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It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.Kat feels a spark, wondering iIt's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable. As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there....

Title : Missing You
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ISBN : 9780525953494
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 399 Pages
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Missing You Reviews

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-20 05:15

    Loving my fabulous book talk with my uber cool Goodreads friends of late. Along the way with my many updates of this read, someone I don’t know from a bar of soap asked if they should give Mr Coben a go. Of course they should! He’s undoutably a safe bet, I don’t always rate all his books 5 stars but I do enjoy them a bloody lot!I ripped through this one in a few days, stayed up till 1am last night to finish. There’d be no use trying to go to sleep before the end of this one, it was too exciting. Those who know me even a wee bit know that this is a good sign, and there was no trace of my impatience and not being able to absorb myself into the small pockets of reading time that I’ve been struggling with over my last couple of books. This was a straight up fab thriller, love Detective Kat Donovan, she’s my age and a just a cool chick, a bit scattered but she’s got a purpose here, and she is not going to stop till she gets her answers. Drinks too much, passionate too much, but a damn fine character to be immersed in! What the hell has happened to her ex fiancé and love of her life who she hasn’t seen for 18 years, and who really killed her father, also a cop? This history of her father was a good one; homophobia, The U.S.A in the 70’s, Police wives and mental illness to name a few of the issues I’m glad were there. I always feel in safe hands with Mr Coben, loved the ride and will always go back for more of them. They really suit my personality. Love his stand alones and I love his Myron Bolitar series as well. Of the hundreds of books on my disheveled IKEA ‘bookshelf’ I have lots more waiting for me. How cool is that. I just realised I have a wee crush.. Swoon!!!

  • Patrice Hoffman
    2019-04-10 00:30

    **SPOILER ALERT!!!** - I am the hugest fan of Harlen Coben. When I was approved for this title through Netgalley, I knew that I was in for a treat. Sure that suggests that I'm biased, but on the contrary. When Coben let's me down I let it be known!!! He can afford one bad review or two. Loyal fans like myself won't be shied away from a 2-star rating. Enough about me and my little disclaimer...Missing You is the latest thriller by Harlen Coben. He really cranks these things out. I feel as I just read one a year or two ago. Anyway, I'm cool with that. Coben seems to the master at presenting readers with the idea that we never quite know who stole our hearts. Whether it be an old flame, a wife of 20 years, or even a family member, he suggests that someone is always hiding something. This novel is no different. Only this time the connections are more broad and cautionary to all you Match.com people out there.Kat Donovan, a respected NYPD detective, is encouraged by a friend to seek companionship on an online dating site in an effort to bring some haneky-pankey into her mundane love life by a friend. After a few moments of grappling with her self she decides that maybe she should take a shot at love. She logs on to the dating site "Justmytype.com" and comes across the photo of an ex-boyfriend. The same ex who dumped her 18 years earlier. The same ex who she considers the love of her life.After reaching out to him in the hopes of him maybe feeling the same for her, she is instantly shot-down she he tells her to keep the past in the past. Feeling dejected and confused, she continues to live her life until a teenage boy asks her to investigate the disappearance of his mother. His mother has used the same dating site and is supposedly on a romantic retreat with the love of her life. Her son isn't convinced after a string of odd texts, withdrawals from her bank, and just plain old skepticism. Kat reluctantly agrees to help him. This investigation leads her on a path that suggests her ex lover is maybe hiding something more sinister. I'll end my summary there because it's more fun if the plot is revealed as the pages fly past. What is instantly gripping about Missing You is how gripping it is. The killer approaches his prey in a way that hasn't been done to this extent in any other book. I'm seriously happy I'm not one of those Match.com people cause if this is how it ends please count me out!!!Coben's characters don't really matter to me because they are just pawns to me who move along one freaky instance to another. I don't read his books looking for the next, most in depth character who compares to Hamlet, or Scrooge, or even Heathcliff... So all you book snobs don't take away his points for that reason. His novels are meant to be fast-paced, engaging, thrilling, and suspenseful. I will give him credit where credit is due for providing a huge glaring fact I could not ignore. If Kat's great love (Jeff) was in fact that, there is no reason why she wouldn't have Googled him, Facebook stalked, or searched for a blog featuring his article. FYI, he's supposedly a journalist. Seriously, after 18 years, and feeling like I lost the true love of my life, I'm searching for him. Yes You!!! You know who you are. The kid in the 4th grade who gave me your ring-pop and promised me love forever as well as a free snack swap at least one lunch a week. It is you I'm searching for on Facebook every night.Besides my small qualms with this novel, I still love Harlen Coben's fiction. He's genuinely my favorite thriller writer because he never takes his foot off the gas once and introduces me to a killer so malicious, it shouldn't be possible that he exists. But he does... maybe. Long story short: Read Missing You or else you'll be missing out!Copy provided by Penguin Group via Netgalley

