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Darkest Fear Audiobook

Darkest Fear

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Publisher's Summary

Myron never saw it coming. A surprise visit from an ex-girlfriend is unsettling enough. But Emily Downing's news brings him to his knees. Her son Jeremy is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant, from a donor who vanished without a trace. Then comes the real shock: the boy is Myron's son, conceived the night before her wedding to another man.

Stunned by the news, Myron plunges into a desperate search for the missing donor. But finding him means unravelling a dark mystery that involves a broken family, a brutal kidnapping spree, and the FBI. Somewhere in the sordid mess is the donor who disappeared. And as doubts emerge about Jeremy's true paternity, a child vanishes, igniting a chain reaction of heartbreaking truth and chilling revelation.

©2000 Harlan Coben; (P)2000 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Don't let Coben's wry observations fool you. They gift wrap keen insights into our society." (Washington Post Book World)

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    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 11-30-13
    Linda PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Yet"

    I've really enjoyed all this series, but this has been the best one yet. The plot has many twists, but there all set up and all fair.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 04-26-12
    Richard Delman San Francisco 04-26-12 Member Since 2016

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "Myron Bolitar retires. Harlan Coben moves on."

    This is the seventh Myron Bolitar novel, I believe, and we can see why Mr. Coben decided to put the character to rest. Coben had clearly taken this character as far as he could. The book is certainly readable, and Jonathan Marosz makes it listenable. But the cast of characters seems tired rather than fresh, and each of them has become unidimensional, with the possible exception of Windsor Locke Horne III, who is something of a cartoon anyway. The plot has devolved into something resembling supermarket paperback stuff. Coben has by this time amassed a large audience, and I really believe that he did not want to milk this character, his first creation, to the bitter end. Unfortunately, the humor by this point is pretty much gone. We were delighted at first by Esperanza and Big Cindi, along with Myron and Win and Myron's parents, but none of them has grown. The story involves a 13-year-old boy who is Myron's son by an old flame named Emily. The boy needs a bone marrow transplant, for which there are very few donors. Near the end we learn that the father of a journalist friend has kidnapped Jeremy, the boy, but frankly the plot has twisted so many times and turned for no reason other than to complicate things, that Coben actually manages to squeeze this stuff so hard that it's a little boring. Good thing he began writing other books.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Leander Lady 02-01-09
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    "Another great thriller from Coben"

    This is the first Harlan Coben novel I've listened to and I loved it. The dialogue between his characters really came alive. I've read most of his books and really enjoy his style. This book keeps you guessing all the way through.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trista Houston, TX, United States 02-26-12
    Trista Houston, TX, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen!"

    Just a well written story. Hard to turn it off. Didn't get a lot of work done, but I did stay on the treadmill longer and cleaned more house while I couldn't turn off the audio!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joan 11-11-10
    joan 11-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Darkest Fear"

    Harlan Coben knows how to write. This was suspenseful and exciting. Another good one by the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danyel Charlotte, NC, United States 10-13-10
    Danyel Charlotte, NC, United States 10-13-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Not bad"

    I am a big fan of the Myron Bolitar series. This book was slow to start and lacked some of the banter that the characters delivered in other books; Coben spent a little too much time on background info related to the characters so it took awhile to get into the mystery. .It ended pretty well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Duncans Mills, CA, United States 07-06-08
    Evelyn Duncans Mills, CA, United States 07-06-08 Member Since 2001
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    "I hope that there will be others"

    I have read all the Myron Bolitar series and I can't find another to compare. I enjoy the wit and high jinx of the two. the plots are second

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Latte Oklahoma City 11-14-16
    Latte Oklahoma City 11-14-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Story content"

    The story was better than good. I love the characters of this series and look forward listening to the others. However, the person doing the narrating was one of the worst I ever listened to. That alone made it difficult that continue with the book. Again the story was worthy of finishing it.

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    Cathy Jager 10-05-16
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    "Another good Coben mystery."

    Again had me hanging till the end. Didn't see it coming kind of mystery.

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    Rob Cape Town 06-26-15
    Rob Cape Town 06-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Marosz and Coben brilliance"

    Amazing how a good story can be great by getting the right narrator- afraid this is the last one marisz reads, and my myron b therefore also ends here. Coben should not read-stick to writing, you're good at it.

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