Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben

Don't Let Go

Harlan Coben

"Coben is simply one of the all-time greats--pick up any one of his thrillers and you'll find a riveting, twisty, surprising story with a big, beating heart at its core."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

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With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

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.


Advance Galley Reviews

Harlan Coben is a master of suspense, and this book was fantastic. I would highly recommend. He has a way of sucking you in with a great hook. He takes the ordinary person and puts them in an extraordinary situation. Detective Nap Dumas is on the trail of his ex, Maura, in search of answers about his twin's death. Really great page turner. I would highly recommend.

Harlan Coben's books are such fun reads, and Don't Let Go is no different. Okay, this is only the second one I have read, and both so far have been enjoyable. Clearly, he is an author I should have discovered much earlier in my reading. A familiar location, developed characters, and a fast-paced mystery that keeps me guess make me a Harlan Coben fan. Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/12/dont-let-go.html. Reviewed for NetGalley & Penguin First to Read.

This was my first time reading a Harlan Coben novel, which is a little embarrassing considering I am a librarian. After finishing Don't Let Go, I can happily take Mr. Coben off my "yet to try" list and add him to my "favorite authors" list in Goodreads. His writing style has a very visual quality, which lends itself well to the thriller/crime genre. I could see this story easily becoming a movie. I could not stop reading. The story arc is well timed and his chapters tend to be shorter than the average book, which allows the reader to digest the content at a fun pace. I look forward to recommending this title and this author to my library patrons.

I am so glad I read this. I love Harlan Coben’s books and this one did not disappoint. I loved the twists and turns and the suspense. This book had great characters. I received a copy of this book from Firsttoread for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

What a great, twisty book! I always enjoy Coben's books, and this one didnt disappoint. I devoured this book and read it in record time. What a unique story line and of course, a roller coaster of emotions and unexpected turns on every page. Highly recommend this awesome read!

This book sucks you in from the beginning and keeps you hooked. This was a great story. I loved this story. I didn't want to stop reading. I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. Everything about the book is great. The characters, the plot, and the writing all keep your interest. I would definitely recommend this book.

A free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. The beginning sucked me in and the story kept me interested throughout. The ending was unexpected but not entirely satisfying but it was a quick solid read. I would try more from this author.

This was my first Harlan Coben novel and it is easy to see why he is such a popular author. The story sucked me in from the beginning and definitely held my interest. While I wasn't entirely satisfied with the ending, I didn't see it coming so it wins points for that. One of my favorite mystery/thriller novels I have read this year and would recommend as a good weekend or vacation read. Thanks to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance copy!

As every book I’ve ever read by Harlan Coben does, this one kept me flipping pages as fast as I could and far into the night, trying to discover what really happened. And I loved every minute of it. This was one that I had a hard time figuring out, I’d think I knew the answers and then something else would happen and throw me completely off. It’s just the kind of suspense thriller that I thrive on and that keeps me coming back for more of this authors writing. It was delicious and I enjoyed every fabulous page. I highly recommend this one to fans of twisty, dark, fabulous mysteries that keep you up late into the night. This one is a favorite and I know I will be thinking of Nap and the other characters in this book for days to come.

I enjoyed this book very much. I could picture this scenario happening to someone I know. I think this is the second book I have read from Harlan Coben. I would recommend it again and again.

This is now my favorite Harlan Coben book! The book was full of unexpected turns and the final few twists made my jaw drop. 5 stars & I highly recommend.

As you would expect from Harlan Coben, this is a fast paced and compelling book. It tells the story of Nap Dumas, a thirty something police officer with a turbulent past. The story is pretty ridiculous and was not very convincing for me. The characters were all a little bit one dimensional and this is definitely an example where the plot is the most important part of the narrative, which would be fine, except I just didn't think the plot was that good really. What I will say is that the prose is accessible and is written with the right amount of suspense to keep the interest. I know that plenty of people will really enjoy this book but for me, I think it's a bit forgettable. I received a free copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review.

As with most Harlan Coben books that I have read, the was a real page turner. Great suspense. Loved the main character "Nap" and the challenge he faced with the death of his twin and the loss of his girlfriend and working through all the twists and turns he uncovers. This author never disappoints me and as expected Harlan Coben has again delivered a fantastic book. I highly recommend it.

