Harlan Coben

Don’t Let Go

"...an enjoyable read by one of my favourite authors."


Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo's girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks - and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother's death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he's been looking for.

When Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana, whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.

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Coben is an author who is always able to write a thriller that will hook you from the first page. 'Don't Let Go' is no exception. However, whilst I was intrigued to find out what would happen, this book just didn't have the edge that some of his other standalone books have. Nap is convinced that the deaths were linked to an old military base outside of the town they grew up in… and herein lies the problem for me. I had very little interest in the military base or any tenuous links it may have to the earlier deaths as I found it somewhat unbelievable. Coben usually delivers an outstanding thriller but 'Don't Let Go' wasn't on the same par. I also found myself rushing through the dialogue of Nap's imaginary conversations with his dead brother. It slowed the read down and was I felt unnecessary. Despite the negatives, Coben still manages to deliver a story that packs a punch and will leave you wondering how you managed to miss the clues and not guess what really happened. As a main character Nap was a good choice - flawed but not broken, which gave him a feeling of being believable. This is an enjoyable read by one of my favourite authors.

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