Friday, March 28, 2014

Missing You - Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is back with his latest thriller, MISSING YOU. After a few books which were solidly good yet not brilliant, he's created a set of oddball characters we love to love. Together with a twisty, satisfying plot, that will jerk your heartstrings, this is a sure winner.

(Incidentally, here is a reviewer who disagrees with me and while loving MISSING YOU thinks the 2013 Coben, SIX YEARS, was better.)

And yes, Mr Coben, I remember the song well. :-)

From the book jacket:

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-fiancĂ© 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 fiancĂ©, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained.

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