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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Home by Harlan Coben (Myron Bolitar #11)

HomeHome by Harlan Coben

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  Ten years after the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home.

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend?

Harlan Coben delivers a thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.

Read as an audio book.

I greatly enjoyed the narrator on this selection. He so captured Myron's wit and humility and Win's haughtiness and self analysis. A perfect match.

Too quote Myron: Wow.

Premise of the book is two six year old boys were kidnapped from under the nose of their nanny and have been missing for 10 years. Win, being absent for nearly a year, calls Myron from London - he's located one of the boys, but things went wrong and he needs Myron's help. The boys are in the hands of a prostitution ring run by Fat Gandhi and Myron manages to save one. When young Patrick is reunited with his family, the anger, animosity and desire to find Reese becomes relentless. But the more Myron and Win dig, the more they realize something doesn't make sense. Boy, were they right.

Talk about explosive.

After the last two books in this series, I felt that there was a return to the humor, self observation and witty repartee that drew me into the series. The plot drew me in and kept me engaged right up to the very end. I still have chills from the ending.


Did I mention this book is explosive? The reader might suspect they know what's going on, and to some degree are right, but when the words are spoken on page - Holy smokes.

I LOVED how more of the book was from Win's point of view. We've gotten to know Myron over the last 10 books, now we delve into Win's thoughts and feelings. Coben stayed true to character, Win is NOT necessarily a nice person - Win admits as much - but, gosh darn it if you don't like him anyway.

This almost felt like a final book, and if it is, I am truly content. I don't know how the author could follow with anything near as thrilling, provoking and engaging in this series without doing irreparable harm to the characters.

Bravo Mr. Coben, BRAVO!

Recommended if you've read the rest in the Myron Bolitar series.

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