Book Review : Found by Harlan Coben

September 11, 2014 Book review 4 ★★★½

Young Adult mystery series can be disappointing when you compare them to adult thrillers.  However this one is a bit different, maybe because it is a spin-off from Harlan Coben’s adult detective series about Myron.  This series focuses on Myron’s nephew Mickey and it’s one of the very few YA thrillers that I’d recommend.   If you are a fan of corkscrew twists, then this is one for you!

Book Review : Found by Harlan CobenFound by Harlan Coben
Series: Mickey Bolitar #3
Published by Orion Publishing Group on 11 Sept 2014
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
three-half-stars

It's been eight months since Mickey Bolitar witnessed the tragic death of his father. Eight months of lies, dark secrets and unanswered questions. While he desperately wants answers, Mickey's sophomore year of high school brings on a whole new set of troubles. Spoon is in hospital, Rachel won't tell him where he stands, his basketball teammates hate him . . . and then there's Ema's surprise announcement: she has an online boyfriend and he's vanished.

As he's searching for Ema's missing boyfriend (who may not even exist!), Mickey also gets roped into helping his nemesis, Troy Taylor, with a big problem. All the while, Mickey and his friends are pulled deeper into the mysteries surrounding the Abeona Shelter, risking their lives to find the answers - until the shocking climax, where Mickey finally comes face-to-face with the truth about his father.

First Line of Found by Harlan Coben:

” Eight months ago, I watched my father’s coffin being lowered into the ground. “

My Thoughts on Found by Harlan Coben:

First off I have already mentioned this is a spin-off series, you don’t need to read the Myron books to follow what’s happening here.  But as a side note, I adore that series and if you like twisty thrillers then you should absolutely grab those!  However you do need to read this series – the Mickey Bolitar series –  in order.  This is number 3, do NOT dive straight into this book.  It will make no sense, you need to start with Shelter and Seconds Away.

I read both of these some time ago and even I felt disoriented at the beginning as there is a LOT of background that you need to know. Thankfully Harlan made life a bit easier by recapping previous events neatly for me.  But it’s just a recap and won’t be sufficient for you to pick up all the previous events.  So go forth and read those books first.

This series is super twisty with lots of curveballs and that is my favourite thing about them.  The pace is relentless and pretty dramatic.  I will say you do need to suspend reality and just go with the flow of the book as the events are pretty unrealistic.  This part of probably my least favourite part of the book as it’s a lot to have to swallow!  However it all comes together really cleverly and whilst I had my doubts about what direction this series was heading in, when I got to the last page I was totally satisfied.

Mickey is a great main character.  He is so strong and is coping with the death of his father and also his mothers downward spiral with drugs.  This has obviously made him very independent and he doesn’t tend to lean on his Uncle Myron much at all.  Which as a Myron superfan makes me sad, I wish Mickey knew just how great his uncle is.  However I also appreciate that this is Mickey’s series and he is a mini Myron but also totally his own unique self.

His friends are quirky and a central part of the plot.  And I love that as much as these books are a mystery collection, they also have a theme about fitting in, finding your gang but staying true to yourself.  That part felt very relatable and all the teen voices felt authentic.  I loved that Mickey is a basketball player like his Uncle and it’s in the moments when you see him play and how much he wants to be part of a winning team that you see his vulnerability.

Overall I really enjoyed this one.  Characters and pace are the highs and the plot is looney tunes but good fun!  It’s a rollercoaster ride and thankfully while the first two books ended in cliffhangers, it was worth the wait to see it all piece together here.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
three-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
three-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

 

Who should read Found by Harlan Coben?

I’d recommend this to all fans of Harlan’s Myron detective series.  Ok, this one isn’t as dark or as scary but it still has the twisty feel of those books.  I’d also recommend this to those who like YA books and would like to try a thriller/mystery series as this is one of the best YA ones that I’ve found so far.

Thanks to NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

 

three-half-stars

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4 Responses to “Book Review : Found by Harlan Coben”

    • trish

      I know I surprised to see Harlan move to the YA market but it has worked out really well. There is a gap for thrillers of this quality in the YA genre and who better to fill them then an experience thriller author.
      I do highly recommend the adult series even if the bad guys give me nightmares!

    • trish

      Exactly! Who better to fill that gap in the market. And I love that it ties in to the adult series too so it will be a real stepping stone to those who eventually want to move up.

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