Caged (Agent Sayer Altair, #1) by Ellison Cooper

Caged (Agent Sayer Altair, #1)

FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair hunts for evil in the deepest recesses of the human mind. Still reeling from the death of her fiance, she wants nothing more than to focus on her research into the brains of serial killers. But when the Washington D.C. police stumble upon a gruesome murder scene involving a girl who'd been slowly starved to death while held captive in a cage, Sayer is called in to lead the investigation. When the victim is identifi...

Details Caged (Agent Sayer Altair, #1)

TitleCaged (Agent Sayer Altair, #1)
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews Caged (Agent Sayer Altair, #1)

  • Kendall
    Ellison Cooper's Caged is a well written police driven thriller with a mix of a strong female detective. What I liked about Caged? I really liked how Sayer our main female detective had a strong background in Science. Sayer studies serial killers' brains and the general makeup of how it may appear more or less "normal"then what you would see in a non serial killer's brain. This was something I had never seen before in a crime/police procedural no...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    4.5 Stars!Whew what a fast past thriller! I flew through this book in about 3ish hours. I also did this as a buddy read with a friend on Instagram and it has been really fun to have someone to talk to about this!Sayer is an FBI Agent. She has had a rough past: her parents died in an accident and her fiancee was shot and killed on an FBI mission. One day she's called into a crime scene and they found a girl who has been starved to death and is in ...
  • Carrie
    Caged by Ellison Cooper is a police procedural thriller with a bit of a twist on the lead investigator. Sayer Altair is with the FBI and a neuroscientist that has been doing a study of serial killers or more specifically their brains and trying to find anomalies that would distinguish them from normal human brains.When two patrol officers get a call to an abandoned residence to check out a call to 911 from young girl they find the home closed up ...
  • Krystin Rachel
    Blog | BookstagramOkay, here’s my issue: I really over-hyped myself for this one.I heard “police procedural” and “FBI agent” and “serial killer” and just lost my ever-loving crime fiction booknerd mind, expecting to fall rapidly in love with this; for it to be everything I need a book with those descriptors to be. I consciously recognized that I was doing it, in the moment, and I made a decision to allow myself to be hyped for this....
  • Sarah Joint
    A finely crafted and disturbing thriller with an incredibly likable main character. Instead of being your run of the mill detective, Sayer is a neuroscientist with the FBI. She holds a special interest in serial killers... more specifically, the brains of serial killers. She's working on proving a theory, but it's not working out quite as well as she had hoped. We're all used to damaged female detectives, but Cooper adds enough to Sayer to make h...
  • JULIE ☼
    This book really captures all the crime TV vibes... think Criminal Mind, which is one of my favorite shows so major win for me.  If you too are a fan of shows such as this than CAGED need to make its way into your life as soon as humanly possible. Ellison Cooper being a debut novelist came as a bit of a surprise to me. Her writing is clean, and the story line flowed with ease. What set Ellison apart is that the events that take place within this...
  • Dennis
    If you like the show Mindhunter, look no further because Caged is ready to deliver you to the world of crime-fiction, meets police drama. Ellison Cooper's debut novel takes place in Washington DC, focusing on FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair and the police force investigating true crime in the area. After two police officers stumble on a mysterious crime scene, agent Sayer Altair and Vik are staffed to figure out what happened. Sayer is still co...
  • Dee Arr
    I was doing well, enjoying “Caged” and guessing along with the agents who the killer might be and what could be done to save the next potential victim. Unfortunately, the one thing I hoped wouldn’t happen, happened.The story is very good, and the cast of characters have enough separation of personalities to keep them from blending together. The main character, Sayer, has personal issues that wind into her life without overshadowing the acti...
  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    I love serial killer thrillers, so I was really excited to read Caged in the month of October - since I'd heard it was good and creepy, I figured it would fit in perfectly with the Halloween season! Caged started off with a bang, and kept me hooked the entire time. I originally planned on reading a few chapters before bed (I should have known better!) and ended up reading more than half of the book before I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore, and...
  • Laura Rash
    This was really different. A new twist to a detective thriller with a “bad guy” I didn’t guess after assuming the whole time I had it figured out early on. This kind of eludes to another book & I’m hoping that is so. Thanks to Minotaur for this early copy:)
  • Brandy
    Wow! Wow! Ummmm.... yeah.... Wow! Caged was a pulse pounding, edge of your seat, who the hell done it, I didn’t see that coming thriller! It kept me guessing the entire read. It has all the mix needed for a good read: a strong female FBI agent with a twisty past, a sick twisted psychopath killer running wild, as well as a fun mix of other characters to keep you reading and keep you entertained. 5 stars for this one! Loved it!❤ Wow! Wow! Umm...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    When a young girl is found dead in a cage, FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair must take a break from her research into the brains of serial killers. This killer seems to be very sadistic, letting the young victim slowly starve to death, but strangely, had given the girl a puppy. The case is complicated further by the fact that the girl is the daughter of a senator. Sayer tries to figure out the killers motive, but the situation becomes dire when the...
  • Steffi
    4.5Ich lese in letzter Zeit eigentlich nur noch selten Thriller, aber ab und an spricht mich dann doch mal ein Klappentext an, so auch "Todeskäfig".Von Beginn an hat sowohl die Geschichte als auch der Schreibstil der Autorin sehr gut gefallen und ich mochte das Buch nicht wirklich aus der Hand legen. Der Fall ist spannend und überzeugt mit einigen Ungewöhnlichkeiten. Man erfährt in dem Buch viele interessante Fakten sowohl zur Neurologie als ...
  • Glen
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.A serial killer novel with an interesting premise that is smothered under the weight of PC pretentiousness. I felt the reader did a good job, even if her Cajun accent needs some work.
