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Luke warm about this one.
on 18 July 2016
I didn’t really get what the mystery was for the first third of this crime/ suspense novel. This is saying something about a suspense book when the author is as prolific and published as Harlan Coben. Even after that I was only mildly engaged and had only a vague idea what the mystery was all about.
Let me explain a bit more. Myron Bolitar is following, then chasing, and finally stalking Kitty Bolitar from a night club and wherever else she turns up. Why he is, is only explained in dribs and drabs. There’s Suzze, pregnant to the less famous rock star, Lex Ryder, of the duo called HorsePower. The charismatic star of HorsePower, Gabriel Wire, went missing 15-16 years ago. Brad Bolitar, Myron’s brother, is missing. Then Lex goes missing. Why are they all missing? Is it all linked to the same thing?
Brad and Myron had bad blood, which means that they’ve lost touch for the past 16 years. Is that linked too? Everything happened about 16 years ago. Or is Gabriel’s disappearance merely a conspiracy theory to generate more record sales?
Then someone is found dead more than halfway through the book.
There are some very nasty gangsters. By the end of the novel, I did get it. I had to reread who did what to whom, to grasp at all the connections, and what had happened to all the missing people.
Plus, did I mention Windsor Lockwood, aka Win, who gets the best action scenes, makes the smartest moves, and then decides to go missing. No. Really?
There are a few too many colloquialisms, e.g. “uh” and “waaay” during some of the narrative, which would date the novel, I think, and causes a sense of authorial intrusion. So, I wasn’t engrossed in the book, and at the end, I found some of the suspense felt a bit gratuitous.