I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Come and Get Me by August Norman
Series: Caitlin Bergman #1
Published by Crooked Lane Books on April 9, 2019
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
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An intrepid journalist confronts a small town’s dark secrets in Come and Get Me, a breakneck thriller for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Julia Keller.
At Indiana University, someone’s been studying the female student body: their dating customs, nocturnal activities―and how long they can survive in captivity.
When award-winning journalist Caitlin Bergman is invited back to campus to receive an honorary degree, she finds an opportunity for a well-earned victory lap―and a chance to face the trauma that almost destroyed her as an undergrad. But her lap becomes an all-out race when a student begs her to probe an unsolved campus disappearance: Angela Chapman went out one Friday night and never came back.
To find the missing woman, Caitlin must join forces with a local police detective and the department that botched her own case so long ago. But while Caitlin follows the clues behind Angela’s disappearance, someone else is following her…
Unearthing secrets hidden beneath an idyllic Midwestern college town, Caitlin must expose what really happened to Angela―before she herself becomes the newest addition to a twisted collection.
Caitlin Bergman, an award winning journalist, is back in Bloomington, Indiana to accept her diploma after leaving campus twenty years ago just four credits shy of graduating due to a trauma. Caitlin is ready to face her past head on and finally put to rest what happened to her all those years ago. But, instead of laying the past to rest, Caitlin finds herself investigating the case of a girl who just up and disappeared two years ago. Angela Chapman just suddenly vanished and her mother and best friend are determined to find out what happened.
Someone has been building a collection and now has eyes on Caitlin and is determined to make her the most perfect collection of them all. Can Caitlin solve the case first or will she find herself in the crosshairs of a psychopath?
Come and Get Me by August Norman is the first book in the Caitlin Bergman series and WOW does this book deliver! Not only does it deliver, but it is also the author’s debut novel and I can not stress just how perfectly executed this story really is. The mystery behind Angela Chapman’s disappearance follows a dark and twisty path leading to multiple suspects and I found myself having a hard time actually figuring out who was behind it all. There are multiple storylines involving the disappearance of Angela and Norman does such a fantastic job at throwing you off the scent while not knowing how everything is going to come together. In the midst of the mystery surrounding the disappearance, Caitlin has to contend with a police department she neither trusts nor believes in especially since the department failed her two decades ago. She is also trying to come to terms with her trauma which is taking a huge toll on her both emotionally and physically. So, it was really interesting to see all the bits and pieces coming together.
Caitlin is such an enigma. She is terribly flawed and I can see how the events of the past shaped who she is today. She is both weak and strong all at the same time. I can feel empathy for what she went through, but on the other hand Caitlin is also a badass. She is snarky and does not stop until she gets answers. Even though her past trauma shaped who she is in a way it also made her a strong, capable and a fierce contender. I absolutely loved seeing her growth as the story progressed.
August Norman does not hold back in the telling of this story and in the later part of the book it does get quite dark. He tackles many issues regarding the safety of women on college campuses and the dangers women face. Norman also really hits home on how resilient someone can be when faced with adversity. I am definitely looking forward to more of Caitlin Bergman and her story.
Come and Get Me is a rich and vividly told story with many twists and turns that will leave you gasping. With well executed scenes, a heroine you can’t help rooting for and a story that delves deep into darkness, Come and Get Me will have your pulse pounding over and over again. I seriously can not wait for book number two in the series!