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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