Date with a real rollercoaster
Missing You Harlan Coben, Thriller, Orion, tpbk, €19.30, 416 pages
Kat Donovan is a third-generation New York City cop with serious emotional baggage.
Her grandfather committed suicide, her cop dad was a lush whose brutal murder was never solved, and, what's worse, she's still single.
Her best friend signs her up to an online dating site, and as she surfs it she comes across a photograph of her ex-fiancé Jeff, who broke her heart 18 years ago, but as she reaches out to Jeff he slams the virtual door in her face and she becomes seriously suspicious about what is going on at YouAreJustMyType.com.
As Coben skilfully knits more strands and crazy and murderous characters into his complex and deadly tale, the body count rises. Kat's investigations hint at a frightful conspiracy and lead her to question her feelings about everyone she has ever loved.
With 50 million copies of his books published, Coben knows how to strap the reader firmly into his rollercoaster plots. That said, Missing You takes perhaps a little longer than usual to gather pace, but when it does accelerate it is sweaty palms all the way.
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