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A detective and FBI agent join forces on what seems like an open-and-shut case—but a new rash of killings sends them on a pulse-pounding race against time in this intense thriller.

Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a terrifying past. Both adopted, and now grown—Michael is a long-haul truck driver, Megan a college student majoring in psychology—they trust e
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Hardcover, 560 pages
Published September 21st 2020 by Little, Brown and Company
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MarilynW
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Coast to Coast Murders is a fun and murderous ride. It's almost 150 chapters in about 576 pages and the short chapters really irritated me until about the 60% mark and then I just got over it. But, I do think there is a reason some of the chapters had to be so short, now that I finished the book, and from the reviews I have read, most people loved the short chapters, so I'm the minority with that viewpoint.

Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are the adopted siblings of an Ivy League clinical psycholog
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Maureen
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the main, I’ll let the synopsis speak for itself, but briefly, Detective Garret Dobbs and FBI agent Jessica Gimble take on the almighty case of catching a most devious and clever serial killer. After being alerted to the murder of a young woman in Michael Fitzgerald’s apartment, they quickly find that the killing spree continues from coast to coast, and it’s going to be the mother of all investigations, so hang onto your hats, because the shocks in this riveting psychological thriller begin v ...more
Meredith
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

This book had my head spinning!


A serial killer is on the loose. A seemingly innocent man is arrested for the murders, but there’s a WHOLE LOT MORE to him than meets the eye! When it comes to the killer, NOTHING adds up, and I mean NOTHING, until the final pages.

The narrative unfolds through alternating POVs told in various formats. The chapters are short, end with cliff-hangers, and then switch to another POV. This element was fun at first but grew increasingly annoying as the story pro
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Paromjit
JD Barker has teamed up with James Patterson in this most twisted of psychological thrillers that shocks and surprises whenever you think you might have got a handle on where it is all heading. In Los Angeles, long distance truck driver, Michael makes a horrific discovery on returning to his apartment, a dead woman lies in his bathtub, and he does what any innocent man would do, he calls 911. LAPD Detective Garrett Hobbs and FBI special agent, Jessica Gimble, appear to have a slam dunk of a case ...more
Lisa
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
My thanks to Little Brown and Company, Mr. Barker and Netgalley.
Yes, yes. I know that Patterson's name came first. But, that's what James Patterson does.
In all honesty, I had no intention of ever reading this book. I was frankly astounded that these two had paired up. Then Mr. Barker sent me an e-mail and pre-approved me. Whether it was him or the publisher's, I was unable to say no! Yes, I'm weak! But, it's Barker!
So the book? Yeah, I did love it! I spent way too much time saying "what the hel
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Kaceey
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
My goodness! I cannot remember the last time it took me a month...that’s right an entire month to read a book! And a James Patterson one at that! I used to be able to fly through his books in a day. Perhaps it was the new pairing with J.D. Barker? Though I have enjoyed his works in the past.🤔

Michael finds the dead body of a woman in his bathtub. He has never seen her before and has no idea who she is or how she got there. Yet the police believe not only did he know her but he had a relationship
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Kelli Wilson
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
J.D. BARKER & JAMES PATTERSON PUTTING THE THRILL IN THRILLER!

A long list of names from which people are being systematically murdered. Two adoptive siblings, a brother and a sister, Michael and Megan. One a suspect for the multiple murders, the other ignoring everything else to help her brother no matter the cost, both wanted by the police! The list of names all somehow have a connection to Michael, his adoptive parents and the orphanage he was at previously. And Michael is just as interested in
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Debra
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
James Patterson + J.D. Barker = one heck of a road trip (and it's down memory lane folks) as a man on the run, with the feds on his trail, goes off the rails and bodies pile up.

Who is on the Mark?

Michael Fitzgerald, a long-haul truck driver, is having a bad day - a very bad day. He finds a woman dead in his bathtub and that is only the beginning. He claims he is innocent; the evidence says otherwise. What is the truth? He seems convincing, but the evidence doesn't lie, does it? Michael has no id
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Michelle
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really struggled to finish this book. This is an action packed thriller with a large cast of characters that includes car chases and foot chases and shoot outs and tech talk and police lingo and I was left in a permanent state of confusion. There was so much stuff going on. Dare I say too much stuff going on. I could not get a grasp on anything which means that I never really cared about what the final outcome would be. I really just wanted it to be over. Can you suspend disbelief? If you can' ...more
Jayme
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Turns out that one of my most anticipated reads for this year, was not a good fit for me after all!

