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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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    J. Fife 07-31-14
    J. Fife 07-31-14 Member Since 2013

    everyday geek

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    "just bad"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There are some trashy mysteries that you know are bad but you love them anyway. They have interesting characters, unusual plots, some emotional connection. This book has none of those. The characters are cliche to the point of absurdity, the plot is thin and unimaginative, and the dialogue tries to be so hip and flippant that I ended up actively disliking all of the characters.


    What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have not read Harlan Coben's other work so I can't say whether this is representative of him or not, but based on his status as a "NY Times Bestseller" it feels like he just wanted to pump out a novel and rake in the cash.


    Did January LaVoy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    January's narration was alright given what she had to work with.


    Any additional comments?

    My advice: don't bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 07-28-14
    Mary 07-28-14
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    "Audible only downloaded books 2 & 3"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or January LaVoy?

    What a waste of time. I spent one of my credits & was only able to load books 2 & 3. How can you listen to a book in the middle. This has been happening often with Audible. Is it a function of its having been bought by Amazon? In any event don't but this book unless you want to waste a credit.


    What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make sure that his book could be listened to, in its complete length.


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

    Not until Audible fixes its download system.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    How can I tell until I can read the complete book -- Thanks Audible! :-(


    Any additional comments?

    What a waste of time. I spent one of my credits & was only able to load books 2 & 3. How can you listen to a book in the middle. This has been happening often with Audible. Is it a function of its having been bought by Amazon? In any event don't but this book unless you want to waste a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie hayward, CA, United States 07-27-14
    Bonnie hayward, CA, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2013

    When my younger sister learned to read'd beg me to listen as she brought words on the page to life. That's how I got addicted ....

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    "Amateurish and disappointing"

    This is the first time I've listened to a Harlan Coben story that was outside his normal Bolitar series and it is debatable that i will give him "another chance." His light-weight, simplistic narration style does not lend itself to this intentionally convoluted tale. Our main character is a disfunctional woman officer who is stuck in a 20 year old past. Suddenly "things" happen so she can unravel and resolve issues ... it is all very amateurish. At one point when people's lives are at stake and she is hot on a trail of kidnappers, she pulls off to make a personal side-trip, abandoning all that is urgent to "take care" of something that can clearly wait. Even the ending, which was supposed to leave us "wondering" instead gave me the feeling that the author just didn't know how to write a decent ending so he dropped it.

    I wanted to like the characters .... uh, not so much. A few smatterings of humanity here and there, but overall they are forgettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 07-16-14
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't ask, don't tell. It can really hurt."

    Intelligent story, perfect narration, griping suspense, and surprises galore. Coben's tale weaves two plots that at first may seem improbable but with time it works. First you have to get through several cliches, especially all the pick up lines that may wear you down. Then the whole book shifts. The heroine is warned not to ask questions because they will only lead to more hurt. When she finally gets closure on the case, the real hurt slams you. Enjoy the panic/grief- stricken ride this book offers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa-Marie 07-16-14
    Lisa-Marie 07-16-14
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    "I just don't know what to say..."
    What disappointed you about Missing You?

    I can't believe I am saying this...but I was crazy disappointed with this one. I am a HUGE Coben fan so naturally I was thrilled to see them offered...I got both MISSING YOU and SIX YEARS at the same time. I had the hardest time finishing MISSING YOU...I held on to the end hoping that somehow it would get better, unfortunately it never did. I am starting SIX YEARS now...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Trying another Coben - SIX YEARS


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Healy 07-11-14

    Marty

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    "Glad it's over"

    Not bad enough to stop...not good enough to ever re-listen. Disappointed because loved many of the Harlan Coben's I've listened to. In one word - TEDIOUS. Maybe as a novela, much shorter and tighter would be good.

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    Amazon Customer 07-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Irritating"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or January LaVoy?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    The main character is irritatingly unlikable.


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

    No, I will always associate her voice with the main character of this novel.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The black ,inner city ,transvestite,motherly, no-nonsense yoga instructor with a heart of gold....just kidding....nope....actually....as soon as this tiresome trope was trotted out, I knew that this turd of a book really wasn't for me....


    Any additional comments?

    I think I'm going to try to get a refund....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dalton 07-03-14
    Dalton 07-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Over-rated. Anti-climatic."
    Any additional comments?

    This book would be great, if i read part of it. Stopped reading until i forgot what the book was about and continued from where i left off afterwords. Their is far too much foreshadowing that leads you to think of a grandiose conclusion WAY too early in the book. You know you have a long way to go, but you already have this huge idea in your head about what will happen. The idea given by the foreshadowing is just as good as any climax would usually be and is really just as good as what actually happens. This story needed more mystery and buildup to be as amazing as the other reivews have labeled it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Madhu 07-02-14
    Madhu 07-02-14
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    "Sorry, but this book and the narration sucks"
    What disappointed you about Missing You?

    1) Book on online dating scams may have been relevant in 1999, not 2014!
    2) The heroine is just trashy really. All the guys in the bar just hit on her in the most obscene manner just so that we believe how really classy she is!
    3) There is an attempt to make it into a psychological thriller but the psychological analysis is absolutely pedestrian.
    4) The narrator's male voice impressions are so bad, it really made me sick.
    5) Story never really catches on -- I don't know what some of the other readers found so compelling about this book. This is downright cheap fiction, narrated poorly


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Harlan Coben....


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary 07-01-14
    mary 07-01-14

    I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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    "WOW"

    I really didn't want this book to end. It was interesting every step of the way. I couldn't ever figure out what was coming next, the narrator was great.
    I haven't been listening to much of Coben because I listened to a couple of disappointing books but he hit a home run with this one.
    I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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