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Publisher's Summary

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon "Nap" Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo's girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks - and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother's death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he's been looking for.

When Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions - about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana - whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.

©2017 Harlan Coben (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The new Harlan Coben?!

Like a few other reviewers I too was a little taken aback by this new book by Harlan Coben. Generally his books are suspenseful, shrouded in mystery and appearing almost hopeless but with resolution and a happy ending. This book has suspense and mystery but the ending is definitely not what I was expecting!
I agree with reviewer Wayne Mathews, NC that this book requires more than one listen to appreciate it. It is a dark novel (which I do like) and I have to say the ending was a little surprising. I don't want to spoil this but the protagonist is willing to give up a lifetime of working for a relationship 12 years ago.
Anyway, I do like and Recommend this book, however if you've never read anything by Coben I would recommend starting with a different book maybe FOOL ME ONCE or THE INNOCENT.
Steven Weber does an excellent job narrating.
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33 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 09-28-17

Bad breakup of high school sweethearts...

...leads to multiple deaths.

I'm a long time fan of Harlan Coben and I have copies of all 30 of his novels (17 Audible edition and 13 dead tree editions). Much of Don't Let Go caught me by surprise because it did not sound like a Coben novel, so I listened to it twice. His inclusion of three horrible similes including one to open the book made me wonder if he is copying the style of James Lee Burke. The novel is set in the present, but the protagonist lapses frequently into talking to his twin brother who died 15 years ago while a high school senior. Dark stand alone books are not unusual for Coben, but this story is the darkest he has written. With this novel it is clear that Harlan Coben is intentionally expanding his horizons; he is experimenting.

The publisher's summary sets up the plot nicely, so I will not repeat any of it. Steven Weber is not a very experienced narrator but he does a great with Don't Let Go as he has done with his other narrations.

After listening this novel the first time I was tempted to write a 3 star review which would have been the lowest I have rated any Harlan Coben novel. The second listen improved my evaluation of the novel. People who enjoy very, very dark novels, especially psychological thrillers will probably like this one.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Don’t let Go

This was an awesome read. My first Book by Harlan Coben I look forward to reading more of his books. I would recommend this book to several of my friends and family to read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A great writer with a so-so plot. Well-narrated.

The popularity and appreciation of a strong majority of readers is reflected in the number (260+) and average quality of ratings (4.5) here only a week after the release of this book. My rating is more like 3.5 (7/10), which is like a B+.

Steve Weber does a fine job; he doesn't even try to give voice to female characters, but he does a good job with the males, especially with the protagonist, Nap Dumas, who is supposedly telling the story.

Coben's writing is tight, snappy, and terse; no question he is a good writer. His characters are interesting and, in particular, I found Nap to be a believable character. To the extent that my enthusiasm is restrained, it is because of the plot. I found the ultimate resolution far more believable than many of the intermediate episodes. To say more would be to reveal too much. I didn't guess the outcome, which is outrageous but not entirely beyond the realm of possibility.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Story drags

I think because we were in the car listening as we took a road trip we kept the book going way longer than I would have here at home. I noticed more and more we talked over the narration. Probably not a good sign. We did listen to the book to the end, however. It's not a bad story, it's just not an interesting story. The story just drug on and on. We weren't the happiest with this selection. May not do Harlan Coben again as a book we can both listen to as we take our next car trip.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 10-29-17

Very good mystery

I've listened to quite a few of Harlan Coben's books over the years and while most of this book is classic Coben, it's a bit of a departure for him as well. In his other standalone mystery books, the mystery itself is usually the main character. Sure, there are characters, but quite often it's the mystery that plays the star. This was the first time for me that Coben's main character(s) was really the star of the show. He did a better job developing Nap before everything went topsy turvy than he had in any of his previous standalone mysteries. I enjoyed this one from beginning to end and I think anyone looking for a good mystery would too.

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  • Christine
  • Myrtle Beach, SC, United States
  • 10-13-17

Didn't feel like a book by Harlen Coben

I've read a lot of Harlens books but this one wasn't like the others, it was kind of boring and repetitive.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't let go

Out of about 10 books I've listened to in the past few months this was far and above the best reader. I've read a number of Coben books through the years, and this story is also one of the best of them.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanne
  • San Tan Valley AZ, United States
  • 10-31-17

Every narrator should be trained by Steven Weber

Anyone who listens to audio books on a regular basis knows that the narrator can make or break a book. It's a roll of the dice. After years of listening, I have returned 6 books to Audible - every one due to the narrator. And with disappointment that I was unable to enjoy and appreciate the author's work. The best narrator that I have listened to is Steven Weber. He should train all narrators (and many of them seriously need training). Perfection.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Don't Waste A Credit

This was such a let down. The story was do convoluted and just bleh. The main character speaking to a deceased love one throughout the book added to my annoyance. This was really the weakest most uninteresting storyline. It doesn't feel like a Harlan Coben. My mind wandered so much while listening to this because it just wasn't good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful