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Missing You Paperback – February 10, 2015
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Praise for Missing You
“A dive-in, lose-sleep, and miss-your-bus-stop reading experience.”—Associated Press
“Another winner in Coben’s stack of winners.”—The Huffington Post
“Masterfully explores the costs of our techno-crazed existence...making the brilliantly stages Missing You not to be missed.”—The Providence Journal
“Delivers twists aplenty.”—The Boston Globe
“One of Coben's best ever.”—The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“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)
“Coben has expertly constructed and then dismantled a time bomb of a plot.”—Booklist
About the Author
With more than seventy million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels, including the Myron Bolitar series and a series aimed at young adults featuring Myron's newphew, Mickey Bolitar. His books are published in forty-three languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries. The winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, he lives in New Jersey.
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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. Amazing!
Kat Donovan is a woman after my own heart. She's been knocked around a little bit when it comes to love and she isn't sure she wants to get it right. She's tough, a little intimidating and set in her ways. Is is worth it, to lose her independence to some guy? But she still wishes she had someone to come home to. Those are the people that scammers prey on. The ones who have almost lost hope, but that little glimmer they can latch on to exists. I loved the way Coben wrote this no-nonsense character who was tough on the outside, but had a gentle heart within.
The twists and turns in this book were one right after the other. There were several parallel stories running at one time and reader is sifting back and fought between them wondering how they tie in throughout the book. But everything from an 18 year old murder case involving Kat's father, to a wayward ex-fiancee, to a teenagers worry about his mother's activities, ties in, in a big way. Coben has a way with working it all out and letting the puzzle pieces fall into place when the he nears the conclusion. I never feel disappointed and most of the time even if I have figured out what's going on, it's all about the journey. This was a great one, by a real master in the genre.
What I didn't like:
Big conspiracies and murder plots can be so convoluted and drawn out so far that they become impossible scenarios. I think this one may have gotten a little close to the line, but it didn't quite go over. It was plausible, if just so. But that didn't change the fact that it was an exciting and engrossing novel.
If you've never read a Harlan Coben I suggest you fix that as soon as possible. If you like the kind of book that makes your heart beat speed up and your palms sweat, this is it. Great ready, because it's a real thrill ride.
I have gone back to the earlier books because I am not quite as happy with the more recent ones. I don't hold Mr Coben responsible for my not liking them, it's my problem if I am not entirely happy with the new stories. Mr Coben is brilliant since he is now appealing to a new audience and having some success.
This is a romantic mystery story. It is also, like many Coben books, about loss and how we handle it. Kat loved and lost and found Jeff again. Kat was obsessed about her Father's death and learned his secret. I suspect many of us can relate.
This is one of the better Harlan Coben books I have read. The suspense grabs you from page 1. A good read.
The characters were not believable, specially that Reynaldo dude. " UH, look at me, I'm scary and evil, I only love my dog".
Also, what about that BS about Win? What if this was my first Harlan Coben book, I'd be like: "Huh? Who is this? What is he doing here? And why he isn't mentioned again? Was he important?"
What if I hadn't read the Bolitar series? I like to read my books over and over, but I am not going to read this one again.
Without getting into the plot summary, which can be found in the Amazon Book Description above, Missing You uses the current trend of Internet dating as the backdrop for its plot and, to quote from the Book Description, relates to "the ties we have to our past...and the lies that bind us together."
Is Missing You great literature? No, of course not. It is, however, a very suspenseful plot-driven book filled with an abundance of twists and turns and interesting characters that most readers will be able to relate to. It is escapist reading at or near the top of its genre and, for me, it is Coben's most enjoyable book in awhile. I'm giving Missing You a 4-star -- actually a 4 1/2 star -- rating instead of 5-stars because I felt a few of the twists and turns were a bit contrived and gratuitous. Nonetheless, this is a very minor issue and should not hold you back for an instant from reading Missing You. Enjoy!