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Long Lost by Harlan Coben – Book Review

Published February 5, 2012 by Maryam S

Reviewing a bestselling author is no easy feat, yet it is effortless to describe the brilliance behind the author, that is Harlan Coben. Long Lost takes us on an action-packed ride quite literally all over the world with a narrative occurring at a rapid pace that is so unanticipated it has you speed-reading just to uncover the events.

Two days before I learned the secret she’d kept buried for a decade—the seemingly personal secret that would not only devastate the two of us but change the world forever.

Myron Bolitar, a gifted but failed athlete turned sports agent and his aristocratic, influential friend, Win become embroiled in a chase unlike any other. A past life resurfaces in the form of a beautiful TV Reporter, Terese Collins, who calls out for a desperate plea for help.

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Welcoming Myron to Paris is a murder investigation which involves Terese’s ex-husband. Myron discovers Terese’s long lost daughter’s blood was placed at the scene of the murder, thus Myron begins his own form of enquiries and what unfolds around him can only be described as insane. We observe Myron confront terrorism in its extremist form, conspiracy, murders, and paradoxes seemingly impossible they could be probable.

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how impossible, must be the truth”.

I am a new Coben fan, having read recent novels such as Caught, Shelter and Miracle Cure (not so recent) and now my first Bolitar novel I will admit I found Long Lost somewhat farfetched in comparison. Bourne Identity and Dan Brown came to mind and yet I was expecting the same authenticity found in recent Coben novels. That being said, Long Lost is a novel filled with intrigue, wit, imaginative narrative that only Coben can accomplish and I look forward to reading the Myron Bolitar Series.



With 50 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last four consecutive novels, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His first Young Adult novel SHELTER was just released this fall. His books are published in 41 languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

Winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – international bestselling author Harlan Coben’s critically-acclaimed novels have been called “ingenious” (New York Times), “poignant and insightful” (Los Angeles Times), “consistently entertaining” (Houston Chronicle), “superb” (Chicago Tribune) and “must reading” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

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Questions for the reader:

What did you think of this plot?

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As the terrible consequences of long-ago events collide in the present, three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that not even those closest to them would ever suspect, will come to realise that the past never truly fades away. And as each confronts the dark side of the American dream – the boredom of suburban life, the thrill of temptation, the desperation that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades – they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper thin as a heartbeat.

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