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Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

33295183Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn’t been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks—and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother’s death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he’s been looking for. 

When Maura’s fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions—about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana—whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.

*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads


*Thank you to the publisher, Century, and NetGalley, for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve discovered Harlan Coben when I checked out his book Stay Close from the library. And I wonder why I haven’t known of him sooner. Because he is such a brilliant author and there’s no wonder how he’s one of the favorites of many mystery thriller readers. Don’t Let Go is only my second book from him but now I know I’ll be looking out for his old works and so are the new ones to come.

15 years later after the death of Leo, his twin brother, Napoleon “Nap” Dumas –a New Jersey detective– is still trying to recover. It doesn’t make things easier for him that the love of his life, Maura, disappeared on that same fateful night. He can’t help but think that somehow her disappearance has something to do with his brother and his girlfriend’s death. But no matter how hard he tried to look into it, he can’t find a connection. And he can’t find Maura, as well. She disappeared without any trace like she ceases to exist at all. But then, Nap was dragged into an investigation that can possibly give him all the answers he’s been looking for all this time. Maura’s fingerprints were found at a crime scene. And what’s more curious is that the murder victim is someone they used to go to school with, a friend of Leo who’s also a member of his brother’s secret club. Where Maura also happened to be a member. Nap believes it is not just a coincidence that 3 members of the club are now dead. Everything comes back to the mysterious death of his brother and Maura’s disappearance and Nap is determined to find answers to the questions that’s been haunting him since the night he lost two people that matter to him the most.

It started really strong and immediately the engaging plot grabbed my interest and didn’t let go until the very end. It is full of suspense and mystery that had me guessing the entire time, plus twists and turns that caught me off-guard and an unpredictable ending which adds to an enjoyable reading experience. Just when you thought you had things figured out, it will take in a new turn and caught you by surprise. It is thrilling to follow Nap’s investigation as he slowly and efficiently uncovers the truth he’s been looking for all those years. Nap got a certain appeal and humor that endear me to him but he’s also damaged and cold and relentless. His habit of talking to his dead brother can be slightly bothering but despite all that, Nap is a solid and pretty enjoyable character. There are other characters who are interesting, as well.  Also, I enjoyed the bit about the conspiracy theory. It sure gives more intrigue to the story. There is just one thing that’s kinda nagging at me, Nap keeps talking about his dad but never did he mention about his mom. Or maybe he did, but not enough details. I was actually waiting for some information about her hoping she’s holding some answers but nope, MIA until the end. Nevertheless, Don’t Let Go proved to be a great read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is a well-written and fast-paced page-turner that is definitely worth your time. Something for thriller and suspense lovers out there to appreciate.






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