  • James Thane
    2019-04-06 01:23

    NYPD detective Kat Donovan hasn't had a meaningful relationship since the love of her life walked out on her eighteen years ago. She seems to spend a lot of time brooding, not only about her long-lost love, but also about the death of her father, a cop who was shot to death at virtually the same time. The man who confessed to killing her father is now dying in prison and Kat is hoping against hope that the man will finally explain why he pulled the trigger and who ordered the hit.To cheer her up and to get some romance back in her life, Kat's best friend secretly enrolls her on an online dating site. (This hardly seems like something any sort of friend would do to a person, but the plot depends on it.) Rather than being angered by her "friend's" temerity, Kat logs onto the site and --lo and behold!!, miracle of miracles!!--practically the first face she sees is that of Jeff, the lover who abandoned her all those years ago. Jeff is now, conveniently, a widower who is thus available again.Kat sends him a message, referencing their favorite song, which just happens to be "Missing You," by John Waite, and then sits on pins and needles, waiting for a response. When it comes, Jeff appears not to remember her, which crushes Kat. She sends him another message, identifying herself, and Jeff replies telling her that the past is past, and she should just leave him alone.Something doesn't seem quite right, and so Kat begins to investigate and stumbles onto an Internet dating scam where innocent victims are going of on dates with people they met online and are never heard from again. And--horror of horrors!--Kat's old boyfriend seems to be right in the middle of the scam.Meanwhile, Kat bursts into the prison hospital and confronts the man who confessed to killing her father, but the visit leaves her more confused than ever. Her superiors tell her to let it rest and stop torturing herself, but of course, she's not going to do that.As the book progresses, Kat divides her attention between the two great mysteries of her life, trying to resolve at least one, if not both of them. It's going to be a very dangerous ride, and, as is usually the case in a Harlan Coben novel, the reader will be virtually whipsawed by all of the violent twists and turns that the novel takes. It's not a bad way to spend a few hours, but there's really no reason to combine these two very disparate plot ideas into one book. As Kat veers back and forth between the two investigations, the book tends to lose momentum every time we switch from one to the other. My other concern, which is not unique to this novel, is that Coben ultimately tosses in one last plot twist that simply takes the whole thing over the top. It's clear that he enjoys doing this sort of thing, and apparently a lot of his readers enjoy it too, but for me it's a twist too far and inevitably leaves me a bit disgruntled every time I finish one these novels. It's an okay read, but to my mind it would have been a lot better if Coben had focused on one or the other of the two main plot lines and if he had resisted the urge to throw in the final twist.

  • Jonetta
    2019-04-02 23:11

    Originally posted at The Book NymphoYou can always count on several plots that will eventually converge in a Harlan Coben story. The trick is to try to unravel them and find the connections before they're revealed. This book is no different in that respect but there were some new angles. This is the first of his stories I've read where a woman is the main character. It's even better that Kat Donovan is an NYPD detective who is haunted by her father's murder 18 years ago and the subsequent breakup with her fiancé Jeff Raynes. When a friend signs her up on an online dating site and she finds her lost love, it seemed serendipitous. It was anything but. There's another storyline involving a woman whose son believes she's missing and asks a skeptical Kat to investigate. It was a chilling aspect of the book and I stayed up all night to finish, riveted by a pretty exciting climax. The ending was fantastic and the requisite twists (another Coben staple) were pretty remarkable. I've yet to be disappointed by a Harlan Coben novel. Though I was prepared for a satisfying reading experience I wasn't expecting it to be quite this good. This was very enjoyable as I wait patiently for that next Myron Bolitar series installment (hint, hint). (I received an ARC from NetGalley)

