Missing You by Harlan Coben

I’m continuing my exploration of thrillers, and Harlan Coben is a master. He ratchets up the suspense with this tale of many threads that somehow all come together in a satisfying conclusion. He keeps the reader’s interest without resorting to graphic violence or gore, and I appreciate that.

What’s different in this one is a female protagonist and a bit of old fashioned romanticism; for example, a NY PD detective recognizes an old lover after 18 years apart when she sees his picture, under a different name, on a dating web site. That is the event that kicks the plot off and eventually ties it all together. That’s all I have to say about the plot – why spoil the surprises?

Skilled use of foreshadowing makes believable events that might otherwise have seemed improbable. If you’re a writer as well as a reader, Missing You is worth your attention for that alone. But you don’t have to be a writer to find this a worthwhile read. If you enjoy thrillers with intricate plots, this page turner is for you.


About Patricia Dusenbury

Patricia Dusenbury grew up in the Northeast, went to college in the South, and married a southerner. After a lifetime on the east coast, she recently moved to San Francisco. In her previous career, Pat was an economist and the author of numerous dry publications. She is hoping to atone by writing mystery stories that people read for pleasure. The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition named A Perfect Victim, Book 1 of her Claire Marshall trilogy, 2015's best mystery. Book 2, Secrets, Lies & Homicide, was a finalist for the 2016 EPIC award. Book 3, A House of Her Own, is out and completes the trilogy. The first book in Pat's new series, working title Two Weeks in Geary, is a Claymore Award finalist. When she isn’t writing, Pat is reading, gardening, babysitting or exploring San Francisco, the fabulous city that is now her home.
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