My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: March 19th, 2019
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Family, Crime
This was my first Harlan Coben book and I am IMPRESSED. I could not put it down. It’s not rare I finish a book in a single day, especially during an exam period because I would way rather read than study but the action of going through 371 pages in one day is still worth mentioning here because I was not one bit exhausted at the end. Not every almost 400-page book can be read so fast but I was completely engrossed in this one and closed it wanting to read 5 more from the author the same day.
I became immediately interested in this book upon reading its premise. A father searching for his daughter? It instantly made me think of the movie TAKEN which was incredibly captivating. So even if this book had been half as good as the story of TAKEN, I would have loved the hell out of it. Now, upon finishing it, I can say that they’re both pretty amazing. TAKEN is more graphically unsettling and suspenseful but this book is one twisted ride as well. It is impossible to guess anything from the beginning. Even if you make a list of 100 reasons why the daughter disappeared, you likely will not arrive at the right conclusion because the author is twisted like that.
This is a real thriller. It contains mystery as well, but unlike some mystery books which are mind-bogglingly slow, it was a maximum ride type of story. One of the reasons for that is that dialog prevails over description and the characters are fully aware of their priorities. The author doesn’t care to set the scene with atrociously long details. Who cares about that?! A father is looking for his lost daughter, so who has time to ponder the beautiful purple flowers hanging from your neighbour’s door? NO ONE, including Harlan Coben. Thank God. If this is how the rest of his stories are, I want to eat them all. ALLLL.
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