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With unparalleled suspense and her trademark explosive twists, #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter delves into the terrifying mind of an escaped mental patient obsessed with revenge in this next installment of her riveting FBI series. When he fails to kidnap five-year-old Sean Savich, agents Sherlock and Savich know they’re in his crosshairs and must fin With unparalleled suspense and her trademark explosive twists, #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter delves into the terrifying mind of an escaped mental patient obsessed with revenge in this next installment of her riveting FBI series. When he fails to kidnap five-year-old Sean Savich, agents Sherlock and Savich know they’re in his crosshairs and must find him before he continues with his ‘kill’ list. Chief Ty Christie of Willicott, Maryland, witnesses a murder at dawn from the deck of her cottage on Lake Massey. When dragging the lake, not only do the divers find the murder victim, they also discover dozens of bones. Even more shocking is the identification of a unique belt buckle found among the bones. Working together with Chief Christie, Savich and Sherlock soon discover a frightening connection between the bones and the escaped psychopath. Paradox is a chilling mix of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, old secrets that refuse to stay buried, and ruthless greed that keep Savich and Sherlock and Chief Ty Christie working at high speed to uncover the truth before their own bones end up at the bottom on the lake. Don’t miss Paradox, the twenty-second FBI thriller.


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With unparalleled suspense and her trademark explosive twists, #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter delves into the terrifying mind of an escaped mental patient obsessed with revenge in this next installment of her riveting FBI series. When he fails to kidnap five-year-old Sean Savich, agents Sherlock and Savich know they’re in his crosshairs and must fin With unparalleled suspense and her trademark explosive twists, #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter delves into the terrifying mind of an escaped mental patient obsessed with revenge in this next installment of her riveting FBI series. When he fails to kidnap five-year-old Sean Savich, agents Sherlock and Savich know they’re in his crosshairs and must find him before he continues with his ‘kill’ list. Chief Ty Christie of Willicott, Maryland, witnesses a murder at dawn from the deck of her cottage on Lake Massey. When dragging the lake, not only do the divers find the murder victim, they also discover dozens of bones. Even more shocking is the identification of a unique belt buckle found among the bones. Working together with Chief Christie, Savich and Sherlock soon discover a frightening connection between the bones and the escaped psychopath. Paradox is a chilling mix of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, old secrets that refuse to stay buried, and ruthless greed that keep Savich and Sherlock and Chief Ty Christie working at high speed to uncover the truth before their own bones end up at the bottom on the lake. Don’t miss Paradox, the twenty-second FBI thriller.

30 review for Paradox

  1. 4 out of 5

    (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    👮🏻 3.25 Paradoxical Stars for Catherine Coulter's Paradox 🏚 This is the 22nd book in Coulter's Sherlock & Savich FBI series, but my first. I didn't feel it made a negative impact on my overall understanding or enjoyment of the book that I hadn't read of the previous installments in the series. Coulter did a thorough job of explaining any important back stories or relationships so that I was able to delve in seamlessly on this particular case. Paradox starts out BIG! I was gripped from page 👮🏻‍ 3.25 Paradoxical Stars for Catherine Coulter's Paradox 🏚 This is the 22nd book in Coulter's Sherlock & Savich FBI series, but my first. I didn't feel it made a negative impact on my overall understanding or enjoyment of the book that I hadn't read of the previous installments in the series. Coulter did a thorough job of explaining any important back stories or relationships so that I was able to delve in seamlessly on this particular case. Paradox starts out BIG! I was gripped from page 1 as we are instantly thrown in to an adrenaline pumping situation as Agents Savich & Sherlock are faced with an intruder who has broken into their home and is attempting to kidnap their seven year old son. Talk about getting your reader heart pumping wildly and that was just the prologue! Things didn't seem to slow down with chapter 1 as we were transported to a seemingly tranquil lake scene only to find Police Chief Ty Christie of Willicott, Maryland witness a brutal murder while sipping her coffee as she looked out over Lake Massey. She calls in her people to dive into the lake in the hopes of uncovering the body without success. Knowing she saw a body thrown overboard, she opts to drag the lake. No one expected what came next - including me! Her team uncovered the body of Octavia Ryan, a Federal Prosecutor along with dozens of human bones they knew to be from more than a dozen different bodies based on what was recovered. Knowing she needed more services than her small community could provide, Christie calls in the FBI for assistance. The first 5 chapters were a complete thrill ride for me. Then things began to slow down - a lot. I felt there were so many scenes where the dialogue was unnecessarily wordy and the repetitive descriptions of people's looks were rampant. I can appreciate descriptive language as much as the next person but it just didn't fit with the book. I want my thrillers dark, twisty and fast paced. I don't really care about the "wide-oak planked porch and double front door that was once beautifully carved but now creaked and looked ready to fall off its hinges." Open the door and go search for the bad guy! As for the twists & turns - I had them ALL figured out. There wasn't anything that surprised me in the end reveal. I was hoping I'd be wrong or may have missed something, but I didn't. I called this one completely. Maybe its just me. I might read too many thrillers and watch too many crime shows. Now, it takes a bit more to stump me. Paradox was easy to figure out. I felt like Coulture fed me a trail of breadcrumbs, in plain sight, throughout. Overall, Paradox was an entertaining, if slightly too long and simple mystery/thriller. The beginning was amazing - I just wish that adrenaline pumping feeling had lasted for more than just the first five chapters. Thank you to Catherine Coulter, Gallery Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to receive an advance copy of Paradox in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    Catherine Coulter writes fun mysteries. In this one, Police Chief Ty Christie witnesses a murder on the lake that her house is on. When the lake is swept, bones from many different bodies are found, as well as a belt buckle that will be key to solving part of the mystery of how the dead bodies got there and who killed the person Ty saw murdered. In this novel, just about everyone is described as good-looking, handsome, or pretty. In real life, I've never found that entire police forces and small- Catherine Coulter writes fun mysteries. In this one, Police Chief Ty Christie witnesses a murder on the lake that her house is on. When the lake is swept, bones from many different bodies are found, as well as a belt buckle that will be key to solving part of the mystery of how the dead bodies got there and who killed the person Ty saw murdered. In this novel, just about everyone is described as good-looking, handsome, or pretty. In real life, I've never found that entire police forces and small-town communities can be described this way. She also used the word “bespoke” so often in became noticeably obvious. This mystery is fun, but the writing is definitely not literary, so it depends on your mood. If you want something very light and untaxing to your intellect, this is a well-done novel. Thank to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES JULY 31ST.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    A magnificent story from beginning to end! 10 of 10 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    katwiththehat