  • Julie
    2019-04-24 04:24

    Missing You by Harlen Coben is a 2014 Dutton publication. I am one of the most disorganized readers you will ever meet. I have such a hard time keeping up with series and easily lose track of what order the books should be read in, so when I have a chance to pick up a stand alone by an author who never fails to deliver, then I grab it, no questions asked. Coben didn't let me down, and kept me riveted to the story from start to finish. Kat's friend sets her up an account with a dating service and out of a sense of obligation, she logs on to the site and gets the shock of her life when a picture of Jeff, the love of her life and former fiance also has a profile on the site. After some waffling, she goes for broke, sending him a message with the link to “their song” - Missing You by John Waite. But, the response she gets doesn't make sense. Enter an eighteen year old kid who is convinced something has happened to his mother after she goes on vacation with a guy she met online and Kat begins to notice something kind of fishy about this dating service. Also, on Kat's mind is the impending death of the mobster who killed her father. Desperate to learn the truth about her dad's death she tries a last ditch effort to get him to open up to her before he dies. This shocking confession leads Kat back eighteen years as everything she thought she knew was a now in question. There is a lot going on in this one. Kat's search for the truth about her father, the dating service, missing women, and Kat's puzzlement over what she learns about Jeff who has been out of her life for many years now. There are some really twisted up bad guys in this one, some kick butt action from some very brave people, lots of Coben's signature twist and turns, and a love story that is sure to break your heart. Other than the abrupt ending after dumping some major information on me, the only other complaint I had was that now I have the infernal song in my head!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9e15...

  • Frances
    2019-04-15 04:29

    3.5* The first few chapters were exceedingly slow with pointless silly dialogue. Although it was tempting to abandon, the plot finally started to develop and surprisingly it became hard to put down. Harlan Coben knows how to keep the reader on edge, and soon the pages were flying by. The main character, NYPD Detective Kat Donovan innocently checks out an online dating site,‘YouAreJustMyType.com’ looking for romance. However, romance isn’t in the cards on this website as Kat is suddenly drawn in to find a missing person who has disappeared after several dates with one of the male members. Donovan has other matters to deal with as she continues to search for answers with regard to her father’s murder. Overall the book was enjoyable once you were past those first annoying chapters.

  • Margitte
    2019-04-13 21:17

    I am so amazed at this book. I need to think it through. Don't even know where to begin, what to include and where to end.First off, I laughed at the silly pickup lines in O' Malley's Pub in New York City. Sunglasses honed in on Kat and began to make his move. He didn’t so much walk toward her as glide on his own slime. Stacy suppressed a giggle. “This is going to be good.” Hoping to discourage him, Kat gave the guy flat eyes and a disdainful frown. Sunglasses was not deterred. He bebopped over, moving to some sound track that was playing only in his own head. “Hey, babe,” Sunglasses said. “Is your name Wi-Fi?” Kat waited. “Because I’m feeling a connection.”After all, nothing lowered a man's IQ like a curvaceous womanI smiled at Stacey & Kat's judgmental view on the sleazeball characters trying to pick them up. Horizontal mamba was a collective aim of all the pathetic opportunists. Those fellas so meticulously manscaped to look un-manscaped, making Ass Waffles of themselves.But as this detective drama unfolds, I realized that this book was about loneliness and how it was handled by everyone. It was just so damn sad sad sad. Loneliness could drive you to bars, to cellars filled with computer monitors, to secret rendezvous and love affairs, to the bottle, and/or to dating websites. Websites such as "Justmytype.com".Stacey was a private detective with her own successful firm. Katy Donovan, the NYPD detective. Through their work they roamed the streets where every home was a family facade filled with people who believed in hard work, perseverance and education, but deep down knew that life was really about the fickle and the random, controlled by luck, timing and fate. Some people learnt from experience that happiness is fragile, which should be treasured every moment, and that the rest of life is, in a sense, just background noise.Kat had eighteen years of sorrow behind her. The day her police officer dad was murdered, was also the beginning of the end for Jeff and her. Eighteen years she tried to find her father's killer, despite the fact that a convicted killer confessed to her father's murder. Being obsessed with her quest to find the real killer, she lost the love of her life, Jeff, who walked away. But then Stacey thought of doing Kat a favor by enrolling her on the "Justmytype.com" website. The avalanche of events hitting her would reveal the truth and force her to reconsider her assumptions about people and her own way of turning her back on the obvious to protect herself all these years.This is not only an action-packed, fast-moving murder mystery thriller. This novel is about love, relationships, loneliness, friendship and trust. This book has soul and substance.Gripping and suspenseful; deeply touching and humane, it has a literary core that will attached itself to your soul and leave you breathless on the last page. In the end it defines FORGIVENESS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2019-04-11 04:11