I love Harlan Cobden books and was so excited to get this one early. As with his other books, I was not disappointed. Don't Let Go was a fast read with tons of suspense and a bit of a twist. I did not put this one down and would absolutely recommend it!

One fateful evening in his senior year of high school, "Nap" Dumas lost both his twin brother and his girlfriend. The brother in a bad accident and his girlfriend broke up with him and disappeared. "Nap" has been searching for his girlfriend ever since, not getting much traction until her fingerprints turn up in a rental car of a suspected murderer who apparently murdered one of Nap's high school mates. So the story starts, and that story takes you, engages you, puzzles you and twists you. As with several other Harlan Coben books, I didn't see conclusion coming, I wasn't even close to putting it together, but in the end, it all made sense. Coben is amazing and he remains at the very top of my favorite authors. If you like mysteries, you will love this one.

I know when I get a book from Harlan Coben that I am not going to sleep that night because I won't be able to put it down and this was the exact case with Don't Let Go. I was sucked in from page 1. Every time I thought I knew which way the story was going, he went a different way. I was worried that I might not have the ending that I wanted but he wrapped it up very nicely and I was very satisfied. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can't wait for his next.

Nap Dumas is a police detective still trying to find his brother's killer and his girlfriend who went missing the same night, 15 (or 13?) years prior. Nap narrates the story and talks to the reader as though they are his brother, Leo. The writing and story are well within Mr. Coben's box and I knew where the story would end up. But it was the twists and turns along the way to get there that made the book enjoyable.

Witty writing, twisty suspense. Anyone who likes suspense and thrills will like this book.

There was a problem with the review copy, and unfortunately I was not able to read this book. The print was so tiny on my Nook that it was impossible to read, and the size could not be adjusted. This has happened to me a couple of times before with First to Read downloads.

*Before I get to my review I wanted to make one comment. The pdf available to download for my Nook would not allow the format to increase the font size and it was completely unreadable. I saw the other reading option was to download an app, but I can't read an entire book on my phone. I had also requested a copy of this via NetGalley and was approved, so I was able to read it on my Kindle. The PDF was still a little messed up with formatting, but it was readable. I don't know if it's possible, but ePubs or Mobi's are always much easier to read on e-readers. PDFs always bring my reading experience down. All of that said, I appreciate my request to read an early copy of this title being approved as I really enjoyed it. My review is below. ----------------------------------------------- I've read a lot of Suspense this year and Don't Let Go has definitely made it's way onto my Favorites list. It was fast paced and highly entertaining. I loved Nap. He was sarcastic, morally gray, and totally unapologetic. The story is mostly told through his 1st Person POV and I loved being in his head. He narrated events to his dead twin brother, which is not my favorite type of narrative style, but it worked ok. I thought the story was pretty fast paced, with something happening every chapter. We get the necessary background information and character development, but it wasn't an over the top amount of detail that slows things down like in so many other books. Coben seamlessly worked it all in to the current timeline and the mystery Nap was trying to solve. I liked the supporting characters a lot, too. I loved Nap's relationship with his best friend, Ellie, and how it was completely platonic. I also really liked Augie, Nap's mentor. The two grew close after the death of Nap's brother Leo and Leo's girlfriend Diana, who was also Augie's daughter. The plot revolves around the unanswered questions surrounding Leo and Diana's deaths fifteen years ago, the recent deaths of a couple of Nap's old classmates, and the conspiracy theories of the old missile base in their small town. I thought there were some things that seemed a little too unrealistic at times, but they made a little more sense by the end and it was all pretty entertaining, so I can let it go. Overall,  I really enjoyed Don't Let Go. I loved Nap and his humor. I loved how fast paced the story was and that each scene seemed important. I have only read a couple of books by Coben, but this one convinces me that I definitely need to read more from him. I highly recommend this one to Suspense fans. Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars

I read this in one sitting and was engaged in the story the whole time. One of the reasons I like Coben's Myron Bolitar books is for the witty dialogue. There is some of that in this book, but the story is much darker. As always, Coben's plot was well-paced with good characters and an ending I didn't predict.

