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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

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 32 books read


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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

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 31 books read


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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

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2018 - 30 books read


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Drop Shot By Harlan Coben – Book Review #28

Drop Shot is the second book in the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben and it’s every bit as good as the first 🙂

Drop Shot

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

The young woman was shot dead in cold blood, dropped outside the stadium, in front of a stand selling Moet for $7.50 a glass. Once her tennis career had skyrocketed. Now, at the height of the US Open, the headlines were being made by another young player from the wrong side of the tracks. When Myron Bolitar investigates the killing he uncovers a connection between the two players and a six-year-old murder at an exclusive club. Suddenly Myron is in over his head. And with a dirty US senator, a jealous mother and the mob all drawn into the case, he finds himself playing the most dangerous game of all

My Thoughts

I enjoyed the second book in the Myron Bolitar series a bit more than I did the first. It was set in the world of tennis and as that’s really the only sport I like, I found this story a bit more interesting than Deal Breaker.

Myron’s friend, Win, is fast becoming my favourite character. I laughed out loud at one part and had to read it out to my husband so he could share the laughing with me! I can’t put it here because of spoilers but I am looking forward to the next book and seeing what Win will do next!

Drop Shot by Harlan Coben

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 28 books read


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Deal Breaker By Harlan Coben – Book Review #27

I’ve loved every Harlan Coben novel I’ve read so I was pretty sure I’d like the Myron Bolitar series. I went and bought all the books in the series then started to wonder if I’d made a mistake. Maybe I should have bought the first one, Deal Breaker, first to see if I liked it before buying all the others.

Deal Breaker

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron’s prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family’s tragedy, a woman’s secret, and a man’s lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business—where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.

In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction—Myron Bolitar—a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.

My Thoughts

As I said, I did doubt whether I should have bought Deal Breaker first before buying the whole series and the reason for this was because Myron was a sports agent rather than the usual cop or private detective.
I’m not a sports fan and wondered whether the story being set in that world would interest me.

I needn’t have worried because due to a serious injury early on in his promising football career, he had to change direction and ended up getting a law degree and working for the FBI. He then gave all that up to become a sports agent/private investigator, albeit not an official one!

I enjoyed everything about this book, especially his friend, Win. His methods are questionable but you can’t help liking the fact that he has Myron’s back.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Drop Shot.

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 27 books read


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Triskellion By Will Peterson Book Review #26

Triskellion is the first book of the trilogy by Will Peterson. I didn’t realise it was a book aimed at young adults and I also didn’t know it was one of a series when I bought it.


Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Rachel and Adam are sent to stay with their grandmother, following their parents’ divorce. But the quiet English village is a sinister, unsettling place. Is there a dark heart beating beneath the thatched roofs of Triskellion?

My Thoughts

It was an ok book which did keep me reading until the end but I don’t know if I care enough about Rachel and Adam to bother buying the next 2 books.
Thankfully, it didn’t end on a cliffhanger so I could happily leave the story as it is. In fact, if it weren’t for Goodreads, I’d never have known it was part one of a trilogy.
If they come into the charity shop I might buy them but if not, it won’t be a huge disappointment!

Triskellion by Will Peterson Book Cover

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 26 books read


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The Soul Collectors By Chris Mooney – Book Review #25

The Soul Collectors is the fourth book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney.

The Soul Collectors

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Charlie Rizzo has his family at gunpoint and when Darby arrives to defuse the scene, she finds him horrifically mutilated, with a mask of human skin sewn in place over his own face. Within minutes, a group of men disguised as SWAT officers bursts in and releases deadly Sarin gas, killing the Rizzo family outright and leaving Darby herself barely alive.

Where has Charlie Rizzo been held all these years? Who are The Twelve who have been executing this gruesome torture? And why are the FBI running scared in the face of this particular, chilling episode? Darby is facing the toughest case of her career…and, as the body count rises, one that will bring her into great personal danger and leave her in fear of losing her mind, if not her soul.

My Thoughts

The Soul Collectors left me wanting to immediately start the next book in the series but unfortunately, I don’t have it yet. I was very tempted to order the last three of the series from Amazon but I know if I do, they’ll turn up at the charity shop and I’ll be kicking myself!

I feel, after reading four books about Darby, one after the other, that I really know her now and I have to find out if she’s going to be ok!

My friend, Cheryl over at Madhouse Family Reviews is an avid reader, like me, and has also reviewed this book.

The Soul Collectors by Chris Mooney book cover

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 25 books read


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The Dead Room Book Review #24

The Dead Room is the third book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney and so far it’s my favourite.

The Dead Room

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

When Special Investigator Darby McCormick is summoned to search for a missing teenage boy, she has no idea the case will come to haunt every waking moment. The boy had been in the care of a man whose fingerprints reveal him to be long-dead gangster, Frank Sullivan, killed by the FBI some 20 years earlier.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed The Dead Room. I didn’t get to read much through the week so spent a good few hours Sunday afternoon finishing it.
Darby gets a bit more kick-ass in this book and I loved her even more for it. She didn’t let the police rules and regulations get in her way. She took out the bad guys with bullets to the head.

There were some shocking moments, moments that I really didn’t see coming. One of them even made me say OMG out loud!

I can’t wait to get stuck into the next book and I have to order the rest from Amazon because I can’t wait for them to come into the charity shop!

The Dead Room by Chris Mooney

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 24 books read


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The Secret Friend – Book Review #23

The secret friend is the second book in the Darby McCormick series by Chris Mooney.

The Secret Friend

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Two dead girls in the river

Two tiny statues of the Virgin Mary concealed in their clothing

One CSI on the hunt for their killer

When Judith Chen is found floating in Boston’s Harbour, links are made with the murder of Emma Hale, a student who vanished without trace, only for her body to wash up months later.

CSI Darby McCormick is assigned to the case and uncovers a piece of overlooked evidence from the Hale investigation which brings her into contact with Malcolm Fletcher, a former FBI agent now on the Most Wanted list after a string of bloody murders. And when a third student goes missing, Darby is led into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with deadly links to the past and a man who speaks to the Blessed Virgin. A man who wants to be a secret friend to the girls he abducts

My Thoughts

I’m really enjoying reading about Darby. I have 2 more books in the series and I’ve just added the last three to my Amazon wishlist.
I don’t know what it is I like so much about her. Maybe it’s because we first meet her while she’s at school and we went through the trauma with her when a serial killer broke into her home, killed one friend and kidnapped another. Knowing she’s suffered like that makes it easy to see why she does the job she does and why she gets so emotional doing it.

I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Dead Room.

The secret friend by Chris Mooney

Goodreads 2018 reading challenge 23 books read


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