by Catherine Coulter
‘FBI’ series Book #4
Catherine Coulter’s first three New York Times bestselling suspense thrillers (The Cove, The Maze, and The Target) dazzled readers with extraordinary plot twists, incomparable characters, and elegant, tough-to-solve mysteries. Publishers Weekly called The Target “an absorbing read.” Now comes a new tale of riveting suspense, in which a small town known as The Edge falls prey to pure evil.
FBI Agent Ford “Mac” MacDougal is recovering from injuries he received in a terrorist car bombing when his sister, Jilly, a medical researcher, drives her Porsche off an Oregon cliff – on purpose, it seems. Curiously, even though he was in a hospital bed on the other side of the country, Mac feels as if he were in the car with her as she sails toward the sea.
By the time Mac arrives in Portland, Jilly has come out of the coma she’s been in for four days. But after only a few hours with her brother, she vanishes without a trace. In searching for her, Mac hears a different story from everyone he encounters. When the local sheriff enlists his aid in the puzzling murder of an elderly resident, Mac doesn’t suspect that the case connects to his sister’s disappearance. FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich (last seen in The Target) join Mac to ride shotgun. Not knowing whom to trust and whom to suspect, they must escape relentless pursuers before unearthing the tentacles of evil undermining The Edge.
Review: Hunh. Well, ‘unputdownable’ is not the word for this one. I was disappointed, to say the least. Reading the entire novel, I felt detached! There was nothing to the characters – I didn’t feel a strong enough connection between Mac and Laura, I was upset by some of the turns of events, and there was nothing to read about in the investigation. It’s like Mac asked questions about why his sister went over the cliff, then when he went searching for her. That’s it! The whole thing was disappointing! The only thing I liked was how Coulter described the surroundings, and the action. If it wasn’t for the action, I think I may have given up on the book. The ending was nothing short of disheartening. I’d bitch about a few things, but I don’t want to blow it for someone who hasn’t read it. AllI can say is, by the last sentence of the last chapter, my immediate thought was: “What the hell happened? After reading the first three, this one fell way short. I sure hope Riptide‘s better.”