Book Review: “Second Shot” By Coulter

“Second Shot” by Catherine Coulter was published by Berkley Books in 2014.  The book is actually two previously released books by Coulter.  The first “Eleventh Hour” was first released in 2002 and the second “Blindside” was released in 2003.  This information was in small print on the front and back of the book.  Looking at the cover of the book it can be a bit misleading, and irksome, that it is actually the two previous books being released again in one large book.  Looking at the list of books released by the author this isn’t the first time they have done this with two of her books.

I got the book in a box of books being given away so I did not pay for the book.  I am also not being paid for my review.

Review

Both books have some of the same issues with them.  It seemed that one mystery wasn’t enough; a secondary sub plot was tacked onto the main plot.  In Eleventh Hour not only are the characters trying to solve a serial murder spree; but there is the sub plot murder mystery surrounding one of the lead characters.  The sub plot has nothing to do with the main murder spree mystery.  In Blindside the main characters are trying to solve three murders; only to have the book jump to a mysterious kidnapping of a kid that becomes the main plot.  Each sub plot mystery is then resolved in a short, quick, time frame.

The sub plot mysteries themselves could have been their own stories.  Without them the books would have been a few pages shorter; or the space could have been used for the main plot line.  Leaving them out would have also cut down on confusing for the reader.

Book Synopsis “Eleventh Hour”:

FBI agents twin brother is murdered in San Francisco.  He goes to investigate and finds that it ties into a new hit television show about murder.  Also a homeless woman is fleeing her past which is the second mystery to be solved.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 2.25
  • Heroine Likability: 2
  • Hero likability: 2.25
  • Read more than once: No

In the Eleventh Hour the author jumped around in time without giving any indication of the time jump.  It left the reader to figure out the time jump to the past events and back to the present.

Book Synopsis “Blindside”:

FBI agents are trying to solve the kidnapping of a child.  The kidnappers won’t give up on getting the kid.  At the same time the agents are trying to solve the murders of three high school math teachers.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 2.5
  • Heroine Likability: 2.5
  • Hero likability: 2.5
  • Read more than once: No

In this story there are two heroines and two heroes. There are also three villains running around; two from the main plot line and one from the sub plot line.  The villain from the sub plot line doesn’t have a lot of page time.


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Updated on 4/6/2017 to reflect the rating on a 1-5 Scale.

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