    Wow, I thought this book was one of the best I have read so far this year. I think it was so perfect for my taste because it built an amazing back story, (actually two), that kept building and really helped me to connect with the characters. Then, just when the two mysteries were on the verge of making me crazy, the rollercoaster started down on its lightening speed descent. Hold on to your hat and whatever else you brought along with you because it has an extremely exciting, explosive ending with a very short cooling down period. Kat is a NYPD Detective and has been trying to figure out why and who killed her father, (also a NYPD cop), eighteen years ago. When the person who confessed to his killing dies, the information he provided starts to become chock full of holes, which in turn sends Kat into overdrive with more questions than ever. At the time of her father's death Kat's personal life basically went down the tubes. She has devoted herself to her work and searching for the truth behind what really happened all those years ago, this of course does not leave much time for relationships or dating. When her best friend signs her up on a computer dating service she is astounded to find an old love interest on the site as well. When curiosity gets the Kat, she sends a message out to him only to be shut down cold. Kat is confused but decides to let sleeping dogs lie, however, her best friend is not and starts her own little investigation. Shortly after the the big brush off a young college student comes in out of the blue asking for her help to find his mother who he thinks is missing. She is perplexed as to why he would come to her for help when the crime, if any, is not in her district and she has never laid eyes on this young man before. Well, this is where the plot thickens, trusted people become deceptive and people she has never counted on for commeradery start coming out of the wood work to help her. January LaVoy is a wonderful narrator, her voices and timing were spot on and certainly helped build the story. I highly recommend this suspense-thriller.

  • Andrew Smith
    2019-04-20 22:28

    I'm taking a 'life's too short' approach to books these days and on this basis I've decided it's way too short to continue with this one. I've preached about the value I put on audiobooks before but there is a downside to this format. If the reader is good it can add value to the telling of the story but if they are bad it can ruin it completely. Now, I'm not saying Kerry Shale is a bad reader but here he uses some terrible, condescending voices to portray a number of the male characters. It's just so off-putting I can't continue. As for the story, I'm afraid it just feels very routine and unexciting. The characters are one dimensional and overall it's just dull, dull, dull.Ah well, the good news is it will free me up to pick up something better.

  • Robert
    2019-04-23 23:30

    I must be one sentimental bastard. While I’d like to say, “I ain’t missing you at all.” I’d be hard-pressed to do it with a straight face. Eighteen years? No problem. But, on the other hand, life’s too short to let that much time pass. Seize the moment. That’s what I always say. Or maybe it was Sigmund or Freud or Siskel or Ebert.MISSING YOU did have its sentimental moments. But it also contained a rather prominent criminal element, since this novel falls smack dab in the suspense/thriller category. With detectives and captains and bad dudes galore, and at least one bloodbath soaked its way through the printed pages, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better roller-coaster ride. I even managed to get a little soppy on at least one occasion, but shhhh (holds a finger up to my lips), you can’t tell anyone. And when blood made its metallic appearance, I had one of my woo-hoo moments. Probably one of just many reasons why I’d say I’m not necessarily a normal member of society.That’s also why I probably need to find a slightly more populated state for my twilight years. I’d have to say I’m a bit creeped out to live in isolation, so I’m scratching Wyoming and the Dakotas and Montana off my wish list for the sake of my own sanity. The quiet and the possibility of being a mile or so from my nearest neighbor just doesn’t necessarily give me the same warm feeling that an axe to the jugular does. No, wait, a hug around the neck would probably be more appropriate here.The plot kept me on the edge of my seat, as the pages flipped with effortless ease, and I ground my teeth to relieve just a bit of the tension. Kat and Dana and Brandon proved a dynamic trio that I could get behind, or in front of, as we headed off into battle, even if I ended up in a rather precarious position. The ending came a bit too soon (although not at the wrong time), but I wanted to continue to dangle on the edge of the plateau staring down at the river below.Was I satisfied? Yes, Stagger, I believe I’d say I was.I received this book for free through NetGalley.Cross-posted at Robert's Reads

  • Nancy
    2019-04-15 04:22

    Two and a half stars. Clearly not Coben's best. In fact--the book was not a cohesive whole. I've read pretty much everything Coben's written, and liked most of it, but this outing was an incoherent pastiche.Let's see. You've got Kat and her father's murder and her cop buddies, all with issues. You've got the boyfriend who dumped her, mysteriously re-appeared. You've got the online dating issue. You've got nasty criminals in different flavors, committing nasty crimes in rather bizarre ways. You've got biracial, bisexual manic-depressives. You've got the wisecracking sidekick, and the little sly references to other Coben characters. But the pieces don't precisely fit together into a believable story.And worse, you get Coben's smart-ass verbal tone--the one that works so well for Myron Bolitar--coming out of the mouths of other characters. And finally, you get long stretches of characters running around in the woods or drinking expensive booze, etc etc, that feel like (no nice way to say this) padding. A disappointment, all around.

