Second in a mystery thriller series involving a FBI specialist studying psychopaths

Buried: A Novel (Agent Sayer Altair)

By: Ellison Cooper

Rating: 4 of 5

I will say right off, if you are interested in this as part of a new series, you should start with the first one, which is called “Caged”. There are many clues and downright spoilers included in “Buried” that going back later and reading the first book would be anti-climatic.

Having said that, this is a book which can be read stand-alone easily. I haven’t read the first book but am trying to convince myself to go back anyway as I really enjoyed this book.

FBI agent Sayer Altair is just coming back from an injury from the previous book. She is not top-notch yet physically but is itching to get back to work. She is pulled into action a tad earlier when another FBI stumbles upon human bones while he is out at a national park walking with his cadaver dog.

The FBI is currently under investigation and agents and teams are spread far and thin. Because of that, there are limited resources for Sayer and her small team to get their job done.

Local park and police officials step in to fill up the gap. The crime escalates and becomes a search for recently missing individuals. The psychopath seems one step ahead of Sayer.

At the same time, Sayer is conducting a study of non-violet psychopaths and Subject 037 (her newest participant) seems to be someone she either knows or who most certainly knows a lot about her. The study is supposed to be anonymous but Subject 037 starts involving himself in Sayer’s life.

I enjoyed the story and the whodunnit, which was something that was surprising to me. There were a lot of twists that I didn’t suspect and I will be looking forward to the next book in this series. When I have time, I will purchase “Caged” and read it but with less expectation of being surprised. Still, I am sure it will be a good read based on how much I enjoyed this book.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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