I think a sign of a great book is when it stays with you long after you’ve read it, when you’re so invested in the characters that days later you’re still thinking about their actions and feelings. Don’t Let Go was one of those books for me. Three days later I was still thinking about Nap, what happened to his brother, and the twists while we looked for those answers with Nap. I was completely invested in the characters and the story line. I wanted to know what happened to Leo almost as much as Nap did. I’ve read other books of Harlan Coben, and I can’t wait to read more! This book, like others of his I’ve read, was full of suspense and twists I didn’t see coming. A fantastic read!

A very good book... thriller with the Coben plot twist that I love... I recommend it to all his fans, and anyone who has yet to read his books!

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben. It has been awhile since I have read one of Coben's books and after reading this one I can't figure out why I never read more of them. This is a story of Napoleon (Nap) Dumas who is now a cop and is informed of a high school friends murder. This leads him on the hunt for the person who killed his friend, but also believes it is related to the death of his twin brother Leo and his girlfriend Diana that happened fifteen years earlier. Coben takes you through the story with twists and turns until it got to an end that I didn't really see coming. I can say I enjoyed reading this book and found myself not wanting to put it down.

This is the first time I've read any of Harlan Coben's books and now I understand his popularity. The novel is narrated by Napoleon Dumas, a cop whose twin brother was killed by a train 15 years ago. That same night Nap's girlfriend disappeared. Nap has always been suspicious of the ruling that his brother,'s death was accidental and he has never fully let go of the young woman, Maura, whom he felt was his soulmate. When an old classmate is murdered and there is evidence that Maura was at the scene Nap can't help but get involved. As the story unfolds Nap becomes more and more convinced that the murder is linked to what happened so many years ago. The plot takes some unexpected twists and comes to a satisfying conclusion. The characters are well developed; I hope that this might be the beginning of a series as I'd like to know what happens to them going forward. I received an advance galley of this book in return for an unbiased review.

I am a huge fan of Harlan Coben. I love reading his books, and they rarely disappoint. While I prefer the Myron Bolitar stories (he is such a great character), Coben’s stand-alone stories are a ton of fun to read too, and Don’t Let Go is definitely a page-turner. He includes an Author’s Note at the front of the book describing two legends that circulated about his hometown when he was growing up. One of those legends is the basis for this book, and it is a fascinating premise. As the story opens, Nap Dumas is a police officer in his hometown who has never recovered from the death of his twin brother and simultaneous disappearance of his girlfriend Maura 15 years prior when they were all seniors in high school. Nap has finally caught a break in the disappearance of Maura which leads to the eventual resolution of what happened that fateful night. The mystery is entertaining and depressingly realistic, and I had figured out who the bad guy was, but I had no idea why or how so that was fun to learn as the story unfolded. I struggled a little with the characters in Don’t Let Go. I had a bit of a time believing that Nap hadn’t moved on one iota from either his brother’s death or from his almost obsession with his high school girlfriend. But these small concerns didn’t take away from the overall story, and I certainly enjoyed the book. Thanks to First to Read for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

There's a mystery category of 'something bad happened long ago and still remains unresolved for the protagonist' or at least there should be. Typically this bad thing happened in childhood or the very end of high school when the protagonist was not yet able to influence the outcome and results in a tortured adulthood. Our hero/heroine becomes a professional rescuer by day and loner by night until something happens to start our story. In this case, a small town cop gets killed while doing some moonlighting. Turns out he had a woman in his car whose fingerprints were requested by our hero a decade ago. She's been missing for 15 years or more, ever since his twin and another teen died in a freak accident. Our hero, also a cop, has never believed the explanation and always wanted to know more. Now he may finally get the chance, if only he can find that woman. This is a good mystery with lots of false leads and twists and turns. It's hard to put down once started and the ending is satisfying if not entirely surprising. This book is well worth reading. I received my copy from Penguin's First to Read Program.

This is the first book I have read by this author. It was a quick read that kept me interested throughout. I don't know that it was good enough of a story to entice me to pick up another. I love a good thriller but to me this was a very light who done it summer read.

For a true fan, diving into a new book by Harlan Coben is like hanging out with an old friend you have looked forward to see again. Coben's humor is wonderfully understated and never takes focus from the serious issues that are most often also dealt with in his books. This one is another stand-alone novel, but the hero of his long-running series about a sports agent slash PI, Myron Bolitar, shows up in a cameo appearance without stealing the thunder from the real protagonist of this book. Coben makes certain that there are a couple of credible twists and turns - a Coben speciality - along the way, but they took me less by surprise than they usually do in his other books. The plot is masterly developed, and the reader feels the longing, desperation and paranoia of the main characters - at least I did. I am afraid that I will probably not be able to review a Harlan Coben book entirely objectively as I am a huge fan and has been for the past ten years or so, but I wholeheartedly recommend this book to fans of mysteries with witty dialogue and credible twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until very late in the story.

