Find You in the Dark (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Nathan Ripley

Atria Books, 9781501178207, 368pp.

Publication Date: June 19, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/18/2018)
Paperback (5/21/2019)
Library Binding, Large Print (12/26/2018)

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In this chilling and disquieting debut thriller perfect for fans of Caroline Kepnes’s Hidden Bodies and Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, a family man with a habit of digging up the past catches the attention of a serial killer who wants anything but his secrets uncovered.

For years, unbeknownst to his wife and teenage daughter, Martin Reese has been illegally buying police files on serial killers and obsessively studying them, using them as guides to find the missing bodies of victims. He doesn’t take any souvenirs, just photos that he stores in an old laptop, and then he turns in the results anonymously. Martin sees his work as a public service, a righting of wrongs.

Detective Sandra Whittal sees the situation differently. On a meteoric rise in police ranks due to her case‑closing efficiency, Whittal is suspicious of the mysterious source she calls the Finder, especially since he keeps leading the police right to the bodies. Even if he isn’t the one leaving bodies behind, how can she be sure he won’t start soon?

On his latest dig, Martin searches for the first kill of Jason Shurn, the early 1990s murderer who may have been responsible for the disappearance of his wife’s sister. But when he arrives at the site, he finds more than just bones. There’s a freshly killed body—a young and missing Seattle woman—lying among remains that were left there decades ago. Someone else knew where Jason Shurn left the corpses of his victims…and that someone isn’t happy that Martin has been going around digging up his work. And when a crooked cop with a tenuous tie to Martin vanishes, Whittal begins to zero in on the Finder.

Hunted by a real killer and by Whittal, Martin realizes that in order to escape, he may have to go deeper into the killer’s dark world than he ever thought…

About the Author

Nathan Ripley is the pseudonym of Toronto resident and Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum. Find You in the Dark, Ripley’s first thriller, was an instant bestseller and an Arthur Ellis Awards finalist for Best First Novel. As Naben Ruthnum, he is the author of Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race. Follow him on Twitter @NabenRuthnum.

Praise For Find You in the Dark: A Novel

“A fast-paced, morbidly addictive novel of chilling infatuation. Ripley’s impressive debut is a rich and innovative thriller.”—Iain Reid, bestselling author of I'm Thinking of Ending Things

“A wickedly smart thriller that manages to be both chilling and wry. The page-turning plot . . . is thickened by a great cast of characters and Nathan Ripley’s fantastic eye for detail and dialogue. Just when you think you’ve got a grasp on it, the story twists to new and darker places.”—Amy Stuart, bestselling author of Still Mine

“It's not always easy diving into the mind of an obsessive protagonist, but Martin Reese's fixation on finding dead bodies makes for one heck of an addictive thriller. Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley is an original, inventive take on what happens when you go looking where you shouldn't. Start reading early in the day, or you'll be up all night like I was! A standout debut novel.”—Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts and Wonderland

Find You in the Dark is an unsettling exploration of obsession you won’t soon forget. Nathan Ripley delivers a first novel that fans of Patricia Highsmith psychological thrills and Thomas Harris cat-and-mouse suspense will devour. I certainly did.”—Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist and The Only Child

Crafty and dark, Nathan Ripley’s novel toys with the lines between predator and prey, his sentences as careful and considered as the crimes he depicts…a truly exciting new voice in the thriller world.”—Roz Nay, bestselling author of Our Little Secret

“A fresh angle to the serial murder game. There's a certain Silence of the Lambs feel to the twisty narrative.”—Kirkus Reviews

“It’s a classic crime setup…set within a thoroughly modern culture, all told by an author...with tremendous talent.”— CrimeReads, Best Psychological Thrillers of 2018

“Gripping . . . . Dexter fans will enjoy the creepy vibe.”— Publishers Weekly

“Ripley’s debut offers a twist on the typical serial-killer story….This offers a unique spin with just enough creepy details to keep suspense readers interested.”— Booklist

“This debut thriller by the pseudonymous Ripley (Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum) is highly recommended for fans of Lee Child and C.J. Box.”— Library Journal 

“Impressive. . . . Dark and disturbing, Find You in the Dark is a thriller that defies expectations, sporting an original premise and a truly unreliable protagonist, whose point of view dominates the book. Although the novel and its (anti?) hero may remind some of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, I think the stronger association will be with the work of Ira Levin (Stepford Wives, A Kiss Before Dying), who always managed to give the everyday a sinister tinge.”— Mystery Scene Magazine

“A chilling story of a man who could’ve conceivably become a serial killer pitted against one who actually is.”— New York Journal of Books

“I read so many thrillers that for the most part, they don't freak me out anymore. This one did. This freaked me out so badly that when my husband went away for the weekend, I made him take this book with him so I couldn't read it while home alone.”— Brunette Biblio

“A chilling and disquieting debut thriller. . . . You’ll stay up all night with this one.”— Criminal Element

 “You are definitely in for one creepy, disturbing read!”— Always with a Book

“This debut thriller is sure to have the crime community talking this summer, tapping into the true crime / amateur sleuth craze in a chilling way.”— Crime Reads

“Nathan Ripley delivers nothing short of a page turning grisly thriller in his first novel Find You in the Dark”— Book Junkie Reviews

“Under the pen name for journalist and award-winning writer Naben Ruthnum comes a thriller that is frightening and captivating, a combination of Dexter, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.”Booktrib

Find You in the Dark breaks the mold by providing an intelligent commentary on justice, grief, and good vs. evil. All in all, you really can't ask for more from a serial killer thriller.”— A Book A Week

“This was quite a ride. I enjoyed every page! Those ranks right up there with some of the best mysteries I’ve read…and I read a lot of mysteries.”— Chez Shay Online

“This is the best thriller I’ve read in ages . . . [Nathan Ripley] can write his a** off.”— Edward Lorn

“There is something unsettling about this story and readers will feel that tension growing as they consume Find You in the Dark. Contrasting and conflicting emotions will dominate, making it impossible to stop until the chase is complete. Just remember that Nietzsche has warned us: ‘If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.’”— BOLO Books