Missing You by Harlan Coben
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 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
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.
This is the first Harlan Coben novel I've read and I understand that he is wildly popular. However, I was disappointed in this book.
I did like the main character, Kat, and I enjoyed the mystery of the book. But there were a great many characters and subplots in the book as well. I could see how they all eventually came together and I do enjoy that in a novel. Still, Missing You took a long time to really get going. It felt like the first half of the book was spent setting up the various plots and subplots, and introducing characters, to the point where I would have put it down if it hadn't been for the author's reputation.
The second half of the book moved way more quickly and was way more suspenseful.
Overall, there was something disjointed about the book. It had a good premise, but the descriptions were repetitive and it was hard to get in to.