Classification: Adult Fiction
Format: Hardcover; 400 pages
Publisher: Dutton; September 20, 2016
Author's Website: http://www.harlancoben.com/
Notes: I borrowed this one from the library.
Ten years ago two six-year-old boys were kidnapped from one of the boy's home in an affluent neighborhood of Alpine, New Jersey during a play date. The au pair who was watching them was found tied up claiming two men wearing masks had entered the house and had taken them. A ransom was demanded, but no one ever came to retrieve the money. The boys were never seen or heard from again until now. Working on an anonymous tip, Win Lockwood, has just caught a glimpse of the boy he believes to be Patrick Moore. Before making a positive id, the boy, now sixteen, was assaulted by three men. Win intervened, but when he finally got things under control, the boy had run away.
Win and Myron will do whatever it takes to find the missing boys and return them to their families even if it means putting their own lives at risk. This time they won't let the boys slip away.
This was a great story with characters who are complex, and at times larger than life, but yet extremely relatable. Win and Myron are best friends who are so different from one another it makes me wonder how they got to be that way. Their friendship intrigues me. While I have never read any other books from the Myron Bolitar series, I'm very tempted to read the first book and see where it all began.
Some of my favorite quotes:
- “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
- 'Scratch a guy who always talks about what a winner he is or how he’s “self-made” or how he’s pulled himself up by the bootstraps, and underneath you’ll always find a little boy who had everything handed to him. It was like they needed a blind spot to justify their tremendous luck. Something like: I can’t have all of this because of fate or chance—I must be special.'
- “If I have to cheer for you to know I’m proud,” Dad once told Myron, “then I’m doing something wrong.”
I gave this one 5 out of 5 roses. The story was well written, suspenseful, with plenty of twist and turns. I love how once you know what happened you can go back and see all the bread crumbs that were left that led to the conclusion. While reading, you can see the pieces, but can't phantom, until very close to the end, how they all fit together. I borrowed an audio version of the book from my library, and kept finding myself sitting in the car and listening well after I reached my destination. The narrator was wonderful and helped breath life into the characters. I HIGHLY recommend this one.