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The Cove (FBI Thriller #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,736 Ratings  ·  646 Reviews
From New York Times-bestselling author Catherine Coulter, the hard-charging thriller that launched her bestselling FBI series, now in hardcover for the first time.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Jove (first published April 1st 1996)
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Diamond Cowboy
Feb 17, 2016 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this detective novle very much. There were a lot of twists and turns. I will give you a full review later.
I highly recommend this one.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Dec 09, 2011 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I remembered reading some Catherine Coulter books in my early teens (when finding my grandma's hidden romance novels and reading them under my blankets was still cool), and I think I enjoyed them at the time. So, when I found this in a box of books I thought it might be good at least for a little frivolous reading. Unfortunately, she doesn't hold up well with age. The Cove manages to detail fantastically improbable events while being unbelievably BORING. Sally was insipid, James was cardboard, a ...more
Sep 10, 2012 Luisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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Mar 08, 2011 Dyana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Catherine Coulter book and very disappointing. I found the story line ridiculous and the writing was amateurish with horrible dialogue. It was a convoluted story or, I should say, stories, as there were many subplots. Sally Brainerd escapes from a mental institution where she was put after finding her father (a wife beater and arms dealer) murdered, and James Quinlan is the FBI agent hot on her trail. She ends up in the Cove, a quaint little picture postcard town that sells the ...more
Mar 15, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UNPUTDOWNABLE! You know, I try not to use that word very often, cause I'm a sucker for a really good book. This one... was totally awesome! The way the characters play with the mind of the main character, Sally, in turn, Coulter's playing with the reader's as well, and I love how she twisted that in the story. Coulter worded her story so precisely that I could actually see this happening in real life, and that's the way a good book should be written. I love how Sally and James come together in t ...more
Oct 02, 2009 Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I got this book a long time ago from PaperBackSwap and having no recollection what it was about, I put it in my bag as an option to read while I was in Texas. As it turned out, I read frequently when I was in Texas. I really miss reading a couple books a week and hope this will kick-start me on reading again.

The Cove is a small town Sally escapes to after the murder of her father. She doesn’t remember what happened that night, but she very well may have killed him. Or perhaps her mother killed h
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 03, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Ultimate Reading List
Coulter is a romance writer that has broken out into the mainstream; this book was found in the mystery section. Blessedly, the book lacked the romance genre's purple prose descriptions of the protagonists, but it did have a bad habit of head-hopping that by Chapter Four was seriously getting on my nerves. However, the book also had an intriguing mystery that was pulling me in and had me firmly hooked by Chapter Ten. Unfortunately, the plot holes kept growing until they became a yawing plot gorg ...more
The Cove by Catherine Coulter
Book #1 on FBI Thriller
2 Stars

Sally Brainerd is on the run from an FBI agent, who believes she has information about her father’s murder, and from a sadistic doctor who wants to keep her quiet. She seeks sanctuary in a picturesque town called the Cove but strange things are happening there and the townsfolk are not what they seem. What is really going on in Sally’s life?

This is one of the worst plots I have ever read. It is ridiculously implausible an
Aug 02, 2012 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is so much I dislike about this book that I can't take the time to write it. It was ok until about the middle when the first plot was pretty much resolved. The second plot (the old people in the town killing everyone and getting away with it) was just plain stupid. The characters were irritating and their actions were even more so. I agree with another commenter who mentioned the hair trigger on the gun--if it was so sensitive (mentioned at least twice) why did Quinlan casually toss it in ...more
Sep 19, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sally Brainerd escaped from an asylum just in time to wonder if she was the one that killed her father. FBI Special Agent James Quinlan was sure that if Sally didn't kill her father, she would know who did, so he tracked her down. Both ended up in a little town , The Cove, thats claim to fame was the 'World's Greatest Ice Cream' shop and the nicest picture postcard type town you have ever seen. After meeting and talking to Sally, James wasn't at all convinced she could kill her own father and in ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Hugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of a series of 5 FBI thrillers. The others are "The Maze", "The Target", "The Edge", and "Riptide". I got them all as a collection in one book. Each story stands alone, but as a series, characters that appear in #1, appear in #2. Characters in #1 and #2 appear in #3. And so on. The FBI get a bum rape on television fiction as the bad guys that come in and take over from the local officials. In this series they are very good at what they do and at the same time very cooperative w ...more
Mar 23, 2010 Kristi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY I am done reading this book. Only my personal rule to finish all the books I start kept me going. This read like a bad soap opera to me. It took SO long for anything to happen, and the dialog was very repetitive. The only good thing I can say is that the ending did tie up all the ends.
Heather McCubbin
I found the writing to be jerky, the dialogue to be a bit unrealistic and the story dragged on. It did keep me reading to see "who did it" though. The characters could've used alot more development; I didn't identify with any of them!
Dec 04, 2008 Marina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So bad. had nothing else to read over thanksgiving and picked this up. thin characters, predictable (yet outrageously impossible) plot, and mediocre writing
Thea Kane
Aug 04, 2014 Thea Kane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book - romance, mystery, FBI... most of the things I like in a novel. The writing started off okay, but the plot was very weak and the characters thin. I don't like it when an author has to prove to me that they did research - for example, having a character talk about something that has nothing to do with the story but is a casual reference to a place or person that is mentioned. For example, Quinlan refers to an element of "the extensive 12-week FBI training at Quantico" ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I am a person that enjoys reading History, Military History, and other works within history such as Biographies. This book provided for me a terrific escape from my normal genre of book I like to read and the story here on Catherine Coulters first book was nothing short of thrilling. She kept me interested throughout and the surprise for me was the ending. I had no idea that she would change the outcome from the direction I thought she was taking. Either way I will be looking forward to reading ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, audio-books
This was my first FBI thriller by Catherine Coulter and I just loved it. Sally St. James Brainerd was running for her life. She wasn't sure who was following her, but she knew they were after her.

