Book review – Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Happy Tuesday ya’ll! It is another wonderful release day in the beautiful world of books. I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben. This was my first time reading a Harlan Coben book, and I am officially HOOKED! I need all the Coben books asap. A huge thank you to Dutton Books for sending me this fantastic book and introducing me to the amazing writing of Harlan Coben.

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Rating: 5/5 stars!

Goodreads Summary:

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.

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My honest review:

This book caught me completely by surprise. Having never read a Coben book I really didn’t know what to expect. This book was fast paced, heart pounding, and kept me wanting more. I devoured this book in only a few days and immediately had the urge to read it all over again the moment I finished.

Nap Dumas is not your typical main character. He’s a detective that likes justice to be served especially for the less fortunate. At times that means he makes that justice happen himself. I am not a fan of vigilante cops but Nap was a completely different breed. Call him the Robin Hood of modern times. He fought for the less fortunate even if his fight was not legal.

A few characters mentioned throughout the novel aren’t even alive in the present day of the book, but their characters are so deep and vivid I completely forgot that they weren’t alive for the main story. As the story unravels you realize how much these secondary and deceased characters really impact the main story. The past and present are so interwoven by the end of the book that you forget where one ends and the other begins.

This book is easily the hardest book I’ve had to write a review for. The book is so full of detail. It’s hard to get in depth without giving away key elements of the story. There are little Easter egg type clues throughout the book that hint at the possible ending but I only recognized them in hindsight. The ending was a huge shock to me. It was the main reason why I wanted to reread the book right away to see if I could find all the missing clues.

I recommend this book to any one who likes a book to keep them guessing. It’s not especially gory or violent. I think book lovers from any genre will love this.

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New release – Strings by Megan Edwards

Happy release day to Strings by Megan Edwards! I had the pleasure of participating in the cover reveal for this book, and I’m so happy it’s finally out in the book world. Megan decided to do things a bit differently and share a list of songs referenced in her book instead of your traditional Q&A. I’m a big fan of classical music so this was right up my alley!

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Goodreads synopsis:

The Merino Rose. Ted Spencer has a hard enough time believing the celebrated violin really exists. To find it sitting on his coffee table is nothing short of incredible. The stuff of legend, the exquisite Guarnerius has been missing for centuries.
But even though the renowned instrument is a violin lover’s dream come true, it holds only heartache for Ted. The value of the Merino Rose may be beyond measure, but he has acquired it at too high a cost.
Ted found his soul mate when he met Olivia de la Vega his senior year in high school. In the school’s production of Camelot, Ted was cast as Lancelot, Olivia as Guenevere. They should have spent their lives together but strings got in the way–family ties, career objectives, and the tangled web of fate.
Will the Merino Rose bring the two star-crossed lovers together at last, or will their love always remain the melancholy sound of distant violins?

 

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Musical pieces referenced in Strings

Camelot, musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Fredreick Loewe
“Star of the County Down,” an Irish ballad
“Simple Gifts,” a Shaker hymn by Elder Joseph Brackett (also used by Aaron Copland for the score of Martha Graham’s ballet Appalachian Spring)
Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56, by Sergei Prokofiev
Caprices, Op.1: No. 24 in A Minor, by Niccolo Paganini
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor “Unfinished,” by Franz Schubert
Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21, by Edouard Lalo
Violin Concerto No. 3, Op. 61 in B Minor, by Camille Saint-Saens
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77, by Johannes Brahms

Listen to them here!

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Author bio:

Megan Edwards is the author of the travel memoir Roads from the Ashes, the humor book Caution: Funny Signs Ahead, and her debut novel Getting off on Frank Sinatra. She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and spent nearly seven years “on the road” all over North America. Now at home in Las Vegas, Nevada, she is working on her next novel.

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