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The Cove

(FBI Thriller #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  23,682 ratings  ·  1,055 reviews
The Cove is a quaint little postcard town made up only of old folk who sell the World's Greatest Ice Cream - a secret recipe that brings lots of tourists into town.
Into The Cove comes Sally Brainerd, daughter of murdered Amory St. John of Washington, D.C., seeking sanctuary, and FBI Special Agent James Quinlan who's undercover and after her. He's got a murder to solve, and
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published November 10th 2003 by G. P. Putnam's Sons (first published April 1st 1996)
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Dec 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-4
Whew, I had a blast from the past reading this backlist title from Catherine Coulter’s FBI thriller series. I’ve nearly gotten to all the books and it’s been fun, quite honestly, working my way back in time and seeing how writing styles have changed over the decades. In this one, Sally, the daughter of an important man in Washington, runs away after her father’s murder. She can’t remember what happened that night… just that her father has abused her and her mother for years… and that she has cre ...more
Steven Walle
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Better editing, with less repetition and unnecessary repeated violence would have at minimum improved this story by a full star. 6.5 of 10 stars
Sep 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
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Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok

There is so much about this book that is bad that I can't even review it fully. 

Susan "Sally" St. John is running from everyone after escaping an institution where she has been involuntarily committed for a mental breakdown. She also, possibly, killed her father. FBI agent, James Whatshisface, I dunno his name, I've forgotten, is tasked with tracking her down so that he can get to the bottom of the murder. Sally lands in "The Cove", seeking refuge with an estranged Aunt (because law enforcement

Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was recommended this series by this author, but I have to say it was rough. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I love a good mystery and I’ve heard good things about Catherine Coulter, but guys, this book was a hard one to get through.
The writing was inconsistent and amateur in a lot of places, which I found surprising for such a well-known author. The dialogue seemed unnatural and forced in a lot of areas as well. Plus, James and Sally (or Susan... the author liked to switch that up a lot, which
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, thriller
The Cove is about a young girl Susan Brandon who after the murder of her father mother run away to her Aunt Amabel who runs an Ice Creamery at The Cove. FBI Agent James Railey Quinlan who was looking for Susan to help the FBI in their investigation. Susan thought she was safe with her Aunt and FBI Agent James Railey Quinlan thought his assignment was over. However, it was not the case. The readers of The Cove will follow the twist and turns to see what happens to Susan and FBI Agent James Railey ...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
Terri Puckett
Mar 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Wow what a screwed up family and crimes. I’m not even sure what is worse but I enjoyed the book. LOL
When will I learn? I liked CC's Night Shadow which has a winsome and kickass heroine that wins the bad boy manwhore plus a whole plethora of cute kids that defy plot moppet status. He’s a rake, and the book is rather erotic with no icky sex scenes. The same can not be said about Night Fire and Night Storm. In one the heroine is subjected to an older husband who rapes her and grossly sexually abuses her, and the hero in the other is a complete and total A-hole. And I just gave The Final Cut a 4 s ...more
Mar 15, 2010 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.
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Outlandish storyline. Cardboard characters fulfilling every cliché possible. Could have been shortened by hours if previous actions hadn't been retold again and again. Stilted dialog. ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a totally far-fetched mash up of a hunt for a psychopathic killer and a romance. The further I read, the more ridiculous the plot and the cheesier the dialogue became. 1.5 stars
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've read one or two of Catherine Coulter's FBI series, here and there. I enjoyed the ones I read, and I know they hit the NYT bestseller list, so I thought I would start at the beginning and read it all the way through to the present. I still intend to that, because I know they get better as they go along. However, this was a rocky start IMO.
First of all, Catherine Coulter was known at the time this book was published as being primarily a historical romance author. If this was her first foray
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 03, 2010 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
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A re-read. Actually, after reading "Labyrinth," the 23rd book in this series (definitely one of my favorite series), I decided to go back and re-read the entire series again. Since it has been so many years since I first read them, it was time. This one was good, but they certainly get better! Dillon Savich was here, but he had not met Lacey Sherlocke yet. That's next in "The Maze." I am going to that one now. Oh yes, now the real fun begins!!! ...more
Dec 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
So bad. had nothing else to read over thanksgiving and picked this up. thin characters, predictable (yet outrageously impossible) plot, and mediocre writing
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
It's an ok read but certainly couldn't come close as good as in Death series, sigh.. ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This mystery thriller had so many twists and turns, at times I didn't know which end was up! The story had lots of interesting characters, people who were not who they seemed to be! I enjoyed it! ...more
Tiffany PSquared
I chose this book on a whim to have something playing in the background while I did some pretty intense house cleaning. Although it was good as "background noise", I am not enticed to continue the series.

It got pretty hokey fairly early on. Nowhere in the neighborhood of believable at almost any point, so don't go into this one without a healthy ability to suspend your disbelief.

Thea Kane
Aug 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Randy Tramp
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sally, a girl on the run.
FBI Special Agent James Quinlan, trying to help the girl on the run.
Sheriff David Montebank, keeping law and order in a town called, "The Cove."

What a story. The action raced at Indi 500 speed, only to pause for a pit stop, then back on the track we went.

What a setting. Beautiful place that was home to the "world's greatest ice cream" - The Cove. As the reader seen early on, something is not right in paradise. But the old folk were so nice.

I'm already looking forward to
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was like a long , long , long drive that didn't take me anywhere . ...more
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