Gone For Good by Harlan Coben

Publisher’s Summary

Growing up, Will Klein had a hero: his brother Ken. But when Will’s former girlfriend was found raped and murdered in her family’s basement, Ken is considered the prime suspect, and disappears. Ken’s disappearance has lasted for ten years, defying an international manhunt. He has been presumed dead. Now, Will’s mother, on her deathbed, tells Will that Ken is still alive. At the same time, Will’s current girlfriend disappears, and Will finds that she is not all that she seemed. With this dual mystery to solve, Will is drawn closer and closer to darkness, and to a chilling secret that causes him to reconsider what he knows to be true about Ken, his girlfriend, and himself.

© 2002 Harlan Coben

You might recall that this book was recommended by a friend who thought to challenge my devotion to Lee Child?  Well, I’ve got to tip my hat on this one.  This was a damn good book.  It’s one of Coben’s stand-alones, so the jury is still out on whether Coben‘s Myron Bolitar can match Child‘s Jack Reicher; nonetheless, Coben will be an author I can see myself reaching for over and over again.

Gone for Good catches you by the throat and never lets go, all the way through to the stunning climax.  It is full of deception and betrayal.  Coben presented an insightful portrayal of  human nature, dysfunctional family dynamics and sociopathic deviance.  The story line starts simply and just when you think you know what is going on or try to anticipate the next step, Coben skillfully weaves in another twist.

This book is definitely a keeper and receives my two thumbs up!

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