Reckoning by Catherine Coulter

Reckoning (FBI Thriller, #26)Barbara’s rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Series: FBI Thriller #26
Publication Date: 8/2/22
Period: Contemporary
Number of Pages: 432

As always, Catherine Coulter has delivered a stellar book. One might think that a series with 26 books would become a bit stale and repetitive, but that is NOT the case here. Each book is as fresh, engaging, and inventive as the first. These later books haven’t made use of Dillon’s sixth sense as much as the first ones did, but that isn’t an issue for me – after all, it allows them to solve the crimes by following the evidence. Although – sometimes – a bit of that intuition would be good in the suspenseful parts.

I listened to the audiobook version from my public library and I loved the way they did it. Harper Audio presented the book with narrators Saskia Maarleveld and Pete Simonelli, so we had a female narrator for the female voices and a male narrator for the male. Both narrators did an excellent job with the pacing of the narration and each character had a nicely unique voice.

If you are a fan of the series, you’ll remember Emma’s story – The Target, book #3 in the series. One of the things I love about this series is the continuity of the characters. They don’t all show up in every book, but they recur often enough you can keep up with them. Emma was kidnapped by a heinous pedophile when she was six years old, and now several years later, someone is again trying to kidnap her. Is it a family member of the pedophile who is coming after her as revenge for the death of the pedophile? Is it the man who actually paid the pedophile to kidnap Emma in the first place? Is it someone totally different?

Savich and Sherlock definitely don’t have an easy time solving this one – especially when the victims are very good friends of theirs. They manage to thwart more kidnapping attempts before the kidnappers decide to change targets. Catching the villains and rescuing the abductees becomes a near-death thing for all participants. Can Savich and Ramsey save everyone or will some of them die?

The other featured case features Agent Griffin Hammersmith as he pairs up with Kirra Mandarian, a commonwealth attorney in Porte Franklin, Virginia. When she was just twelve years old, Kirra barely escaped with her life on the night her parents were murdered. Now, after living with her uncle in Australia for years, she is back in Porte Franklin and she is determined to uncover the murderers of her parents.

Little does Kirra know how dangerous those murderers are or how far they can reach until the attempts on her life begin. Lucky for her all of those years in Australia taught her many survival skills – and she’s going to need every one of them to survive. Things are very close even with the ever-so-handsome agent Hammersmith looking out for her. Can Kirra and Hammersmith get the evidence they need to convict the murderers before those murderers get them?

I thoroughly enjoyed this intense, suspenseful read and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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