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1.0 out of 5 starsNot good!!!
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2017
I have to agree with the others who didn't care for this book. I have read others by CC and thought they were pretty good, but this one is lacking in the dialogue and story line! I can usually read a lot of pages in bed before going to sleep at night when I have an interesting book, and this is not one of them! I always liked the FBI series with Dillon and Savich and could finish a book very quickly, always saying to myself 'just one more chapter and then I'll go to sleep'. With this book however I keep backtracking to previous pages and chapters in an attempt to figure out what was happening with the story. It's taken me much longer to get through this book than it should and I will honestly say that I'm ready to give up on it, and I'm only on page 100! This has never happened before with the FBI books. The dialogue is very poor and choppy, the two different stories (cases they are working on) don't have a smooth transmission from one to the other. Personally I think this is probably the worst book I've read in a while and don't recommend it, especially if someone has read her others - this is a huge disappointment!
Catherine Coulter is one of my favorite authors, and she did an amazing job with this story. It is 20 in a series, but the book is read as a standalone. I’ve only read the 1st 7 books in the series, then jumped to this one, and had no problem understanding the story. In this book, there were three cases going one. The first case had agent Sherlock, and her husband Savich attempting to find out who was trying to kill Venus Rasmussen who was 86 years old. Someone that lived with her, claimed to love her was slowly trying to kill her by Arsenic poisoning. The second case had FBI agent Cam Witter and detective Daniel attempting to find a serial killer. The killer has killed 5 young movie stars, taking computer, and cell phone after he killed them. The third case was the stalker stalking Missy Devereaux. The book had several twists and turns, and some things I would have never guessed. The suspense was good, and I enjoyed all the characters. This book was a pleasure to read.
Insidious: An FBI Thriller is by Catherine Coulter. This is a wonderful thriller with Dillon and Sherlock Savich, FBI agents. It is actually two different cases in one book. They are told in alternating chapters, although there may be two or three chapters on one case before it switches to the second one. The first case involved FBI Agent Cam Witter who teams with Los Angeles Detective Daniel Montoya in the hunt for the Scarlet Slasher. The Scarlet Slasher is a serial killer who cut the throats of several young actresses in a variety of areas. When he moved to Las Vegas, the FBI became involved. Cam expected to have to overcome lots of opposition to her being involved; but was pleasantly surprised to find she was able to work well with Daniel Montoya. Of course, it did help that her parents were in show business and could help provide them entrance to speak to a variety of people. They were especially involved with the murder of Connie Morrissey who just happened to live down the street from them. Who is killing these young women and why? Meanwhile, back in Washington DC, Savich and Sherlock are involved in trying to figure out who is trying to kill Venus Rasmussen. Venus was the eighty-six-year-old head of Rasmussen Industries. She was in excellent health and was extremely sharp for her age. She started getting violently ill after eating and upon searching her symptoms on the Internet decided she was being poisoned with arsenic. Venus was a close friend of Dillon’s family and his grandmother’s best friend. He felt he needed to investigate and discover who was trying to kill her. Was it his son, Guthrie; grandson, Alexander; companion Veronica; or newly-located other grandson, Rob? This is a great book as all of Catherine’s are when they include Savich and Sherlock. They are a great husband and wife team.
I just love this series. Savich and Sherlock are always entertaining. While Cam is in California searching for a serial killer, Savich and Sherlock are investigating the attempted murder of an old family friend. It has to be someone in her family and she just doesn't want to think that it could be any of them. There have been multiple attempts and they have to find the person before they succeed. In California, someone is targeting young actresses and Cam is there coordinate all the different police departments. The locals are not happy having the feds direct them. But, it involves several different jurisdictions and Cam is the one to pull them together. Can they find the killer before he kills again?
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2016
Absolutely LOVED this book. Very hard to put down, and very easy to pick up again. The story has many complex twists and turns, and there are several "cases" going on at once, but you as the reader are able to keep track of all. I love ALL the Sherlock & Savage books, and the characters themselves. I like the fact there is always "family" time/background, and shows how 'human' the characters can be. If you haven't read any of this series, it is a MUST!!! You don't have to start at book one, but it's better is you do. The characters are all explained, but it's nice to have the added background on them from the start. Thank you Catherine Coulter for another EXCELLENT & ENJOYABLE read. Can't wait for the next one.
2.0 out of 5 starsFinished and left it on the cruise ship; not a keeper
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2017
I have read other titles in this series that were better. There are two plot lines and one is just plain boring and not believable. The Venus Rasmussen plot line was so boring, odd it was chosen as the cover photo plot line. I suppose the FBI might handle a case like that but I was not buying it. Since most other readers rated this highly, you will have to make up your own mind. You can read it free on the Serenade of the Seas. Of course, a room on that ship will cost you way more than the book so maybe you should borrow it from a public library, if there are any left in the area where you live.
I found myself getting lost in the maze of characters, often the same person referred to by a different name. There were also two mysteries with no connection being told at the same time. I felt that I was constantly checking back to see who the character was or which story I was in. Either story on its own would have been an interesting mystery but mixing the two didn't work well for me.