Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben
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.
Home (Myron Bolitar, #11) by Harlan Coben
Published by Dutton on September 20th 2016
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A decade ago, two boys are kidnapped and their au pair is left tied up in the basement. The parents of both boys, are wealthy and a ransom is demanded but then the investigation seems to go nowhere. The parents are left with questions and memories of their young boys.
Then one day, Myron Bolitar believes he has seen one of the boys in London. He calls in his friend Win to help him find the teenager he has seen. If this boy is in fact one of the missing teenagers, where have the boys been since the time they were taken? Why were they not returned when a ransom was offered? How did they end up in another country? Is a sex trafficking ring to blame for their disappearance or does the reason hit closer to “home”?
What happens when only one of the boys is found? Both sets of parents are suffering in their own way. What happened during those missing years? Is the found teen really who he says he is? There are a lot of questions in this book and a lot of twists and turns. Lots of revelations at the end which is very common for Coben. He tends to keep the reader guessing until the very end.
This was a solid read. Not my favorite by Coben but a good one.
Tell No One by Harlan Coben
Published by Dell Publishing Company on August 25th 2009
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I sat and read this book in one day. I found it to be an easy quick read. It is the third book by Coben that I have read and so far, my least favorite one I have read thus far.
The book opens with David and his wife Elizsabeth returning to “their” spot at the lake. They have loved each other all of their lives. They have been together since childhood and most thought that the relationship would fizzle out over time. But it has not. They come to the lake to put another notch in the tree where they have been recording their years together. While David is still floating the lake where they just swam, Elizabeth is drying off on the shore when she is suddenly grabbed and dragged away. As David tries to save her, he is hit repeatedly with a baseball bat. That is the last time he saw his wife alive.
Years later as he is working as a successful doctor, a message appears on his computer. It is a message he believes only he and his wife know. Then two bodies are found on land near to the lake where his wife went missing. The baseball bat used to beat David is found buried with them. Once again David becomes a suspect. His wife’s murder (her father identified her body) was blamed on a serial killer but what if David is right??? What if his wife is still alive? Others connected to the case or his wife have bad things happen to them. The truth is never as it seems and David learns there are things he did’t know about his wife.
There are a couple of story lines going on in this book, but they are all very easy to follow and in the end do merge into one. This book was good but not as full of the twisty twists and turns as I would have liked. There are some surprises but I thought this was missing a little OOMPH. Still enjoyable but felt a little like a made for television movie
Gone for Good by Harlan Coben
Published by Dell Publishing Company on March 4th 2003
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When Will Klein was a young man his ex-girlfriend was found murdered and his older brother, Ken, was considered to be the chief suspect in her killing. Her brother disappeared and became the subject of an FBI manhunt. Never to be heard from again, Ken believed that his brother was an innocent victim who also died that night. Forever haunted by not know what truly happened that night, Wil and his family moved on.
As Will’s Mother is dying she tells him something. She says his brother is still alive. Is he? Was this the hopes of a dying woman? Is Ken still alive? If so, then where has he been and what really happened that night?
To make matters worse, Will’s girlfriend goes missing. She leaves only a note behind. What is going on? Could her disappearance be related to his brother somehow? Is it all coincidence? Why is the FBI is interested in her disappearance?
Will also receives a blast from the past in the form of “Ghost”. He rocked by seeing someone from his past, his missing girlfriend, mounting evidence that his brother may in fact be alive, questions by the FBI and his job working with runaways.
This book is full of twists and turns. Every time I thought I had a handle on things, Coben threw in a zinger. He keeps the surprises coming until the very last page. I was so drawn in that I read this book in one day. The story drew me in and had me wondering what was going to happen next.
The Woods by Harlan Coben
Published by Dutton on April 1st 2008
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This is the first Harlan Coben book that I have read. It will not be my last because I am preparing to binge read a bunch of his books! I read this over the course of two days and could not put it down. This became a page turner for me and I enjoyed the plot twists and turns. He keeps them coming until the very last page. Just when I thought I had this book figured out, he turned the tables and pulled another one out of his hat. Did I mention that I love this in a book?
Twenty years ago four teenagers go missing at a summer camp. Two are later found murdered in the Woods at the camp, two are never heard from again. What happened that summer? This book sounds like the perfect beginning of an 80’s horror film. It’s not a horror book but a mystery. A mystery where the truth is dying to come out.
Paul Copeland’s older sister is on the missing teens who went into the woods and was never seen again. Now an adult, he is a widower with a young daughter. He is also the county prosecutor. He is working on a rape case where the father of one of the defendants is trying to use any means necessary to stop prosecuting his son.
During the stress of the trial and raising his daughter, the past comes out of nowhere and beings to haunt him. A body is found, a body from the past, a body with ties to him. Paul’s past comes back to tap him on the shoulder and says “remember me”
Lucy, is a college professor, who has her students working on an anonymous journal. She begins receiving entries that are a blast from the past. Her father owned the summer camp where the teenagers went missing. She was Paul Copeland’s girlfriend at the time. The journal entries detail events that happened in the woods – things only the killer would know.
Should the past be left in the past? Is it better to know the truth? Should we learn the secrets of others? What will someone do to protect the ones that they love?
I found this to be a very enjoyable mystery. I thought I had things figured out, then there is a twist, then a turn, then a revelation. There is so much going on in this book but it all works! I love a good mystery. Now on to my next Coben book!