Insidious by Catherine Coulter


Title: Insidious
Author: Catherine Coulter
Series: FBI Thriller #20
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Gallery Books
# of Pages: 368
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Buy: Amazon | Chapters


Summary: (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.


I’ve been reading more and more thrillers lately, and I’m absolutely loving them! Do I have some trouble falling asleep after some particularly intense chapters? Absolutely! But that just means I get to stay up longer and read. Thus begins the vicious cycle! This was my first novel by Catherine Coulter and I can say without a doubt, it will definitely not be my last. I was a little concerned when I received Insidious and realized that it’s a part of the FBI Thriller series, but after reading the first couple chapters I realized that it wasn’t necessary to read the entire series to understand the story.

Insidious provides the reader with not just one but two thrillers that are occurring simultaneously . Agent Cam Wittier is investigating a serial killer who is murdering up-and-coming actresses in Hollywood, while Agent Savich and Agent Sherlock are investigating the attempted murder of Venus Rasmussen. Agent Savich and Sherlock are led to believe that someone near and dear to Venus, possibly a family member, is behind the attempt on her life.   Both stories were equally as compelling and had my attention from the very beginning. I did find that things moved a little too slowly for me at times, especially when it came to the case that Agent Savich and Sherlock were investigating.

I really enjoyed the female characters that Catherine Coulter created in this novel.  Each of them had the kind of qualities that I think more authors need to portray in female characters. I’m really hoping to see more of Cam in future books. She is such a vibrant and strong character, I loved her confidence and wit when dealing with the men who weren’t thrilled with a “fed” coming in to take over the case. The Rasmussen family also provided for some very interesting and compelling characters, you couldn’t help but suspect each and every one of them.

Overall, I really enjoyed Insidious. The stories were filled with twists and turns and kept you guessing until the very end. I will definitely be revisiting this series and have added the previous books to my “To Be Read” list!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada who provided me with a copy of Insidious for review.

Rating: 3.5/5

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