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Myron Bolitar is charged with the search for an anonymous donor who has mysteriously disappeared; without this bone-marrow match, the life of a young boy is at stake. Events quickly develop into a cat-and-mouse game when a kidnapping takes place and Myron is caught up in an FBI investigation. Myron's plight in this story is made even more compelling by family links to the events as they unfold.
The book works well on two levels - one, the reader has the suspense and uncertainty of a twisty plot and two, the author puts the conflicts faced by Myron in the context of the emotional turmoil he is under due to the human relationships involved. The author has given a detailed delineation to create a believable character who is capable of carrying out a wide range of emotions and actions with credibility for the reader. There are also some excellent touches of humour in the book to add light relief to the more serious, twisty plot.
On starting the book I didn't realise that this is one of a series of Myron Bolitar stories, but it does work very well as a stand-alone novel. However, reading this story resulted in another visit on-line at Amazon to buy more of Harlan Coben's novels!
`Darkest Fear' is a transitional book for Coben as it marks his move away from lighter crime action into the darker realms that have made him an even more successful writer. When you are dealing with an evil serial killer and dying child, the idea of making jokes no longer works and therefore Bolitar struggles in this book. He laughs in the face of fear, but he also has to laugh at his Dad's heart attack, a dying child and 4 missing people. Like some of the later Elvis Cole novels, the once happy go lucky Bolitar cannot exists successfully in such a dark novel.
If a more generic alcoholic ex-cop had been airlifted into `Darkest Fear' the book would have been more conventional and worked slightly better. As it is the tone shifts from the dark to the light with each flippant remark. The story itself is an interesting one, making the book worth reading. It would be another 6 years before Coben returned to the character of Bolitar, as if he knew he was running out of steam. A decent read for the character's fans, but not great.
In this story a personal revelation from an old friend leads Bollitar into what seems like a straightforward investigation that becomes messier throughout. The plot is surprisingly strong and worthy of a serious crime novel, despite the book retaining the light-hearted irreverent tone of narration and dialogue.
The complexity of the plot does go a bit far, however, and there comes a point where the reader has been given too much information to process and although it should be possible to work out some plot points along with the characters, it's not possible to keep a handle on all the facts.
Overall though it's an enjoyable and amusing thriller, with some fantastic dialogue which I think is probably the best feature of Coben's writing. Much less comic-like than the early books and can really be taken seriously.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ordered several different books by same author, this is the first I read. Love the fact that he always writes with a twist at the end - something you didn't see coming.Published 4 months ago by Keep Sweet
I Really enjoyed this book. It has lots of twists and turns to keep your interest. Well worth a read.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
My first Harlan Coben book. I am not impressed. Hardly a crime story!Published 14 months ago by D. Rowland