I enjoyed the first few chapters..If Michael Kepler had never met Alyssa Tepper, then how could there be so many framed photographs of the two of them in her apartment? Or his coffee stained tennis shoes?

Is he being framed for her Murder? Or was he responsible for killing her and the many others Victims Coast to Coast which share the same calling card?

As local police team with the FBI, the majori
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Lisa
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Little Brown and Company, Mr. Barker and Netgalley. Yes, yes. I know that Patterson's name came first. But, that's what James Patterson does. In all honesty, I had no intention of ever reading this book. I was frankly astounded that these two had paired up. Then Mr. Barker sent me an e-mail and pre-approved me. Whether it was him or the publisher's, I was unable to say no! Yes, I'm weak! But, it's Barker! So the book? Yeah, I did love it! I spent way too much time saying "what the h ...more
Bridgett
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I'm a huge J.D. Barker fan, but James Patterson's work has never particularly thrilled me. Thankfully, this book is all J.D.

The Coast-to-Coast Murders is a story about the hunt for a serial killer. Simple enough, right? WRONG. There is so much more than meets the eye with this novel and I'll be honest, when you're reading...not only do you have to suspend belief, but there will also be confusion. Rest assured it's meant to be that way but considering this book is nearly 600 pages long, the c
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Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Hot Popping Dang! Literary popcorn! J.D. Barker describes his writing as literary popcorn, and I am not sure what that means, but that popcorn was popping all over the place here in this convoluted, dark, twisted horrifying action-packed psychological thriller with more twists and turn then I could keep up with. If I were holding a bowl of popcorn while reading this one, it would be flying all over the place with those graphic violent details.

With authors like James Patterson and J.D. Barker, I
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Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
I have to say that I would read anything that J.D. Barker writes. I swear this man could make a shopping list be thrilling and intriguing. Granted, I have not read a Patterson book in eons, but putting these two authors together was definitely a stroke of genius.

Murder and mayhem are once again afoot as we are introduced to our two main protagonists, Michael and Megan Fitzgerald who were adopted by two doctors whose specialty was psychology. It's been a very rough upbringing for these two siblin
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Matt
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley; James Patterson; J.D Barker; and Little Brown and Company for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

This first-time collaborative effort shows that some authors have amazing chemistry with James Patterson, adding depth and intrigue to a novel that keeps the reader enthralled until the very end. With great psychological build-up and stunning development throughout, James Patterson an
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Carolyn
James Patterson and J.D.Barker's new thriller ticks all the boxes: suspenseful, short punchy chapters, action packed, addictive and as twisty as a mountain road with the reader struggling to hold onto their brain to make sense of it all.

Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are the adopted children of an eminent psychologist and his psychiatrist wife. Due to the way their adoptive parents treated them they had a difficult upbringing and so grew up very close to each other. Michael now has nothing to do w
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TXGAL1
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
An engrossing and gripping thriller, THE COAST TO COAST MURDERS follows brother Michael and sister Megan Fitzgerald as they work together to find out who is framing Michael for a murder. The Los Angeles police are convinced of Michael’s guilt and Megan rushes from New York to come to his aid to prove Michael’s innocence.

The action is quick and the tension thick on each page. The fact that every chapter is short and alternates between characters helps to drive the pace of the story—it’s the ultim
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Javier
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The coast to coast murders" was a rollercoaster and reading it a hell of a ride. When it comes to this books collaborations I never know how much each author contributes, but in this case I've recognized J.D. Barker in each and every line, starting with an intricate plot, characters sharing some traits with characters from his previous books and twist after twist that force you to keep on reading cause when you think you have everything figured out, he throws you another spin that turns your he ...more
Ceecee
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael and Megan are the adoptive children of Dr Barton and Dr Rose Fitzgerald who are renowned in their expert fields of clinical psychiatry and psychology. Michael is estranged from his parents and is a long haul truck driver, he remains close to student Megan. He’s at a store in LA when he gets a call from a neighbour that his apartment has flooded and is damaging the building. On his return he finds the cause - running bath water with a dead girl in it. Detective Garrett Dobbs investigates ...more
Dave
Patterson and Barker have teamed up and given us the thriller beyond a thriller. Don't open this up if you have other things to do -- like sleep and eat. Guaranteed you are not going to want to put this down and you better set up your chiropractor appointment cause you are going to have whiplash your head is going to spin so much.