  • Diane
    2019-03-26 03:31

    I have a weakness for Harlan Coben thrillers. Every time I pick up a Coben novel, I get gripped by the story and race through the book, ignoring everything around me."Missing You" was no different. It follows Kat Donovan, an NYPD detective, who is investigating the case of a missing woman, but she's also secretly trying to figure out who murdered her father almost 20 years ago. (Yes, yes, the proliferation of crime TV shows means it's become a cop trope that an officer is haunted by a parent's homicide, but just roll with it.)Anyway, Kat is working multiple leads, one of which involves her ex-boyfriend, Jeff, who might be mixed up in something illegal. (view spoiler)[Bonus points to Coben for coming up with a good catfishing scheme. (hide spoiler)]The plot sprints along, and I gobbled up half the book in one sitting. Three-fourths of the way through I texted my Coben-reading buddy and asked WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?? But I should have known that everything comes together in the end. Wowser.Sorry this review is so light on details, but to give more would take all the fun out of it. If this is your first Coben, you're in for a wild ride. Favorite Quote:"We all have our demons. But men? They have them much worse. The world tells them that they are the leaders and great and macho and have to be big and brave and make a lot of money and lead these glamorous lives. But they don't, do they? Look at the men in this neighborhood. They all worked too many hours. They came home to noisy, demanding homes. Something was always broken they needed to fix. They were always behind on the house payments. Women, we get it. Life is about a certain kind of drudgery. We are taught not to hope or want too much. Men? They never get that."

  • Jen
    2019-03-26 02:23

    Missing YouDetective Kat Donovan is persuaded to put her profile on an online-dating site. As she clicks through possible matches, she sees a familiar face. The name is not that of the man she first fell in love with, but the face convinces Kat that is the same man. From this very coincidental event, the entire plot will develop, involving missing men and women and an adaptable villain who has moved from a low-level early career to something more profitable and deadly.What I liked: the actual mystery was suspenseful. What I didn't like: The romance. How sweet that Kat's first look into online dating comes up with her first love's picture, and the fact that she has never loved again, and that he dumped her and disappeared, and that she still loves him eighteen years later. Neither the back-story or the current story involving the romance appealed at all. The other secondary plot line about Kat's father also left me cold. I was expecting a mystery or thriller with this novel, and it was there, but only after suffering through two tedious secondary story lines. This was my first Harlan Coben novel, but it didn't leave me wanting more. NetGalley/Penguin GroupMystery. March 18, 2014. Print version: 400 pages.

  • Maria Clara
    2019-04-02 00:15

    Ante todo tengo que decir que más que una novela negra me ha parecido de suspense romántico. De todas maneras, me ha decepcionado un poco; quizá porque me ha parecido que le faltaba algo, o porque no me he llegado a creer ese amor...

  • Carol
    2019-03-27 01:19

    4.5 Stars. Zipped right thru this latest tome by Harlan Coben that is full of mystery, suspense, murder and surprises. Super fast-paced with interesting characters (gotta love Aqua), and even a very brief tie-in to Win and Lock-Horne Investments (from the Myron Bolitar series). Loved it! Highly recommend!

  • Connie
    2019-04-01 21:22

    OKAY!!!!!!!! LISTEN UP!!!!! YOU!!!!! YEA!!!! YOU!!!!! What are your plans for March 18, 2014? Well...whatever they are, forget them...ditch them....change them....You need to be first in line to buy this newest thriller from Harlan Coben.....no, seriously...I'm not kidding! This was a fantastic read!!!! I think it might be my favourite Coben yet, and I've been a mad fan for years! Here we have a story about Kat....a NYPD detective. After a close friend signs up the single Kat for an online dating service, she stumbles across an old flame. This one simple act, combined with the imminent death of her father's convicted killer sets Kat off to question events in her past that have always remained a mystery...to ask questions that might be best left unasked....to seek answers she might not be able to live with.....along this road of discovery she also stumbles upon a questionable missing persons case....and from there all hell breaks loose....And that is all I am going to spill.....This novel has lots of puzzle pieces for you to figure out. Although you are able to fit the pieces together, piece by piece, you're still unsure of what the overall picture is....you're also missing that one very important puzzle piece.....even when it's all solved, you still won't see everything until the last possible minute....that's right....you need to read this one to the end.....and just listen up....it's worth your time and your trouble.....this is a heart racing read...the further you read, the more your heart is going to race....near the end, you're certain to be fighting yourself to slow down and actually read the pages and not just race ahead to see what happens....This is a solid 5 star read for me....It might not be the best book I read in 2014, but I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being the most suspenseful and exciting read of the year! Have you marked your calendar yet? Don't forget! March 18, 2014.....it's going to be a very good day....ARC provided by NetGallery for an honest review

  • Bethan Watson
    2019-04-04 03:24

    I can't believe I had never read a Harlan Coben novel before, where have I been?!This is definitely one of the best thriller books I have read in a long time.

