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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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...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.
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