Find You in The Dark – Nathan Ripley


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


Have you read Find You in The Dark? Are you planning on reading it?

4 thoughts on “Find You in The Dark – Nathan Ripley

  1. Dexter was a pretty good show indeed! Although I did feel the show went downhill after a couple of season, and also had.. a really.. bad.. finale. Have you ever tried the books? I hope to get around to those some day in my life hahah

    1. Yeah… it did go downhill. The Deborah stuff.. what the hell was that?! Though, it’s still one of my favourite shows. I keep hearing rumours about them coming back for another season so fingers crossed!
      I read them such a long time ago. I think it was when season three or four was premiering. I remember not enjoying them as much as the show, but I wasn’t the sophisticated reader then that I am today 💁 haha. I hope you get to them and enjoy them!

      1. For real… The whole Deborah stuff really went into “no-no-no” territory. You’re the only one I know who have read the books, that’s so cool. I did want to see how different it is from the show too, but I feel like I might maybe be in for some disappointment at some point in the series if not the first book hahah oh, I feel ya. I tell myself the same thing about some books I read before I started reviewing books hahah

      2. If you didn’t like where the show went you might like where the books go, but if I’m remembering correctly the books are much more clinical in their portrayal of Dexter. At some point in the tv show you really start to see him as a feeling human being, but you never get that in the books.
        We’re so sophisticated 😂

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