  • Chelsey the crazy cat lady
    2019-04-04 02:14

    oh my gosh. so intense!!!! few twists in this book and totally did not see the end happening. totally would recommend if you love a good crime and thriller

  • Liz
    2019-03-28 23:25

    I am a recent convert to audiobooks. And I've discovered that what makes a good written book doesn't necessarily work as an audiobook. Audiobooks need to be fast paced enough to keep your attention without bogging you down in detail. Harlan Coben succeeds with fun plot lines, wonderful turns of phrase and interesting characters. This one involves two initially disparate storylines. In fact, I found myself scratching my head trying to figure out how they were going to come together. Cat is a very interesting heroine. A 40 year old never married cop, she is still trying to decipher her father's murder 18 years after the fact. A friend signs her up for a matchmaking site and she runs across her former fiancé. I have to admit parts of the book didn't ring true. I found it hard to imagine a NY detective would have so much time on her hands at work. And then little things, like demanding to see her captain as he goes into a meeting with her immediate boss. Really, would anyone with an eye to job preservation even think of doing that? The ending beggars belief, but overall the book is an entertaining story that will keep your attention. The narrator does a wonderful job with distinct voices for each character.

  • Rosangela
    2019-03-25 21:30

    I need to say that I'm not a huge fan of Coben, but I enjoyed reading this book very much.I couldn’t put it down until I finished the entire book. (Read in Portuguese)

  • Mary Beth
    2019-04-05 02:19

    I am usually a fan of Harlan Coben's books, both the Bolitar series and the books outside that series. There were far too many plots in this book involving far too many characters; all felt unfinished and all characters felt undeveloped. Each story/plot was quite interesting on its own, and I would have enjoyed a fuller exploration of each one. Each character was intriguing, and in would have greatly enjoyed the back story of each character. What was Titus like as a child, as a teenager? What was Brandon like before his father died? What was the Phelps family like when it was intact? Frankly, I felt like there was more development of the Gerard character, who ultimately was a rather minor figure. I don't know how I would describe this book to someone: The story of a calculating serial killer? The story of a woman's search for her lost love? Or her search for the truth about her father's murder? Corruption in the NYPD? If all these stories are going to be woven into one book, enough space/pages should be allocated to fleshing it out. I can't speak for every Harlan Coben fan, but I enjoy his writing style and wouldn't be dissuaded from reading a much longer book that was properly developed. This, unfortunately, felt unfinished and unsatisfying - which left me, at the end, frustrated.

  • Lisa B.
    2019-04-19 01:17

    My ThoughtsNYPD Detective Kat Donovan has a lot going on in this story. She is still haunted by the murder of her father that happened many years ago. A friend gives her a membership to an online dating site, where she finds hew ex-fiance. A young boy comes to her because his Mom has gone missing. How could all of this possibly tie together?I always get excited when I first open a Harlan Coben book . I know I’m going to be in for an exciting ride and this book did not disappoint me. There was a new twist around every corner. The clues are given to us slowly. It made me think about putting together a puzzle for the first time. Piece by piece, the picture of all that is going on in Kat’s life fall into place, but it takes that last piece for everything to become clear.Mr. Coben always gives us believable characters and story-lines. This one really spoke to the potential dangers of online dating sites and how the internet has become the new focus for committing crimes. The suspnse went right down to the wire, and I enjoyed every minute of it!Many thanks to Penguin Group - Dutton, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.Publish date: March 18, 2014

  • Holly
    2019-04-09 04:09

    This book started off very poorly for me. The first chapter made me want to not even read the rest of the book. The main character, Kat Donovan, is suppossed to be this tough as nails NYPD detective who comes from a family of cops. She is reduced to a weak, pathetic, lovelorn, "damaged" female right away. I just kind of felt that the author did not do a very good job of writing a convincing female lead. This is the first book I've read by Harlan Coben so I don't know if he has written strong female characters in the past. Anyways it left me with a bad taste in my mouth for quite a few chapters after. Fortunately, the story was intriguing and succeeded in drawing me in anyways. It is well thought out, keeps you guessing, and definately makes you want to turn the page to see what happens next. Literary masterpiece, no. But it is a decent story with a good ending that is quick and easy to read. So despite some character flaws and lack of descriptive dialogue, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.***I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads***

