- File Size: 1409 KB
- Print Length: 361 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1524742287
- Publisher: Dutton (September 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 26, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NH7GION
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Harlan Coben is a folk poet of the suburbs and his well-tuned new mystery, Don’t Let Go, shows why. Coben does his usual professional job on the central mystery...but his greater talent lies in his warmhearted descriptions of life in places like Westbridge.”—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“Ernest Hemingway could have learned a tip or two from Coben’s direct and punchy writing style. And Coben deftly intersperses his action sequences with observations about human behavior.”—Steve Forbes, Forbes online
“Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist luring you in on the first page...only to shock you on the last.”—Dan Brown
“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
“Outstanding...Coben keeps Nap and the reader blindly guessing as he peels back layers of deceit reaching back 15 years, revealing nesting dolls of deadly secrets.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Harlan Coben's addictive crime novels keep readers on the edge of their seat. Get ready for twists, turns, reversals, and you'd-never-guess-it plot twists. His thrillers are virtuoso mysteries that expose the dark side of familiar settings. Prepare yourself for relatable characters, crackling prose, and shocking endings.”—Reader's Digest “The Most Binge-Worthy Authors of All Time”
“[Nap] is both endearing and sometimes quite witty. Coben is the master of these types of characters while exposing the hidden layers of suburbia.”—Associated Press
“[A] shattering tour de force of a classic mystery wrapped in the fabric of the kind of...thriller nobody writes better.”—Providence Journal
“Harlan Coben is one of the best suspense novelists out there today.”—The Huffington Post
“Coben knows how to deliver an exciting thriller expertly. His latest novel is no exception.”—Library Journal
“Certain teams (the Yankees), performers (Springsteen), and shows (The Sopranos) exist at such a rarified level of excellence that our expectations become unreasonable...Harlan Coben...belongs in this rarified category.”—Newark Star-Ledger
“You won’t be able to put it down once you open it....Get this book now.”—Bookreporter.com
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I would love to have someone explain this to me because I actually really liked the book up until the end, which was marred for me by the illogic.
And that's not a bad thing.
Nap Dumas is a detective with several secrets in his past and a few ghosts that don't keep him up at night. Until a case in another state where a cop and former classmate has been killed drags him into something bigger than he ever imagined.
Just when you think the book is over it keeps going and the ending has a sudden stop. I love how it ends. I didn't see the twists coming.
Coben's writing is fast paced with beautiful plot points and chapters that vary in range but are, for the most part, small enough to get one in here or there.
For the audio book the narrator does a beautiful job with voices and pacing.
"Don't Let Go", though I can guess who is the real culprit this time, still has that charm straight on.
However, the reason for a 3-star and a but in my review is that I personally don't like Nap, the protagonist. This is the first. I also don't like how the story rolls. The ploy along with the protagonist make up quite a bit boring pact for me somehow. Not to mention the fact that I definitely side with the culprit. Not sure if it's a good thing, though.
Still, I look forward to Coben's next brilliant works, as always.
Descriptive writing that draws the reader into each scene. Realistic procedures, actions and reactions. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking and occasionally snarky dialogue.
'I overtip. For a cop, I’m fairly rich. Why wouldn’t I be? I’m Dad’s sole heir. Some people claim that money is the root of all evil. Could be. Others say that money can’t buy you happiness. That may be true. But if you handle it right, money buys you freedom and time, and those are a lot more tangible than happiness.'
'The woods are completely still. No birds coo. No leaves rustle. I can hear only the sound of my own breathing. The past does not simply die away. Whatever happened here still haunts these grounds. You can feel that sometimes—when you visit ancient ruins or old estates or when you are alone in the woods like this. The echoes quiet, fade away, but they never go completely silent.'
I may re-read this book and always look forward to works by this author.
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Nap has never been able to completely accept what happened to his brother, and it is his tenacity to discover the truth that makes him such an admirable character. He fights for what he believes to be right and does not let go of his values. I additionally loved him for his sarcastic demeanour as some of his comments made me smile and laugh out loud. You really feel sympathetic towards him for losing his brother and girl that he loved. The not knowing what exactly happened to them has clearly left him scarred.
The plot is so gripping; you're constantly asking yourself what really happened 15 years ago and that question isn't answered until the final chapter, which makes you want to read on all the time. At times, the book is tense and fast-paced which made me sit up and eager to finish the novel. This is balanced nicely with some reflective and thought-pondering scenes, where Nap tries to make sense of facts, events and other people.
Overall, Don't Let Go is a novel that will hook you in from the very first chapter and you won't be able to put it down until you have reached the end.
For me, one of Coben’s greatest gifts is his ability to invent great characters. Nap is exceptionally likable - tough but vulnerable, determined and passionate, with a bagful of great one-liners á la Myron Bolitar. My only issue with the book is that Nap is just a tad too much like Byron (who, funnily enough, makes a brief cameo appearance), which is why I’ve awarded 4 stars instead of 5. Otherwise, a perfectly enjoyable way to spend a rainy afternoon. You can easily romp through it in 3.5 hours.
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It's clear he's mastered his craft thoroughly and is sure-footed in his plotting, and the dialogue is sharp, crisp, to the point and believable. It's a page-turner, no doubt, and I've really enjoyed reading it, and when I had to put it aside when the outside world required me to, I did so reluctantly, which is a sure sign that a novel is doing its job, and it's author has done this before.
I expect I'll read another Coben, maybe more than one, but I also have the slight feeling that when I do so, certain narrative similarities between his books may emerge, like he's whipping up a slightly different dish each time by using the same ingredients but in a different order and in different quantities. That said, I expect I can enjoy that experience just as much on future occasions, as long as this dish is this tasty.
Not an interesting read, for sure.