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Missing You by Harlan Coben (2014-03-18)

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  • By Denise Crawford on March 13, 2014

    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. There was actually one surprise, but the rest of this story was a cliche for anyone who reads this genre.Fast-paced and full of the usual completely stereotypical characters, enjoy this for what it is - escapist entertainment.I've read every Coben book except for those in the Bolitar series. He's hit and miss for me.Thank you to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Dutton for the e-book ARC to review.

  • By Bobbewig on April 27, 2014

    If you've read other books by Harlan Coben, you know that once you start his books they grab hold of your attention from page one and never let go until the last word on the last page. Missing You, Coben's latest, is no exception. If Missing You is your first "Coben," be prepared to escape from reality for a few days because once you start it, you won't be able to put it down. It may get to the point that people in your real world will be "missing you" -- sorry about that!.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!

  • By Joan Grayson on April 1, 2014

    Quite awhile since I read a Harlan Coben mystery but this one had such good press! Good press but no editing? Men who talk to women as though they were in a time warp? Slang from the same time warp? "Sackola"? Did anyone ever say the word "sackola"? A character with "baited breath"? Really! "Baited" with a worm? a herring? A woman who supposedly lives in NYC (on the UWS no less) and thinks SCOOP is an ice cream store? Finally found out the one great drawback to reading on a kindle.....one is reluctant to throw it across the room!

  • By N. David Blocher on April 8, 2014

    This book actually has a decent plot and does step up in the second half but overall, especially with Six Years and now with this one, Coben needs to decide if he really wants to write Harlequin romances and if so, stop just dabbling in it. The emotional content is way too high and ending twist is at least one too many. My suspension of belief was breached irreparably.Coben has written some very fine stand-alones albeit the audio book version of one of them was ruined because he narrated it himself but given the really fine work he is capable of, these last two have been a disappointment.Maybe it is a disease --- Baldacci went all Sylvia Brown in the Lighthouse one. A good editor should have given him the word --- too kitschy, too touchy-feely. Way too many over the emotional top metaphors.One of Newt Gingrich's old confidants said Newt was absolutely brilliant but that he ran off the rails because he got rid of the one guy on his staff who had the hutzpah to tell him when he was full of it. Coben needs a new editor to tell him when he runs off the rails.


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