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Home By Harlan Coben – Book Review #38

Home is the 11th and final book, so far, in the Myron Bolitar series. I’ll be happy if another is written but I’ll be equally happy if this is the final ever book as it was finished nicely.

Home

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

For ten long years two boys have been missing.

Now you think you’ve seen one of them.

He’s a young man. And he’s in trouble.

Do you approach him?
Ask him to come home with you?
And how can you be sure it’s really him?

You thought your search for the truth was over.
It’s only just begun.

My Thoughts

I think this is my favourite Myron Bolitar book; it was a very easy read and I enjoyed all of it, especially the chapters that were told by Win. He’s my favourite character and I was happy to see him back after he left at the end of the previous book. He’d been away for a year and didn’t contact anyone in all that time.
Win has a reputation for being very dangerous and he lives up to that reputation.
One of my favourite parts in all the 11 books was in this last one and it concerned Win coming back.

Although Myron is no longer a sports rep, or any other kind of rep for that matter, after selling the business in a previous book, he still has Big Cyndi, Esperanza and Zorra in his life.
Esperanza and Myron sold the business when Esperanza was having marital difficulties and her husband, Tom, blamed the amount of time she was at work, for those difficulties. She has a son, Hector, and she worried about losing custody of him if she split with her husband.

Selling the business wasn’t enough to save her marriage, however, and her husband started suing her for custody. He’s rich and powerful and doesn’t like to lose.
Her past as a female wrestler was one of the main things her husband was using against her to get custody of the child and Myron wasn’t at all happy with him.

The following is taken from the book and I just loved it!

“I’m asking you to be reasonable, Tom.”
“That’s your message to me?”
“It is.”
“I’ll pass, thanks. I’m on the verge of victory. You” – he pointed at Myron – “are proof of that. She’s getting desperate. Tell her I said to kiss my ass.”
“I told you already: Esperanza doesn’t know I’m here. I just think you should do the right thing.”
“For her sake?”
“For her sake. For Hector’s sake. And for your sake.”
“For mine?”
“I think it would be best.”
“Well I don’t give a shit what you think. Go Home, Myron.”
Myron nodded. “Will do.”
Tom waited. Myron started to cross the street, but he stopped and did his best Columbo turn. “Oh, one thing.”
“What’s that?”
Myron tried not to smile. “I saw Win.”
The street went silent. Even the music spilling out of the nightclub seemed to hush.
“You’re lying.”
“No Tom, I’m not. He’s coming home. And when he does, I’m sure he’ll want to pay you a visit.”

Tom suddenly starts being nice to Esperanza and although I know violence and intimidation should be frowned upon, it made me smile that Win was coming to the rescue against a bad guy!

*Possible Spoiler Alert*

There were a couple of things that irritated me about this book as well, though. At the end of the last book, Myron’s brother had been buried.
At the start of this book, his brother is alive and Harlan Coben doesn’t tell us how or why he’s suddenly alive.
I had to Google it and I found out that I need to read the 3 books Harlan has written for young adults that stars Myron’s nephew, Mickey.

Also, at the end of the book, a sister of Myron’s is mentioned and I’m probably wrong but I don’t remember a sister ever having been mentioned before!

Goodbye Myron

I’ll miss Myron, Win and the rest of them but the end of the book was nicely finished so it’ll be fine if no more are written.

Home by Harlan Coben

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Live Wire By Harlan Coben – Book Review #37

Live Wire is the 10th Myron Bolitar book by Harlan Coben. At the time of publishing, there’s only one more book left in the series.

Live Wire

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Book DescriptionSometimes the ugliest truth is better than the prettiest of lies…Product DescriptionMyron Bolitar has always dreamed about a gorgeous femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: she’s eight months pregnant… Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients – but now Lex has disappeared and a very pregnant Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumours questioning the baby’s paternity has driven away the man she swears is the child’s father. For Myron, questions of fatherhood couldn’t hit closer to home, as his father clings precariously to life, and the brother who abandoned the family years ago resurfaces – with danger following close behind. Myron is soon forced to confront deep secrets in Suzze’s past, his family’s mortality – and his own

My Thoughts

I enjoyed this 10th book much better than I did the 9th. We finally find out more about Myron’s brother, Brad. He’s only been mentioned a few times in the other books and we didn’t really know anything about him.
I assumed he lived in another part of the country and didn’t get to see his family very often. We find out, however, that this isn’t the case and for some reason, there’s bad blood between Myron and his brother.