It starts out with the classic pulp theme of an innocent man being framed for a grisly murder that he didn't commit -or did he? It's gonna get harder and harder to bel
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Diana
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.D. Barker and James team up together to deliver a pulp-themed book about a man being framed for a murder that he didn't commit ... but did he?

All the cards are stacked against Michael Fitzgerald and it gets harder to believe that Michael is innocent as all the evidence and bodies tend to sway his direction. Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are both adopted siblings who share a terrifying past. Michael is a cross-country truck driver, and Megan is attending college with a major in psychology. At t
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Alan Cotterell
Thank you to J.D. Barker via NetGalley for providing me with the digital review copy.
I have a suggestion, before you start this, have a huge breakfast, turn your phone off and lock the doors. Once you start this, you will not want to stop. It is definitely “just one more chapter” type of book. I had some very short nights, because of this book. Wish I had saved it for a holiday read.
The pace of this book is fantastic, helped by 148 chapters in approx. 480 pages. Each and everyone of them ends on
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Helga
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, crime, netgalley
"There is no hiding from the past. It’s the driving force behind all we do."

The Coast-to-Coast Murders is co-written by one of my favorite 5 star authors, J.D Barker and the best seller James Patterson.
A true psychological thriller, the book is a non-stop twisted roller-coaster ride.

They call him the Birdman Killer. He has been on a killing spree for years, leaving a feather on the body of the victims. His hunting ground? All over the country.

He is a clever monster and has to be stopped.

Michae
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Jen
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good, strong, easy read that I would actually give 4.5 stars to. I enjoyed the storyline about siblings Michael and Megan. It was fast paced with lots of action. These adopted siblings had a very clinical upbringing, their adoptive parents were each renowned psychiatrists. Michael has pretty much dropped off the grid as a young adult but is suddenly the suspect in a murder, or is he? He denies guilt and looks to his sister to help him prove his innocence. He is soon on the run with FB ...more
Susan
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Road Trip!

Buckle up for a wild ride.

The type of scenery you prefer will determine whether you enjoy this book or not. I’m in the minority as I was left feeling annoyed more than entertained after 576 pages.

This is a psychological novel if there ever was one. In fact, it was exorbitant and the reader will have to suspend most rational thought to discern the story. Confusion, mayhem, and murder - it’s all there!

I liked the beginning, and then liked it even more as the story progressed. However, i
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Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
What did I just read? That was freaking fantastic. It’s hard, with a collaboration, to work out who wrote what but I thought this book had J.D. Barker’s fingerprints all over it. When Michael Kepler finds a dead woman in his bathtub his first call is to his sister, Megan. Only after that does he call the police. Michael claims that he doesn’t know the woman, Alyssa Tepper, has never seen her before. But the Police find plenty of evidence to the contrary so he is taken in for questioning.

A lawyer
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
It is no secret that I am a long time James Patterson fan. His books are just so clever and addictive. And this time he has teamed up with the dark mind of JD Barker. What a combination! It was a long book for James Patterson, but with his usual short chapters I flew through it.

What a fantastically twisty story! Police are called to the scene of a murder - a women in a bathtub. The apartments owner, Michael Fitzgerald, claims to have never met the woman despite the photos and evidence to the co
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Rose
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Coast-to-Coast Murders is a psychological-thriller. This is a collaboration by two authors that I really enjoy
James Patterson  - of the Alex Cross Series, as well as so many other great books, and J.D. Barker who wrote Dracul , and of course the 4MK Thriller Series  ( The Fourth Monkey) - I have yet to read these

These two authors really work well together, and this book is a thriller that was fast paced, intriguing and had never ending twists on so many of it's pages!

A very good read indeed!
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Kristie
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a seriously messed up book. There is so much going on and it all comes at you rather quickly. The fast pace is kept up through the entire book without a moment to breath.

I can honestly say I didn’t want to put this book down. It is well-written, engaging, and exciting. At the same time, I didn’t sleep well while reading this book. There are several graphic, difficult to read parts. People in this book did horrifying things to other people, including children. As a therapist and a mother
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Pauline
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
There is a killer on the loose and all the evidence points to Michael Fitzgerald.
Michael is saying that he is innocent and someone is framing him for the murders.
There is only one person he can trust and that’s his sister Megan.
A rollercoaster of psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Lots of twist and turns, I found it hard to put this book down.
Thank you to NetGalley and J.D. Barker for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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