    I love the FBI agent husband/wife team of Savich and Sherlock, who team up together to catch the bad guys and solve awesome mysteries. I got hooked on Catherine Coulter last year through a NetGalley release which had a super twisty ending and have been working my way through her backlist, and was excited to see a new book coming out! In PARADOX, Savich and Sherlock are awakened in the night by a threat. As they try to figure out who could be a danger to their son, a different mystery pops up in I love the FBI agent husband/wife team of Savich and Sherlock, who team up together to catch the bad guys and solve awesome mysteries. I got hooked on Catherine Coulter last year through a NetGalley release which had a super twisty ending and have been working my way through her backlist, and was excited to see a new book coming out! In PARADOX, Savich and Sherlock are awakened in the night by a threat. As they try to figure out who could be a danger to their son, a different mystery pops up in rural Maryland (there’s always multiple angles going on in this series, which makes things extra exciting.) Without spoilers, I really enjoyed all the discoveries and twists and turns in this one. Trigger Warnings: (view spoiler)[ violence, murder, attempted kidnapping (hide spoiler)] Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    I am ever so glad to read a book that doesn't insult my intelligence with angst, TSTL and over the top bad writing. Well, I guess you can tell that my last few books have been less than satisfactory. One thing you can always count on in a Catherine Coulter book is a plot that keeps you guessing to the end and has enough twists and turns to satisfy an indy driver. "Paradox" does not disappoint. When Sherlock is awakened in the middle of the night by the home security failure alarm, she and Savich I am ever so glad to read a book that doesn't insult my intelligence with angst, TSTL and over the top bad writing. Well, I guess you can tell that my last few books have been less than satisfactory. One thing you can always count on in a Catherine Coulter book is a plot that keeps you guessing to the end and has enough twists and turns to satisfy an indy driver. "Paradox" does not disappoint. When Sherlock is awakened in the middle of the night by the home security failure alarm, she and Savich have a plan of action and immediately they are on the move. Sherlock is shocked to find an intruder in Sean's room with a gun to his head and a knife to his throat. The man flees and Savich and Sherlock are scared to death at the near miss, knowing that this may only be the beginning. The man turns out to be an escaped mental patient obsessed with revenge and Savich and Sherlock are not the only names on his hit list. Just days later Chief Ty Christie of Willicott, Maryland, is enjoying a peaceful early morning cup of coffee on her deck when she sees a murder take place on the serene Lake Massey. Shocked to her toes by the horror she has seen, she mobilizes her department and they recover the body along with dozens of bones that have been in for a long time. When Chief Christie's murder case collides with Savich and Sherlock's escaped mental patient, they join forces and with the only physical clue an unusual gold belt buckle, they soon discover some deeply buried secrets. They also find they are up against more than an escaped psychopath.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dale Harcombe

