John Waite calling

Missing  You  by Harlan Coben; 2014; $27.95; 399 pages; Dutton, New York, NY; 9780525953994; Fiction; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Belmont; 3/21/14-3/25/14

What are the stories?  There is the high level scam, the missing persons case, the decades old police murder, an illicit love affair, corruption, a long missing fiancee and a odd couple partnership.  Harlan Coben takes all these cases and weaves them together into a suspenseful story that will have you going now I understand and a second later going I was wrong.  Detective Kat Donovan is out with her hot friend Stacy, when she finds out that she has been “gifted” with a years membership on an online dating website.  She goes home and finds a picture of her ex fiancee from 18 years ago and everything piles on from there.  Harlan does it again taking us on a roller coaster ride.

Did I like it?  Yes, I often liken Harlans’ books to taking a ride on Space Mountain at Disneyland you know there are twists and turns ahead but you don’t realize it until you are in the middle of one.

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Why did I pick it up?  Because I like roller coaster rides, particularly ones that I can hold in my hands.

What is with the title of the review?  The John Waite song Missing You is a plot point in the story.  Harlan said on his website  that one day he got an email from John Waite, who was reading the book, telling him that there was a new version of the song available.

How well do you know anyone?

Six Years by Harlan Coben; 2013; $27.95; 351 pages; Dutton, New York, NY; 978-0525-95348-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Belmont; 4/10-4/11

Why did I read this?  Because Harlan Coben is one of the authors that I must read.  I have read every book that he has written, that I know of.

What is the story?  Jake Fisher, needs some time off and goes to a secluded town in Vermont and meets a beautiful woman, Natalie Avery, who becomes the love of his life.  But then all of sudden she dumps him and marries an old boyfriend.  She makes him promise to not bother them and he keeps the promise for six years.  Then he sees an article that leads him to try and find her, which unleashes all kinds of mayhem.  He goes through a roller coaster ride of emotions and discoveries before the climax.  As he searches he discovers that he really doesn’t know people as well as he thought he did.

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Did I like it?  Once again Harlan Coben writes like a Disney Imagineer.   When you go to ride Space Mountain you know it is a roller coaster, but you can’t see the twist and turns but you know they are there. You know that when you pick up a Harlan Coben book you will be in for a roller coaster ride but you don’t know what twist and turns it will take.  I enjoy writing Coben for the same reason I enjoy riding roller coasters.

What is with the title of the review?  As Jake pursues the love of his life he realizes how little he really knows about his friends.

 

Where doesn’t this story go?

Seconds Away by Harlan Coben; 2012; $18.99; 338 pages; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY;  978-0-399-25651-6; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 10/2-10/3

Why did I pick this up?  Because it is by Harlan Coben and I would read his grocery and/or to do list if he published.  You know what would be fun to read are his notes to his kids teachers excusing them from class.

What is the story? Mickey Bolitar, Myrons’ nephew, is involved in a mystery that stretches from the holocaust to now, involves movie stars and their kids, rescued kids, missing kids, undercover cops, unfriendly jocks and that is all on top of being in high school, and I left out having a deceased father and a mother in rehab.  Mickey and his friends Ema and Spoon are investigating what happened when a mother dies by a handgun and her daughter is wounded by the same gun.  Once again as in most of Harlan Cobens’ books their enough twists and turns for the story to be recognized as a real roller coaster ride.

Did I like it?  Yes, I really enjoy Harlans’ ability to tell a story, turn a phrase and keep me in suspense.

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What is with the title of the review?  Besides the mystery right now, Mickey is also involved in a mystery that stretches back to the Holocaust and rescued children from many years in the past.