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Home by Harlan Coben

Home by Harlan Coben

Home by Harlan Coben

is a desperate mix of loyalty, pain, family and friendship.  But it’s loyalty that takes center stage in Harlan Coben’s latest New York Times bestselling mystery.  Home stars Myron Bolitar and his lifelong friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III (aka “Win”). When Myron gets a call for help from Win, the man who never asks for anything, he drops everything.  Win, now in London after a year in hiding,  has spotted one of two boys who disappeared from a wealthy New Jersey suburb ten years ago.  Apart from the initial ransom demand, there has been no word:  no sightings of the childhood friends, no bodies discovered, nothing.  Until now.

“The boy who has been missing for ten years steps into the light.”

I loved this book.  Harlan Coben’s dedication to creating complete characters is palpable as the author probes the psyches of the missing boys’ families and friends.  When one boy turns up, that, of course, means that the other doesn’t.  When young Patrick returns home unable to communicate what’s happened to his friend, Rhys, who feels worse – the family of a shattered but rescued boy, or the loved ones still holding on to crumbling hope?  Will anyone ever really know what happened ten years ago?

As the story of going Home unfolds, the mysteries surrounding the two boys meander through both families.  Secret deceptions and alliances are revealed.  No spoilers here, but the ending is one of the most satisfying Coben has ever written.

Home by Harlan Coben is available at all four Metro Library Network locations:  Marion, Hiawatha, Cedar Rapids, and Ladd.

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