Review: The Coast to Coast Murders by James Patterson and J.D. Barker

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 each other before anyone else. They’ve had to. Their parents are public intellectuals, an Ivy League clinical psychologist and a renowned psychiatrist, and they brought up their adopted children in a rarefied, experimental environment. It sheltered them from the world’s harsh realities, but it also forced secrets upon them, secrets they keep at all costs.

In Los Angeles, Detective Garrett Dobbs and FBI Agent Jessica Gimble have joined forces to work a murder that seems like a dead cinch. Their chief suspect is quickly identified and apprehended –but then there’s another killing just like the one they’ve been investigating. And another. And not just in Los Angeles—the spree spreads across the country. The Fitzgerald family comes to the investigators’ attention, but Dobbs and Gimble are at a loss—if one of the four is involved, which Fitzgerald might it be?


I love me some J.D Barker. I fell in love with his writing after reading 4MK and have tried to read everything he now writes including tweets, …You get the picture. It took me a while to get the chance to dig through my mountain of a TBR but I finally got to this book. Once I turned the first page, I was hooked!

This story begins with a bizarre incident. A man is called home to attend to a leaking pipe or tap left open only to discover an unknown woman dead in his bathtub. Who is the dead woman? How comes he doesn’t know how she got into his apartment? Why does the evidence paint a different picture? Soon afterwards, readers are thrown into a world of chaos with bodies turning up in different places and more twists and turns with each new chapter.

This was quite a fast-paced read with non-stop action. There were no dull moments and I was fully immersed into the narrative as I sought to find the answers. The characterization was quite well done. The interesting mix of characters had me fully invested in the narrative. Some were likable, others hard to understand and of course, we had a few deplorable ones who I enjoyed disliking. I loved the complexity of the case and the fact that it was difficult to guess the story’s ending.

This is a highly entertaining thriller. I don’t usually enjoy too much action but in this book, it all worked out well. There was a balance of elements including a psychological angle exploring the makings of a killer. For me, this balance is what kept the book from tipping over to full on John Wick. Definitely recommended for fans of action thrillers.