A Map of the Dark (The Searchers #1) by Karen Ellis

A Map of the Dark (The Searchers #1)

A girl, missingA woman, searchingA killer, planning...FBI Agent Elsa Myers finds missing people.She knows how it feels to be lost...Though her father lies dying in a hospital north of New York City, Elsa cannot refuse a call for help. A teenage girl has gone missing from Forest Hills, Queens, and during the critical first hours of the case, a series of false leads hides the fact that she did not go willingly.With each passing hour, as the hunt fo...

Details A Map of the Dark (The Searchers #1)

TitleA Map of the Dark (The Searchers #1)
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherMulholland Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews A Map of the Dark (The Searchers #1)

  • Maureen
    * 3.5 STARS* Thank you to www.shotsmag.co.uk for my paperback copy in exchange for an honest review* A Map of the Dark introduces us to FBI agent Elsa Myers, and to what appears to be the first in a new police procedural series.Elsa is at the bedside of her terminally ill father, when she gets a call to assist NYPD Detective Lex Cole. Cole has specifically requested Elsa's help on a missing teen case, because she has an excellent track record wit...
  • Diane S ☔
    A new series, the introduction of a new character, Elsa, an FBI agent who had a very difficult and abusive past, and is dealing with an impending sorrow in the present. Young women are going missing, and it is up to Elsa, and the young policemen who asked for her assistance, to find them.So far, so good, Elsa is an interesting character, Lex her police counterpoint on this, grows on one and cements the deal by books end. For me though, the back s...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    3.5 StarsI was lost in the dark shadowy barren coulee with one of my Traveling Sisters reading The Map of the Dark trying to find cover from the demons haunting our main character FBI Agent Elsa Myers. Map of the Dark is a police procedural with a strong well-drawn character here with Elsa who really stood out for us. Karen Ellis does a good job creating an interesting and complex character with Elsa Myers. We settled in with our books and soon w...
  • Louise Wilson
    FBI Agent Elsa Myers finds missing people. She knows how it feels to be lost. Though her father lies dying in hospital, Elsa can not refuse a call for help. A teenage girl has gone missing from Forest Hills, Queens. As the hunt for Ruby deepens into a search for a man who may have been killing for years, the case starts to get underneath Elsa's skin.This is another book that features multiple points of view. It also tells about both the past and ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    A damn fine start to a new procedural series featuring an FBI Agent on the Child Abduction rapid response team. Cleverly intriguing main protagonist hiding dark secrets, excellent back up cast. creepy and atmospheric mystery element. One I'll be following along with.Full review as one of my "Ones to Watch in 2018" soon.
  • Mandie
    I won a copy of this book from Goodreads. While I did finish it, I did lose interest throughout the book. Overall, I did enjoy it. There just wasn’t a wow factor for me.
  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    A new series and a new feisty female protagonist, perfect to kick off the new year! Introducing FBI agent Elsa Myers, who is part of the child abduction, rapid deployment division. This novel does read like an episode of criminal minds. But as always, the author has cleverly woven a secret into the novel, which slowly unravels. The prologue opens with a kidnapping, so the reader is left in no disillusion about the central plot of this novel. A mi...
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    A Map of the Dark is a fiercely compulsive read. I sat down to start it, and before I even realised it, I was over halfway through. I just couldn’t put it down. I’m a huge fan of American-based crime thrillers, especially when they have a great cast of characters and an intriguing plot. That is exactly why I loved this one. It had everything I look for, as well as a few surprises.Elsa Myers is a FBI agent, tasked with investigating the disapp...
  • The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
    As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review is also part of the blog tour for A map of the Dark.The book’s title A Map of the Dark immediately reminded me of the classic Iron Maiden tune Fear of the Dark:Fear of the dark, fear of the dark, I have a constant fear that s...
  • Sarah
    This is the first book in a new series featuring FBI Agent Elsa Myers.The story flicks between modern day as well as to Elsa’s past and the troubled relationship that Elsa has with her mother. I have to admit, it does make for some uncomfortable reading and my heart really went out to Elsa as she is quite a troubled soul.I loved the balance of getting to know who Elsa is and about her past as well as the case she finds herself working on. It is...
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Karen Ellis, pseudonym of author Katia Lief, releases a thriller mystery tale focused on a special agent with a disturbing past and a kidnapping of a teenager. One part police procedural and one part thriller, A Map of the Dark is a fast-paced story that delivers an emotionally-charged and highly personal hunt.Elsa Myers is not your typical FBI agent. While her father is hospitalized with an illn...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    The first in a new series, we get introduced to Elsa Myers. FBI Agent who is put on a child abduction case all while dealing with her dying father which is trudging up memories of her traumatic childhood. As each day passes without finding this young girl, her memories start to infiltrate her mind more and old habits of coping come to the surface again. I'll be honest, I had a little bit of a hard time getting through the first third of the book....
