Review: Split Second by Catherine Coulter

Posted 18 July, 2011 by Amanda / 6 Comments

*This book will be released tomorrow, July 19th*

Split Second by Catherine Coulter (FBI Thriller, #15)
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal? Romantic Suspense?
Received for review
Read: 6/23-27/2011
In six words: Mystery was good. Rest was flat.

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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 and 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, Agent Carlyle learns from her dying father that her grandfather didn’t simply walk away from his family twenty-two years ago: he was, in fact, murdered by his wife, Lucy’s grandmother. Determined to find the truth, Lucy moves into her grandmother’s Chevy Chase mansion. What she finds, however, is a nightmare. Not only does she discover the truth of what happened all those years ago, but she faces a new mystery as well, a strange ring that holds powers beyond her ken.

As the hunt for the serial killer escalates, Savich realizes he’s become the killer’s focus, and perhaps the next victim. It’s up to Lucy to stop this madness before it’s too late.
-from Goodreads

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts 

I received this book from the publisher for review.  I wasn’t aware that it was the 15th book in a series, and was a little afraid this might impact my enjoyment.  It seemed to stand on its own fine, however.  While I enjoyed the mystery, the added paranormal element was odd, and romance was far from sizzling.

A More In Depth Look

The vast majority of this plot belongs in the mystery or suspense genre.  If it had stayed there, I would have been okay with it.  But the ring that Lucy finds brings a paranormal element that feels out of place with the rest of the story, and this only served to make me more skeptical about the ring’s powers.  This was a mystery set in reality — save for the ring.  If there had existed other magical objects capable of power outside the normal human capacity, this aspect would have been easier to swallow.

The romance between Coop and Lucy was weak, fast, and seemed to happen when we were not watching.  It was easy to see that it was happening, sure, but we were never able to experience it the way I would have liked in a romantic suspense novel.  The character perspective shifts were also a little rough; a few times, the character had switched before I realized, and I was left wondering why that particular character was having those thoughts until I reread the passage.  I know that Savich and Sherlock are important figures in this series, but I was not sold on their characters.

On a positive note, the mystery itself was entertaining and left me wondering what would happen next.  The question here was less of “Who did it?” and more “When will he be caught?” which had me intrigued, and kept me turning the pages.

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

Fans of Catherine Coulter will like this.  Anyone who likes a good mystery and doesn’t mind a little paranormal thrown in might enjoy Split Second as well.

Filed under: ESR: 4, Mystery, Review: Amanda,


6 Responses to “Review: Split Second by Catherine Coulter”

  1. Felicia

    I used to love Catherine Coulter when she was writing historical romance but stopped reading her after she switched to Cont. Thrillers. Her writing isn’t as magical in these books as her classics *sigh*

    • Yeah. Part of the reason why I accepted this book for review was because I remember reading historical romances by her and liking them. This, though… not so much.

  2. Bum deal. I believe it’s very hard to work in paranormal elements with contemporary successfully. Here it seems as if it was added as an afterthought.

    Hope your next read is better. #insixwords

  3. While I love a good fantastical realism story, if the paranormal elements jerk me out of the narrative, then I usually put the book down. Sounds like that’s what happened here. So I might be skipping this one for now. Thanks for the honest review!


    • The paranormal elements did play an important role, but they just didn’t feel believable. And that was problematic. =/