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):  https://windingwayblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/shelter-a-mickey-bolitar-novel-by-harlan-coben/Found by Harlan Coben

Link to Seconds Away (the second book):  https://windingwayblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/seconds-away-a-mickey-bolitar-novel-harlan-coben/

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. 

https://windingwayblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/shelter-a-mickey-bolitar-novel-by-harlan-coben/

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: https://windingwayblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/shelter-a-mickey-bolitar-novel-by-harlan-coben/

 

Three Times Lucky- Sheila Turnage

Genre: Mystery

Three Times Lucky tells the story of a murder mystery in a small North Carolina town- Tupelo Landing, with population of 148. Mo (short for Moses) LoBeau is the main character and also the narrator. She is an 11-year-old sixth grader who was sent downstream on a makeshift raft as an infant. A man nicknamed the Colonel and a woman named Miss Lana have been raising her ever since. 

On a day like every other day, many of the townspeople are eating lunch at the cafe owned by the Colonel and Miss Lana. In this silent and peaceful town, everything changes when a stranger named Detective Joe Starr arrives at the cafe from Winston-Salem to investigate a murder from his jurisdiction. The townspeople, including Mo, distrust him immediately. Read this book to find out how one event changed the whole week. The dialogues are hilarious and the book is written well. 

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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick- Joe Schreiber

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Perry Stormaire’s future is all figured out for him. He has applications in all the top universities. He has a band- Inchworm, and they have their first real gig coming up. Perry might have continued on this somewhat successful yet mindless path if it wasn’t for the Lithuanian foreign exchange student his family welcomed into their home his senior year. 

Gobija Zaksauskas, or Gobi for short, wasn’t like a foreign exchange student Perry expected at all. She was short, stocky, and hid her pasty complexion behind thick glasses and a hair bun. For the most part, she kept to herself, and Perry pretty much tolerated her presence while counting down the days until she left. That all changed when the senior prom came. Perry had planned on playing with his band in New York City that night when his mother informed him that he would be taking Gobi along. Like you guessed, he wasn’t happy with this at all… and was furthermore embarrassed when Gobi dressed in a ceremonial Lithuanian costume that made her look worse than a sack of potatoes. A turn of events occur and Perry is surprised to find himself helping Gobi to kill people…the people who ruined her previous life. 

This book was really amazing with all the funny verbal exchanges. Thanks to my school librarian for introducing me to this book and so many other great books you know. The action is fast-paced too with a lot of twists and turns, and if you enjoy this  book then try the second book of this- Perry’s Killer Playlist.

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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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The Messenger- Markus Zusak

Genre:Fiction

I am the Messenger is the story about Ed Kennedy, a 19 year old cab driver . He lives in a shack with a stinky, coffee-drinking 17 year old dog aptly named the doorman since, the dog never leaves the door at all. Ed becomes a hero when he points a gun at the most amateurish bank robber the world has ever seen. Everyone is proud of him and that is when, he receives his first message… on an Ace of Diamonds card with three addresses and times written on it. He feels the urge to respond as he realizes that it is an assignment more than an invitation. Read the book to find out what awaits him at these addresses and who is the mysterious stranger who sent him the card…

This is a really good book and you can feel your perspective of the protagonist changing throughout the book!

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The Girl on the Train- Paula Hawkins

Genre: Thriller

The Girl on the Train is a story about a young woman, Rachel, who takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she goes on the same track, passes the same stretch of cozy suburban homes, stops at the same signal which allows her to watch the same couple having breakfast on their deck daily…she calls them Jason and Jess and thinks that their life is perfect and is not like the life she recently lost… Until today… Rachel sees something so shocking that she is unable to keep it to herself and she goes to the police. But why do you think the police would believe someone as unreliable as her? Read the suspenseful book to know what Rachel saw that changed her whole life…for the good or bad is unknown till the end!

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Famous Last Words- Katie Alender

Genre: Horror Mystery

Willa is panicky. She thinks that she is seeing things… she sees a dead body in her swimming pool, she sees messages on her walls, a reflection that is clearly not her own. It’s almost as if someone–or something is trying to send her a message.

In the meantime, a killer is stalking Los Angeles…a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Willa is confused…could her strange visions have something to do with the unsolved murders or is she just going crazy? Not knowing who to confide in all Willa knows is that she either has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she will just lose her mind…or maybe even her life.

It is definitely a good book but it kind of scared me when I read it and gave me too many sleepless scary nights:-)

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Ten- Gretchen McNeil

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Ten is the story about ten teens who head out to a secluded Henry Island Vacation home, for a weekend party off the coast of Washington and what happens when they find out the real reason they were called to the party. For Meg (a senior), the trip is a good excuse to get away from home and family and spend some good time with her best friend- Minnie as Meg will soon be leaving to UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) for her first quarter and also work on her writing.

But when a perilous storm hits the island and the electricity goes out, Meg begins thinking that something is seriously wrong as the guests at the party start to die from different ‘accidents’. Each of the ten teens are connected to someone in their past who is out to exact horrifying, cruel vengeance. 

The suspense in this book is simply amazing and if you get terrified easily then don’t try this book, cause it could be a little scary. 

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