    In the prologue, the husband and wife team of Agents Sherlock and Savich manage to foil an armed man who tries to kidnap their five year old son Sean from his bedroom. The fear is that even though the armed intruder failed this time, he will keep trying. The story then moves in Chapter 1 Willicott Maryland, where Police Chief Ty Christie happens to see a murder as she is looking out from her deck of her cottage across Lake Massey. When divers are brought in to investigate, they find not only the In the prologue, the husband and wife team of Agents Sherlock and Savich manage to foil an armed man who tries to kidnap their five year old son Sean from his bedroom. The fear is that even though the armed intruder failed this time, he will keep trying. The story then moves in Chapter 1 Willicott Maryland, where Police Chief Ty Christie happens to see a murder as she is looking out from her deck of her cottage across Lake Massey. When divers are brought in to investigate, they find not only the murder victim but a number of other bones from a number of bodies. They also find a unique belt buckle. Sherlock and Savich, as they work with Chief Christie, discover there is a connection between the bones and an escaped psychopath. A psychopath who has Sherlock and Savich as well as a few more people in his sights, as he seeks revenge for his incarceration among other things. Although there have been 21 of these FBI thrillers published previously with the Sherlock and Savich characters, this was my first foray into the series. It didn’t matter as I quickly caught up on back story enough to make this an enjoyable read. It is written in a very matter of fact style which makes for easy reading, although for a little while there did seem to be a large cast of characters to keep track of. The main characters Sherlock, Savich, and Christie are interesting and come across well. The plot twists and turns throughout. While the astute reader may figure them out ahead of time, even if you do, it doesn’t take away from the story, which maintains a steady pace and tension. I found this an enjoyable read and would be interested to read another by this author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    Many thanks to Gallery Books for providing my free copy of PARADOX by Catherine Coulter - all opinions are my own. This book is the 22nd installment of the Savich and Sherlock FBI thriller series, but luckily, it read really well as a standalone. Set in Maryland, Savich and Sherlock are an FBI husband and wife team and the story starts off with a bang! From the very first page of the prologue I was reading frantically until the end. An escaped mental patient tries to break into their home and kid Many thanks to Gallery Books for providing my free copy of PARADOX by Catherine Coulter - all opinions are my own. This book is the 22nd installment of the Savich and Sherlock FBI thriller series, but luckily, it read really well as a standalone. Set in Maryland, Savich and Sherlock are an FBI husband and wife team and the story starts off with a bang! From the very first page of the prologue I was reading frantically until the end. An escaped mental patient tries to break into their home and kidnap their seven-year-old son, Sean Shavich. Meanwhile, police chief Ty Christie witnesses a murder from her cottage on Lake Massey. They drag the lake in search for the murder victim, and not only do they find the victim, but also discover dozens of bones. They soon find a connection to this crime scene and the escaped mental patient, so Chief Christie, Shavich, and Sherlock join forces to solve the case. This is a thrilling and engaging book that I easily read in two days. I’m not usually a police procedural type of gal, but I loved the characters and the storyline was incredibly addictive and compelling. I was able to predict a few things but that did not hinder my reading experience. Although Coulter writes characters that are probably too good to be true, I thought it was refreshing and I enjoyed getting to know them. And of course, I love any book that throws in an escaped psychopath with a grudge. PARADOX is a super fun, fast-paced book with an outstanding ending! I highly recommend you give this series a try - it’s a nice escape!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    Granted, I'm semi-retired - but finish a nearly 450-word book in two days? Certainly not a normal happenin' thing, but finish it I did. Yes, the story is engrossing and I love FBI agents Sherlock and Savich (this is the 22nd installment in the series). But I'll also credit the author's uncanny way of ending each chapter at such a tantalizing point that it's almost impossible to resist the "just one more" temptation. So strong is that pull, in fact, that at one point I realized I'd read eight cha Granted, I'm semi-retired - but finish a nearly 450-word book in two days? Certainly not a normal happenin' thing, but finish it I did. Yes, the story is engrossing and I love FBI agents Sherlock and Savich (this is the 22nd installment in the series). But I'll also credit the author's uncanny way of ending each chapter at such a tantalizing point that it's almost impossible to resist the "just one more" temptation. So strong is that pull, in fact, that at one point I realized I'd read eight chapters beyond the point at which I really, really needed to turn off my Kindle and do something else. Also curious, BTW, is that almost all the female characters have what at first blush I'd assume are "male" names, among them Ty, Morgan, Marty and Gunny. Happenstance, or intention? And if the latter, why? Inquiring minds would love to know. But I digress. The married agents have a young son named Sean, of whom, some would say, they're overprotective. That proves to be warranted, though, when in the middle of the night Savich is awakened by warning beeps - and runs to her son's room to find an intruder standing over the child's bed. The man, who was wielding a knife, manages to escape - but the incident forces Savich and Sherlock to acknowledge that their family is on the hit list of a very nasty person. Around the same time, Willicot, Maryland, police chief Ty Christie is relaxing at her cottage on Lake Massey when to what do her wondering eyes doth appear than a frightening scene: One of two people out in a boat smacks the other and dumps the body overboard, an apparent murder. When said body is found by divers, it turns out to be a female federal prosecutor who's been dating Salo Porto, an FBI agent-friend of Savich, who in turn is called in to help. But divers find not only that freshly killed body, but a rather large array of old bones and a unique belt buckle - raising suspicions of a serial killer. Most of the bones were collected not far from an abandoned mansion in which two entire families were murdered; since then, the property has been deemed "haunted" and has stood empty. When Savich and Sherlock go inside, they find nothing noteworthy except a single very tidy bedroom amid an otherwise decaying house. That is, until Savich has one of his "visions," leading him to the upper level and the discovery of his old friend Porto, who's been locked in a closet and left to die. Turns out the killer is a relatively young man who recently escaped from a mental institution - a man with ties not only to the woman he just killed but to Savich, who was forced to kill the man's young girlfriend back when he was arrested. Evidence leads to the certainty that he was the man who attempted to kidnap (or perhaps murder) Savich and Sherlock's son. But strong suspicion isn't proof (nor are Savich's visions), so the chase is on to gather evidence and track down the killer. The investigation efforts get a big boost from Christie and Palo, who join forces and become major characters in the rest of the book. Even though the killer is known, though, there's plenty of action and even more head games to carry the story through to the end (with a little left over for another book). In short, it's another winner - and once again I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with an advance review copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    My main complaint, one of the law enforcement agents gave up his gun. No, and No and No. Under no circumstances do you ever give up your weapon. Yeah knives are very bad, but a bullet is still faster and more lethal. But in this book it was okay that the guy gave up his gun. In real life the reaction would have been way different. Two young women have their lives radically changed. One was a sweet, heartwarming story. The other was laugh out loud funny. Coulter's usual well written effort. There wo My main complaint, one of the law enforcement agents gave up his gun. No, and No and No. Under no circumstances do you ever give up your weapon. Yeah knives are very bad, but a bullet is still faster and more lethal. But in this book it was okay that the guy gave up his gun. In real life the reaction would have been way different. Two young women have their lives radically changed. One was a sweet, heartwarming story. The other was laugh out loud funny. Coulter's usual well written effort. There would have been more stars but since the whole book was based on an outrageous concept, I couldn't give more stars. I do wish she had left out fried lobster. What a terrible concept.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ⇝LEAH⇜

