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Missing You Hardcover – March 18, 2014
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"Missing You is another winner in Coben's stack of winners." - Huffington Post
"Once again, Coben has brilliantly used a current trend, in this case Internet dating, to create a can't-put-it-down thriller." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Once again, Coben has expertly constructed and then dismantled a time bomb of a plot." - Booklist
Praise for Harlan Coben
"Coben is simply one of the all-time greats - pick up any one of his thrillers and you'll find a riveting, twisty, surprising story with a big, beating heart at its core." - Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Gone Girl
“Any new book from Coben is a cause for celebration, and one as good as Six Years is cause for jubilation.”
—The Huffington Post on Six Years
“With Six Years, the author shows once more how it’s done. . . . The beauty of Coben’s craftsmanship here is how often he can lure us into not perceiving what’s clearly right in front of our eyes.”
—The Washington Post on Six Years
“A Harlan Coben Home Run. Stunningly effective. This is Coben’s Vertigo, his masterpiece.”
—Providence Sunday Journal on Six Years
"Energetic and action-packed, this is one of those novels that has you flipping pages at warp speed.”
“A tour de force stand-alone . . . satisfying on every level.”
—Booklist (starred review) on Stay Close
“The narrative is immersive, and the well-drawn characters and twisting plotting are stellar. With such a cool hook and a surprising and satisfying payoff, don’t wait six years to read what might be Coben’s best since Tell No One.”
—Library Journal (starred review) on Six Years
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Harlan Coben is a big name in mainstream mystery and thriller writing. His titles have seen a lot of attention and justifiably so. He writes with a kind of inner radar that hones in on the issues that readers already have on their minds. Current headlines and little things that just make you wonder are the themes of his books. His books feel real and they don't sugar coat the facts or the fiction about the subject.
Let's face it, the dating game has changed. Meeting someone online is no longer an unusual thing. It's common. And with it comes a lot of problems that dater's never had to think about before. "Is that picture really what he/she looks like?" "Does this person really have that job and live in that town?" "Is he or she married?" and unfortunately, "Could this guy/gal be after something more sinister than true love?" The online dating theme was spot on in this novel. Coben treats it like what it is... and everyday occurrence that could be fraught with a whole lot of danger. I thought his portrayal of the landscape of online dating was masterful. He pulls the reader into this world of conspiracy and murder and he doesn't let go.Read more ›
Single and middle-aged, Kat was once in love with her soul mate Jeff Raynes. They were happily engaged when he abruptly broke off their relationship and vanished. She hasn't been able to find out a shred of information about him for the last 18 years. Her well-meaning friend Stacy, who owns a private investigation firm (Stacy is gorgeous of course whereas Kat is "cute and perky") sets up a profile for Kat on a dating website where, lo and behold, she finds Jeff! Now, what does she do? Long story.
In another plot thread, Kat is anguishing over the death of her cop father 18 years ago -- the self-confessed murderer is in prison. But Kat is not sure that Monte Leburne actually killed her father. Then, who did? Her dad was investigating a known mobster when he died but was prone to long absences from the family home for reasons he never explained to his wife and children. Kat's mother doesn't want to talk about any of that.
In yet another narrative line, evil Titus is locking men and women in underground boxes on a remote Amish farm in Pennsylvania. What does he want and how did he get them there?
And one more - Brandon Phelps, a teenage boy from a wealthy Connecticut family, asks Kat to investigate what seems to be his mother's suspicious activity as she went off on a tropical vacation to meet a man she met online.
No spoilers here -- but it all sort of comes together in exactly the way a reader will imagine and predict by the time all the players are introduced.Read more ›
Kat has not got over either event and has never married. One day her best friend, Stacey, gives her a most unusual present - a subscription to an on-line dating service with the message "You need someone. You want someone". With some hesitation Kat decides to have a quick browse through the site for potential dates and her world explodes when she sees a picture of Jeff staring back at her. His bio says that he is widowed with a daughter. Kat plucks up courage to send him an anonymous message that he will understand - a link to a video of their favourite song. She finds it disturbing and weird that Jeff doesn't recognise the song.
At around the same time Kat has a final near deathbed interview with her father's convicted killer, now dying of cancer while still on death row, and believes his confession that while he is guilty of other murders he was set up to take the rap for her father's murder.
Coben then takes us on a switchback of ups and downs and twists and turns as Kat follows up her father's murder, and tries to track down Jeff. She is also dragged into a case of multiple disappearances of people associated with on-line dating..Read more ›
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This is a new author for me. I usually rely on such authors as Vince Flynn and David Baldacci. Harlan Coben is my new favorite. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Amazon Customer
The internet has brought us on line danger and it keeps finding innocent victims. Lonely, unsuspecting people looking for relationships - unaware of the frightening things that... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Was this really a Harlan Coben book? I hated it. It was totally predictable. It earned a star because there was a twist in the end I didn't see comming, but I didn't like the... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Karin Eder