This is explained when we are introduced to Myron’s sister-in-law, Kitty, and his nephew, Mickey. Obviously, there’s some history between Myron and Kitty but we don’t find out all the details until later in the book.
Mickey isn’t Myron’s biggest fan either and this book centres a lot on the dynamics of the Bolitar family.

Although it’s not all good news and happy endings, it was good to finally find out more about Mayron’s family and his past.

Live Wire by Harlan Coben

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Long Lost By Harlan Coben – Book Review #36

Long Lost is the 9th book in the Myron Bolitar series. Only 2 more to go and I’ll be leaving Harlan Coben books for the rest of the year. I’m planning on reading some Lianne Moriarty, Maeve Binchy and Ransom Riggs for something totally different 🙂

Long Lost

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Myron is summoned to Paris at the behest of an old lover, Terese. She is in unspecified trouble and needs his help. When he gets there, he discovers that her husband has been murdered and she is the main suspect. The interesting thing is that more than one blood-type has been discovered at the scene – and the other blood can only be attributed to her daughter. But she died 10 years before. As Myron and Terese try to find out exactly what’s going on, they uncover more and more questions. Did the daughter really die? Did Terese’s husband have a further child with someone else? But the truth is something no one expected…

My Thoughts

Not one of the best in the series. I particularly disliked the part where Myron is held and tortured. There has been violence in every book but this seemed a step too far; it was uncomfortable reading.
I was glad when it was over, to be honest, which isn’t the best recommendation for a book!

Long Lost by Harlan Coben

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Promise Me By Harlan Coben – Book Review #35

The break from Myron did me good. I came back to Promise Me, book 8 of the series, feeling refreshed and ready to dive back into Myron and Win’s world.

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Book Review #34

I needed a change from Myron Bolitar and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine was the perfect book for me. It was totally different from all the crime novels I’ve been reading this year.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than. . . fine?

My Thoughts

I’ve been on the lookout for this book since I saw MumofThreeWorld’s review earlier this year. It finally came into the charity shop and I snatched it up before anyone else had a chance!

I loved it. There’s something about Eleanor that I really liked. She’s had a traumatic past but we don’t find out straight away, we get bits and bobs thrown in throughout the story; this is what keeps you wanting to read more to find out exactly what happened to her.

You start to feel that you have to know why she has visits from a social worker every six months, how she got the scars on her face and hand, why her mother calls from prison every Wednesday night and why she’s been in the care system since she was 10.

Whilst she’s intelligent and very well spoken, she’s socially inept. This is quite funny at times but can also make you cringe a little!

I loved seeing the change in her after meeting the new IT guy, Raymond. She starts to learn how to behave in social situations. Most importantly, she learns what it’s like to have a proper friend and how it feels when someone actually cares about you.

It’s sad in places, funny in others and was totally unputdownable for me, every spare moment was spent reading!

eleanor oliphant is completely fine book cover

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Darkest Fear By Harlan Coben – Book Review #33

Darkest Fear is the 7th book Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series. I wasn’t as gripped by this one as I have been by the others.

Darkest Fear

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Myron Bolitar’s father’s recent heart attack brings Myron smack into a midlife encounter with issues of adulthood and mortality. And if that’s not enough to turn his life upside down, the reappearance of his first serious girlfriend is. The basketball star turned sports agent, who does a little detecting when business is slow, is saddened by the news that Emily Downing’s 13-year-old son is dying and desperately needs a bone marrow transplant; even if she did leave him for the man who destroyed his basketball career, he wouldn’t wish tsuris like that on anyone. And he’s not at all interested in getting involved with Emily again, not even to track down the one mysterious donor who may be able to save the boy. But when Myron learns that Jeremy Downing is his own son, conceived the night before Emily and Greg Downing married, he embarks on a search for someone who disappeared a lifetime ago. And what he finds leads him to a powerful family determined to keep an old secret, a disgraced reporter who may have plagiarized a novel to create a serial killer, a very interested FBI agent, and a missing child.

My Thoughts

I don’t know if this book wasn’t as good as the others or if I’m just getting fed up with reading about Myron.
It took nearly 2 weeks for me to finish so it definitely didn’t make me want to keep picking it up. I’m taking a break from Myron and Win and reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. I’ve been wanting to read it for ages and I snapped it up when it came into the charity shop.

