The Caller is a 2017 novel by American writer Chris Carter. It is the eighth novel in Carter’s L.A based, Robert Hunter crime series. The novel focuses on a number of murders, whose common connection are the use of a video call via a telephone. Robert Hunter and his fellow detectives find themselves hunting for a predator who uses their victims’ social media to taunt them and feed on their fear.
I am somebody who, like many others, enjoys watching a good crime series and psychological thriller. For some reason though, I rarely enter the crime genre when it comes to literature. When I came across this book, and Chris Carter, I was thoroughly intrigued by the concept. – and The Caller did not disappoint. It touched on all the aspects of a good box set. The novel was suspenseful, it was gripping, it was well written, and at times it was a little bit gruesome – which I always find leaves me wanting more, just to discover what would lead somebody to commit such acts. So, understandably, it did not take me long to finish this novel.
Throughout my reading of The Caller I found I was constantly trying to guess who the culprit was. Though at each turn, and each new murder, my suspicions were ever changing. This I thought was fantastic as so often I find the ending of a story is so easily guessed. So, it felt refreshing to stumble across a novel that did not leave me disappointed at its closure.
I feel that Chris Carter has created a well executed crime novel. Though this should come as no surprise, as I Carter has a background in criminal psychology, helping to make his story look effortless. I will definitely find myself checking out more of Carter’s ‘Robert Hunter’ series, and I would recommend you do the same. Though, if you’re a little bit on the squeamish side, I would probably suggest you avoid these novels.