Review - Home by Harlan Coben @HarlanCoben @DuttonBooks

Home by Harlan Coben
Penguin Publishing Group -Dutton
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Date Read: August 20, 2016
Source: First to Read

Ten years after the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home in Harlan Coben’s next gripping thriller, to be published in September 2016.

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend? Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.

 My Review

I absolutely loved this book!  I feel like I have been waiting for this book forever.  Maybe not waiting for it...hoping for it because I didn't know if we would see any more books in the Myron Bolitar series.  I have been a huge Harlan Coben fan for years and I adore everything about this series.  While I was excited to sit down and read this book, I was also a bit nervous about it.  Would it have the same magic as the earlier books?  Would the characters have the same appeal now that they are a bit older?  Can Win and Myron still solve half the world's problems?  I am happy to report that the answer is yes, yes, and yes (okay that might be stretching it a bit).

The mystery at the center of the book was really well done.  There were a lot of twists and turns as you may expect from a Harlan Coben novel.  I found myself in utter shock as some of the plot twists came into focus.  I love that the story was hard to predict and kept me guessing.  My interest was tightly held throughout the book and I didn't want to put it down for any reason.

Home is the story of two boys that disappeared ten years ago.  One of the boys happens to be Win's cousin's child so he has never quit looking.  When he thinks that he spots one of the boys, now a teenager, in London, he calls Myron for help.  They work together to find the boy and are successful in recovering one of the boys, Patrick.  Win's family member is still missing so Myron and Win go back to the beginning and try to figure out what really happened.  They uncover a lot of new things as they work to find the boy and learn the truth.

I loved spending time with Myron, Win, and everyone else.  I have to tell you that I love these characters.  I liked that they have all grown and in some ways moved on but the connection between them is still strong.  Myron and Win may not talk everyday anymore but when Win calls for help, Myron is there for him right away.  All of the main characters from the series are in the book as well as the characters from the Mickey Bolitar series.  Catching up with these characters was a lot of fun.  I really enjoyed the small parts of the book that were from Win's perspective.  Myron and Win have to be two of my favorite characters and getting into Win's head for any amount of time was a rare treat.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone.  I have been known to push Harlan Coben's books onto others and I plan to continue to do so...because they are just that good.  This is the eleventh book in the series and while it could be read as a stand-alone novel, why would you want to do that?  I think that this is a series that readers really don't want to miss so I do recommend reading all of the books from the beginning.  I am crossing my fingers we will soon see another book in this series!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Publishing Group - Dutton via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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About the Author

HARLAN COBEN is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Stranger, Missing You, Six Years, Stay Close, Live Wire, Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight, as well as the Myron Bolitar series and a series aimed at young adults featuring Myron’s nephew, Mickey Bolitar. The winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, he lives in New Jersey.

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  1. I still haven't read Harlan Coben. I do want to get to Fool Me Once I think it was. I will add this one now too! Great review!

    1. I just love all of his books. I hope you get a chance to read his work sometime soon. Thanks!

  2. I need to up my genre game because there are so many thrillers that look good to me but I just don't feel like reading them. I will have to check this author out one day.

    1. I love thrillers and mysteries. I stumbled upon Harlan Coben quite by accident many years ago and just can't get enough of his work.

  3. I really need to try him out one of these days. Sounds like the mystery is very well done!

  4. Coben is on my list of authors to read and I own a few of his books. While this one sounds really good I'm not sure I could handle the whole kidnapped young boy thing since I have a young boy! However, this did remind me how much I need to pick up one of his books soon!

    1. The kidnapping did take place in the past. I don't get too bothered by things like that so I can't say if it might be more than you can handle. There are so many of his books to choose from!

  5. I haven't read many books by Harlan Coben yet, but I have definitely loved all of the ones I have. This sounds like another great one :)

    1. I couldn't put this one down. It might actually be my favorite Coben book so far.


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