In my book, Harlan Coben gives the phrase “page turner” a new and positive connotation. I am especially susceptible to the self-deprecating charms of his protagonist, Myron Bolitar. Maybe it is this fictional sleuth’s ties to the Boston Celtics and
In Long Lost, Coben injects his familiar cast of characters into the world of cord blood, DNA testing, global terrorism and the possible abduction of the daughter of Bolitar’s long ago flame, Terese. The resulting action is riveting and touching. A consistent thread that runs throughout almost all of Coben’s writing is the strong and unbreakable attachment between parent and child. Despite the violence and derring-do that he uses as an appliqué to the fabric of his narrative, that strong parental theme adds a sensitivity and tenderness that makes Coben unique as a writer of thrillers.
If you are a fan of Coben and Bolitar, you will love this book. If you are not yet a fan, this is a good time to climb aboard the bandwagon. I will gladly move over to make room for you.