Play Dead- Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

This is the first book Harlan Coben wrote, but not the first book I read of his. It is a very old book (published in 1990) but I fell in love with the author’s style of writing and started reading each and every book thanks to the amazing collection my English teacher had!

While supermodel Laura Ayers and Celtics star David Baskin were honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, tragedy struck. David went out for a swim and never returned. Now widowed and mourning, Laura’s search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back to thirty years.

It is an amazing book and is full of suspense! If you love thrillers or mysteries I highly recommend you to try this book! 

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Found: A Mickey Bolitar Novel- Harlan Coben

Disclamier: Please read the post for the first and second book in this series (Shelter and Seconds Away) before reading this post to understand the events better. Link to both posts is located below this post. 

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

The third book of the young adult series starts at a swift pace and is hard to let go once you start it. As puzzling clues continue to surface, Mickey is adamant to uncover the truth about his father’s death, irrespective of his uncle’s (Myron Bolitar) warning. Was it really accidental or murder? Or is he still alive like how the Bat Lady says? With the help of his uncle and his loyal friends, Mickey solves the mysteries of the Abeona Shelter and the elusive “Butcher of Lodz”– all while trying to manage the everyday life in high school. 

I loved this series and the author and it made me search on the internet if Harlan Coben has written any other books. He has… 29 more books. The reviews of each book will start soon. If you loved this book/or the series, you should definitely try the other books by him. 

Link to Shelter (the first book): by Harlan Coben

Link to Seconds Away (the second book):

Seconds Away: A Mickey Bolitar Novel- Harlan Coben

Disclaimer: Please read the post for the first book in this series (Shelter) before reading this post to understand the events better.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Seconds Away is the second book of the young adults series- Shelter. In Seconds Away, Mickey is getting ready for basketball tryouts, and still wondering about his father’s death and his work saving children with the mysterious Abeona Shelter. Mickey had his own experience with a rescue in Shelter, and now the Bat Lady is back, giving him a mysterious photo of a Nazi war criminal Mickey thinks he has met. He thinks that this is the same man who was there at the accident at that killed his father as a paramedic. When his friend Rachel is shot in the head and her mother is killed, Mickey has a more pressing mystery to solve. This book is full of twists and turns, if you are a fan of thrillers or mystery books you should really enjoy this book. 

This is the second book of the young adult series written by Harlan Coben. Please make sure to read the first book (Shelter) before reading the second one. If you enjoyed the second book too, try out the third and the last book in this series- Found.

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The link to my post on Shelter is below:


Shelter- A Mickey Bolitar Novel by Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Before writing the review of this book I would like to thank my 8th grade English teacher and our school librarian for suggesting this book, as it is really good and without this suggestion I wouldn’t be writing this review and the next 30 reviews of the books by the same author. This one book led me to read all the other books by Harlan Coben and I am grateful for the author for writing such amazing books!

The Shelter series is the most recent books of Harlan Coben and is for the young adults. Life has not been easy for Mickey after his father passed away and his mother got addicted to drugs because of the death of Mickey’s father. Mickey has been forced to live with his uncle- Myron for the time being and it makes it harder since he dislikes him. The story opens with a scene where an old lady (known as the Bat Lady and feared by everyone) opens the door of her house and tells Mickey while he is on his way to school, that his father is still alive. When Mickey’s erstwhile girlfriend, Ashley, suddenly disappears from school, Mickey begins stumbling through his own investigation of Ashley’s disappearance. Through his investigation he learns that there is a tie-in between the death of Mickey’s father and the sudden disappearance of Ashley. He is aided by a couple of school outcasts like himself and when he begins to learn some truths about Ashley and his own family… not only Mickey but even the readers are completely shocked! 

I highly recommend this book and it is fantastic! If you enjoyed reading this book then,  read the second and the third book of this series- Seconds Away and Found respectively. You will not learn the truth till the very end of the third book.  🙂

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