Sunday, July 5, 2009
TITLE: LONG LOST
AUTHOR: HARLAN COBEN
Details: no. 9 Myron Bolitar Thriller
This was another whirlwind of a thriller by Harlan Coben, and a very welcome reunion with Myron Bolitar, Win & co.
It has been ten years since Myron has seen or heard from Terese Collins when she calls him and asks him to come to Paris. Having a good reason to leave the US for a while, Myron joins her in Paris.
Terese is in Paris because her ex-husband had urgently asked her to join him there. Now her ex has been murdered and Terese is the prime suspect. it also appears that Terese's daughter who died years ago in a car accident,might actually still be alive and involved in the murder.
And so starts a roller coaster ride of violence, murder, and mystery where almost no one is who they appear to be, where facts don't fit and friend and foe are impossible to distinguish.
Myron finds himself thrown into an international nightmare and facing situations unlike anything he could have imagined.
This book reminded me a bit of a book by Ira Levin, which I won't name because I don't want to give anything away. That didn't make the story less good, just a little bit less original.
What Coben does really well is keeping up the pace of the story. Even when you're not in the middle of an action scene, the story is swiftly moving forward. With other thriller writers I sometimes feel that the descriptive, explanatory scenes stall the pace of the story and I find myself very tempted to just skim read to get back to the action. That was never the case in this book; I barely had time to come up for breath.