    3 Out Of 5 "I struggled to finish this" STARS It took me 25 days to complete this…and while it is a long book at 448 pages, it's not a lunker.  I just couldn't get past the inane crap and sappiness this book is bogged down with.  Every single person that is brought into the story has most of their life history thrown into the story…and yet I still felt that I was missing something by not having read the previous books in the series, at least in regards to Savich and Sherlock.  I figured I was tak 3 Out Of 5 "I struggled to finish this" STARS It took me 25 days to complete this…and while it is a long book at 448 pages, it's not a lunker.  I just couldn't get past the inane crap and sappiness this book is bogged down with.  Every single person that is brought into the story has most of their life history thrown into the story…and yet I still felt that I was missing something by not having read the previous books in the series, at least in regards to Savich and Sherlock.  I figured I was taking a chance with that, anyway, since I haven't read any of the 21 previous books in this series.   Paradox is really a story within a story and it's filled with a busload of characters.  Maybe all that inane crap is in there to help you remember all these characters more easily.  IDK. Gunny/Leigh was my favorite character by far and I genuinely enjoyed her story…even her backstory.  There was also this weird supernatural vibe that felt off to me...this could be something that is explained by having read the previous books, too.   I was all set to rate this from 2-2.5 stars up until the ending. It's the only thing that boosted it up to a full 3.  The reveal of the mystery of the bones in the lake was really satisfying and ultimately left me feeling like maybe this wasn't quite so laborious to complete.   ๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏ ~~~~~MY RATING~~~~~ ☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C ๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏   ~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~ Plot~ 3.8/5 Main Characters~ 3.5/5 Secondary Characters~ 3.7/5 The Feels~ 3/5 Pacing~ 2/5 Addictiveness~ 1/5 Theme or Tone~ 3.8/5 Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5 Backdrop (World Building)~ 3/5 Originality~ 3/5 Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope. Book Cover~ Two Thumbs UP! Series~ FBI Thriller #22 Setting~ Willicott & Haggersville, Maryland, DC, and Texas. Source~ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  11. 3 out of 5

    Chris Conley

    Sherlock and Savich never fail to satisfy. Paradox is a powerful entry into this series. Coulter’s ability to create a villain for whom I feel sorry is one of her many gifts.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Levy

    4.5 Stars Paradox is the perfect title to this newest book by Catherine Coulter. “A seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.” The definition of paradox fits this story and is exactly what this author has given her readers. There are many twists in this book, forcing the reader to the edge of your seat and often holding your breath. FBI agents, Savich and Sherlock have a young son who is targeted and t 4.5 Stars Paradox is the perfect title to this newest book by Catherine Coulter. “A seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.” The definition of paradox fits this story and is exactly what this author has given her readers. There are many twists in this book, forcing the reader to the edge of your seat and often holding your breath. FBI agents, Savich and Sherlock have a young son who is targeted and the book starts off with a break-in at their home, where they find the kidnapper standing over their son's bed. The man gets away but this is just the beginning of several plot twists. Chief Ty Christie witnesses a murder while she is drinking her early morning coffee, across from her cottage on the lake. When the body is brought up, more bones and a belt buckle is found. Yet another twist in this story that takes the reader a while to figure out. Or can the reader figure it out? Each twist only thickens the suspense. I have missed a few books in this series, but picking up here I did not feel lost. Coulter’s character development all along was so well done that even missing a few books I felt right back at home. Although now I must pick up those few I missed because I forgot how much I love the characters and their lives. Paradox is one of those books you just don't want to put it down. The characters of Sherlock and Savage, of course, are always amazing, but the added characters also draw you in. The female police chief, an agent who survived the killer, a girl believed to be simple but turns out to be a very important cog in this mysterious wheel, as well as a host of people who live and work in this small town. There is a depth to this book that will hold you.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Paradox by Catherine Coulter Book 22. This FBI series has gone to the paranormal a bit. Two tiered story. The first is close to the family: someone tried to kidnap their child. The second story: skull and bones found in the lake. Dredging uncovers enough bones for dozens of people. The stories proceed following these two events twining together and merging at the end. After 22 books it’s become a bit of a standard formula. This one was better than the prior, but I’m not sure how much longer I’ll s Paradox by Catherine Coulter Book 22. This FBI series has gone to the paranormal a bit. Two tiered story. The first is close to the family: someone tried to kidnap their child. The second story: skull and bones found in the lake. Dredging uncovers enough bones for dozens of people. The stories proceed following these two events twining together and merging at the end. After 22 books it’s become a bit of a standard formula. This one was better than the prior, but I’m not sure how much longer I’ll stick. It’s endearing watching Sean grow up and cute with his future wives. The mystery solving is good but becomes predictable now that Savich can see things beyond the norm. And the author still switches from last name to first and back that sometimes causes a pause. An enjoyable read. The story weaving together is done well. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. I also purchased a copy to share.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This novel is classic Catherine Coulter and one my favorites of her books that I have read in a while. I loved the way it started and the story line kept moving forward at an excellent pace. Savich and Sherlock are being haunted by someone from their past who is trying to destroy their family. While this is going on, Chief Ty Christie is witness to a murder across the lake from her home. Through twists and turns in true Coulter style, their worlds intersect and so do their mysteries. I loved the This novel is classic Catherine Coulter and one my favorites of her books that I have read in a while. I loved the way it started and the story line kept moving forward at an excellent pace. Savich and Sherlock are being haunted by someone from their past who is trying to destroy their family. While this is going on, Chief Ty Christie is witness to a murder across the lake from her home. Through twists and turns in true Coulter style, their worlds intersect and so do their mysteries. I loved the characters and the writing of this story and it was fast paced and difficult to put this one down! Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Another interesting, complicated book in the FBI Thriller series. One of the great things about this series is that there are two story lines going on that usually intertwine in some way. This story begins with someone trying to kill and/or kidnap Sean, Sherlock's and Savich's five year old son. As they figure out who it is from a previous case they were involved in, they become embroiled in the chase for this mentally ill suspect. The second story involves FBI agent Sala Porto, who is missing. Another interesting, complicated book in the FBI Thriller series. One of the great things about this series is that there are two story lines going on that usually intertwine in some way. This story begins with someone trying to kill and/or kidnap Sean, Sherlock's and Savich's five year old son. As they figure out who it is from a previous case they were involved in, they become embroiled in the chase for this mentally ill suspect. The second story involves FBI agent Sala Porto, who is missing. His girlfriend has been murdered, witnessed by Police Chief Ty Christie while drinking coffee on her lakeside dock. While dredging for the body, the nets bring up bones, many bones, from the bottom of the lake. The assumption is that a serial killer has been using the lake as a personal dumping ground. Once again, there is a lot of action with some twists. It is fun trying to figure out how the characters and events will eventually fit together. There were new characters who I hope will appear in future books. This story did not end with anyone falling in love, but there was relationship building involved. There is a bit of psychic activity involved (i.e. visions, dreams and gut feelings) but it does not overwhelm the police work. The things that irked me just a bit is that the FBI agents and police are all good looking, extremely fit and well dressed; that is not what most people relate too. The other thing, as mentioned by another reviewer, is the use of the word "bespoke". By the time I read it for about the third or fourth time, I was cringing. Of course I had to look it up to see where it came from and what it meant. Overall I enjoyed this book. I always watch for this series by Catherine Coulter as I know it will be a quick, enjoyable story. I recommend this book to those who enjoy a quick crime/mystery thriller that is sure to entertain. The publisher, Simon & Schuster Canada - Gallery Books, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions stated are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    My thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of Paradox. I have enjoyed this series over the years. Sherlock and Savitch are a dynamic duo: married, FBI partners. It is these endearing characters that have successfully propelled this series to 22 installments! PARADOX starts off with a bang and the enthralling action continues to rise as more (albeit outlandish) events occur. The author seemlessly and thrillingly weaves two unrelated crimes of passion together. The reader is hooked on who did wha My thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of Paradox. I have enjoyed this series over the years. Sherlock and Savitch are a dynamic duo: married, FBI partners. It is these endearing characters that have successfully propelled this series to 22 installments! PARADOX starts off with a bang and the enthralling action continues to rise as more (albeit outlandish) events occur. The author seemlessly and thrillingly weaves two unrelated crimes of passion together. The reader is hooked on who did what when and where to whom...perfect mystery! There are a number of involved players and red herrings and the mysteries are very intriguing and created a compelling curiosity in this reader! The big delta is its length and pace. An easy crime mystery should cap out in the high 300’s. Paradox labored on close to 450 pages, and it would have been more captivating if it had been slimmed and trimmed. Way too many unnecessarily trivial details and descriptions did not enrich the story, but only bogged it down. The earlier books in this series were more concise and tight....and much more compelling as a result! Word choice is another issue: “dark eyebrow raised” and “bespoke” used multiple times as to become annoying. Another unusual- and distracting- addition in Coulter’s writing is to dabble in the paranormal: visions and otherworldly connections. However, if one can skip the “visions” entirely and skim over the obvious “fluff and fillers” and get back to the meat of the plot line, then one will find Paradox an interesting and suspenseful crime caper! Ideal summer travel book!

