Insidious (FBI Thriller, #20)by Catherine Coulter

Published August 9th 2016 by Gallery Books

4.5 Stars

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.

My Review: This is the 20th book in the FBI series and I really enjoyed this one. As in the last book, there are two simultaneous stories going on that keep you wondering. They fit together very well so there is no issue keeping up and keeping them separate.

On the east coast in Washington DC, husband and wife team, Savich and Sherlock, are trying to figure out who is trying to kill an elderly socialite who also happens to be a personal friend as well as an industrialist. Is it a family member? Is it an employee? Savich and Sherlock will have to investigate everyone whether they like it or not. On the west coast in Los Angeles, up and coming FBI superstar, Cam (Cammie, Camille) Wittier, is trying to find out who is killing young, beautiful starlets in California and Las Vegas. It has been determined it is a serial killer, but do the local police want to work with the FBI who will be taking over their cases? Is one of the murders a copycat?

These books have been recognized as Romantic Thrillers but the romance has been toned down in this book. There is still some romance and relationships developing and they still happen rather quickly, but they were integral to the plot and were not as much a part of the story as in the past. I liked that. The plotlines tend to be stronger this way and the characters do as well. Cam Wittier is a smart, classy agent. She used her great people skills to get the local police on her side in order to be able to utilize their expertise on the case. The two main local police were also smart and even though there was some animosity at the beginning, they worked well with Cam. The young actresses that survived and helped somewhat to solve the case were also portrayed well. They were not “bubble headed bleach blondes” but smart, serious women who just happened to want to be actresses.

One of the other things I love about this series is that even though there are major characters in every story, there are always new characters being introduced. I am pretty sure we will see more of Cam Wittier as she is still single, so there is a chance she will show up in another book in order to find her match.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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