Thank you to Minotaur books for sending me a free review copy of Caged in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Amazon:
FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair hunts for evil in the deepest recesses of the human mind. Still reeling from the death of her fiancé, she wants nothing more than to focus on her research into the brains of serial killers. But when the Washington D.C. police stumble upon a gruesome murder scene involving a girl who was slowly starved to death while held captive in a cage, Sayer is called in to lead the investigation. When the victim is identified as the daughter of a high profile senator, Sayer is thrust into the spotlight.
As public pressure mounts, she discovers that another girl has been taken and is teetering on the brink of death. With evidence unraveling around her, Sayer races to save the second victim but soon realizes that they are hunting a killer with a dangerous obsession…a killer who is closer than she thought.
I am going to begin by saying that Caged is one of the best books I have read so far in 2018 and is one of the best crime fiction thrillers that I have ever read. Needless to say, I loved it! There were a lot of similarities to the Unsub series by Meg Gardinier, if you read and liked those, then you will like Caged. However, I also feel like I should mention that this book is not for the faint of heart: it has some violence, some gore and some disturbing psychological ruminations. With that being said, I think Cooper did a good job writing those difficult scenes with as much tact as possible. She wasn’t writing those parts for shock value, she was trying to write a clear description of a true serial killer.
Expertly paced, there were various points in the story that were so intense it had me sitting straight up in my chair, hand clamped over my mouth, heart pounding, scared to find out what was going to happen. I don’t know about you, but I don’t get that kind of reaction from many books.
Something else I noticed about halfway through Caged was the extreme amounts of human emotion from many of the characters. The main FBI agent, Sayer, struggled to keep a grip on things and her distraught as the case was slipping out of control was palpable. The supporting characters were equally well done and believable. I think Cooper did a fine job of instilling those human qualities into an otherwise inhuman subject matter.
If you like thrillers or crime fiction at all, then you will really like this book. I was pleasantly surprised to find it even better than I anticipated and I easily give Caged 5 out of 5 stars! Well done, Ms. Cooper!