  • Darcia Helle
    Despite the brutal content, Caged is ultimately a forgettable book for me. I expected psychological suspense, based on the description, but this book is a straight forward police procedural. Sayer, the lead character, is a neuroscientist, yet her part is mostly interchangeable with any cop character. The brain science touched on regarding the specific serial murder case is minimal. The research Sayer is privately working on reads like it was lift...
  • Alice Blanchard
    I crave a good book that unfolds like a movie. “Caged” opens with the police entering a house they’d already checked out the week before and, after a shocking setback, discovering a dead body suspended in a cage in the domicile of a demented serial killer. Great premise. Enter FBI Agent Sayer Altair, a neuroscientist who studies serial killers’ brains – how they think, why they do the horrific things they do. It’s the perfect set up f...
  • Jay -hooked on books
    Sayer Altair is a neuroscientist with the FBI. When the body of a young woman is found, abducted and subsequently left to starve to death in a metal cage in an abandoned house, Sayer gets called in to lead the investigation. As a researcher who studies serial killer brains, Sayer has come across gruesome homicide cases, but it is soon evident that this investigation she's leading will surpass all other cases in its infamy and depravity.The stakes...
  • Nancy McFarlane
    Sayer Altair is a neuroscientist whose main research is to study the brains of serial killers to see if a common anomaly can be detected. She joined the FBI expecting to mostly do research but soon finds herself the lead on the hunt for a sadistic killer who starved a young girl to death locked in a cage. When a second young girl is kidnapped the hunt to find her alive intensifies as does the pressure on Sayer from her boss and from a prominent s...
  • Laura von Eden
    Agent Sayer Altair bekommt einen grausamen Mordfall auf den Tisch. In einem großen Tierkäfig wird ein totes Mädchen gefunden, das elendig verdursten musste. Handelt es sich vielleicht um einen Serienmörder? Nachdem Sayer und ihr Team eine Weile im Dunkeln tappen, finden sie immer mehr Hinweise und lüften die Identität des Mädchens. Unglücklicherweise handelt es sich bei dem Opfer um die Tochter eines hochrangigen Politikers, welcher ihnen...
  • Michelle
    Book review can be found on my blog here: www.booksonthebookshelf.wordpress.comThis book is gripping, thrilling and oh so good from the beginning. It pulls you in and keeps you hooked from the first page. This is a great crime/police type book. In this book FBI neuroscientist Sayer works with the police force to solve a crime after the body of a girl is found in the basement of what appears to be an abandoned house. The girl appears to have been...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Many thanks to Minotaur Books for providing my free copy of CAGED by Ellison Cooper - all opinions are my own.This is one creepy, chilling, twisted thriller! A gruesome crime scene is discovered as a young woman is found starved to death and locked in a cage. FBI agent and neuroscientist Sayer Altair gets called in to lead the investigation. This is a horrendous case and Altair has seen her fair share of evil; she conducts research on the brains ...
  • Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    When I first got going on this book I realized it reminded me a lot of the early John Sanford Prey novels. It is gritty, rough, and doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable details. After a while I saw that Ellison Cooper definitely has her own voice and a unique perspective. Caged gets scientific without talking over the readers’ heads. There is no pretentiousness, which I absolutely love when reading novels that incorporate science into their fi...
  • KC
    FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair hopes to one day unravel the mysteries of the human brain and she may get her chance when assigned to a bizarre murder case where a young woman's body is found in a suspended cage. When another girl goes missing, Sayer must race against the clock to unlock the killer's motives before this murderer claims an additional victim. This is a fast paced thriller which reads like a prime time television show.
  • Kristina Nowell
    Let me start off by saying that I’m not a huge fan of novels that follow Detectives and the likes, but #Caged May have changed that for me. Caged follows a Neuroscientist with the FBI named Sayer Altair as she embarks on a journey to finding the serial killer who had booby-trapped the house where he was holding a girl imprisoned in a suspended cage, and wounded a D.C. officer along with killing another. As Altair and her partner Vik begin unrav...
  • Lindsey
    Many thanks to Minotaur Books for my free advance copy in exchange for an honest review.Seeing fellow reviewers compare this book to UNSUB had me over the moon excited to read it. I was also nervous after hearing about some animal involvement, but I decided to proceed with caution and give it a chance after several people assured me I wouldn't be traumatized. Coming from the person who refuses to watch movies like Marley and Me and has to look aw...
  • Emily Duchon
    i read a lot of police procedurals, and i tend to gravitate towards those with strong female protagonists, so it goes without saying that they all tend to blend together. as my fiance' says when i brag about the number of books i've read this year, "you haven't read 140 books; you've read one book 140 times." oh, he so cray!this one was better than most and just shy of perfection. okay, so the good:*likeable main character (no major quirks though...
  • Emma L.
    I was a bit disappointed with this book. There were a few clichés and some things were just plain unbelievable.
  • Terri Wino
    This review contains minor spoilers, but nothing revealing major plot points. I was really looking forward to this book because the description made it sound like an absolute page turner. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to the hype for me.First, the positives. It is definitely fast-paced and there weren't really any boring patches. I liked the character of Sayer very much; she is someone you want to see succeed and there honestly wasn't an...
  • Anne
    Why I'm a fan of serial killer novels I'm not really sure, but this debut was a stunner! FBI agent, Sayer is a neuroscientist studying killers' brains to determine the chemical makeup and how it may differ from "normal" brains. But when a local politician's daughter is discovered dead after being caged and drugged, Sayer is pulled into the maelstrom that will envelop this case. It's a wild ride to say the least, bringing ancient mythology and rei...