When she arrived in her Aunt's home town of The Cove, she is terrorized by mysterious events and phone calls. She did not know who to trust, or how to protect herself.

FBI special agent James Quinlan followed Sally to The Cove and began to work with her in order to find out the truth about what she had
Annette Mardis
Catherine Coulter's first book in the FBI series is indeed a page-turner, but in the end I was disappointed that it wasn't as good as it could have been.
The villains are effectively evil, there's suspense and plot twists galore, and also plenty of action.
But the love story is not very well-developed or realistic, and it's almost obligatory. Some of the big reveals are not very surprising. And the FBI agents, particularly the main hero, are careless at times to the point of i
I have once read a book in this series Eleventh Hour and I wasn't impressed. This one was slightly better but still I read some greater ones.

The romance part was rather poor and totally undeveloped. The idea of insta love and 'I don't know you but would you marry me' was more annoying than grabbing. I just couldn't believe in any feeling between Sally and James who were completely strangers to each other.

I enjoyed the suspense part a little more. Although, it was definitely unrealistic an unbe
Aug 19, 2009 crayolaab rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2009, crime
I picked this book up on the recommendation of a friend who thought I might like it. I read another Catherine Coulter book while I waited for this one from the library and liked it fine so I had high hopes. I was actually rather disappointed in this one. There was just something about the writing that grated on my nerves - I can't quite put my finger on what. The dialogue was stilted, I think, or unrealistic in some other way?

The plotline was interesting though and I think I might like the chara
Aug 15, 2009 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised by how much I disliked this book!!! I thought it was going to be great and I heard a lot about the author being great. But I just couldn't get into it. I had no interest in the story, and coul care less what happened to the characters.

The only reason I'm not giving this book a 1 is because as I've said, I heard so much about this author being great, and this is the first book in the series. I'll read the next just to see if the series gets any better. But if the second book is also
Terri Puckett
Mar 05, 2016 Terri Puckett rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really need to change my habits and learn to toss a stupid book. This was AWFUL. My mom suggested I read Catherine Coulter for a "light, fast read". It was light alright. The characters are all morons. The dialogue is overly wordy and downright childish. This book had two plots and both were absolutely ridiculous. SPOILER - a whole town of elderly mass murderers?!? Geez. I'll have to give my mom some grief about this. I'm hoping given the number of books that this woman has written, that I jus ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read one other Coulter book - one of the FBI Thrillers written fairly recently. I loved it so much that I wanted to explore more of the series. I started with this, the beginning novel. It couldn't be more different! I can only assume that Coulter has improved vastly as a writer in the last twenty years, because this early book is just not any good. The dialogue is incredible stilted and unnatural. The timeline is confusing. The bad guys are too vague to feel threatening. There are several dif ...more
I've never read any of Coulter's books before this one. I'm not a fan of romance novels, but I do enjoy FBI thrillers. I read The Cove last year, with the intention of continuing with the series, but time got away from me. When #2 The Maze became available through my library's ebook program, I also borrowed The Cove again to refresh my memory. As with my first reading, while parts of the story were enjoyable and kept me reading to the end, I found the book disappointing overall. The two storylin ...more
I liked this book and would have rated it higher, but the middle part lagged and the heroine started to drive me nuts.

There was lots going on in this book, 2 different things happening that are really not connected with the exception of Sally. At times Sally was very likable and you were rooting for her, at others she was the typical dumb heroine that drives you nuts. The same can be said for James, he seems to fall for Sally too fast and wasn't believable. But the story was fun to listen to. S
Towards the end as I learned more of Sally's story and she stopped running and started to fight back I liked her better.

I thought there would be more sparks between James and Sally. I was disappointed that their romance seemed flat to me.

Sally Brainerd is a girl on the run from the FBI. Special Agent James Quinlan is the man sent to find her. Hiding out at her Aunts home in the The Cove they uncover a mystery. Travelers keep disappearing in this quaint little town. Before they can solve the my
Jun 06, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always loved a good thriller book and of course, my friend recommended this series to me and i fell in love [naturally:]. Catherine Coulter does wonders on making you feel as though you were part of the story. Her writing technique is flawless [in my opinion:] and does nothing but take you on a roller coaster ride. Every time i feel as though i solved the mystery, she throws in a twist and another and another... Of course, i'm the type who would usually get frustrated for not solving the case ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a fan of romance-thrillers, but this one exceeded the cheese factor of most of the other books I’ve read. Sally Brainerd is the ultimate woman-in-peril. She is rescued over and over and over in this story, yet she is constantly described as brave and strong. She is a moron. The FBI agent who falls for her and rescues her (over and over and over) is also a moron who thinks with his other brain. The plot is gothic and slightly sci-fi and has a Children of the Corn feel (or Geezers of the ...more
Its a typical Hollywood cheesy commercial thriller. You have old people, mental institutions, FBI, damsel in distress, a small Stepford Wife kind of creepy village, there is lot of running around, running away form each other, bikers, hot hero, a computer nerd, and action all the way and there is father who abuses and a mother who takes all the shit government conspiracy and little romance. I can see this as a movie more than a book and i can imaging some one like Jason Statham as hero and a he ...more
Alley Kat
Mar 22, 2015 Alley Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sally flees from home after the murder of her father. She doesn't remember anything from the night of the murder but believes that either she or her mother committed the crime. She runs to The Cove where her aunt lives, running right into the detective who is looking for her. As James tries to win Sally's trust to bring her back to testify, they uncover several darker secrets linked to the small town of The Cove.

The beginning of this story was very confusing. The writing style took a little gett
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