  17. 3 out of 5

    Donna

    Multiple story lines going on that eventually converge. The story starts out with the attempted kidnapping of Savich and Sherlock's young son Sean. Meanwhile the police chief of Willicott, Maryland, Ty Christie, was standing out on her back deck drinking coffee and she witnessed a murder on the lake. She quickly gets her boat and calls in reinforcements but the killer gets away in the fog. After dredging the lake, the body of a federal prosecutor is found but many other bones are also located. T Multiple story lines going on that eventually converge. The story starts out with the attempted kidnapping of Savich and Sherlock's young son Sean. Meanwhile the police chief of Willicott, Maryland, Ty Christie, was standing out on her back deck drinking coffee and she witnessed a murder on the lake. She quickly gets her boat and calls in reinforcements but the killer gets away in the fog. After dredging the lake, the body of a federal prosecutor is found but many other bones are also located. Ty calls in the FBI and Savich and Sherlock are on the case. All the extra bones turn out to be at least 16 other people. Is the lake a dumping ground for a killer? I like this Savich and Sherlock series. In this book, I particularly liked Ty and hope to see more of her in future books. I figured out what was going on with Victor and Lissy pretty early on, although witness descriptions of some of the sightings threw me off a little bit. I didn't know until the end who put the bones in the lake. I received a hardback copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I'm happy to add it to my bookshelves.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    This story begins with someone trying to kidnap five-year-old Sean Savich. Savich and Sherlock need to figure out who he is and track him down before he tries again. They soon learn that their would-be kidnapper is a criminal with a grudge who has had encounters with both of them. Meanwhile, Chief Ty Christie is having her morning coffee on her deck at Lake Massey near Willicott, Maryland when she looks across the lake and sees one boater hit another over the head and dump the body into the lake. This story begins with someone trying to kidnap five-year-old Sean Savich. Savich and Sherlock need to figure out who he is and track him down before he tries again. They soon learn that their would-be kidnapper is a criminal with a grudge who has had encounters with both of them. Meanwhile, Chief Ty Christie is having her morning coffee on her deck at Lake Massey near Willicott, Maryland when she looks across the lake and sees one boater hit another over the head and dump the body into the lake. When dredging the lake for the body, they discover a cache of bones leading them to think that they have discovered the dump site for some unknown serial killer. These bones were found near an abandoned mansion that is the local haunted house since it was the site of a couple gruesome murders. These two stories meet when Savich is called in to identify the body since an FBI agent known to him is missing. He discovers the agent's friend Federal Prosecutor Octavia Ryan is the victim and finds the agent - Sala Porto - bound and locked in a closet in the haunted house. The would-be kidnapper and murderer is Victor Nesser whom Ryan managed to keep off death row by arguing that he wasn't competent to stand trial and got him committed to a secure mental health facility. Sections from Nesser's viewpoint definitely prove that point since he seems to be sharing his body with his deceased psychopath girlfriend Lissy. I liked the complexity of the plot and how the viewpoint kept shifting. Ty and Sala are busy working on trying to identify the bones and track down their serial killer while Sherlock and Savich are looking for Victor. The characters were interesting and quirky. I liked the way the investigators followed their leads which expanded the story in interesting ways. I think the book could have used some editing since some of the characters were described each time they appeared in the story and I didn't need to know that Savich wore a Micky Mouse watch each time he checked the time. Also, some of the dialog was quirky. So many characters seemed to want to tell their whole life story when they were introduced. All in all, this was an entertaining thriller and a nice addition to a long-running series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Bartles

