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Missing You | [Harlan Coben]

Missing You

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, March 2014 - While not my go-to genre, every now and then I like to sit back and take in a good mystery/thriller. So, when I saw that Harlan Coben was coming out with a new stand-alone novel, I felt it was the perfect time to try out something new from an author I knew well by reputation (through countless rave reviews from Audible members) but never read or listened to personally. Missing Youwas exactly what I was hoping for: a cleverly conceived, suspenseful thrill-ride with cops and bad guys. There's a taken-from-the-headlines sense to the story where 40-year-old NYPD detective, Kat Donovan, discovers an old love and stumbles upon a possible gateway into a mysterious crime world through an online dating site her friend signs her up for. If you are looking for some smart entertainment and the kind of book you just can't put down, I can highly recommend Missing You. For anyone who is already a Coben fan, Missing You offers something new in a strong female protagonist, and a strong female narrator in January LaVoy to boot! —Tricia, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

©2014 Harlan Coben (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Words and music to the song “Demon Lover” composed by Michael Peter Smith, Bird Avenue PublishingASCAP, © 1986, used with permission. All rights reserved.

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    Michael Honolulu, HI 05-12-14
    Michael Honolulu, HI 05-12-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Not his best work, but still pretty darn good!"
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book while I was working in Guam. While it wasn't his best work, it was still pretty entertaining. I like a strong female lead in books, but what I found a bit odd was some of the plot items of this book, the Captain of the main protagonist seems like he acted outside of his professional control several times and I found that part to be a bit unbelievable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 05-09-14
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun But Bit Mellow Dramatic"

    Mr. Coben I think most have been a romance writer at one time because it seems all his lead characters in his books have soul mates that are separated from each other for dumb reasons and are feeling sorry for themselves ever since. Luckily he is not so heavy with this theme this time so it's more fun. Characters are a bit thin and vocabulary lame but mystery is fun and well passed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie boise, ID, United States 05-08-14
    Melanie boise, ID, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Harlan Coben, I miss you!"
    What disappointed you about Missing You?

    Wow, I don't know if it's because Harlan shouldn't write from a woman's perspective or the bad formula, or the dumbed down perspective, but this book was so bad, it was a joke. HC is an amazing writer, or was, I long for the Myron Bolitar series, this style is unforgivable. Sorry buddy, but snap out of it.


    What didn’t you like about January LaVoy’s performance?

    I thought her voice emphasis was too strong, a little too much like a teen novel trying to keep the teen audience involved, but that's just me.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Malia Nash Hawaii 05-05-14
    Malia Nash Hawaii 05-05-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Could have been cool"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sort of. It started slow, picked up, then the ending was like really stupid.


    If you’ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

    This had a truly horrible, silly ending. The "What??" kind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The hacking; always wish I could do that. (For fun, not illegally, lol)


    Did Missing You inspire you to do anything?

    Try to stick to my rule, if the story doesn't grab you in the first chapter, dump it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A New York 04-30-14
    A New York 04-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The KAT"
    What made the experience of listening to Missing You the most enjoyable?

    The multiple plots and twists that kept you in your seat guessing and working along Kat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Missing You?

    Kat, and her ability the author portrait as down to earth character in believable situations.


    What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    January carries the novel and characters moving along and easily distinguishable. Great narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Kept listening during my spare time. Great novel, characters, and narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Missing You reminds me of the following two novels I had previously read, Still Missing and Safe House...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. McGrath WESTON, FL USA 04-23-14
    R. McGrath WESTON, FL USA 04-23-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Irritating Tale"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or January LaVoy?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harlan Coben again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of January LaVoy’s performances?

    Not without mitigating circumstances - an author I respect.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Missing You?

    Every character- principal or villain - repeatedly uses the term "fair point" and/or "good point" repeatedly as part of the terrible dialogue that characterizes this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The villains are unbelievable. The plot, the main characters' background and stories, and the denouements are far fetched. So are the emotions and the concocted circumstances that two principals endured for 18 years. But as bad as those are, the dialogue descends to being awful and trite. It sounds like a man trying to write his interpretation of the mindset and voice of a female and making an embarrassing mockery of it. And worse is the reading- delivered in over the top style, especially when delivering the thoughts and words of the main character. Hard to call her a heroine in this trashy and gory tale. Kept hoping it would get better. But unlike progressing through a good thriller, one can't wait for this one to end in order to be done with it. Better not to have started it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra Zalewski 04-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Lives up to the hype!"
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    Great narrator with different voices and styles for each character, an intriguing story, and a mystery that never failed to keep my interest made this an amazing listen. If you weren't a fan of Six Years, still give this a try - i thought it was much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 04-13-14
    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 04-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Harlan Coben did it again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Missing You to be better than the print version?

    Audio edition is best for me, but that's only my own opinion.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes It did because it went forward without any unnecessary parts.


    Have you listened to any of January LaVoy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, she was new for me and did a very good job, indeed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Difficult to choose one part as everything was mixed together very well. Both the red line and the side lines fit well into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Harlan Coben is my favorite author why I can only say that MISSING YOU must be one of his very best novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janels 04-12-14
    Janels 04-12-14
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    "Coben. Kidnapping. Again."

    As has become a typical dark counterpart to Coben's vastly entertaining Myron Bolitar series, every book that I can think of since then has involved heart-wrenching kidnapping or people missing--children, adults, whoever. This is no different, only more so.

    However, he writes through a female persona this time, cop Kat. And, he does a good job. She is self-depricating and wise-cracking, and canny. Funny how he subtly evokes the Bolitar series with the Windsor Lockhorn building where Kat and her friend have a safe place to meet.

    Good listen, but SO tired of the kidnapping/missing theme. Why the obsession? There are so many other interesting mysteries and capers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    deepdvr_ca Northern, Ca 04-10-14
    deepdvr_ca Northern, Ca 04-10-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Ripped from today's trite tabloid headlines"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or January LaVoy?

    Yes and no. Performance was just not up to par.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    Same old stuff. Evil bad guy in charge and running poor victim until the last 20 minutes. Too many other irrelevant story lines.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Whiny to over the top super modern female with total disdain for the male gender.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    none really. just background noise


    Any additional comments?

    Coben needs to come up with a new formula. The bad guys always slip up in the end which means you wade through 9/10s of the book to get to the contrived ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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