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Blind Side (FBI Thriller #8)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,324 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
Son of an ex-FBI agent, Miles Kettering, six-year-old Sam Kettering is kidnapped and taken to eastern Tennessee. The boy manages to escape. But the kidnappers do not give up. Miles Kettering joins Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich to investigate why the kidnappers want this little boy so badly - and they also soon find themselves ineluctably drawn into the investigation of ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 339 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Jove (first published July 28th 2003)
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May 14, 2011 Dyana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought I would try another Catherine Coulter book as I did not like the 1st one I read (The Cove) and gave her another chance. Alas, I did not like this one either. There were too many plot inconsistencies; and I did not like the writer's style, especially the corny dialogue - people do not realistically talk to each other the way she portrays them, especially small children. The plot twists were unbelievable. There was also a series of endings and not one big one which tied everything togeth ...more
I used to read Coulter waaay long ago when she wrote historical romances, but I stopped reading her because I had pretty much grow out of that style of book and her writing was very much "old school" romance novel. But after she went into writing contemporary thrillers like this I picked her up again. I liked generally but for some reason my overall interest in her petered out.

So I saw this one as an audiobook and decided, what the heck. I needed something to listen to on a long commute and got
Jun 09, 2011 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think Catherine Coulter is just not my style. The story is good enough, but she adds in other stuff I'm not interested in - like a weird sex room. Somehow this was a NYT Bestseller, so I guess other people like reading about it?

Plus, it's the same old mystery-writer's formula: obscure the real reason for the murder, add in a side story, a romance, an odd background story, a suspenseful reveal, and done. How can enough people read these mysteries again and again and not realize they're enjoyin
Aug 27, 2011 Merredith rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people reading the fbi series
Shelves: crime-mysteries
This is the 8th book in the FBI series. It wasn't a bad book, but wasn't my favorite either. Just kind of a book that's there, in the series. I was a bit incredulous about the ending, not the ending of the mystery, but the ending in the characters personal lives. it was way too unrealistic. If you're gonna read this as a stand-alone book, i'm not sure if you'd want to, but if you're reading the whole series, then it's a pleasant enough read.
Sam Kettering is a six-year-old kidnapping victim - and his kidnappers just won't give up. After being picked up by Sheriff Katie Benedict, Sam's father Miles comes out to Tennessee to help solve the mystery of why these people want Sam so badly. The story is interesting and compelling.

The characters, however, have the same major fault as the ones in Coulter's Riptide: they lack emotional depth. Miles is the protective male lead, and Katie is the strong female. They read much like cookie-cutter
Ann F.
Jul 14, 2014 Ann F. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bet if I looked hard enough.....

I would find this novel in paperback, somewhere in the house. Doesn't matter, I bought it for my Kindle Fire anyway.

I remembered the plot once I got through the first few pages, but forgot enough of it to still enjoy reading it again.

I like that all the FBI series books seem to have two problems going on at the same time. I am very good at following the plot, so this just adds to the enjoyment for me.

In "Blindside", Miles has lost his son to kidnappers, but the
Sep 18, 2011 Shana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had too many things going on! Kidnapping, serial killer, love story, revenge. Author could have written 3 seperate books.
Jennifer Ware
The plot had some good twists, but her writing of the interactions between characters comes off as really forced.
Nov 06, 2012 Vicky rated it really liked it
Not one of her better efforts, good but she is usually excellent.
Jan 24, 2015 Mimi rated it really liked it
I like Catherine Coulter's writing style and have been reading her FBI thrillers in the order in which they were written. Her story line often has at least two different "mysteries" going on at the same time and this book was no different with a kidnapping and a possible serial killer (of math teachers). The relationship between Katie and Miles was quick to build and reached a predictable, if not completely realistic, conclusion. The solving of the serial killer was somewhat abrupt; there were t ...more
Frank Dodds
Aug 26, 2014 Frank Dodds rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so bad I may never read her again.
It's good.
Jun 29, 2014 Marcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was all over the place. It seemed like the author was throwing out so many situations that just didnt make sense. Lets begin with the gym stalker for Dillon Savich. Why was that EVEN IN the book? Next with the kidnapping of his friend's son. The book mostly deals with that but there is so much wrong with THAT, I just shake my head at. When Agent Sherlock tells Sherrif Benedict her husbands fetish with the hair rollers? Well, THAT came out of the blue and why on EARTH would you say that ...more
Sep 19, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Six year old Sam ran out of the forest in the pouring rain and changed Sheriff Katie Benedicts life forever. Getting him dried off and his father, Miles Kettering, called, the Sheriff found out that he had been kidnapped. Brave Sam had saved himself and with the help of Sheriff Benedict and her daughter, he got warm and they settled to wait for his dad. Miles was flying out to get his son with long time friend Dillon Savich and got to the sheriffs house in time to see that it was not over yet.