    I really enjoyed this book and had trouble putting it down. I like that the author has two cases running at the same time as it gives me time with Savich and Sherlock, who worked the case of an old adversary, plus time with with a new FBI agent and police chief, who worked the serial killer case. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    Paradox by Catherine Coulter is a thrilling race to catch a murderer before it's too late. Two agents wake up to find their son being threatened by an unknown man in a mask. The man escapes from them. But his threat leaves behind a mass of fear and a start for a new investigation.  Little do they know his tie to a bigger and former case will be connected. Until then, they have to be faster and outsmart their enemy.  Catherine Coulter creates a suspenseful new tale in Paradox. Immediately, I conne Paradox by Catherine Coulter is a thrilling race to catch a murderer before it's too late. Two agents wake up to find their son being threatened by an unknown man in a mask. The man escapes from them. But his threat leaves behind a mass of fear and a start for a new investigation.  Little do they know his tie to a bigger and former case will be connected. Until then, they have to be faster and outsmart their enemy.  Catherine Coulter creates a suspenseful new tale in Paradox. Immediately, I connected with the agents. Their level of protection for their son was amazing. Being in their field of work, it is understandable to have such security and plans made. It worked. Their plans gave them the alert and saved their son's life. Their young son is clever for his age. There was a hint of Winnie the Pooh bear somewhere in the boy's room, which suggested he was still pretty young. But like his parents, he came to the conclusion of what really happened. His parents couldn't lie to him. I liked that. It made the situation realistic. Then, there was the chase after the criminal and the procedures of starting an investigation. I felt like I was there watching and participating with the agents. The pacing of the plot was quick. I just kept on reading chapter after chapter. My attention was fully caught with this novel. A thriller with enough action and intrigue to keep me reading. Overall, I would recommend it to all fans of Laura Griffin, Heather Graham, and Criminal Minds.  I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Bea Charmed

    I figured out parts of it but I enjoyed the story. It kept me engaged and I cared about the characters.

  22. 3 out of 5

    Marj Ward

    It was my privilege to read another fabulous book by Catherine Coulter. I love the characters and there are some new ones in this instalment. Sean is almost kidnapped sending Sherlock and Savich into a frenzy. An FBI agent is almost murdered. The hunt is on for the killer of a man 5 years before, and a serial killer has been dumping bodies in a local lake. Many twists and turns but it all comes together in the end. Thank you NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and the Author for allowing me t It was my privilege to read another fabulous book by Catherine Coulter. I love the characters and there are some new ones in this instalment. Sean is almost kidnapped sending Sherlock and Savich into a frenzy. An FBI agent is almost murdered. The hunt is on for the killer of a man 5 years before, and a serial killer has been dumping bodies in a local lake. Many twists and turns but it all comes together in the end. Thank you NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and the Author for allowing me to read and review this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This book touched on the paranormal, which is something new for this author in this series. The book opened with a foiled, attempted kidnap of Sean, the young son of FBI Agents Dillon and Sherlock Savich. Both Sherlock and Dillon, awakened when their house alarm turned off, rushed to prevent the kidnapping from happening. However, the would-be kidnapper escaped. Meanwhile, at a secluded lake in Maryland, Chief Ty Christie of Willicott, Maryland, witnessed a would-be murder from her cottage deck This book touched on the paranormal, which is something new for this author in this series. The book opened with a foiled, attempted kidnap of Sean, the young son of FBI Agents Dillon and Sherlock Savich. Both Sherlock and Dillon, awakened when their house alarm turned off, rushed to prevent the kidnapping from happening. However, the would-be kidnapper escaped. Meanwhile, at a secluded lake in Maryland, Chief Ty Christie of Willicott, Maryland, witnessed a would-be murder from her cottage deck on Lake Massey in the early morning fog. The search for the body revealed, along with the body of a prominent attorney, what everyone believed were the bones of many victims and a unique silver belt buckle. How does this all come together? Following the clues, they had at hand and uncovered quickly, Dillon and Sherlock Identified the suspected murderer as a mental hospital escapee, who had an earlier run-in with Sherlock and Dillon, and who was now out to get revenge. In addition, the dead body in Lake Massey turned out to be a respected, well-known attorney, who had persuaded the judge to find the murderer in question mentally ill and had him committed to the mental hospital, from which he now escaped. What troubled to everyone involved was that this attorney saved the young man’s life by keeping him out of prison and a death sentence. Why murder her then? Assisted by Chief Christie, another FBI agent who was with the now-deceased attorney until just before her death, and local law enforcement, Sherlock and Dillon rushed back and forth across the larger Washington, DC area, searching for and uncovering clues about what exactly happened and who was responsible for the attorney’s death as well as those of the other dead bodies found in Lake Massey. This book read well, as do just about all the author’s books. Some might complain that there was a lot of Chief Christie, the FBI agent who was with the now dead attorney and other law enforcement and not enough of Dillon, Sherlock, Dillon’s trusted computer Max and the other usual agents with whom they work regularly and who figure in all their books. However, I think there was just enough of the FBI duo and their familiar counterparts to keep the story theirs, and the story needed the other characters to make it all happen. It was interesting to see how the two cases intertwined, and, in the end to see how it all really happened and how everyone mentioned or included was brought into the tale. There was also a bit of a surprise at the end, though not too big. In addition, I enjoyed watching the interplay between Chief Christie and the other FBI agent, and figured there would be more about their relationship in future books. The story is set in the Maryland/DC area, with which I am very familiar. Thus, I found this an added benefit to the book. One thing that threw me was the continued “discussions”/” talk” between Victor and Lissy. At times, I felt it was a bit overdone, though it usually seemed about right. I am not sure yet, but I am pretty sure this will not be one of my favorites in the series, though it was well done and kept my interest. With the touch of paranormal, it was different—as well as with all the time spent on others than the two main FBI agents, Dillon and Sherlock. If you enjoyed the rest of the series, you will enjoy this. If you have not read any of the other books, I think this can be read as a stand-alone, though there are a few things that my confuse you--most of which are not essential to the story plot. I received this from NetGalley to read and review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: FBI Thriller #22 Publication Date: 7/31/18 ** 4.5 of 5 suspenseful stars ** Another pulse-pounding, non-stop action addition to the FBI Thriller series. This time it is very, very personal to Savich and Sherlock. In the early hours of the morning, Sherlock is awakened when she hears a series of almost inaudible chirps coming from their home alarm. That means that their home alarm isn’t active and being smart, savvy FBI agents, they have a plan for that. Savich heads downstairs to investigat Series: FBI Thriller #22 Publication Date: 7/31/18 ** 4.5 of 5 suspenseful stars ** Another pulse-pounding, non-stop action addition to the FBI Thriller series. This time it is very, very personal to Savich and Sherlock. In the early hours of the morning, Sherlock is awakened when she hears a series of almost inaudible chirps coming from their home alarm. That means that their home alarm isn’t active and being smart, savvy FBI agents, they have a plan for that. Savich heads downstairs to investigate and Sherlock heads to the nursery. The sight Sherlock sees knocks the breath from her. Someone is standing over her sleeping son and he has a knife in one hand and a gun in the other. After a bit of verbal and physical altercation, the culprit escapes through the cut screen in the window. Were they going to kidnap Sean for a ransom or was it even more sinister because someone wanted revenge against Savich or Sherlock? Thus begins the first of the four mysteries that will be solved. I love that there isn’t just one case per book – just as in real life, the agents have more than one case to solve at a time. I also love the characters. They are all well-written and relatable. In addition to the continuing characters of Savich and Sherlock, we meet FBI agent Sala Porto who is both a victim and an investigator and Willicott, Maryland’s Police Chief Ty Christie. Ty gets up very early each morning to have a cup of the sludge-thick Turkish coffee she loves. As she walks onto her back deck she sees a small rowboat out on foggy Lake Massey. There are two figures in the boat, but she can’t determine if they are male or female or even make out anything recognizable about them. Then, to her astonishment, one swings the boat oar at the other and then pushes the body off the boat and into the lake. Ty immediately calls in her deputies and then gets into her own boat and heads out to see if she can rescue the victim. There isn’t a body there! Was the body already weighted before they were struck and dumped into the water? Ty then calls in the local who drags the lake to search for the body. They are all shocked when they not only find the body but bones from a number of other skeletons. Somebody has been using the lake as a body dumping ground for a very long time. Does Willicott have a serial killer in its midst? Are all of the cases interrelated? The investigations intertwine and separate and intertwine and separate. That is just to say that there are many, many unexpected twists and turns. I do have to say that I miss seeing Savich’s ‘visions’ playing a part in the case and I also missed MAX even though he was featured just a bit. It was a great read and I hope you’ll love it as much as I did. Please check out my reviews at: Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages... Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRev Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarbBookReview

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Fast-paced and action -packed “Paradox” opens with the failed kidnapping of five-year-old Sean Savich, the son of agents Sherlock and Dillon Savich, and the murder of federal prosecutor Octavia Ryan on holiday in Willicott, Maryland. Working with Police Chief Ty Christie to uncover her murderer after discovering her lover Agent Sala Porto tied up in a closet in the Gatewood Mansion at Point Gulliver the evidence links the kidnapping and murder to an escaped mental patient. But as Sherlock and Dil Fast-paced and action -packed “Paradox” opens with the failed kidnapping of five-year-old Sean Savich, the son of agents Sherlock and Dillon Savich, and the murder of federal prosecutor Octavia Ryan on holiday in Willicott, Maryland. Working with Police Chief Ty Christie to uncover her murderer after discovering her lover Agent Sala Porto tied up in a closet in the Gatewood Mansion at Point Gulliver the evidence links the kidnapping and murder to an escaped mental patient. But as Sherlock and Dillon search for a psychopath on his vengeful quest and keep their son safe Catherine Coulter heats up the plot with the mystery of dozens of old bones and a gold belt buckle found by divers on the lake bottom off the Gatewood dock. Struggling with the loss of his lover, Agent Sala Porto joins forces with Chief Ty Christie and the Savichs not only to find Octavia Ryan’s murderer but to uncover the truth behind the bones. Intensity and suspense heighten with the darkness that infuses the exchanges between Victor Nesser and his young lover Lissy Smiley who wants revenge for the death of her mother, the Gang of Four and for pain suffered from the staples in her stomach, as a guileless girl is attacked in an alley while shedding light on the ownership of the unique belt buckle. Well-written with twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat as events unfold, the story progresses to a shocking surprise at the end. Although the twenty-second book in her FBI series Catherine Coulter continually provides compelling and realistic characters like twenty-eight year -old Ty Christie a stubborn, focused, energetic and level-headed police chief whose kindness and gusty spirit help restore the shattered emotions of tough and determined agent Sala Porto. And there is precocious and eagle-eyed five-year-old Sean Savich son of the attractive, intelligent and quick-witted agents Sherlock and Dillon Savich who makes you chuckle with his perceptive questions. Yet it’s the dark, haunted mind of twenty-three-year-old Victor Nesser, and the cleverness and popularity of a serial killer that grips you and holds you hostage until the climax. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed “Paradox” another thrilling murder mystery by Catherine Coulter.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda Zagon