  • Corey
    2019-04-07 05:19

    Harlan Coben once again doing what he knows best! A great, modern-day edge-of-your-seat thriller with many twists and turns, and just as I thought I had it all figured out in the end it went in a completely different direction, definitely not the direction I was expecting! After reading this book it gave me second thoughts about online dating, which I'm sure a lot of people who've read this book probably feel the same way.Missing You is about Kat Donovan, an NYPD Detective who has recently joined an online dating site, when she comes across the profile page of her former lover Jeff, or is it him? She is also drawn into the mystery of the murder of her father, who was also a cop, and tries to discover the real truth behind it.I really loved the main character, Kat Donovan, she was just a great kick-ass protagonist, almost like a Clarice Starling type-character from The Silence Of The Lambs! So far, as long as I've been a Harlan Coben fan, I don't think I've ever picked up a book by him that I did not like, he's just such a great writer, one of my faves!!

  • Barbara
    2019-04-15 22:08

    When NYPD Detective Kat Donovan learns that Monte Leburne - the hitman convicted of killing her cop father 18 years ago - is dying, she visits him in prison. It's her last chance to get indisputable evidence about who ordered the hit. While in a drug-induced twilight state Leburne denies killing the policeman. He says he admitted to the crime because he was already on the hook for two other murders, so when he was asked to take the rap, he agreed. This startling information sets Kat off on a quest to discover the truth about her beloved dad's death.Kat has other issues as well. The love of her life, Jeff Raynes, called off their enagagement soon after her father's death and Kat never got over it. In an attempt to kickstart Kat's love life her best friend Stacy signs Kat up for a dating website. When Kat peruses the site she sees the picture/profile of a man she thinks is Jeff, now apparently a widower with a child. But when Kat contacts Jeff she gets a discouraging response, hurting her all over again.While Kat continues to look into her dad's murder - which antagonizes her superiors and the cops who originally investigated the crime - nineteen-year-old Brandon Phelps asks for her help. He claims his mother is missing after leaving for a romantic getaway with a man from a dating website. The cops are skeptical about Jeff's claims, however, because he's gotten text messages from his mom.The reader (though not the cops) soon learns that Brandon's mother is indeed missing. She's being held by a group of murderous criminals who abduct wealthy people to force money out of them. Unfortunately for the bad guys one mob member made a serious error, which eventually puts Kat on the criminals' trail. The book alternates between accounts of Kat's investigations and descriptions of the gang's activities, which are seriously stomach churning. Though mystery/thrillers often have story lines that are a little outlandish I think parts of this book strain credulity too much. Interesting characters in the story include Kat's bosses - who try to discourage her inquiries into her dad's death; Kat's yoga teacher - who was a brilliant student before his nervous breakdown; Kat's friend Stacy - who's gorgeous and adept at warding off unwanted advances; Kat's mom - an alcoholic with two loyal, but quirky, friends; Titus - the cold-blooded leader of the abduction gang; Bo - a Labrador who likes to chase balls; and others. Kat is a talented, capable detective who eventually resolves both cases. The book is a suspenseful page turner that has major twists, leads to a dramatic climax, and comes to a satisfactory conclusion. One thing that irked me about the story is the adolescent behavior of too many male characters that come on to Kat and Stacy with childish, offensive pickup lines. I could hardly believe Harlen Coben penned these parts because they sound like they were written by a fifteen-year-old boy who thinks he's clever. And there's quite a bit of this stuff! (Some of Coben's best characters in other books, like Myron Bolitar and Win Lockwood, would never talk like this.) Overall, I'd rate this as a pretty good book that would appeal to a lot of mystery fans. You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/

  • Helena (Renchi King)
    2019-04-11 02:31

    Dobar je Coben! Odmah ću na početku napomenuti da naziv "Groblje živih" ne predstavlja temu romana u potpunosti (to je za one bojažljive,koji unaprijed zaziru od takvih prizora).Tema je vrlo aktualna,internet prevare na stranicama za upoznavanje srodnih duša.Skoro pomislim da bi svaki mladi ili usamljen čovjek trebao ovo pročitati.Iz predostrožnosti...iako su ovo,naravno-krajnosti!Fabula odlična,od prve stranice će vas zaintrigirati.Možda ćete ispočetka malo biti zbunjeni,no..sve sjeda na svoje mjesto.Pratimo dvije radnje koju vodi detektivka Donovan.Retroaktivno istražuje smrt svog oca (također policajca) koja joj je uvijek bila ponešto sumnjiva,i upletenost bivšeg zaručnika u internet prevare.Dalje neću...zadovoljstvo prepuštam vama i pomalo vam zavidim na osjećaju ulaska u priču,koja se meni prilično svidjela!

