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  • 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.

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"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"

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I think this is now my fifth Coben novel and as always I have not been disappointed. As the synopsis suggests there is a very simple and strong main plot, but, as with all of his novels Coben weaves very intricate and intelligent sub plots. Throw the main plot and sub plots into the melting pot with very heartwarming 'goodies' and blood curdling 'baddies' and you have the perfect recipe for this excellent book!
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!
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2003
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The lead character's brother has vanished for some years accused of a murder that the family do not believe he committed. Now the brother seems to be back just as someone else disappears..
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.
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Many books hook me and thus get me turning those pages till the early hours in anticipation. Many books have complex and enjoyable twists, turns and surprises. Not so many books are so well crafted and use the language, dialogue, characters and scenes to such a compelling and higher level as Harlan Coben does in this book. I don't want to give anything away about the plot, just to say it is mind-blowing.

I could exhaust my vocabulary of superlatives to use in this review.

This is the most BRILLIANT book I have read this year.
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This is the first Harlan Coben book I have read and I was very impressed. The plot is fast moving and twists and turns like a roller-coaster. The characters are engaging and entertaining (if a little unbelievable) and the book even manages some humour with some great one-liners.
Thoroughly recommended!
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By A Customer on 12 July 2004
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This was the third Harlan Coben book I read and it is easily my favourite. It is the only book I have read that has actually left me stunned in my seat as I uncovered one of his many fantastic twists. I cannot rate this guy high enough. He is all I read! And if you want something fast paced, that is so easy to get in to but impossible to put down, you must read his books and become as obsessed as I am!
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On its own merits, this book deserves 4 stars. It's a cracking potboiler, if a bit too cynical and coldblooded for my tastes. My main complaint was that as I was reading it, I felt I'd read it all before. The plot is much too similar to that of "Tell No One" which I read last summer. A recent photograph turns up of a supposedly dead relative ... Maybe they're not dead after all? (Okay, in "Tell No One" it was a tape and not a photo, but you get the idea.) It's still a gripping read and much recommended. Well worth reading even if you *have* read Tell No One, as it kept me guessing till the end.
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What a great read! Having only recently returned to regular reading I'm amazed by the number of twists that can be fitted into one book! Whilst at times it became expected and cheesy that a twist or revelation would occur at the end of every chapter - the final stages of the book were totally unexpected and gripping stuff! Superb!
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Well, obviously I have rated "Gone for good" as worthy of five stars, but if I could I would have given it six!

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.
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