Dotti Elrick
Jan 18, 2012 Dotti Elrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Kettering is six years old, and hes been kidnapped. He escapes through a bedroom window when his kidnappers are arguing. He runs as fast as his little legs will carry him. He emerges from a wooded area right into the arms of sheriff Katie Benedict and her five year year old daughter Keely.
Katie contacts Sam's dad, Miles Kettering, who immediately flies to Tennessee to retrieve his son.
But the kidnappers are not giving up. They try several more times to take Sam. Even when the initial two k
Jul 24, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With two cases to solve Catherine Coulter couldn't have made the novel more thrilling. Savich and Sherlock, an FBI couple known for their crime fighting skills, are called in to assist on the investigation of the deaths of 5 teachers in Washington. If a serial killer wasn't enough, Savich's best friend and former FBI agent, Miles Kettering, discovered that his son Sam was kidnapped and must race against time to save him before any harm can come to him. Katie Benedict, the local Sheriff in a smal ...more
Jan 17, 2014 Pattianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blindside - FBI Triller #8 - Savich and Sherlock - (Katie Benedict and Miles Ketterling, plus Ben Raven) - Miles son is kidnapped and the brings in Savich and Sherlock. There is a Tennessee church involved with the death of math teachers.

When six-year-old Sam Kettering is kidnapped and manages to save himself, everything's over, right? Not by a long shot.

Sheriff Katie Benedict contacts Sam's father, Miles Kettering, ex-FBI agent, and he and Savich fly to eastern Tennessee to determine why Sam wa
Dec 12, 2007 Puyol rated it really liked it
Blind Side was my first thriller book that I have read. Just like the other thriller stories, the beginning of the story was quite puzzling and confusing, and as the story went everything started to be in an order and at the end uncertainty and strangeness were solved. Of course, Blind Side also had quantities of difficult words or words that might not be able to understand by 9th graders and the beginning of the book was somewhat boring, which might make some people, just like me to lose the in ...more
Ginger Weirich
Feb 10, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A serial killer who hates math teachers, an insane preacher and a kidnapping that just doesn’t seem to end keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what comes next. Savich and Sherlock wind up with a real mess on their hands thanks to all of this, and a close friend, whose son is the kidnapping victim, mix together with a Tennessee hick-town sheriff of the female variety, just to keep things interesting. Excellent read.
C.J. Shane
Our Friends of Library organization has regular book sales - really great books sales. I picked up _Blind Side_ at one of those sales. I found this to be an easy read. It's the sort of book you might read in the airport while waiting for a plane because it requires minimal attention and effort to read. For a suspense novel, it moved too slowly. There were too many long, not especially interesting asides that took readers away from the plot. It was so easy to predict who the bad guys were that I ...more
Mar 15, 2008 Gina rated it liked it
Ninth book in the series, and it was no way as good as the first four.

Truly, I was not impressed. The characters, except for Sam, were really unoriginal. I didn't like the plot at all - it still made no sense. The only thing I liked was the setting. Seems it's a really beautiful spot to see.

