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Review: Insidious (FBI Thriller #20) by Catherine Coulter

Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
My Review:
After 20 books, I am officially breaking up with this series.  While this 20th book, Insidious, was better than book 19, either the books have changed or I have changed and that magic that made me look forward to the latest book in this series every summer is gone.  I think the series has gone on too long such that it is no longer is fresh and new (kind of running out of ideas).  Specifically as to this book, what I really noticed was that all of the law enforcement characters in the book (of which there are a lot -- cops, FBI agents, etc.) had the same exact voice -- the same sense of humor, the same timing.  I honestly could barely distinguish a vast majority of the characters in the book.  Also, and I noticed this in book 19 as well, the romance is virtually nil.  While the suspense has always driven the plot of the books in this series, there was always the great relationship of Savich and Sherlock as well as a revolving potential romance depending on the second story line.  In this one, there was just nothing.  I was really bored while reading this and I think it's time to move on.  I will still cherish the first 15-16 books of this series and I already want to re-read a few of my favorites but this will no longer be an auto/pre-buy for me, and that is definitely sad.
Insidious came out earlier this month on August 9, 2016, and you can purchase HERE.


  1. It's always so sad and so hard to see a series go down hill, especially one that you loved. So sorry you have to say goodbye to this one.

  2. WOW. Truthfully... I can't even believe you were able to stick with it for so long! WOW. 20 books?? WHAT THE WHAT? I'm okay with a story or TV series being long because we get to be with the characters for an extra amount of time BUT... MAN. 2O BOOKS??

  3. I hate when a series is no longer good or good to me. But hey a good 15 or 16 is a pretty decent run!! Sorry this didn't work for you!

  4. That is too bad, but if a series has gone on too long, it is time to break up. I hate when a series drags, especially if the romance isn't resolved.

  5. That is really sad, to break up with a series :/ At least you liked 15 books out of it! That's the majority! I hadn't heard of this series before but I'm kinda curious now. 20 books is a lot though. The longest I've read was House of Night, which is 12 books and I was already tired of it.

  6. Wow, sounds like she almost "phoned this one in". Kind of reminds me of J.D. Robb's series but I think she's on like book 35 or 40 (I might be exaggerating a bit). I have no clue how that one kept going after the first few I read.

    I'm so sorry about the break up but.. I think it might be for the best *hugs* :D There are tons of other books in the sea, err, on the shelf.

  7. oh I am so sorry to hear about you breaking up with this series. I haven't read these books yet, but I do love this author. I have only read her historical's though.

  8. Oh no, I'm sorry! I hate it when I realise that a beloved series is just not worth it anymore :( I was just reading about this one and wondering if it was worth reading, but I am going to give this a miss instead.

  9. 20 books? Wow, that's one heck of a commitment to a series. It's the rare series that can remain fresh and engaging over that many books. So many authors just don't seem to know when to say when.

  10. Sorry you didn't care for this one. It's hard when you stick with a series for so long, but then it just has too many books and goes downhill.

  11. I'm impressed you read twenty, it always surprises me how long thriller series can carry on. Great Review, it's better to break up now, then waste your time anymore.
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

  12. So I guess I'll try one of the earlier books. Sometimes a writer needs to just stop with one series and move into fresh territory. I think Kay Scarpetta is a good example of that. I had to part ways a long time ago. :/ Great honest review, Eva!


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