A Map of the Dark – Karen Ellis

5 Stars

Blurb: ‘A girl, missing
            A woman, searching
            A killer, planning…

FBI Agent Elsa Myers finds missing people and 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 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. Everything she has buried – her fraught relationship with her sister and niece, her self-destructive past, her mother’s death – threatens to resurface, with devastating consequences.

In order to save the missing girl, she may have to lose herself…and return to the darkness she’s been hiding from for years.’


This book is the first in the ‘The Searchers’ series and I’m so happy that this is part of a series because I honestly didn’t want this book to end.

FBI Agent, Elsa Myers is at hospital with her dying father when she receives a call asking for her to help on a case for a missing teenage girl. This search one for one missing girl leads to a search for a serial killer who has been kidnapping girls for years. And the race is on to find him and save the missing girls before it’s too late.

This book is so well written and it’s so refreshing to read an FBI book where the whole team get on with each other and crack on with the task in hand. Usually you encounter one character who tries to take the lead in such an arrogant manner… but not in this book.

I absolutely loved the character of FBI Agent Elsa Myers. She’s had a tough life but rather than feeling sorry for herself and moping around all the time, she puts her energy into her job. I found her backstory fascinating and Karen Ellis has done an excellent job with tying it in to the main story. Elsa’s mother was murdered while she was still young, leaving her and her younger sister to be brought up by their father Roy, who seems to be so blasé about everything. Elsa’s backstory offers a valuable insight into her character and you soon realise why she’s so passionate about her job.

**Also…this isn’t related to the synopsis of the book in any way… but the ‘Acknowledgements’ at the end of the book is beautiful. It’s so personal and it kind of made the book feel even more special.**

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. If you’d like to purchase it, please click here.

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