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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st edition (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409135365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409135364
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gripping tale (DAILY MIRROR)

SHELTER will introduce a whole new generation of fans to the humorous dialogue and clever plotting of his popular suspense thrillers. (TAKE A BREAK)

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The first in an exciting series of YA thrillers from the master of the hook-and-twist.

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I've been a huge fan of Harlan Coben's books for years - his Myron Bolitar series is one of my favourites and his stand alone novels are always excellent. This new book, Shelter, re-introduces Myron's nephew, Mickey, who we met in the latest Myron book, Live Wire and it carries on from the events in that story. Mickey's father was recently killed in a car crash and his mother is in rehab, so Mickey is now living with his uncle Myron. He is new to his high school and his girlfriend has gone missing, so with the help of his new friends Spoon and Ema, Mickey goes in search of her.

This book is written as a young adult novel but can easily be enjoyed by adult readers too. Fans of Coben's other books will love this and really appreciate the in-jokes, references and familiar characters (Myron's parents are in it, Esperanza is mentioned but no Win I'm afraid). I found this an excellent, quick read with the usual sharp, witty dialogue and a thought-provoking mystery. The cliffhanger ending makes me look forward to the next in the series and I'm also very intrigued with how everything will all integrate with the next Myron book (if there is one). Recommended.
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I'm a huge fan of Harlan Coben, and the Myron Bolitar books, but recent books have been dissappointing - it felt as if Coben was bored and just going through the motions. So I was looking forward to this one in the hope that it would have re-motivated Coben. It partly has....but only partly. This book is obviously written for young adults, so I guess Coben is seeking to extend his readership, and he has succeeded in creating immediately engaging characters, and created some obvious hooks for future stories. Yet in some ways the book fails to satisfy; the ending is poor and feels rushed, I'm surprised at the Holocaust/Nazi link, Myron Bolitar has a very small - and strangely out-of-character - part in the book, but largely as a cipher. But, its a Coben book so it's well-written, easy-reading, moves at a good pace, and contains the usual humour. Coben obviously enjoyed writing the book, and suggests that there will be a Mickey Bolitar series, so I hope this isn't the end of Myron; I will watch out for nd buy the next Mickey Bolitar book but a lot more work will be required before these are as successful, or as enjoyable, as the Myron Bolitar series.
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All crime book fans know Coben as a master of the genre. They can't get enough of his crimebuster Myron Bolitar, who is up there with Robicheaux, Reacher and Rebus. That's why it's such a disappointment to find that the crimebuster in "Shelter" is Myron's 15-year-old nephew Mickey; Myron pops up in the book from time to time, but keeps a very low profile - probably for fear of damaging the reputation he's built up over the years.
Mickey has a trio of other teenagers in his gang, prompting comparisons with Enid Blyton's "Famous Five". They get involved with a reclusive and scary "Bat Lady", much along the lines of the youngsters in "To Kill A Mockingbird". There are men in dark glasses and dark suits in black cars with blacked-out windows, to add their sinister threat to the gang, and a concluding scene of (literally) unbelieavable mayhem which stirs memories of the film "Bugsy Malone".
In short, for anybody over age 14 it just doesn't work. What Myron Bolitar had , and what Mickey Bolitar signally lacks, is belieavabilty. Without that, it comes over as a spoof crime book, and a rather silly one at that. Coben claims he has such fun in writing it that we're going to be seeing more of his new hero; but here's one regular customer who isn't. I also said "in short" it doesn't work, and the one thing to say for it is that it's very short indeed. I estimate it at 50,000 words, which is more like an extended essay. It can easily be read in under 4 hours. The real crime about this book (which is beautifully written) is the way the publisher has contrived to stretch these words over 304 pages, to merit a cover price of £[]. Even after Amazon's discount, that still leaves too much to pay for a teenage mag-type story. So Mr. Coben, stop taking the Mickey, and bring back Myron.
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Wow my 12 yr old son has been engrossed in this book and has now read the following 2 in the series. He is now a huge Mickey Bolitar fan. I am a fan of Myron Bolitar and love all Harlan Coben books. I love how the author immediately gets the reader into the sory and I am pleased my son feels the same about this young adult range. Although my son is 12 he is an advanced reader and I did feel the content was suitable for him. Just my opinion of the content for my own son.
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I can not stress enough how much rubbish this book is. The four good-guys were apparently based on the four humans in Scooby Doo, and so, for that matter, was the plot. The book came complete with a spooky house, a comic-book villain and so many loose-ends left hanging that it is obviously just a taster for a whole series. I don't think this book is meant for adults at all and certainly not those who can count.
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Like many of the previous reviewers, I didn't realise this was a book for young adults/teenagers. Having bought it however, I decided to read it anyway as I'm a big fan of Harlan Coben.

Being aimed at a younger audience, this book does not pack the same punch as the Myron Bolitar series, having said that I found it an ejoyable read.

Mickey dislikes and resents his uncle Myron but is very much in the same mold. He's tall, a good basket ball player and shuns the conventional. He chooses to hang out at school with the misfits and outsiders and stands up for them against the bullies.
He's very loyal to his closest friends Ema, an overweight tattooed goth girl, with a great line in 'put downs' and Spoon, a 'geeky' boy who is full of useless information, that turns out to be extremely useful at times. I enjoyed both of these characters immensley. They are later joined by the beautiful Rachel, the archetypal cheerleader, who proves her worth before the end of the book.

If you buy this book expecting the very grown up Myron, you will probably be disappointed. However, Harlan Coben is a good writer and as such he has come up with a group of new characters who are very likeable.
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