Book Review: Missing You by Harlan Coben

missing you

Rating: 4 / 5

NYPD Detective Kat Donovan’s best friend has decided that Kat needs to ‘get out more’ and creates a profile for her on a dating site.  While Kat is perusing the possibilities, she sees one profile which catches her eye, and catches her off guard. She is sure it is her ex-fiance, Jeff.  It’s been 18 years since they broke up, but Kat has always thought that Jeff was the one that got away.  Wondering if there is still something between them, Kat reaches out to him, only to get shunned.  As Kat investigates further, she realizes that although she is positive the picture is of Jeff, there is a sinister conspiracy going on, and people that have reached out to Jeff on the dating site have disappeared.

Harlan Coben’s forte is suspense, and Missing You doesn’t disappoint.  There are two parallel story lines, one about Kat’s personal life and possible reconnection with an old flame, and the other about Kat finally solving her father’s murder.  Both are equally compelling, and each bring out a different side of Kat, making her likable and easy to relate to.

Missing You clocks in around 400 pages, and if you’re holding onto a physical copy, it seems a bit on the lengthy side, but trust me, once you start turning the pages, it’ll be hard to stop.  Before you know it, you’ll easily clear half the book in a sitting or two.  Missing You isn’t a deep, thought-provoking novel, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good.  Coben is one of the best with the fast-paced, suspenseful, and engaging novels, and Missing You is a solid thriller.

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