Missing You by Harlan Coben

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben, a heart-pounding thriller about the ties we have to our past…and the lies that bind us together.
It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan 18114060focuses 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. – Goodreads.

I’ve been a fan of Harlan Coben for longer than I can remember, ever since I picked up my first book in his Myron Bolitar series (if you haven’t experienced Myron, you’re missing a real treat).  I was so excited to receive a copy of this from NetGalley because I can always expect a fast-paced, thrilling read – I’ve yet to be disappointed.

Honestly, Harlan Coben has got to be the master in challenging a reader to find a good stopping place in his books.  I’d think after I finished a chapter, I’d go take care of some of those nagging real life responsibilities, but each chapter seemed to end with a big cliffhanger or twist and I’d say, “Okay, just one more chapter.”  Next thing I knew, three hours had gone by and those responsibilities were no closer to being taken care of.

Every character in Missing You was so rich and fully developed, from the MC all the way to the supporting cast.  I liked Kat from the first page – she was tough, strong, and intimidating, but also shown to be vulnerable, loyal, and caring and I loved her quippy one-liners.  Since this story involved an online dating site, I snorted and laughed out loud at some of the cheesy pickup lines – do people really think those work?  Being a fan of the Myron Bolitar books, I was glad to see mention of some of the characters from that series.

This book was riveting, filled with suspense, mystery, and humor wrapped up in one neat package and I’d highly recommending reading it.  In addition to Mr. Coben’s standalones and Myron Bolitar series, he is also the author of a wonderful YA series about Mickey Bolitar, Myron’s nephew.  Missing You is scheduled for publication March 18, 2014.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

 

 

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