When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends - sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon - find themselves at the center of a murder mystery involving their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter and the Butcher of Lodz, he needs to figure out what happened to Rachel - no matter what it takes.
Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves. But how can he protect them when he’s not even sure who - or what - he’s protecting them from?
©2012 Harlan Coben (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.
Book definitely WI! (worth it)
Did you read my review about Part 1 of this Mickey Bolitar mystery?
As soon as I saw that Part 2 was out and I had a credit, this book was in my library.
Again, I looked for any excuse to be listening–I even wanted to get at that dust way up by the ceiling. “No, I can’t come! I have to clean my house today”–Translate: I have the new Harlan Coben Mickey Bolitar story.
Although Mickey’s motivation strained my belief as the story progressed, I still loved the book, and want more. The reader, Nick Podehl, performed totally believably as a high school student.
I don’t agree with one of the reviewers that said this book is for kids only. These stories are for the kid in each of us. Personally, I never knew a high school where I was 6’4″, a varsity basketball player, and free to do whatever I want with no parental supervision. I never challenged the police or had unconditional support from a family member. But I don’t think anyone would want to read a mystery set in my high school years–I was closer to Christine than Mickey. For 7 hours, I got to be the Big Man on Campus.
So I listened almost without interruption, and again thought the book was too short. I hope there is more Mickey Bolitar coming soon!
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
I listened to Shelter but that was a year ago.I wish I had re-listened before I started this one. For most of this book I had the feeling I had started in the middle. What was with the butter flies?Who was Ashley? Who was the bald man?That said, as usual the plot was great.
Born to read
I really enjoyed this book -- I was not sure after I read several reviews and they were sort of negative.
Now Me, I liked it . It is told by a 16 year old boy -- which is part of a lot of the reviews but he is 16 so that is his way of thinking and doing things.
His uncle was in this story more which I really liked.
My opinion worth a listen
I would listen to it again, I really enjoyed the characters and how the relationships continue to grow.
Mickey and his posse. I love how vulnerable ema is. The bad Lady is also quite interesting. I really hope Coben makes a third book, there is still so much to know.
He was great!
I laughed and I cried, its well written!
I would recommend people listening to this book, because it's exciting and fun.
However, it doesn't feel "real", and compared to other books by Harlan, this falls short.
Something I don't like is all the "humble brag", that revolves around Mickey Bolitar.
I am an avid reader! (Zombie and YA mainly) I am pretty much depressed if I don't constantly have a good read lined up!
Coben does not let me down in this next book of the Mickey Bolitar series! We get to know Ema and Spoon more in this book which is so enjoyable! The crime plot is much more simple in this book less twists and turns but I enjoyed that bc it seems more realistic after the craziness in the last book! Coben has be laugh out loud as usual for all his books. Mickey is so stinking likeable!! These are easy reads but only because they are extremely well written not bc they are YA. This series is fast paced each chapter keeps you enthralled and never bored!!
Audible Obsessed Commuter.
The first book in this series was "Shelter," and was a promising start to the series. This 2nd was a let down. The mystery and twists were still there, but the plot just felt far less believable. I'll end up reading the 3rd book to give the series another chance, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it goes better than this.
This is not a stand alone book. It starts like it should be the next chapter in the first book of this Micky Bolitar series. Even then the plot is too infeasible to be engaging. They comprise a very disappointing series.
Love this story! Some of his better work. I couldn't help being transported back to high school with this superb writing. Love the character spoon. Highly recommend this for any fan of this author.
I have read or listened to all of Coban's books and have enjoyed most of them. But this one is terrible. The Mickey Bolitar character is an unsympathetic sort, who I really do not want to know better. The story is so convoluted that it is just screwy. It reminds me of TV series that are fine for one season and in subsequent seasons the writers seem to invent stories that make little sense just to keep the series on the air. I really hope that Coben gives up this Micky series!
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