Caged by Ellison Cooper


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

Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction

Reviews Caged

  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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:)
  • 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...
  • 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
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Brigid Keely
    “Caged,” by Ellison Cooper, is a fast paced thriller about FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair, who winds up leading the hunt for an especially twisted serial killer. Said serial killer is kidnapping young women and locking them in cages, dosing them with psychoactive drugs, priming them with mythology about death and dying, and then starving them. It’s a long, slow, scary way to die. Altair and her team are eager to end the cycle of killings a...
  • Ariana Fae
    1970-01-01 author Ellison Cooper had me up until 3am reading her dark and disturbing novel CAGED.What I enjoyed about this book, besides being a great story, was how Copper’s vividly described her characters physically. For example with this passage describing a killer."The man filled the space around him like a mountain forged from solid rock. Thick Jowls hung like slabs of met off his face. Matted blond hair...
  • Joan
    Review of Advance Readers’ EditionThe discovery of a girl’s body pits FBI Agent Sayer Altair, her partner, Vik Devereaux, and a team of investigators against a sadistic killer who left the young woman imprisoned in an iron cage and allowed her to starve to death. Sayer’s search for answers brings more questions than answers and the maelstrom surrounding the case sets her on a trail of discovery that could cost her everything. With a decided...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- FBI profiler Sayer Altair hunts a brilliant serial killer with a dangerous obsession in Caged, a gripping thriller from debut author Ellison Cooper.In a residential Washington, D.C. neighborhood, a young woman's body is found in the basement of an abandoned house--starved to death in a cage, along with the video footage o...
  • Joyce
    This was a solid 4.5 stars raised to a 5. Sayer is an FBI Agent in DC. The remains of a young woman are found in a basement in a cage. It is obviously the work of a serial killer. Their investigation is complex and will keep you reading. The characters are well developed and complicated. Everyone had issues and had to deal with them throughout the novel. There was a surprising amount of action both mental and physical and a climax not to be misse...
  • Andi (Booklovinmama25)
    Before starting Caged I had seen it frequently all over Instagram and I was so excited to be able to read it so thank you to Minotaur for letting me review the netgalley! The best parts of this story had great character development, suspense and I did not predict the ending! The plot was much different that what I had expected and it had a historical approach to it. The only reason I gave it a 3 out 5 instead of a 4 was because at times it starte...
  • Suzi McGhie
    This was a very good serial killer thriller. A police procedural but with lots of intense action. The main character was a very likable, strong and determined woman. Yeah, the red herring regarding the police profiler was pretty obvious. Even though I was suspicious, the final twist was still very satisfying. Looking forward to the next book by this author. The last paragraph opens up the direction for the next story and leaves you waiting for mo...
  • Dawn
    Sometimes you read that one book that makes you want to stay home from work lay by the pool and read all day and this is that book! Starting from the first page with two officers entering an old house and getting shot this book starts you on a thrill ride that will keep you flipping pages at a fever pitch. I absolutely loved this creepy thriller and loved Sayer. I highly recommend for anyone who likes a great suspenseful read that keeps you up al...
  • Jamie Canaves
    Fictional Serial Killer for Fans of MINDHUNTERThis was a good, dark-ish serial killer novel that’s great for fans of procedurals. Especially if you like when they get into forensics and science, including social sciences. Sayer Altair is an FBI agent, but she’s also a neuroscientist currently working on studying the most violent killers’ brains when she’s taken away from her study to help find a serial killer. The case is bizarre, and the...
  • Kim
    I liked it, some of it was not very believable, and eye rolling, I guessed who the bad guy was pretty quickly. The ending kinda eluded to another book, it was very open ended so im sure I'll be reading this as a series soon
  • Maureen
    Caged was quite the ride. Two kidnapped girls, the FBI, a pompous senator, a spunky grandma all rolled together for a satisfying read about an experiment to take people to the brink of death so they can see the other side. I enjoyed this novel and appreciate the publisher and NetGalley giving me the opportunity to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.