‘Missing You’ by Harlan Coben is a stand-alone thriller despite how it almost sounds like a series if you read the back of the book. Detective Kat Donovan is still suffering from the death of her father 18 years ago.
A friend of hers sets her up on a dating site, and Kat is convinced to give it a go. She does, and soon finds a familiar face; but not a familiar name. She’s adamant it has to be her ex-fiancé Jeff, yet that’s not what the name on the profile says. From there, the thriller twists into a busy pace of missing people and a worried young boy with a villain that far surpasses any from Coben’s previous works.
From a family of cops – her father, and his father before him – one would expect this is feature a strong and capable female character who can handle just about anything. Kat is independent and cynical from what she’s experienced in her job and how Jeff left her so long ago.
The plot makes this book hard to put down because it’s presented in such a possible way. The dangers of the internet and online dating, the scams that are currently prevalent that don’t get much media notice because they’re slightly embarrassing to fall for. The pace is constant throughout and layers well with the plot with enough technical references to make the novel feel like it knows what it’s talking about.
Overall this is a decent thriller that is light yet engaging reading that will make you worry about how much of your own personal information is available online. This isn’t a complicated book, yet it manages to have a complex plot.
It’s good to see an independent, middle-aged woman as a main character, though I would have liked to see a little more ability rather than opening with how ‘damaged’ she is, suffering through feelings regarding her father and being dumped by Jeff. Still, she copes well throughout the novel, and so few feature independent woman without baggage so I can’t quibble on this one. The plot keeps you going, and that’s all we can ask for, sometimes.
This review was originally posted at SentientOnline on the 8th March 2014.