Surfing an online dating site, NYPD detective Kat Donovan feels her whole world explode. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé, the man who shattered her heart—and whom she hasn’t seen in eighteen years.
But when Kat reaches out to the man in the profile, an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light. As Kat begins to investigate, her feelings are challenged about everyone she’s ever loved—even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained.
With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.
Harlan Coben aims for a taut thriller that will take the reader on a wild ride filled with shocking plot twists in his novel, Missing You. While an enjoyable read, with this story Coben does not quite make the mark.
Coben is the master of tying past mysteries to the present, but Missing You has none of his usual seamless storytelling. The reader is kept guessing throughout the story but not by the gripping action that characterizes most of his books. Instead, the numerous plot lines are disjointed, and the story is filled with exposition. When the pace does pick up, the story reads with Coben’s usual edge-of-the-seat vigor, but the action doesn’t take place until the last few chapters of the book. Coben’s male protagonists are typically solid characters, but he doesn’t do as well with female protagonists. Kat is a tedious, clichéd character who reads stiltedly and inconsistently.
Coben’s books make for an absorbing, exciting read, but the patently fast-paced, arresting plot was missing. The twists held some surprise, but the read as a whole was lackluster and disappointing. If you’re a Coben fan, this is a decent read. If you’re not familiar with his work, don’t make this your first read.