  • Jessica
    A big thank you to Mulholland Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!Not going to lie, this cover is what drew me to this book. I saw that it was a police procedural and a mystery thriller, so that was all I needed to know before diving in! A MAP OF THE DARK by Karen Ellis as an eerie atmosphere about it and I really enjoyed that, plus it's book one of a new crime series!"A girl, missing. A woman, searching. A killer, planni...
  • Joanne Robertson
    When I received my copy of A Map of the Dark I was intrigued as the dark cover suggested the sort of gripping crime thriller that I usually devour but I hadn’t ever heard of Karen Ellis before. So imagine my surprise and delight when upon reading the inside of the cover, I realised that Karen Ellis is a pseudonym used by Katia Lief! “Who?” some asked when I started to jump up and down with excitement on social media but I soon explained tha...
  • Sherri Thacker
    A quick read. Just ok. Nothing great.
  • The Book Review Café
    Review to follow
  • Alyssa Marie
    Overall, I wasn't a huge fan of this book. I liked the storyline and the police procedural aspect of the plot. The writing was of good quality, but I just had a hard time with the narration style and didn't understand certain aspects that the author was trying to convey. I found it difficult to focus on the main plot because of the backstory of the main character, Elsa. It was so distracting, and I didn't see a connection between the two that I'm...
  • Lou
    “Her name’s Ruby Haverstock. She’s seventeen, almost eighteen, and her parents haven’t heard from her since Friday night. She went to her job at a local café, left work on time, and that was that.”As the excerpt says this looks as an ordinary missing girl case for this new series featuring a female lead character, an FBI agent, Elsa Myers, but there are other complexities, other darkness indoors waiting to lurk its head out, other trut...
  • Jannelies
    Thanks Netgalley for this book.Sometimes you find, amidst all the 'new and wonderful series' a book that marks the start of a series you think you will really like. This is such a book. Elsa Meyers is a complex person with a complex background, and the story is sometimes quite complex too. It is very well written in a clear style, and besides the fact that it is a good book, it gives you food for thought.Sometimes it even brought a tear to my eye...
  • Claire Kittridge
    Loved this! A map of the Dark has a super lead character (FBI Special Agent Elsa Elsa Myers) who harnesses her own demons in order to help solve the case of three missing girls. I couldn't get up from my chair until I'd read it all! The writing is more introspcective than most popular thrillers, so be prepared to take a little time for the story to get rolling - but it's well worth the effort. Five stars, all the way.
  • Elaine -
    A Map of the Dark's story line was similar to Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects. Rather than a reporter who likes to cut herself A Map of the Dark has a detective who is a cutter. They both have troubled pasts and are trying to find missing girls. With a story line that was so similar the only thing that saved this book for me was the back story and family life of FBI Agent Elsa Myers. A Map of the Dark moves between Elsa's life and the missing girls...
  • Emily Ross
    Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley.DNF at 50%.I really didn't like Elsa as a main character. The book is less of a mystery and more of a character study, and while Elsa is a good character, with a back story and motivation, she's also incredibly dislike-able. It would have been nice to have more of the book dedicated to the case, rather than dedicated to Elsa.
  • Luanne Ollivier
    3.5 A Map of the Dark is the first novel in a new series (The Searchers) from Karen Ellis. (A nom de plume of Katia Lief)FBI Agent Elsa Myers specializes in missing children. She's good at her job. But when she's asked to take on the case of a young woman most likely taken by a serial killer, she hesitates. Her father is dying and this is bringing the past she has tried to bury back to the surface. She does take the case, thinking she can handle ...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of A Map of the Dark, the first in a series to feature Special Agent Elsa Myers of the FBI's New York Child Abduction Rapid Deployment unit.Elsa is sitting with her dying father when she gets a call to assist detective Lex Cole of NYPD in investigating the disappearance of teenager Ruby Haverstock who never made it home from her part time job in a coffee shop.The investiga...
  • Minty McBunny
    This was a slow starter for me, but I definitely grew more interested as I went on and I think Lex and Elsa have a lot of potential going forward. I’d give it 3.5 stars and say it’s a promising start for a US crime series that I’d like to read more of.
  • Amanda Williams
    Full of mystery and suspense. This book will keep you guessing from start to finish without ever letting on the ending. Fab book.
  • Cathy Speight
    Ach! Present tense narrative. Just don’t like it, sorry. For me, personally, it’s awkward and a bit distracting. However, that’s just me, and I’m probably in the minority with this aversion. My rating is in no way influenced by that. But, if anyone else shares my dislike…this is a heads-up!More importantly, this was a very sophisticated thriller. The writing is excellent: insightful and intelligent and intense. It’s a story packed wit...
  • Sam (Clues and Reviews)
    Marketed for fans of Karin Slaughter and Tess Gerritsen (two of my favourite authors), I was incredibly excited to read A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis. Unfortunately, with the comparison to these thriller powerhouse authors, I was expecting graphic suspense and “on the edge of your seat” pacing. This novel had neither of these things. The novel, the first in a new series, introduces us to FBI Agent Elsa Myers- a woman who specializes in chi...