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Home Hardcover – September 20, 2016
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Praise for Harlan Coben and his novels
“Coben knows how to play with readers’ expectations, and he’s crafted another suspenseful and twisty tale. Fans and newcomers alike will feel as if good friends have come home.”—Associated Press on Home
"The lasting appeal of this series lies in Coben’s sympathy for ordinary people who do desperate things when they’re swept up in circumstances they can’t control.”—The New York Times Book Review on Home
“Reading Harlan Coben’s spectacular Home feels like running into an old friend you haven’t seen in years. . . . Coben’s latest reminds us not only of his roots but also his mastery of the genre. As structurally flawless as it is stylistically brilliant, Home is everything great storytelling is supposed to be.”—Providence Journal on Home
“Edgar-winner Coben's action-packed 11th thriller featuring sports agent Myron Bolitar (after 2011's Live Wire) blends family drama with a twisty plot. . . . This page-turner is sure to please Coben's many fans.” —Publishers Weekly on Home
“Series fans will be happy to see Myron, Win, Esperanza, and other recurring characters. . . . Given the size of Coben’s audience, this one is sure to be popular. With five years since the last Bolitar novel, expect holds.”—Booklist on Home
“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
"[A] standout family thriller. . . . Coben moves Home at a brisk pace and while he employs his usual twists, each turn is realistic. The heartfelt Home ranks as one of Coben's best, a standout among his 29 novels.” —Sun Sentinel (Florida) on Home
"Master of 'the hook.'"—Charlotte Observer on Home
"Coben is like a skilled magician saving the best, most stunning trick for the very end." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Fool Me Once
"Coben hits the bull's eye again . . . masterfully paced plotting . . . a tale guaranteed to fool even the craftiest readers a lot more than once."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Fool Me Once
“Coben proves his thriller mastery once more.”—Entertainment Weekly on Fool Me Once
“Harlan Coben, master of the suburban thriller, has written another compelling and twist-filled tale with Fool Me Once. . . . The unpredictability of the story will keep readers literally turning the pages to try and figure out what is really going on. Even those savvy enough to figure out some of the ending will not uncover everything, and the whopper of a payoff not only will have jaws dropping, but also demonstrates Coben's skill as a writer.”—Associated Press on Fool Me Once
"Coben has done it again with this fast-paced, smart thriller.”—Library Journal (starred review) on Fool Me Once
“Harlan Coben has long been the master of the jaw-dropping twist. But in Fool Me Once, he knocks our legs out from under us as well. . . . Fool Me Once just might be his crowning achievement.”—Providence Journal
"Harlan Coben is a master of his craft and a wizard with words. . . . Fool Me Once is him at his best and there is no shame in having him trick us one more time. In fact most of us will be begging him to fool us again and again and again.”—Jackie K. Cooper, book critic, The Huffington Post
"Harlan Coben once again proves himself a master at creating a page turner that will keep you up reading until the wee hours and keep you guessing right up until the end. While I’ve read many of Coben's books, I was actually new to the Bolitar series when I was sent a copy of Home. Wow, I am totally hooked! Just when you think you have it all figured out, there's another Coben twist, and believe me when I tell you that he saves the most stunning twist for the very end. It left me with my jaw dropping and with the biggest smile ever as I closed the book."—Joan Lunden
About the Author
With more than seventy million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty-five previous novels. His last nine consecutive novels have all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in forty-three languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries.
Top Customer Reviews
Win Lockwood is searching for two boys, kidnapped in New Jersey, who have been missing for ten years. He’s related to one of them. When he finally spots the other boy, three thugs get in his way. Three dead thugs later, the boy is gone, prompting Win to call Myron Bolitar for help.
Harlan Coben doesn’t usually write jaw-dropping prose, although he occasionally comes up with something clever (“a purple top so tight it could have been sausage casing”). Coben does, however, knows how to keep a story moving, and that’s good enough for a thriller, provided the story is interesting. “Interesting” isn’t a sufficiently forceful word to describe the plot of Home. The captivating story keeps the reader emotionally involved while pondering the fate of the two boys.
The parents of each boy are believable characters. Each parent is obviously the victim of tragedy, but the full nature of their respective tragedies isn’t known until the story concludes. The strongest characters, of course, are Win and Myron, each of whom evolves a bit by the time the story ends. Mickey Bolitar, Myron’s nephew (and the central character in a young adult series), plays a supporting role, along with his friends Ema and Spoon. Win’s cross-dressing buddy Zorra adds a note of comic relief to the story when he isn’t causing mayhem.
The plot needs that comic relief because it is quite intense. Coben builds suspense until he delivers a startling conclusion that resolves the mystery. The climax is emotionally satisfying.
Unlike most modern thrillers, Coben managed to tell a compelling story without overreaching, without relying on implausible coincidence, and without following a formula. I’m glad to see that Coben got his groove back in Home.
The story is about a 10 year old kidnapping involving Win's cousin's son. Win gets a new lead and heads to London to see if he can find the missing boy. He gets himself in a bit of situation and calls his best friend Myron to fly over and lend his assistance. Of course the story takes on twists and turns and Myron and Win rekindle their 'bromance." The banter between them will bring a smile to your face if not a full laugh. The writer did a great job bringing in Esperanza and Big Cyndi to help with the search and the ending definitely caught me off guard.
My only complaint, which isn't really a complaint but maybe a suggestion, is that the writer could have done a little more back story on the beginning of Win and Myron's relationship. There have been so many stories since then so I forgot how they met and what made them best friends. I think he could have spent a few pages reminding the reader of how the "bromance" began since their friendship is the core of every one of these novels. All in all a really great read and if you like Myron, you will love this book!
I won't spend time summarizing the plot of Home, as this can be read about in the Amazon Book Description above. I'll just say that, having just finished this book, I have some mixed feelings about it.
On the positive side, in typical Coben fashion, Home is written in a fast-paced style that makes it a very quick read. It has a plot that grabs your interest from page one and maintains reader interest to the last page. It brings fans of this series up-to-date in the lives of the characters they have grown fond of over the years. And, it is filled with an above average share of plot twists and turns right up until the very end of the story.
However, for me, these positives were, for the most part, somewhat offset by three negatives factors. The two biggest negatives for me are that: (1) a lot of the action and plot twists require a suspension of disbelief that at times went beyond my willingness to do so, and (2) that the motivation for the actions -- and the specific actions themselves -- taken by a few of the key characters were so implausible that they served to weaken the book's credibility. A third, but lesser, negative is that the role Coben has Myron's sixteen year old nephew and friends play in this book didn't "ring true" for me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Coban used to be a favorite author. No longer true. Either I have changed over the years or he has. This has too much violence and too much of the friend (the rich guy)Published 3 hours ago by Judith Barnes
Not great writing, but a good story. Keeps you guessing. A cautionary tale for all gun owners.Published 6 hours ago by roberta schwinke
Fast read, suspenseful, irreverent ... typical Coben and I loved it.
Harlan Coben writes books that keep the reader guessing right up to the end, and allows them to have fun... Read more
Once again Harlan Coben comes through! The Master of Mystery!Published 19 hours ago by R. Christensen
I've bee reading Harlan Coben a long time. He never disappoints. This story keeps you guessing right up to the last page. Great read!!Published 1 day ago by Sparky115
Only drawback is the updating of characters from previous books for novice Coban
Fans but not sure how that could be helped.