I felt absolutely nothing between Katie and Miles except comfortability. Sure, they were attracted to each other, but I felt no sparks whatsoever. Like ending up together was inevitable.

Not impressed. Back in
Anna Mcfadden
Jan 03, 2016 Anna Mcfadden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While FBI agents Savich and Sherlock are on the case of murder of the math teachers their good friend and ex agent Miles Kettering's 6 year old son Sam kidnapped. even though he managed to free himself but a eastern sheriff officer Katie Benedict catches up with Sam before the kidnappers do. The all must work together to figure out the reason why this person keeps trying to get their hands on Sam.
Bldavis710 Davis
Sep 11, 2014 Bldavis710 Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this book right at 4 stars. It was a good story & easy to read when reading it as a stand alone story vs follwing along in order with the series, I'll admit this wasn't my most favorite out of Coulter's other books I've read & the story line was sometimes a tad far-fetched but overall it was still an entertaining read & decent story that was easily readable within a few days.
Bev Walkling
Oct 16, 2015 Bev Walkling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, crime, mystery
This is the second book I've read in this series in the past few weeks and was equally enjoyable to the first one which though I read it first, was actually written later. Although the FBI series has two main characters, married FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock, I discovered that as in the previous book I'd read (Knockout) they don't really seem to be the main characters in the book. There seems to be a pattern (based on these two books) where there are two different mysteries happeni ...more
Apr 25, 2011 Kaylah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blind Side is one of my favorite books. When it comes to books I am very picky with what I read but this book definitely caught my attention. It started out really fast. Within the first twenty pages it was already off into an intense start. Just when you think the book is going to get boring, something big happens. The book is approximately three hundred and seventy pages long, and half way through the book so many big things happened. Once I was half way done I thought it was just going to be ...more
Judy Goodnight
3.5 actually but I enjoy this FBI thriller series overall so I'll bump it up to a 4.

This can be a stand-alone read but characters & events from prior books in the series are referenced.

What I liked:
Sheriff Katie - strong female character, does her job well, knows how to manage people but not a b@ll-buster.
Sam & Keely - the cute kids
Miles, Sam's dad - ex-FBI agent, now runs the family helicopter business, strong & loving dad
The East Tennessee setting - made me want to spend an autumn
Beth Lechman
Fast paced and full of twists. Miles Kettingers son Sam has been kidnapped from his bed ad no clues left behind. After two days with no leads Miles gets a call from Sheriff Katie Benedict in Tennessee that she has Sam. Miles flies to Tennessee and things just keep getting stranger when they try to kidnap Sam again.
Pr Latta
[audio] Not the strongest entry in the FBI Thriller series, I found this fine for background entertainment to chores. Mom-lit tag for a child-centered / protective dads plot. Series-wise, there are references to the Eleventh Hour and toddler Sean but not many other tie-ins. Coulter makes the mountains of Tennessee sound idyllic and brings in classic local details of the Washington DC metro area. No real zing though Coulter obviously was making sure the reader felt the connection between the vari ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Adele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I used to read her historic romance but this book was ridiculous. Too much going on, the dialog sucks, and the plot inconsistencies are annoying. at one point she even calls her one of villains buy two different names.
Kathleen Peralez
love how this book has me at the edge of my seat, everytime I turn the page I get more and more into the book, I never want to put this book down and if u haven't read this book before I highly recommendation to do so u will be at the edge of your seat like I am !!!!!!!
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FBI Thriller (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • The Cove (FBI Thriller, #1)
  • The Maze (FBI Thriller, #2)
  • The Target (FBI Thriller, #3)
  • The Edge (FBI Thriller, #4)
  • Riptide (FBI Thriller, #5)
  • Hemlock Bay (FBI Thriller, #6)
  • Eleventh Hour (FBI Thriller, #7)
  • Blow Out (FBI Thriller, #9)
  • Point Blank (FBI Thriller, #10)
  • Double Take (FBI Thriller, #11)

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