Author: Harlan Coben
Published: September 26, 2017 by Dutton Books
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Hardcover: 368 pages
My Rating: 4 stars
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My first Harlan Coben novel was the standalone novel, The Woods, published in 2007. I enjoyed it so much that I continued to read most of the standalone novels he’s put out since then, which come out about once a year. He has been a master of domestic suspense before the genre became really popular with the publication of Gone Girl in 2012. In his newest, Don’t Let Go, you have New Jersey Detective “Nap” Dumas who lost his brother to a railroad accident around the same time the love of his life vanished. Fifteen years later when the finger prints of his love interest turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, there are more questions than answers as Detective Nap tries to unravel once and for all the mysteries from his high school days.
Harlan Coben consistently turns out solid, enjoyable, compulsive thrillers, that beg to be devoured in a couple of sittings. This book was in my most anticipated reads of the fall post, and Mr. Coben did not let me down! This one may be his most believable and realistic yet. It was inspired by actual events that took place near where he grew up in New Jersey. Besides the mystery surrounding the loss of his brother, there is also the military base set out deep in the woods that was always shrouded in mystery when he was growing up. Coben captures growing up in a small suburban town perfectly.
Coben’s writing style has a conversational tone to it, almost like he is talking directly to you, the reader. In this one, he also keeps his dead brother front and center in the story, by talking to him, but not in a creepy way! Coben’s dry sense of humor infuses this murder mystery with snippets of comic relief. And that’s what makes his books so reliably good – they’re not meant to be great works of fiction – they are the perfect escapist read. If you’ve enjoyed his other books, you will pleasantly be in familiar surroundings again.