Book Review : Missing You by Harlan Coben

April 7, 2015 Book review 6 ★★★★

Yep!  It’s another Harlan review on the blog and I think it’s safe to say it wouldn’t be the last one you’ll see either.  I love the twisty plots and interesting characters that Harlan dishes out book after book and this one is no exception.

Book Review : Missing You by Harlan CobenMissing You by Harlan Coben
Published by Orion on January 27th 2015
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
four-stars

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 18 years ago.  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 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.

First Line of Missing You by Harlan Coben:

“Kat Donovan spun off her father’s old stool, readying to leave O’Malley’s Pub, when Stacy said, “You’re not going to like what I did”.”

Emotions I felt while reading this book:

I’m mixing it up a bit today and instead of a review; I’m going to show you my emotions during the book instead.  I’m also not going to talk plot as this is book that would be ruined by that.  Instead I recommend you just read the blurb and jump in blind.  Trust me, I’ll be there for you at the bottom of the pit!

Amused : I loved the snappy dialogue between the main character Kat and her friend Stacy.  They covered the hazards of the dating scene in a way that made me snigger and that felt very realistic.

Confused : This is a regular feeling for me during this authors books.  The plots are deeply layered and I’m never quite sure what direction they will head off in.  There are lots of characters to keep up with and trying to see where they all fit into the big picture is a lot of fun to work out.

Alarmed : We get some scenes from the bad person point of view  and they are the stuff your nightmares are made of.  *shivers*  No one but no one does evil characters quite like this author.

Delighted : At how mentally tough Kat is and how ready she is to take on a past she thought she already knew and re-examine it.  It would be easier to look at the other way but she is far too honest and gusty to do that no matter how destructive the answers she finds turn out to be.

Stressed : As more bad things start happening!  And more than a little jumpy!

Impressed : As always I love the prose, the wit and the way that Harlan captures everyday life with a few quick turns of phrase.  His sardonic humour just works for me.

Frightened : There is no other word for it, I was just plain frightened.  The plot is scary and worse it is realistic.  It could happen and does happen and that scares the hell out of me

Astonished : And just when you think you’ve it all cracked.  There is always one last shock in store for you in this book.  Love it!

Sore:  Yep I got cramp!  I stayed up far too late reading this book when I should have been sleeping and my hand protested loudly!  But it had to be done.

Overall this is an exciting adventure from the first page to the last page.  Maybe not for the faint hearted but I love scaring the pants off myself and Missing You succeeded in doing just that.  It also kept me guessing, had me perplexed and full of the fear.

 

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

 

Who should read Missing You by Harlan Coben?

I’d highly recommend this to you if you like psychological thrillers that feature intelligent, brave characters and clever plots that grip you.  Fans of Harlan’s previous books should also enjoy and I have to say it is my favourite of his books from recent years.  Fans of authors such as James Patterson, Lindwood Barclay and Colette McBeth should also enjoy.

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

 

four-stars

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6 Responses to “Book Review : Missing You by Harlan Coben”

  1. Red Iza

    If I remember correctly, I’ve only read one book by that author, but what a book ! Not the kind you’ll remember all your life, but the kind that you simply can’t shut before you reach the end, he’s an efficient writer 🙂 Great review, I like the way you ordered it !
    Red Iza recently posted…Review / S.M. Reine : Omega

    • trish

      Most of his books take me on that same roller coaster! I love his style of writing even if it freaks me out! And if that’s not the rule, then it should be! :O

    • trish

      Worth a try maybe, sometimes you’d be surprised what you end up liking when you give it a go. I used to think I hated Fantasy but lately I’m loving it.

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