missing-you-cobenWe put so much trust in the internet: we share our secrets, we bare our souls and we look for love. But it’s always a gamble and we’re always blind. In Missing You, the latest scorcher by Harlan Coben, NYPD detective Kat Donovan gets more than she bargained for on an online dating site.

The hopeful face looking out from the profile is one that she knows only too well and her past comes crashing back to haunt her. It’s Jeff, her former fiance and the man who shattered her heart eighteen years before. Could this be a chance for a new start?  There’s a spark of hope and she reaches out…

Then comes suspicion and fear as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, and Kat is forced to question her feelings about everyone she ever loved.  Can she finally find out who murdered her father? And is anyone blameless? Her life is in danger and to save herself and others, she must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before.

We so often use phrases like ‘page-turner’, ‘unputdownable’ and ‘roller-coaster ride’ when talking about thrillers, but every Coben fan knows he’s the absolute master of all three.  Don’t pick this book up unless you’ve a weekend to spare, because once you start, you won’t want to stop.

Just like one of his novels, Coben’s writing career was gripping from the first page, as he picked up an award for Deal Breaker, his debut novel. His hugely popular Myron Bolivar series, featuring the crime-solving sports agent followed, along with a series of standalone thrillers. These include Tell No One, which was made into the fantastic movie Ne le dis a personne by French director Guillaume Canet.  Note to Hollywood – please don’t bother remaking it: there’s really no need.

Another distinction for Harlan Coben is becoming the first writer to win an Edgar Award, a Shamus Award and an Anthony Award. Oh, and sales of sixty million books.  Enough of a convincer?  Tell everyone (and read an excerpt here).