I was hooked from the first chapter. The plot moved along at a good pace, but the ending wasn't my favorite. The author made a huge deal out of the whole government aspect and it fell apart at the end. It was a bit of a disappointment. I enjoyed his writing style, but the ending needed some work.

I’ve been a fan of Harlan Coben’s books for a while, and much like his previous work, Don’t Let Go doesn’t disappoint. It’s entirely possible that I’m biased on this point. As a New Jersey native, I particularly love that this author’s novels take place in actual locations in New Jersey that I know and recognize. Not only is it fun to be able to say, “Ooh, I know that spot!” but it also adds helps ground the stories in a layer of realism that some crime novels lack. And I feel like I’m always learning something new about my home state. Case in point: it was only after reading Don’t Let Go and doing some internet searching that I discovered there was a Nike missile control center (like the one this story centers around) in the town next to where I grew up. And Coben has done the very thing that I love, which is to take the legend about the Nike missile control center in his hometown, ask what if, and spin it into fiction. Be still, my heart. True to the author's style, this book is fast paced and easy to read. The writing is seamless and witty, with several remarks that had me laughing out loud. Many characters felt wonderfully complex, toeing the line between good and villainous, and leaving me with a feeling that I truly got to know them. With plenty of secrets and tons of twists, this kept me guessing until the very end. Ultimately, Don’t Let Go was a riveting read that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a solid crime thriller.

I'm a fan of Harlan Coben but this one is not one of my favorites. It felt rather slight and I had to force myself to keep reading. I could never really get into it, and found myself not liking most of the characters. I would still say to read it if you like his other books; just maybe don't expect it to be as engaging as his other books.

This was the second book that I have read from this author and just like the first one, I was drawn in and stayed there to the end. The story backtracks to the the relationship that Nap had 15 years ago with his girlfriend and has Nap talking to his brother throughout. The conspiracy club was highly complex and there was a lot of suspense while the details were ironed out. I was kept guessing until the end. This is another great book by a fantastic author.

A great, easy to read book that had me turning pages to find out what happened. The premise of a top secret government site in small town America seemed a little outlandish in the book description, but it played out very well in the book. The main character didn't really believe what was going on until it was revealed during his investigation, which made it more believable to the reader. I'm still reflecting on this book and figuring out how every thing pieced together. My only complaint doesn't have anything to do with the book itself, but with the font size. I had a very hard time reading it! The font was exceptionally small.

The great thing about a Harlan Coben book is how easy it is to fall into the flow of the way he tells the story and that is true of his latest book, Don’t Let go. Fifteen years ago Nap Dumas was in high school. On the night that his twin brother and girlfriend die under what Nap feels are questionable circumstances, Nap’s girlfriend Maura also disappears. Where is she and what does she know about what happened to his brother – he believes there is a connection between these events. Nap becomes a cop, in part, because he has never been able to let this go. Now, fifteen years later, more of his former classmates are dying. What is happening, how is it related to the past, and what part did the now abandoned military base play in this? Nap Dumas is a tremendously likeable character and makes me hope that we could see him again in another book.

I definitely will say this is a book I couldn't put down. I wanted to know how it ended and what had happened. I will also say there are parts where the main character goes on tangents and it's like move on already, but it's part of his personality and makes the story come together.

In DON’T LET GO Harlan Coben continues to do what he does best: writing novels with a main character who is a little rough around the edges and who is involved in a mystery that heads in one direction and then another and then another. My only problem was that everything got wrapped up so neatly and quickly at the very end that it felt a little anti climatic. I’m still a huge fan though. My thanks to Penguin First to Read for the Advance Reader Copy

As always this author writes in a way that pulls you in and keeps you until the book is finished. I could not put it down! I totally didn't expect the ending to go the way it did, which was a pleasant surprise. Thanks again First To Read for my advanced copy.

