Published by Dutton Books on September 26th 2017
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Harlan Coben is a steady Eddie. By that I mean one can pretty much depend on the fact that his books are going to be good! I’ve only read one book by him that I thought was so-so, the rest are great. If I am looking for a dependable author who has twists and turns coupled with good writing and story lines, I know I can depend on Coben to pull it off. He does it again in this book. After I read my first Coben book, I binge read a bunch of other books by him. He had me hooked.
Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas has lost a lot in his life. His twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend (Diana) were found dead on railroad tracks on night. Pair this with Nap’s girlfriend, Maura disappeared without a trace with no explanation or goodbye. BAM! His life has been changed forever. Nap has never been able to get over his brother’s death or his girlfriend’s disappearance.
There are just too many questions. Why would his brother be on the railroad tracks? Wouldn’t they hear the train coming? Why would his girlfriend leave so suddenly? It is a lot for anyone to handle. Nap eventually becomes a police officer, Mentored by Diana’s (twin brother’s girlfriend found dead on the tracks with her) father. Over the years he has looked for Maura but has never found her.
Then Maura’s fingerprints are found within a car linked to the killing of a police officer. Nap’s past comes back at him full blast. Where has she been all of these years? Where is she now? What ties may she have to the dead police officers killing? Then other people from the past are found dead as well. Why? What is the truth?
Ahhhh, the intrigue…the mystery. I really liked how this story came together. I will admit, I was surprised at the reveal. I thought I had things figured out. I was on the right track so to speak some of the time but not entirely. This is another I like about Coben. He manages to pull off his twists and turns and they all make sense. I do get a thrill about figuring out who the killer or parties responsible are in a book, but I also get a bigger thrill when an Author can surprise me with who the blame falls upon.
This book sucked me in right away and did not let go (hence the title, perhaps?). I love when a book does this. This book was a very enjoyable read. Great mystery. Great characters and a for me, I was surprised at the end.