Today I have a review of Buried by Ellison Cooper, publishing on July 16, 2019 via Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press. A big thank you to Minotaur Books for my invitation to review.
In preparation for this book, I read Caged, the first book in this series. It was terrific, and I was thrilled to continue on to book two!
Sayer Altair is an FBI neuroscientist studying the minds of serial killers. Shockingly, she found one within the FBI itself. She also was shot and was on desk duty for a while as a result of her efforts to put the criminal behind bars.
Now that she’s out from behind the desk, Sayer is called to a sinkhole filled with human bones. The location is in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia (I’ve been there!). The remains date back close to twenty years when a local teen disappeared never to be found again.
Sayer and her team later find two more bodies, much more recent, in the same area. She also finds a clue that ties these bodies to a woman and her daughter recently reported missing. Sayer is in a rush to solve the crimes to help save the lives of these two people.
The killer knows she is on the trail, though, and he is out to stop her. Sayer accepts help from one of the subjects she is studying…There is much more about this in the synopsis than I want to say, though!
Friends, this book is intense and is so full of action, twists and turns, and pulse-pounding adrenaline. I felt like I was watching a movie, and truly the best kind. Sayer is a strong, complex main character, and I adore her. Everything about this book is super good and suspenseful.
If you enjoy serial killer stories, don’t miss Buried. It can be read as a standalone because there is fill-in from the author about the last book. Overall, it’s a tantalizing mystery-thriller, and I hope there will be a book three!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
In Ellison Cooper’s suspense thriller Buried, an FBI neuroscientist is on the trail of a serial killer who’s turned up the heat on a cold case…
Senior Special Agent Sayer Altair studies the minds of psychopaths. But even she didn’t expect to uncover a killer within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rooting him out and exposing internal corruption got her a bullet wound and six months of desk duty. Now, she’s finally back in the field, called in when an off-duty FBI agent and his cadaver dog fall into a sinkhole filled with human bones.
Found deep in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, the skeletal remains date back almost two decades, the same time a beloved local teen disappeared. The cold case quickly heats up when Sayer’s team finds two fresh corpses among the bones. When a gruesome clue ties these new bodies to a woman recently kidnapped along with her young daughter, Sayer has to uncover the connection between the old bones and the new bodies before the mother and child become the next victims.
But the killer is one step ahead, attacking her team and sabotaging their efforts. With Sayer’s investigation compromised and unsure of who to trust, she receives unwanted help from Subject 037, one of the anonymous psychopaths she is currently studying. She has the chilling realization that he’s someone powerful in Washington D.C.–and he is not about to let a mundane serial killer jeopardize his own ominous agenda for Sayer…
Have you read Buried, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR