Shelter (Mickey Bolitar 1) Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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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)
The first in an exciting series of YA thrillers from the master of the hook-and-twist.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just what you would expect from a Harlan Coben novel. Never quite knowing where it will take you yet always gripping. A great readPublished 1 month ago by c
I assume that this book is intended for teenagers as it read as if it had been written by a teenager. Weird story. Illogical and possibly the worst ending I have ever encountered. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jan95
Excellent book as expected from Harlan Coben! In fact, had to read the next two as I enjoyed them so much. Can't wait for the next Myron Bolitar book.Published 1 month ago by JMacD
Cannot tell you about book as i bought it as a present. I got sex, book got 5 starsPublished 2 months ago by Ray Andrews