Harlan Coben

Missing You

"...it was not long before the Coben magic got started and I was unable to put this book down..."


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 18 years ago.

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.

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I was eagerly awaiting the latest book by Coben, who is one of my favourite authors. Yet when I started to read 'Missing You' I really struggled to get into the book. Whether this was down to a slow start or my dislike for Kat, I cannot say. However, it was not long before the Coben magic got started and I was unable to put this book down, so much so that I walked around the house reading it whilst doing my housework, rather than wait to find out what happened. Detective Kat Donovan is a character that lives in the past unable to move on from either her dad's murder or the split from her fiancé twenty years ago. Kat is a needy and negative person who is quite draining. However, the plot itself is up to the usual standard that this author manages to write time and again. At times the plot was predictable but Coben's writing is such that even though the outcome is obvious, he still manages to make the journey there exciting. Had it not have been for Kat Donovan, I would have rated this book more highly, but she took away a little enjoyment from what was otherwise an excellent book.

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