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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (March 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409144615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409144618
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,914 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Coben never met a technological device he couldn’t turn into a riveting plot element. His latest thriller is no exception. The story examines what can happen to people who use online dating sites, and his hypothesis builds to a truly frightening conclusion. Coben’s meticulous plotting and his incorporation of the technology are first-rate. His characterization and dialogue? Not so much. All of Coben’s characters, regardless of age, sound like entrants in a Damon Runyon dialogue contest. (The reader keeps waiting for some guy to pull a gat on some doll.) The relentless onslaught of one-liners doesn’t help, and the characters themselves, while caught up in the beautifully crafted plot, tend toward cardboard. What sets the plot in motion is when a friend of NYPD detective Kat Donovan enters Kat on an online dating site. She discovers her old boyfriend, now a widower, and tries to contact him; the complications multiply from there. Once again, Coben has expertly constructed and then dismantled a time bomb of a plot. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Perennial best-seller Coben isn’t quite hitting on all cylinders this time, but fans of his plot-driven, technologically-fueled thrillers won’t have time to notice. --Connie Fletcher --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Coben's accomplished plotting shows why he tops the bestseller lists, and his supporting characters are as memorable as ever. SUNDAY TIMES "Coben draws the disparate plot strands together with masterly authority." FINANCIAL TIMES The absolute master of tense and punchy has pulled off another tightly-plotted treat for crime fans... Superb stuff. SUNDAY MIRROR "A truly nerve-shredding thriller." MORNING STAR Genius American crime writer Coben has a knack of writing mysteries that are emotionally engaging as well as taut and suspenseful, and this is perhaps his most deeply felt effort yet, with a witty, smart woman at its centre. HEAT "King of twisty thrillers Harlan Coben returns with another good 'un... Packed with atmosphere and shock twists, this is worth turning off your phone for!" CLOSER This book held me spellbound. It is superbly paced, it has believable, credible characters, it is, in short, a brilliant story, told by a writer who is at the very top of his game. And now I have to go and try to catch up on all the damn work I failed to get on with because of this book! If you see this book, buy it and read it. -- Michael Jecks SHOTS "[A] gripping thriller." PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH This fast-moving novel grabs attention from the opening page and does not let go until the final surprise. Gripping, suspenseful and occasionally poignant, this is a great read. SYDNEY MORNING HERALD "The sheer brio of Coben's narrative plate-spinning gives it all an entertaining chutzpah." IRISH TIMES "A master of the multiple twist. Just as it seems an explanation is within reach, the reader is hammered with another, even more shocking surprise." -- Marcel Berlins TIMES Coben orchestrates his story perfectly as Kat begins to sense the magnitude of the horror at work ... Once again, he has brilliantly used a current trend, in this case internet dating, to create a can't-put-it-down thriller PUBLISHERS WEEKLY The best-selling master of suspense has written another twisty ripped-from-the-headlines page-turning stand-alone that could be his best yet LIBRARY JOURNAL

Customer Reviews

Very interesting characters and interesting development to the story.
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I have always enjoyed Harlan Coben books as it never ends the way you think it looks like you have figured it out.
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It almost seemed like Harlan had an assignment to write so many pages and he was trying to do so.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

183 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Deb@Debbie's Book Bag on March 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Harlan Coben stands atop the heap as one of the best known mystery and suspense writers in the business. His latest book, Missing You, is a gritty cop drama set against the backdrop of current headlines. Online dating has become all the rage, but it is just too easy to take the hopes and dreams of lonely people and turn them into a scam which ends up in murder. This is a hard-nosed, riveting story with so many twists and turns the reader might need a road map. Coben astounds with his parallel story lines and ties everything up in neat package in the end. Mystery and suspense at it's best!

What I liked:

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.
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NYPD cop Kat Donovan has a lot going on. And, so does this latest stand alone suspense thriller. Multiple plot lines converge into an interrelated set of mysteries with some very coincidental occurrences that require a large measure of suspension of disbelief.

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.
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71 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In "Missing You" Harlan Coben returns to a similar theme to his ultra successful "Six Years" - enduring love despite being jilted. This time it is 18 years since NYPD Detective Kat Donavan was left inexplicably by her fiancé Jeff who she thought would be her soul-mate for life. Jeff also disappeared completey out of her life and she doesn't know where he is. This happened about the same time as her beloved father, also an NYPD cop, was murdered in the line of duty.

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..
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More About the Author

Harlan Coben is the bestselling author of sixteen previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Long Lost" and "Hold Tight." Winner of the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award, Coben lives in New Jersey with his family.







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