Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MISSING YOU by Harlan Coben

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Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪ out of 5 Stars

Release Date:                           March 2014
Author’s Website:                    Harlan Coben's website
Publisher’s Website:               Hachette Australia

My thoughts:

Missing you is an appropriate title for this book for me because I’ve never read any Harlen Coben books and I realize, after reading this page-turning gem, that I have been missing out. Coben is an accomplished writer and after only reading the first chapter you know you are in a professional’s hands. There are so many mysterious plot threads created that my poor tired eyes were propped open into the wee hours as I desperately read on to discover the reveals.

It all begins with NYPD Detective Kat Donovan finding her ex-fiancĂ©'s profile and picture on a dating website, but when she contacts him he doesn’t seem initially to recognize her. She is confused, but at the same time she doesn’t have time to ponder it for long, as she becomes preoccupied with the imminent death of the imprisoned man whom she believes killed her father. He has never revealed the truth as to why her father was murdered; this is her last chance to confront him.

Amid all this emotional chaos, enter teenager Brandon whose mother has gone missing, but nobody believes him. She’s supposedly on holidays with a lover whom she met on the same dating website where Kat has spotted her ex-fiancĂ©. As the tale unravels, nothing is as it seems, and the truth is terrifying. Kat discover some frightening truths, as readers are treated to one of the slickest thrillers releases this year.

As I closed the covers on the final page all I could think was: I’m going to miss you, Mr Coben. Luckily there are 25 other published books of Coben’s, so I won’t be missing him for long.

I received a copy of this book from Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review.

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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-fianc Jeff, the man who shattered her heart 18 years ago, never to be seen or heard from again. 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 fianc , 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.

About the author:
With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last seven consecutive novels, MISSING YOU, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world.  His first Young Adult novel SHELTER was just released in paperback, and the second in the Mickey Bolitar series, SECONDS AWAY, was released on September 18th. His books are published in 41 languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

Winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – international bestselling author Harlan Coben’s critically-acclaimed novels have been called “ingenious” (New York Times), “poignant and insightful” (Los Angeles Times), “consistently entertaining” (Houston Chronicle), “superb” (Chicago Tribune) and “must reading” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

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