Missing You

Posted March 18, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

by Harlan Coben
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Published by Dutton Adult
Missing You Book Cover Missing You
Harlan Coben
Dutton Adult

It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.

As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.

“Truth had its own funky smell.”

Kat Donovan had a plan. She was engaged to the love of her life and on her way to becoming an attorney. Her life was charmed until the day her police officer father was killed. His murder rocked her world entirely. It consumed her to the point that even her fiancé could no longer support her. Kat’s plan changed entirely; she forgot about law school and joined the family business.

“You became a legend, Kat knew, by dying on the job. ”

Eighteen years later Kat is a NYC police detective and still damaged by the events from so long ago. She works too much and drinks too much. She lives day to day and case to case. Kat is fortunate enough to have a friend who declares that enough is enough. Stacy signs Kat up for an online dating service. Kat is less than thrilled but after a few too any drinks and returning home to an empty apartment, it suddenly doesn’t seem like such a horrible idea. Then she sees him. Staring at her from the screen of her laptop is Jeff, her ex fiancé, and he too is looking for love. He’s just as handsome as she remembered and listed as a father and widower. Kat makes contact but she never expects this simple gesture to become her most complicated case. Kat has just opened a Pandora’s Box of missing persons, dead bodies, dangerous criminals… and maybe, just maybe, the truth about her father’s murder.

“There was literally nothing here but a bizarre paranoid conspiracy theory coming from an NYPD detective who had recently been given a leave by her superior because, well, she had voiced another bizarre paranoid conspiracy theory. ”

What initially grabbed my attention while beginning this book was the humor. I was immediately connected with Kat and Stacy. I felt as though I could have been sitting on the bar stool beside them laughing and talking. I was enjoying the banter so much that I was almost blindsided by the plot unfolding before me. The author is an artist with his words. I was completely immersed in every thought, idea, and environment.

“Hopelessness was much more potent when it started out as hope. Think about it. If you want to drop something so it lands hard and cracks, you first have to lift it up high as possible. ”

There were multiple storylines running parallel to one another throughout the book. Kat was searching for clues in her father’s murder. Jeff was always on her mind and quickly becoming a mystery as well. And then there was the missing persons case she has stumbled upon. The story flips from one storyline to the next and back again, weaving the stories together and pulling them back apart. As soon as I thought I knew the truth, Kat would uncover another clue.

“Dead people tell no tales. ”

The voice of each character was well defined. They each had a backstory and it was reflected in their decisions and actions. Good or bad, strong or weak, each character’s choices aligned with the background and development created for them. This made for believable and exciting events throughout the book. I held my breath during the last 30%!

The twists and turns kept me riveted and the romance aspect made me more and more intrigued as the story continued. This was a solid and well written story that I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great suspense/thriller.

4.5 stars and read it with an aged scotch!

This ARC was generously offered in exchange for an honest review.


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