Having read all of Harlan Coben's books, I am a real fan of his thrillers as well as the Myron Bolitar series. Thanks to First to Read for my galley of Don't Let Go, which immediately captured my attention in the prologue's unexpected twist. What is the Conspiracy Club? One by one the six members of this high school secret society have been killed or have disappeared. Nap, the narrator, a local cop wants answers for the death of his twin brother and his girlfriend when they were killed by a high speeding train. Were their deaths an accident or murder? The reader is kept in suspense as Coben moves from the high school days of the past to the present, fifteen years later. At a crime scene Nap discovers the body of a former classmate and fellow cop, Rex, as well as the fingerprint of Maura, his high school girl friend who had disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night Leo and Diana's bodies were found dead on the railway tracks. Nap begins to unravel secrets from the past which seem to connect to the old Nike missile base which is shrouded in mystery. Harlan Coben's latest thriller is a page turner which held my interest with its unexpected twists, suspense, and surprise conclusion.

This is one of Coben's non-series books, although Myron Bolitar does make a cameo. Set in a small New Jersey town, the protagonist, Napolean Dumas, is a police officer who has lived in that town all his life. His twin brother died in a horrible accident one night while they were still in high school, and Dumas' girlfriend disappeared that same night. When another police officer is killed, another former high school classmate, evidence seems to lead back to that terrible night 15 years before. Coben does suspense really well, and this novel is a roller coaster that is difficult to put down. His writing is spare and always serves to further the story; his characters are dimensional and believable. I certainly didn't see the twists in the plot and they just kept coming.

Let's start with the basics. I have never read anything from this author before, but I'm looking forward to reading more in the futur! I was hooked in the first few pages. I'm not naturally a mystery reader because I find them very formulaic, but this was well done! I was eager to follow Napoleon through to his conclusion. I feel like others have done a great job summarizing the story so I won't bother I'll just say the characters are relatable, I enjoy many of the writing techniques used and this is appropriate enough for any reader to enjoy (maybe PG rated)

I've been reading Harlan Coben for years and Don't Let Go is one of his best books. From the moment the cops show up at Nap's door until the end, there are plenty of twists and turns. Why did Nap's high school girlfriend abruptly disappear? Is her disappearance connected to his brother's death? And are the deaths of other classmates related? The answers are not what you expect. There is also a healthy dose of the dry humor that makes Coben one of my favorite authors.

Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to preview Harlan Coben's Don't Let Go. This is a stand alone novel - Introduced is Nap Dumas, a policeman who serves for the Livingston, NJ, area. Nap holds on to memories going back to his high school years - his brother and his girlfriend were killed tragically, and that same night, his girlfriend disappeared. Now over 15 years later, his girlfriend has reappeared (or at least her fingerprints) show up at a crime scene. An off duty policeman is killed, and he just happens to be a classmate of Nap's and his brother. Too many coincidences for Nap to believe that these events are not connected. There are alot of moving pieces in this book that keep the reader in suspense. I liked Nap Dumas - this is a solid character that I hope will make future appearances. Even Myron Bolitar is part of this story. This is a good book and fans won't be disappointed. Recommend.

Harlan Coben has done it again, another engrossing suspense novel that you don't want to put down once you start it. The book grabs you in Chapter One and continues with the story of what happened 15 years ago to Naps twin brother Leo and his girlfriend Diane. As Nap tries to put the pieces together of why his girlfriend Maura ran away 15 years ago after the tragic events not all is what he thought. As more friends continue to die Nap has to decide whether to continue investigating or just leave it alone. The book keeps you in suspense as to what exactly happened those 15 years ago with a surprise finale as to what truly did happen.

Harlan Coben can really keep you on the edge of your seat with his mysteries and this one is as good as his others. It has background over a period of years in a small town where the central characters are in their senior year of high school. When a tragedy occurs, it affects them all, schoolmates, families and town. It is a complex storyline that keeps you guessing. You know something sinister is going on, but what and how to prove it is not clear. Lives have been altered forever. The narrator is an adult, who is a cop. When he receives new evidence, it opens up all the old questions and he becomes obsessed with finding out what really occurred. There are emotional highs and lows as he begins to dig further and further. At one time, he begins to think he should just let it go, but he can't. I am so glad to have received an ARC of this book from First to Read. The story and writing are very well done. If you as a reader like mysteries, try this one. You will not be disappointed.

 


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