Putnam, July 2003, 25.95, 384 pp.
A child goes missing and his father is petrified because ex-FBI agent Miles Kettering knows all too well what could happen to a snatched child. While Miles prays in his Coburn, Virginia home, his son Sam escapes from his abductors. The local sheriff of Washington County, Tennessee completes the rescue.
Katie Benedict phones Miles who immediately flies up to retrieve his son. Accompanying him are FBI agents Savich and Sherlock, still deliriously in love with each other. Sam has bonded with Katie's daughter and after everything he has been through Katie invites Sam and his father to spend the night in her spare room. Their nightmare isn't over because the two kidnappers try to abduct Sam again only this time Katie kills one of them and later the other during a third grab. Local, state, and federal authorities remain vigilant because it is obvious the two dead men were working for someone in the area. The only way for Sam to be safe is to find the mastermind and put him behind bars.
BLINDSIDE is the perfect suspense thriller, loaded with plenty of action a lot of romance and a reunion with Savitch and Sherlock who play a large secondary role. Catherine Coulter has written a novel that will appeal to readers of romantic suspense and fast paced thrillers. The author deftly handles the romantic between Miles and Katie so subtly readers will accept that under heavy fire people can still fall in love. Ms. Coulter is a one of a kind author who knows how to hook her readers and keep them coming back for more.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner