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Unsub: A Novel by Meg Gardiner

Reviewed by Allen Hott

UnsubThis is a very interesting, almost nerve-racking, story about a young female detective as she tries to learn about, find, and corral a demented man.
The man called the Unsub has returned to the San Francisco Bay area after a hiatus of 20 some years. On his first appearance he had terrorized the Bay area with his cryptic messages and killings. He also basically ruined a police officer both physically and mentally. This new young female detective, Caitlin Hendrix, is the daughter of that retired and fairly disabled police officer, Mack Hendrix.

Caitlyn basically grew up in a broken home as her mother was unable to cope with Mack’s mental condition after his encounter with the Unsub also known as the Prophet. Caitlyn however decided she wanted to be a police officer and worked her way onto the county’s Narcotics Force. One night while she was at home with her ATF policeman/boyfriend she got a call to report at once to a crime scene. Read the rest of this entry »

The Memory Collector by Meg Gardiner

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

The Memory CollectorA plane lands at San Francisco International, with an unruly passenger aboard, Ian Kanan. When taken to the hospital, he claims to remember nothing of the the
altercation he was involved in on the plane, despite it happening mere hours before. He also claims he has been “contaminated,” although he can’t explain by what. Dr. Jo Beckett determines that Kanan is suffering from anterograde amnesia, the inability to retain new memories. Kanan is already wanted by the police, so when he escapes the hospital and goes on the run, his situation worsens. Beckett is drawn into Kanan’s problems when other passengers from the plane began to show similar symptoms. Beckett will be tested to her very limits as she encounters both a hostage situation and nanotechnology while trying to stay alive herself.

The Memory Collector by Meg Gardiner is the second entry in the Jo Beckett series, one of two that Gardiner writes. It is also the first book I have read by Gardiner. I found this book to be very entertaining, what with its high-tech plot and excellent character development. While I am unable to compare this book to the first one in the series, not having read it, I can definitely say that if this book is any indication, the Jo Beckett series will become one of my favorites. I am pleased to give this book 4/5 stars.

*A copy of this book was the only compensation provided for this review.*