Venus Rasmussen, a powerful eighty-six-year-old woman who still runs Rasmussen Industries, an international conglomerate, 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.
What I liked: In the FBI series, Ms Coulter has a winning format but this year she changed it up a bit and made it even better. What did she change, you ask, well that would take all the surprise out of the read. I sincerely enjoyed the change and now look forward to the next in the series to see how everything pans out.
Insidious is two murder/attempted murder stories in one. Savich and Sherlock are investigating the murder attempts on their good friend, Venus Rasmussen and the murderer has to be someone they know. On the flip side, Special Agent Cam Wittier is sent to Hollywood to investigate the deaths of aspiring actresses. The murders are especially brutal.
You would think after 20 books in this series that the reader might get a bit bored with the established format Ms Coulter uses; however, her writing overcomes any expectations the reader has. 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.
Usually in suspense novels, I can figure out certain things about the crime and the criminal. In Insidious, Ms Coulter deflected thoughts away from the criminals so well, I missed some important clues and was very surprised at the outcome. I just kept flipping pages waiting for my opinions to be realized but the curve ball was so well disguised, I swung and missed. That was a pleasant surprise.
What I didn’t like: The story “feels” a bit slow in the beginning as Ms Coulter sets up the differing storylines and plots but it soon picks up and captures your attention.
I was provided an ARC through Random House and NetGalley for a fair and honest review.