I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Missing You by Harlan Coben
Published by Dutton Adult on March 18, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
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It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.
Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.
As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.
You can always count on several plots that will eventually converge in a Harlan Coben story. The trick is to try to unravel them and find the connections before they’re revealed. This book is no different in that respect but there were some new angles.
This is the first of his stories I’ve read where a woman is the main character. It’s even better that Kat Donovan is an NYPD detective who is haunted by her father’s murder 18 years ago and the subsequent breakup with her fiancé Jeff Raynes. When a friend signs her up on an online dating site and she finds her lost love, it seemed serendipitous. It was anything but.
There’s another storyline involving a woman whose son believes she’s missing and asks a skeptical Kat to investigate. It was a chilling aspect of the book and I stayed up all night to finish, riveted by a pretty exciting climax. The ending was fantastic and the requisite twists (another Coben staple) were pretty remarkable.
I’ve yet to be disappointed by a Harlan Coben novel. Though I was prepared for a satisfying reading experience I wasn’t expecting it to be quite this good. This was very enjoyable as I wait patiently for that next Myron Bolitar series installment (hint, hint).
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