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2019-03-26 01:16

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life4 Stars!I have to start this review by saying that I am a HUGE Harlan Coben fan. I have waited in line with my pile of books to get his signature. I have devoured his books and have read every single book that he has written. I know that I expect a whole lot out of a Harlan Coben book. This was a great book but it was not as great as some of the books that Mr. Coben.One of my fangirl moments with Harlan CobenKat Donovan is a NYPD detective. Her best friend, Stacy, has signed her up for a dating website as a gift. As Kat is scrolling through the photos of available men on the site, she finds Jeff, the man that she had planned to marry 18 ago. She reaches out to Jeff online but he does not seem interested in reliving the past. Meanwhile, a young man, Brandon, comes to Kat at the police station. He is afraid that something has happened to his mother. His mother has been a widow for several years and has went away with a man that she has met online. While Brandon has had some contact with his mother, he feels that something is wrong.Several plot lines connect and intertwine as the book comes to an exciting conclusion. This book had no shortage of the twist and turns that characterizes Coben's writing. Everything did fit together nicely by the end of the book. The characters were well-developed. The plot of the book was intricately planned out and believable. The only thing that is keeping me from giving this book a 5 star rating is the fact that it did take a while for me to feel "hooked" by the story. I actually found the beginning of the book very put down-able which is unusual for me with a Coben book. The second half of the book had no such problems and I read it very quickly.I would definitely recommend this book. It is an intelligent mystery that keeps you guessing and will appeal to most readers. I look forward to reading future works by this author.

  • Janie Johnson
    2019-04-06 21:28

    I have been trying to catch up on my A-Z challenge for the year and chose this one for M. I love Harlan Coben's writing a lot so this was a real treat for me since it has been awhile for me reading one of his books.SynopsisIt's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable. As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.I really liked the plot to this story with the online dating spin. I found it to be very fluid and easy to follow but would have liked it to be a bit faster paced. I also thought there was a lot of good mystery to the story. There are 3 separate stories running in this one, but I found it to be easy to follow all of them. On the down side I found it to be a bit predictable, but not over the top. A couple of twists to enjoy in this one as well.I think the characters were well developed and pretty realistic. I could really relate to Kat. I thought she was a strong female protagonist and I like how she does not just lay down in the face of fear. She does not let anyone get the better of her. At times though, it seemed like things were a bit too easy for her, not many challenges and that kind of makes the story lack that certain excitement when our protagonists have to fight for every inch.I do recommend this book to any one who is a Coben fan. It is definitely worth the read. I just would have liked it to be a bit faster paced and a little more adrenalin pumping action, but other than that it was a great story. I am giving this book a 3.5 stars.

  • Denise
    2019-03-29 01:20

    4.5 stars. I admit that I haven't read everything Harlan Coben has written, but I've read quite a few of his books and I think this one was my favorite. I won't summarize the story -- that's already been done several times in other reviews.What I loved about this book:-multiple plots that kept me guessing-very suspenseful, yet very believable -villains that were creepy beyond belief from the moment we met them-the nod to Lock-Horne investments (I see what he did there...)And finally, I LOVED the absence of one type of character that seems to always show up in a Coben novel. You know the one....the protagonist that's so tough he can get beaten up with a hammer in the first chapter, breaks a few bones, does not seek medical attention, is deprived of sleep for 36 more hours, then fight off 4 mobsters single-handedly?! That guy isn't in this book!I love Coben. He is absolutely a master of suspense, but I soo appreciated the believability of these characters. Protagonists that are actually human are even more amazing to me.Definitely recommend this one!

  • Ed
    2019-04-02 04:06

    NYPD detective Kat Donovan's friend signs her up on a dating website where she recognizes her ex-fiance she hasn't seen or heard from in eighteen years. Her curiosity peaked, Kat is soon forced to rethink long held beliefs and assumptions while probing a missing person case from another state. This is Harlan Coben at the absolute top of his game. I highly recommend it all my GR friends. It might very well be the best crime fiction you read this year!