in The Dark to Dexter is setting up too high of expectations. The main character, Martin, is not who I wanted him to be until the end of the novel.
Find You in The Dark follows multiple perspectives: Martin, Sandra, a police detective, and another perspective that is introduced about halfway through the novel. This perspective is so long and drawn out that it effectively kills any momentum the story was able to muster with exposition given for seemingly no reason other than to convince the reader that the character is an evil person.
I enjoyed Martin’s perspective for the most part. I thought his internal monologues were well written and engaging, however, because of the comparison to Dexter, Martin comes off as underwhelming. Martin is portrayed as incredibly intelligent, yet makes quite a few stupid decisions. Perhaps Ripley’s intention was for these decisions to be born out of Martin’s confidence; unfortunately this was not communicated through the text.
Sandra’s character is portrayed as a stereotypical detective focused intently on the investigation. There was absolutely nothing special about her other than her relationship with her partner, Chris. The reversal of typical gender roles between Sandra and Chris was interesting, but, ultimately, leads nowhere.
Overall, Find You in The Dark has an interesting premise that fails to deliver. If you’re an avid reader of thriller/mystery novels, you will most likely find this novel underwhelming.
**I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley
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