Book Review : Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

September 26, 2017 Book review 4 ★★★★

When I’m in the mood for a twisty fast-paced read, I know turning to a Harlan Coben book will deliver just what I need.  It’s my hard and fast thriller read rule and Don’t Let Go was no exception.

Book Review : Don’t Let Go by Harlan CobenDon't Let Go by Harlan Coben
Published by Random House UK on September 26th 2017
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

The brilliant new novel from the international bestselling author of Home and Fool Me Once. Mistaken identities, dark family secrets and mysterious conspiracies lie at the heart of this gripping new thriller.
Fifteen years ago in small-town New Jersey, a teenage boy and girl were found dead.
Most people concluded it was a tragic suicide pact. The dead boy's brother, Nap Dumas, did not. Now Nap is a cop - but he's a cop who plays by his own rules, and who has never made peace with his past.
And when the past comes back to haunt him, Nap discovers secrets can kill...

!@#$ ARC REVIEW CRIME Page-Turner suspense

First Line of Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

“Daisy wore a clingy black dress with a neckline so deep it could tutor philosophy.”

My Thoughts on Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Things that I know Harlan Coben can deliver:

–          Interesting shadowy characters.  I love that his characters strut through the pages in various shades of grey.  The moral dilemmas that he positions his characters in, and just where they draw their own moral stance line fascinates me.  No black, no white, just lots of grey.

–          Wit.  ALL THE WIT.  I laugh, eye-roll and smirk my way through the pages, as I love his droll, sharp humour.

–          Twists.  Harlan holds the crown for master of twisty plots.  I devour suspense novels, and I have yet to read any other author who can deliver plot twist after plot twist with such rapid fire speed.

It didn’t disappoint!

So basically I set pretty high standards for any Coben book that I read, but I’m never disappointed.  This book had me swiping as fast as I could on my kindle to absorb the plot, and unravel the mystery.

The main character Nap was a pleasure to spend time with.  In his own words,

“I’m a big county investigator with a hint of small-town cop. I have zero interest in money or glory. That’s not faux modesty. I’m happy being right where I am. I solve the cases and pass on the credit.”

I loved Nap’s values and attitude, and as you quickly find out, he has own ideas on justice and on how the end justifies the means.  As a teenager, his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diane were found dead on railway tracks.  And while Nap was reeling from that horror, Nap’s girlfriend pulled a disappearing act.  Now 15 years, all these events are vibrating though Nap’s life again.  So he needs to find out just what, how and why this all happened and why it’s resurfacing.

I’m not going to spoil anything for you.  Basically all you need to know is I loved it, I didn’t guess the twists, and if you love suspense books you need to add it to your TBR!

The bottom line:

A fast-paced twisty thriller with a lot of heart running through the pages.  Roll on Harlan Coben’s next book, as it will be an auto-buy for me.


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


Who should read Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

I’d recommend this if you love lightning fast books, a mystery that makes you read as quickly as you can to join the dots, and characters that make you care.  Fans of previous books by Harlan Coben should enjoy.  I would also recommend it to you if you like authors such as Linwood Barclay, Tana French or James Patterson.

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration.  As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.


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