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Book Title: Blowout|
The author of the book: Catherine Coulter
Date of issue: February 22nd 2005
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Reader ratings: 3.4
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"Blow Out" blows.
That isn't the most clever of wordplay, I know, but it's the truth. Don't be fooled, either: the one star rating I gave this book is actually very generous. I don't typically give books negative reviews. It goes against my grain. I am typically someone who tries to find the best in every book. I am generally a very positive person, but this book was infuriating. It frustrated me to no end because I find that reading a bad book is right at the top of my list of annoying things, and I am unfortunately one of those slightly-OCD readers that has to finish a book once it's started. I may set it aside for months, even years, but it is always lurking somewhere ominously on a bookshelf, the bookmark still in its place, an unfinished project. A failure, of sorts. Mostly on my part---the reader---for not being able to connect at all with what the author is trying to do.
This is the first Catherine Coulter novel I have read. It probably won't be my last. I always give an author several chances because the first time may have been a fluke---I may not have liked it because I was in a pissy mood when I was reading it, or maybe the author was suffering from writer's block at the time he or she wrote it and it clearly wasn't the best of their abilities. In any case, I try to be fair that way. Of course, it may be a long while before I attempt reading another Coulter novel again, as I am still trying to clear the sour taste of this book from my literary palate.
Coulter apparently writes a series of "FBI thrillers" with recurring characters, FBI agents Sherlock and Savitch, who also happen to be married with a young son. Savitch is the tough, strong husband, and Sherlock is the petite wife. Savitch is the braun. Sherlock is the brains. They are very cute together, always flirtatious, even after, I assume, many years of blissful marriage together. Everyone around them loves them because they are so cute. Minor characters joke about how perfect and cute they are together.
I'm sure that somewhere in Coulter's past (and present) is a career as a romance novelist. I have only read two romance novels in my life, and I found both of them laughably ridiculous, but, to be fair, one of them was "written" by Fabio, so there's that. Obviously, I don't know enough about the genre to make an adequate judgment of what makes "good" and "bad" romance.
I do know, however, that when you put the words "thriller" on the cover of your book, it is both expected and required to actually have some thrilling things happen in the book.
Very little excitement happens in this book. There are a few murders sprinkled throughout, but all of them, with the exception of one, happen "off-stage". There is an attempt at police procedural, but it never actually goes anywhere. These are the worst investigators in the world, and if they were actual agents working for the FBI, I would hope that someone higher up would have the sense to fire them. They spend more time flirting and joking around then actually investigating. When the killer is finally "revealed" at the end, there is no suspense whatsoever because the investigators (based on absolutely no credible evidence whatsoever that I could detect) had already determined who the killer was. The motive for the crime is the most ridiculous and antic-climactic motive I have ever heard given in a mystery novel.
There is also, completely inexplicably, another subplot involving a ghost and a 30-year-old unsolved murder thrown in for no apparent reason. It has nothing to do whatsoever to the main story.
I may be unjustifiably harsh in my assessment of Coulter, but I don't think so. This book was absolutely horrible.
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