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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for Missing You
"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Kat, the female police officer hangs out at a bar her dead father, also a policeman, used to frequent and sits on the stool he used. Her best friend, voluptuous and seductive, is a private investigator - but we don't really see her investigating anything. She is too busy flirting with men and when they approach her, rejecting them as unworthy. She is a caricature. A teenage boy's fantasy. Brandon, a precocious teenager seeks Kat out to help him find his missing mother and this is the basic plot of the tedious, plodding and lifeless story.
It has a sprinkle of everything: The aforementioned well-endowed friend; a black homosexual cross-dresser (the only character even remotely interesting and fleshed out) a chain-smoking gravel-voiced mother in denial of her husband's other life, a boss with suspicious actions around her father's death, a vapid ex-lover who dumped her and -wait for it- she still loves and pursues. Then there are the evil monsters responsible for the kidnappings of many people. There are even zombie overtones with people in coffin-like boxes. The mafia don was a mere sketch and so vapid I couldn't believe why Coben didn't flesh him out at least a bit. None of these characters are engaging. They are like stick-people. The plot is improbable, the ending ridiculous and the entire book a failure that had so much potential.
By the time I got to the predictable end, I couldn't care less what happened to any of them.
Honestly, I have no ax to grind with one of my all-time favourite authors, but where the heck did this silly romance posturing as a thriller come from. Not from the pen of Coben unless he was channeling a teenager. I suppose this may have been an attempt to market the book to a YA audience while keeping his loyal readers in the process. It just didn't work. I paid nearly $20 for this and I regret not researching it since the sample seemed as if it might be ok. It wasn't. Two thumbs down.
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.