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May 14 2019

Don't let go by Harlan Coben

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Cornerstone, 2017. ISBN: 9781780894249.
(Age: 15+) Recommended. Themes: Mystery, Revenge, Secrets. Best-selling author Coben writes a compelling thriller about the death of two teenagers, Leo and his girlfriend Diana, who were found dead on train tracks. Nap Dumas, Leo's twin brother, now a detective in New Jersey, has never been convinced of the official verdict especially as his girlfriend Maura disappeared at the same time. When her fingerprints turn up in the case of a suspected murder, he is even more determined to find the truth.
Coben is a master at keeping the suspense going in a tightly woven plot that kept me reading until the twist at the end of the book. Nap Dumas was a complex and interesting character, and the exploration of his first love of Maura, adds to the plot. His investigation of secrets, those of his high school friends, his colleagues and the government and the notion of revenge make for a highly readable story, and the short chapters and crisp dialogue make it a quick read as well.
I had not read books by Coben for many years but will seek out more books written by him. I really enjoyed this suspenseful, tricky stand-alone story. A great read for lovers of mysteries and thrillers.
Pat Pledger

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