Book Review: Home by Harlan Coben

December 7, 2016 Book review 5 ★★★★

Home is where the heart is.  And The Mryon Bolitar series has my heart, and has had it for years.  So I couldn’t wait to read Home by Harlan Coben to see what craziness the gang were battling nowadays.

Book Review: Home by Harlan CobenHome (Myron Bolitar, #11) by Harlan Coben
Published by Century on September 22nd 2016
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Psychological, Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library

The boy who had been missing for ten years was right in front of him ...
A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent.
No trace of the boys ever surfaced.
For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager.
Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: what can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend?
Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.

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My Thoughts on Home by Harlan Coben

I won’t lie, this review might make zero sense!  I feel very incoherent as I’m punch drunk from the last chapter.

First up, I think you need to already be in love with these characters to enjoy this book.  I’d highly recommend reading it in sequence and reading the tie-in series Mickey Bolitar.  Only then will this book have the maximum impact on you.

Doubts, I’ve had a few.  But then again too few to mention (except briefly)!  For a lot of Home, I wasn’t sure. Thought maybe these characters had their day and should hang up their guns, their tired jokes and go watch musicals. They love musicals, it would be fine.

Knockout twists

But in true Harlan Coben style, there was a knockout twist.  Or should I say twists.  I’m used to Harlan, I’m used to his twists, I’m waiting for them.  So plot-twists shouldn’t freak me.  Right?  Wrong!  So wrong, they hit a hard punch right through the pages and straight into my feels.

My head wasn’t able for those final two blows. I’m shocked, reeling, smiling and I need more books in this series.

In a nutshell

  • perplexing plot
  • fun catch up with characters I love
  • lots of ‘in’ jokes if you’ve read previous books
  • A tie up between the Myron Bolitar series and the Mickey Bolitar series (Mickey is Myron’s nephew)
  • a knockout last chapter


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars

Who should read Home by Harlan Coben?

I’d only recommend this to you if you’ve read at least some of the previous books in this series.  If you love twisty plots, grey moral dilemmas and don’t mind a little violence, then give it a shot.  Or if enjoy authors such Linwood Barclay or David Baldacci, then this should be right up your street.



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5 Responses to “Book Review: Home by Harlan Coben”

  1. Rita @ View From My Books

    I love the author and have read all his stand-alones. Don’t know why I can’t connect to Bolitar 😕 I tried the first book twice, and both times a dnf. I’m not very interested in sports or macho men characters, but maybe if I skip ahead a book or two, and try again? Hmm…

  2. Dawn obrien

    Ooh, I collected this from the library, to be packed along with lyrebird for my hols! I love myron too x

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