Wednesday 28 October 2020

Book Review: Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben

Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben book cover

AD* | Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks - and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother's death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he's been looking for. 

When Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions - about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana - whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.

Fast-paced and full to the brim with unexpected twists and turns, Don't Let Go is a strong mystery thriller from bestselling author Harlan Coben.

The story plunges straight into the action from the very first page, instantly setting the scene for what will be an exciting journey through an old, unsolved case. The main character is Nap, a cop with a score to settle and a decades-old mystery to solve. He is determined and persistent, vowing to himself that he will finally get to the bottom of what really happened on that fateful night.

From Nap's best friend Ellie to his mentor Augie, the supporting characters are well fleshed out and interesting to read about. It seems that every resident of the town has a hidden story just waiting to be revealed, and each revelation leads Nap to a new stepping stone on the path to the truth. 

At times tense and thrilling, while at others much softer and emotional, Don't Let Go is expertly crafted to draw the reader in and involve them in the story. Nap is flawed yet endearing, traits that make him the ideal centre-point of the book. With each twist and turn, we are left willing Nap to succeed and finally learn the truth of his brother's death and his girlfriend's disappearance. 

Engaging and exciting, Don't Let Go is the ideal read to keep you company on an autumnal evening!

Rating: 3 stars

Don't Let Go is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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