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Insidious Book Review

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Insidious by Catherine Coulter

Published by Gallery Books

Publication Date: August 9, 2016

Source: Sullivan and Partners, LLC

Synopsis: Insidious is the twentieth thriller in #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter’s FBI series. FBI agents Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen, a powerful, wealthy society icon. They soon find out that the danger may be closer than expected.

Venus Rasmussen, a powerful woman who runs the international conglomerate Rasmussen Industries, believes someone is poisoning her. After Savich and Sherlock visit with her, someone attempts to shoot her in broad daylight. Who’s trying to kill her and why? A member of her rapacious family, or her grandson who’s been missing for ten years and suddenly reappears? Savich and Sherlock must peel away the layers to uncover the incredible truth about who would target Venus.

Meanwhile, Special Agent Cam Wittier leaves Washington for Los Angeles to work with local Detective Daniel Montoya to lead the hunt for the Starlet Slasher, a serial killer who has cut the throats of five young actresses. When a sixth young actress is murdered, Cam comes to realize the truth might be closer than she’d ever want to believe.

With breakneck speed and unexpected twists and turns, Coulter’s Insidious will leave you breathless until the shocking conclusion.unnamed

Personal Thoughts: I was so excited to get my hands on the latest FBI thriller early which involves both Sherlock and Savich. I love reading the annual releases and am always wanting more as I can never get enough.

 I loved the layout of the story and how there were 2 mysteries to solve, not just one.  Savich and Sherlock are investigating the murder attempts on Venus Rasmussen and the murderer has to be someone they know. On the other side, Special Agent Cam Wittier is sent to Hollywood to investigate the deaths of aspiring actresses. The murders are especially brutal.

She has an exceptional way of putting the reader into the story. Her descriptions paint the most marvelous pictures in my head, her characters are still growing and the humor is just a cherry on top. The interactions between the characters and the way their conversations are written just draw you in. It is a never ending race against time and Insidious does not disappoint in having a great plot line, being a page turner which keeps you on your toes.

Although I had a good feeling who was responsible for both crimes, Catherine Coulter threw in some twists and turns that went completely the opposite way and blew me away. I highly recommend this book to fans of Coulter as they will not be disappointed and will be left wanting more.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Bombshell Book Review

Bombshell

Bombshell by Catherine Coulter

Publication Date: July 9, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals.

While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey was found naked, unconscious, and covered with blood after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers—so who does it belong to?

Meanwhile, back in D.C., Savich and Sherlock have their hands full when the grandson of former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank is found murdered, every bone in his body broken, and frozen at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. Was Savich right—is Griffin gifted with a unique ability to “see” how criminals think? And will he figure out who was behind the attempt on Delsey’s life—before it’s too late?

Personal Thoughts: Wow this book was really good. It had non-stop action just as I was expecting it to have. I love reading a series where you know some of the characters and then there are new characters added to the mix to make it more interesting.

Griffin and Anna were well developed characters and I felt as though I knew them. There wasn’t that much going on in the beginning and it had a slow start but as I kept reading, things started to snowball and the trouble just kept on coming. Seeing the interaction with Griffin and his sister, Delsey, was a riot. They are both stubborn and want to do things their own way, but that is the case with a lot of the siblings. I loved how she her nickname was the Trouble Magnet, because she always somehow manages to be around at the wrong time or place, or the trouble finds her.  First it was after the party in the bathtub of her apartment, then it was in the B&B, then it was in Savich’s house and finally at the Bonhomie Club. I mean how many times can a girl get luck and get away? The action scenes were definitely entertaining and suspenseful all at the same time.

There was a lot of mystery and suspense happening throughout the book and it kept me on my toes. I just kept on flipping the pages as fast as I could so that I could find out what would happen next. The setting felt right and the fact that it was winter made it seem more creepy and mysterious. There is something sinister about innocent snow flakes falling and having the bad guys being present with their guns and blood. Catherine Coulter knows just the right way to word things that make you wonder about the world under the surface.

It was great to see familiar characters like Savich, Sherlock, Ruth and Dix, back in action. I loved how Sherlock and Savich’s case somehow intertwined with Ruth and Dix case. They all were able to join together and meet up, and help out each other. Despite the series being quite large, it still feels sometimes that we don’t know everything and that’s what makes reading and anticipating new novels so great. Overall, it was a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed and I can’t wait for more. 🙂

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday: Bombshell by Catherine Coulter

New WoWWaiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at  Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Bombshell by Catherine Coulter

 Publishing: July 9, 2013

 Publisher: Putnam Adult

 Summary (Goodreads): FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals.

While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey was found naked, unconscious, and covered with blood after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers—so who does it belong to?

Meanwhile, back in D.C., Savich and Sherlock have their hands full when the grandson of former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank is found murdered, every bone in his body broken, and frozen at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. Was Savich right—is Griffin gifted with a unique ability to “see” how criminals think? And will he figure out who was behind the attempt on Delsey’s life—before it’s too late?

Personal Thoughts: I enjoyed the previous book Backfire in the series and I will be picking this one up when it comes out. How come it’s so far away? The plot sounds juicy, my favorite characters are back for another adventure to catch the bad guys and there is a new team member that will be joining them. Come on July, get here already. 🙂 I know that I have a really long TBR pile to keep me occupied, but some times you just want to jump into the next book in the series.

Book Review: Backfire by Catherine Coulter

Backfire by Catherine Coulter

Published: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

In this latest FBI thriller, the team duo Lacey Sherlock and  Dillon Savich are back to kick some ass! When their friend Judge Ramsey Hunt gets shot in San Francisco, they are out on the first flight to catch the culprit. Things become even more intriguing when the federal prosecutor,  Mickey O’Rourke goes missing on the case of Cindy and Clive Cahill.

At the same time that the shooting happens, an ominous note arrives for Savich at the Hoover Building: YOU DESERVE THIS FOR WHAT YOU DID. It is a puzzle that needs to be solved, but it is no match for MAX, Savich’s sidekick. The security tapes reveal nothing regarding who delivered the note and everyone is left scratching their heads. Who and why did someone shoot Judge Hunt? What did Savich do to get such an ominous note? Can they solve the puzzle before it is too late?

Personal Thoughts: Ohh this book was filled with so many plot twists and turns. I love seeing Sherlock and Savich in action again. I love these two characters and I will pick up any book with them in it, without any question because I know their back story and I know that I will not be disappointed.

The backstory of Eve and Harry made things even more interesting and seeing them bicker back and forth was amusing. What can I say, I loved this book and was not disappointed in the least. 🙂

A few scenes made me read at the speed of light speed just to find out what happens to Sherlock and Savich. Don’t you hate it when there’s an action scene and you have to find out what happens, yet you are fighting yourself to not skim ahead and find out right away? It is always a challenge for me. I can’t wait to read the next installment! 🙂