The highly anticipated twenty-first FBI thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter presents Agents Savich and Sherlock with two baffling mysteries. Working with Agent Cam Wittier (Insidious) and New York-based former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot, they must race against the clock to catch an international criminal and solve the enigma of the man called John Doe.

When Agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a seemingly crazy man, he doesn’t realize he will soon be facing a scientist who wants to live forever and is using “John Doe” to help him. But when the scientist, Lister Maddox, loses him, he ups the stakes and targets another to take his experiments to the next level.

It’s a race against time literally as Savich and Sherlock rush to stop him and save both present and future victims of his experiments. In the meantime, Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot must track a violent criminal through the Daniel Boone National Forest. When he escapes through a daring rescue, the agents have to find out who set his escape in motion and how it all ties into the murder of Mia Prevost, the girlfriend of the president’s Chief of Staff’s only son, Saxton Hainny. It’s international intrigue at the highest levels and they know they have to succeed or national security is compromised.

Featuring Coulter’s signature “breakneck plot and magnetic characters” (Huffington Post), Enigma is a shocking thrill ride that will keep the you turning pages as fast as you can.

Fans of Catherine Coulter will be in for a happy surprise when they jump on this thrilling ride that blends the mystique of science with the adventure of a criminal mystery. If you’re already a fan of Coulter then you’ll be happy with her trademark style returning to thrill her readers with a fast paced, page gripping double plot full of emotion, drive, action, vivid imagery and well developed characters somehow blending together to deliver an entertaining story.

We’re getting two storylines in this book. One examines humanity’s need to hold onto their youth and really provides some great book club type discussion questions. The other is your more basic crime fiction scenario. Both are great plots that work well side by side I just wish, particularly after 20 books, her law enforcement procedures and criminal activities were a little more realistically based. If you miss her hot Romance angles that seemed to steam up the pages here and there, that is still not here as you get just the facts.

The way she sets up her scenes has you there becoming part of the atmosphere as if you could actually feel, see and hear what her characters do; that level of anticipation and tension rising causing the hairs on the back of your neck stand up waiting for the inevitable. There is a tiny bit of predictability but I didn’t feel it took away from still feeling creeped out or loving what she did with the story.

This novel contained a great deal of science, pharmaceuticals, therapeutic techniques, hospital settings, and so forth and it was obvious Coulter put some time and attention into getting the research right to set a realistic tone.

If you’ve never read a Coulter book, this is #21, I wouldn’t say you shouldn’t or couldn’t read this because although you won’t get the subtleties that have built up from the previous 20 not having that prior knowledge won’t take away from you being able to still enjoy this.

Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for allowing me to review this!

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