Book Review: “Aftershocks” By Coulter

“Aftershocks” is a contemporary romance written by Catherine Coulter. It was published by Silhouette Books in 1985. This book I picked up at a discount book store. I am not being paid for my book review.

The book that I have is the original one published in 1985; not the re-edited one from 2013. This seems to be a habit with this author; re-releasing older titles either as two books in one or an “author edited re-release”. The covers are different so if a reader missed the little note that it was a “revised new author’s edition” they might be upset if they already had the book.

Book Synopsis:

A model meets a doctor at the picnic. He is 15 years older than she is. She flirts with him and pursues a relationship with him. They eventually get together. He dumps her after she has a minor surgical procedure. She ends up pregnant and they get back together at the end of the book.

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 (on a scale of 1-5):

  • Overall: 1
  • Heroine Likability: 1
  • Hero likability: .05
  • Read more than once: No


This book is a typical contemporary romance from 1985. The heroine and hero pursue each other. They play games. She of course is a virgin or has little to no romantic history to speak of. He is a jerk. She forgives him and they end up together. The author did a good job sticking to the formula.

Where the book falls down is in the rest of the novel.

  • I had some issues with several of the situations in which the characters find themselves.
  • There seemed to be a lack of research done by the author.
  • The author also switches point of view to almost every character in the book. This can be distracting and hard to keep straight.
  • There was an inconsistency in how the characters behaved. At the start of the novel the heroine doesn’t drink or smoke. At the end, while pregnant, she drinks a lot and smokes.

If I had it to do over again; I would have skipped over purchasing this book.

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