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Mystery Book Review: Insidious by Catherine Coulter

I love reading and writing. I came to writing late in life and discovered a world where I feel like a fish in the water.

Mystery and books

Mystery and books

This novel is a suspense thriller where the author skillfully leads two unrelated plots in parallel with many surprises.

You will find in this novel the three elements of a mystery:

  • A secret that is unknown to us the readers. This secret poses the story question of who the killers are and how the murders happen.
  • The main character, in this work of fiction there are in fact two main characters who are doing their best to find the answer to the story question.
  • Several clues and pointers to help us solve the mystery. Because at the end of the day, the reason most of us read a mystery book is to help the main character find the answer and solve the problem.

What I enjoy most in a mystery piece is to take the time to work out the cues and solve the puzzle before the author spoon-feed me the outcome of the story. There are times when I put the book aside and start walking while reflecting on what I know and who I think is the culprit.

This novel is entertaining but the ending is kind of predictable.

Main Characters

Dillon Savich and his wife Sherlock are both FBI agents on the same team. They are still in love with each other and have each other’s back in dangerous situations. I find it notable that the FBI in this story allows a couple to go on dangerous missions as a team. Their young son is at risk of becoming an orphan if he loses both parents in the same accident or incident. But thank goodness that this is a feel-good story.

Cam Wittier, Special Agent, is the daughter of a couple who are famous actor and actress of old Hollywood. Cam is nice-looking like her famous mother but with brains and courage.

The Rasmussen family with their power-struggle issues. The grandmother Venus is the family matriarch and a powerful and wealthy businesswoman who is irritatingly meddlesome. One grandson is conceited and a snob. The other grandson is an estranged troublemaker who cleans his act and turns into a good citizen.


One plot is about discovering a serial killer in Hollywood and Malibu Beach in the world of film producers and gorgeous wannabe starlets.

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Another plot is about uncovering the individual(s) behind the several attempted murders of an elderly woman.

The pace of the novel is fast and happens in a three-week period.

The theme of the book is judging good against evil and heroism.

The emotions are fear, anger, and love.

The chapters alternated between the two plots.

What I Liked or Did Not not About This Story

The ending was surprising in both plots. The positive outcomes leave the reader with a good feeling. The description of the murder(s) is not gruesome.

Sometimes I got into one plot so much that when the next chapter moved to the other plot, it took me by surprise.

Would I Read Another Book by This Author?

Yes, I would read other books by Catherine Coulter if they are in the same genre as this work of fiction.


manatita44 from london on November 15, 2020:

Lovely work done here, Liliane.

Bill's are definitely more gruesome by the sound of things. Nevertheless, you seem to cover the essentials well and has explained the main elements of a mystery. Excellent!

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