Darkest Fear by Harlan Coben

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The Final Detail By Harlan Coben – Book Review #32

The Final Detail is the 6th book in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben. I’m slowly working my way through the entire series!

The Final Detail

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Myron Bolitar’s colleague at MB SportsReps, Esperanza, has been arrested for the murder of a client, a fallen baseball star attempting a comeback. Myron is determined to prove Esperanza’s innocence—even if she won’t speak to him on the advice of her lawyer, who warns Myron to keep away from both the case and his client. But Myron is already too close, too involved, and has too much at stake. And the closer Myron gets to the truth, the more the evidence points to the only viable suspect besides Esperanza: Myron himself.

My Thoughts

It took me a while to get through this book. It just didn’t hold my attention as well as the others. I’ve got another 5 books in the series to read and I’ve already started the next one but when it’s done, I’m definitely going to take a break from them and read something completely different. I want to keep enjoying the series and they do say a change is as good as a rest!

The Final Detail by Harlan Coben

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One False Move – Book Review #31

One False Move by Harlan Coben is the 5th book in the Myron Bolitar series. It’s not one of the best I’ve read but I still enjoyed it.

One False Move

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

She’s smart, beautiful, and she doesn’t need a man to look after her. But sports agent Myron Bolitar has come into her life — big time. Now Myron’s next move may be his last.

Brenda Slaughter is no damsel in distress. Myron Bolitar is no bodyguard. But Myron has agreed to protect the bright, strong, beautiful basketball star. And he’s about to find out if he’s man enough to unravel the tragic riddle of her life.

Twenty years before, Brenda’s mother deserted her. And just as Brenda is making it to the top of the women’s pro basketball world, her father disappears too. A big-time New York sports agent with a foundering love life, Myron has a professional interest in Brenda. Then a personal one. But between them isn’t just the difference in their backgrounds or the color of their skin. Between them is a chasm of corruption and lies, a vicious young mafioso on the make, and one secret that some people are dying to keep — and others are killing to protect….

My Thoughts

It’s taken me a week and a half to finish this book. I enjoyed it but it didn’t keep me hooked the way the others did.
I was glad to see more of Win in this book. He’s fast becoming my favourite character and I find myself urging him to hurry up and save the day when Myron is in trouble!

I was shocked and quite sad at the end, though. The ending has made me want to hurry and start the next book to see how Myron is going to get over his grief and get back to his normal self.
This means I’m not taking the break from the series that liked I’d planned!

One False Move by Harlan Coben

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Back Spin By Harlen Coben – Book Review #30

Back Spin is the 4th book in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlen Coben. I’ve collected the whole series and had planned to read through them all, one after the other but I’m thinking I might take a break after the next one.

I’m still enjoying them but I think I’m in need of a different genre for a while. I’ve seen a book review on Stressed Rach for a sci-fi/fantasy book that I’ve added to my TBR list 🙂

Back Spin

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

This time the sports agent and sometime sleuth probes the mystery of a teenager’s disappearance and finds a family whose darkest secrets explode into murder.
The boy was born and raised on the tony Main Line. But he vanished on Philadelphia’s mean streets. For Myron Bolitar, his client, golf superstar Linda Coldren, comes first–and that means unraveling the mystery of her son’s kidnapping.
But when Myron goes after the missing boy, he crashes through a crowd of lowlifes, blue bloods, and liars on both sides of the social divide. And as Linda’s golf-pro husband suddenly makes a run at the U.S. Open championship, the family’s skeletons burst out of the closet. Myron is about to find out just how deadly this game can get.
In an ingenious thriller that crackles with wit and suspense, whose characters all but leap alive from the page, Harlan Coben engages the mind with twisting mysteries even as he makes the heart race.

My Thoughts

Back Spin is set during the U.S. Open golf championship. It kept me reading but I have to admit that the absence of Win made it less enjoyable.
Win wouldn’t help Myron because Myron’s client was a family member and for reasons unknown at first, Win didn’t have anything to do with them.

Win coming to the rescue is one of the things I love in the books and I really missed him in this one. He was still around and at the end, we find out a bit more about him which was good. It helped somewhat to explain his behaviour.

I’m hoping he’s going to be back to having Myron’s back in the next book, One False Move.

Back Spin by Harlen Coben

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