    Catherine Coulter, Author of “Paradox” has written an intriguing, intense, captivating and suspenseful novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense. This is the 22nd in a series by Catherine Coulter, and can be read as a stand-alone. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated and motivated. The author has written about several storylines that merge into one. Chief Ty Christie, of Maryland witnesses a murder from the deck of her cottage on Lake Mass Catherine Coulter, Author of “Paradox” has written an intriguing, intense, captivating and suspenseful novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense. This is the 22nd in a series by Catherine Coulter, and can be read as a stand-alone. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated and motivated. The author has written about several storylines that merge into one. Chief Ty Christie, of Maryland witnesses a murder from the deck of her cottage on Lake Massey. Law enforcement looking for the body, finds a tremendous number of bones, and a star shaped gold medal. The FBI has been called in. Agents Sherlock and Savitz have just stopped someone attempting to kidnap their son in their alarmed home. Someone seems to be intent on revenge on the married agents and son. After another attempt in a public place, they realize this is a deadly and dangerous problem. Sherlock and Savitz join forces with Chief Ty Christie. Chief Christie tries to identify the killer. The suspect seems to be a dangerous escaped mental patient. The murder victim is identified as the mental patient’s attorney. The suspect has two different personalities, like a “Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. There are edgy twists and turns, very deep dark secrets, that make this a page turning riveting novel. There are dead bodies, more attempted murders. There seems to be at least one psychotic killer who wants revenge. In this suspenseful novel, there are some red herrings, and some unexpected turn of events. I recommend this novel for those readers that appreciate a chilling thriller. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    GNAB As always, Catherine Coulter brings us an intensely paced and peopled mystery that keeps you turning pages till the very end. #22 in the FBI Thrillers is as captivating as is every other one, and if you aren't reading that series, this is as good a place as any to start. Coulter series book are all stand alone pieces of an overall big picture. That said, Savich and Sherlock are three dimensional characters with lots of common sense and the odd special gift or two that keep them exciting. Sa GNAB As always, Catherine Coulter brings us an intensely paced and peopled mystery that keeps you turning pages till the very end. #22 in the FBI Thrillers is as captivating as is every other one, and if you aren't reading that series, this is as good a place as any to start. Coulter series book are all stand alone pieces of an overall big picture. That said, Savich and Sherlock are three dimensional characters with lots of common sense and the odd special gift or two that keep them exciting. Sala is a wounded soul, but beginning to see the light. And Ty is a very interesting lady, one I am glad to 'know'. This was a mystery fully hidden until mid-book and complex enough to keep you reading until the very end. This is a modern novel, author and series I am happy to recommend to friends and family. I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Catherine Coulter, and Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. pub date July 31, 2018 Gallery Books

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Fabulous! I love Savich and Sherlock! Damn. Now I have to wait another year for the next one. Oh, but they are so worth it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Terence M

    Audiobook - 11:36 hours Narrators: MacLeod Andrews, Renee Raudman 2.0 stars out of 5.0 I really thought I was likely to enjoy this novel after the high action opening, and the next two hours seemed full of excitement and activity with the involvement of Captains of several police forces, members of the FBI and various other law-enforcement officials. After listening for about three hours or so, the tension dropped considerably and I began detect quite a lot of repetition of details, particularly Audiobook - 11:36 hours Narrators: MacLeod Andrews, Renee Raudman 2.0 stars out of 5.0 I really thought I was likely to enjoy this novel after the high action opening, and the next two hours seemed full of excitement and activity with the involvement of Captains of several police forces, members of the FBI and various other law-enforcement officials. After listening for about three hours or so, the tension dropped considerably and I began detect quite a lot of repetition of details, particularly when one LEO was explaining something to another LEO, with the author using almost exactly the same dialogue she used earlier in the book. This happened regularly during the 75% of the book that I read. Also, as my GR friend Pamela pointed out in her review: "Word choice is another issue: “dark eyebrow raised” and “bespoke” used multiple times so as to become annoying." And on the issue of length, may I quote Pamela again: "The big delta is its length and pace. An easy crime mystery should cap out in the high 300’s. Paradox laboured on close to 450 pages, and it would have been more captivating if it had been slimmed and trimmed. Way too many unnecessarily trivial details and descriptions that did not enrich the story, but only bogged it down." Finally, after listening to close to nine hours, I had little choice but to give "Paradox" the flick. 2.o stars out of 5.0, even though it was a dnf.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Paradox By Catherine Coulter What it's all about... An escaped prisoner...totally insane...is on a killing spree. Anyone who wronged him is on his list of people who are going to die. Unfortunately he lands in a small resort town with nothing but vengeance on his mind. When Police Chief Ty sees what she believes is a murder happening there is quick action to dredge the lake to find the body. This leads to a discovery of bones! Lots of bones and one mysterious belt buckle. Why I wanted to read it... T Paradox By Catherine Coulter What it's all about... An escaped prisoner...totally insane...is on a killing spree. Anyone who wronged him is on his list of people who are going to die. Unfortunately he lands in a small resort town with nothing but vengeance on his mind. When Police Chief Ty sees what she believes is a murder happening there is quick action to dredge the lake to find the body. This leads to a discovery of bones! Lots of bones and one mysterious belt buckle. Why I wanted to read it... This book has maintained an incredibly fast pace throughout. No one is safe from Victor. He manages to escape almost every effort to retain him. What made me truly enjoy this book... The pace, the characters, the plot...all of these kept my interest in this book high. There are memorable characters in this book...Agents Savich and Sherlock...Police Chief Ty...Gunny/Leigh...everyone is united in their quest to find out more about the bones in the lake and the capture of Victor! Why you should read it, too... Readers who love a fast paced chilling mystery with a villain that needs to be despised and eradicated ...should love this book. I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss and Amazon. It was my choice to read it and review it.

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