- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orion (11 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409117081
- ISBN-13: 978-1409117087
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Gone for Good Harlan Coben continues his self-redefinition as a writer of taut, grim thrillers about love and its vulnerabilities with even more success than in its predecessor Tell No One. Will has coped with the death of his ex-girlfriend, the disappearance of his brother Ken (the prime suspect in her rape and murder), as well as the demands of his job as a worker with the homeless and terminally messed-up of the New York streets. When it seems that his brother is alive after all, and his lover Sheila disappears, only to be fingered by the FBI as an accessory to murder, Will is at breaking point. Only his dangerous friend Squares and Will's determination to see justice done, and find out what he needs to to ensure it, keep him going during escalating unpleasantness. Will and Ken had some dangerous schoolfellows--among them the gangster McGuane and the assassin known as Ghost--and the roots of the jeopardy Will finds himself in lie years in his past.
Coben does paranoia and deceit as well as he did the good humour of his early sports thrillers--Will is a credible hero because he lives with his own weaknesses and is attractively unaware of his virtues and his charm. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Riveting . . . has more twists and turns than an amusement park ride."--"USA Today""Coben stands on the accelerator and never lets up. . . . The action is seamless, clear, and riveting."--"People" (Page-turner of the Week)"A thrilling odyssey with masterful twists and turns."--New York" Daily News" "Taut . . . compelling . . . a can't-put-it-down beach book."--"San Francisco Chronicle"See all Product Description
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The main character Will Klein is a likable anti hero who is more than open about his lack of 'guts' and often is lead by his heart rather than his head. The only thing I would say is that he often appears 'too good to be true' he has a certain naivety and vulnerability which is sometimes unrealistic.
But gripe over! I read this is only three sittings because I simply could not tear myself away from it! Each chapter brings a new character, a new dilemma, a new twist of fate or a new life threatening situation and try as you may you will not know when to quit!
My advise is to buy this book now, pencil in your diary a good couple of hours 'me time', get some chocolate and put your feet up! You are in for a treat....enjoy!!
PS the last chapter is fabulous!
My brief introduction does not do justice to this top notch thriller. You know that there will be twists as this is the nature of these types of books, but the reader is kept on their toes by a story that really does keep you guessing.
Well written and with good characterisation this really is very good. Highly recommended if you like this kind of thing.
I could exhaust my vocabulary of superlatives to use in this review.
This is the most BRILLIANT book I have read this year.
For one, this is an excellent thriller and delivers effortlessly as a pageturner with plenty of twists and turns where you least expect it; - yes I realise this sounds like a clichee but trust me, here it is absolutely appropriate. Since this is my favourite genre I was actually amazed to be so fascinated and surprised by this novel, which is very well thought out, and not once did the cynic in me smirk a "yeah, right" at Coben's plot.
But there is more. In my opinion, the strong plot and excellent writing gain even more by how likeable many of the characters are, who all seem very real and flawed and so, for lack of a better word, likeable. So much so that I found this book thrilling even on an emotional level, as relationships between father and son, two brothers, husband and wife etc. are beautifully illustrated, again very real and therefore even more touching.
Harlan steers clear of painting any black and white scenarios, where good guys are pure and bad guys plain evil, there is so much more depth to his characters which I find remarkable as it is not often so well carried out.
What can I say? In one sentence: I couldn't recommend this more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived on time and well packaged as always. A very good read. I enjoyed this book very much.Published 22 days ago by barbara
This was an excellent read. I struggled to put it down. It has quite a complex plot with a few twists and turns along the way. one of the best reads I have had from this author.Published 22 days ago by A. J. Emms
The first 3 or 4 chapters had so many named characters that it was like reading the Manhattan telephone directory. Read morePublished 1 month ago
Wow, Harlan never disappoints. I didn't expect that it finishes that way but it was really good, unexpectedly good :)Published 3 months ago by cpuk81
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