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

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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