dinsdag 26 juli 2011

Catherine Coulter – Split Second

Book 15 in the FBI Thriller series, published July 2011.

Split Second

A serial killer is on the loose, and it's up to FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to bring him down. They soon discover that the killer has blood ties to the infamous now long-dead monster, Ted Bundy. Savich and Sherlock are joined by agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight, and the chase is on.

At the same time, Special Agent Lucy Carlyle learns from her dying father that her grandfather hadn't simply walked away from his family twenty-two years earlier: he had, in fact, been murdered by his wife, Lucy's grandmother. Determined to uncover the truth, Lucy moves into her grandmother's Chevy Chase mansion. What she finds, however, is more in the nature of a nightmare. Not only does she discover the truth of what happened all those years ago, but she faces a new mystery, a strange ring that holds powers beyond her ken. She learns about obsession and destruction and ultimate power.

As the hunt for the serial killer escalates, Savich realizes he's become the killer's focus, and the hunted. It's up to Lucy to stop this madness before Savich dies.

I loved this book! I finished it at 01.30 last night, which is not a good thing on a Monday night, with a full work week ahead. But I just had to know how it ended. I enjoyed everything in this book. The hunt for the crazy killer, and also the romance between Lucy and Cooper. And of course the second plot about her grandfather’s murder and the ring he left her, and the subsequent attempts at murder Lucy faces. I could guess a lot of the plot, but that totally did not diminish my pleasure.
I am not going to write a summary of this book, the blurb kind of says it all, and I do not want to spoil anything for the rest of you.

Just let me rant a bit about how much I love Savich and Sherlock as the continuing main couple of FBI agents in this book, the glimpse in their private lives with their son Sean. They want to protect each other, but that is not always possible. Lucy wanted to handle everything in her private life on her own, no matter how much Savich and Cooper want to help her. It is her family history, her responsibility. Besides, would they believe her? She is a strong woman, and she is dealing with the grief over the loss of her father. And then the discoveries she makes in her grandmother’s house, wow. Ugly secrets are revealed, and her family is not happy about it.
Cooper McKnight has the reputation of a lady killer, but that is just not true. Sure he drives a hot car, but that was a present from his mother, who wants some grandchildren of him. When Coop sets his sights on Lucy, who doesn’t seem to like him very much at first, she cannot easily shake him off. He is just always there for her when she needs him.

As usual, the book is written with a fast pace, but easily readable. With humor, but also evil and murders for no reasons. Suspense and romance and laughter and tragedy. All mixed in one superb new novel by Catherine Coulter. She proved again why she is on my auto-buy list and one of my long time favourite authors.

9 stars.

3 opmerkingen:

  1. Those are the danger books..the ones that keep you up way past your bedtime. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

  2. I did not know she wrote books like this. I have only read HR books by her before :)

  3. Hey Aurian,
    When I hear someone stayed up all night to finish a book, you have to believe it's a keeper. Sounds like a wonderful book, your review is great. I've been reading way to many paras and historicals of late and need a good mystery. I'll have to go find the first book in the series. I'll let you know what I think. Aurian, thx for always being so supportive. Have a great week.
    See ya,

    Readaholics Anonymous