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Missing You

Missing You

Written by Harlan Coben

Narrated by January LaVoy


Missing You

Written by Harlan Coben

Narrated by January LaVoy

ratings:
4/5 (49 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Mar 18, 2014
ISBN:
9781455876112
Format:
Audiobook

Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben, a heart-pounding thriller about the ties we have to our past...and the lies that bind us together.

It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she's ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart-and who she hasn't seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.

As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved-her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.

Released:
Mar 18, 2014
ISBN:
9781455876112
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Harlan Coben (www.harlancoben.com) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous adult novels, as well as the two young adult novels, SHELTER and SECONDS AWAY. He has won the Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and Anthony Award--the first author to receive all three. His books are published in forty-one languages--with over 50 million copies in print worldwide--and have been #1 bestsellers in over a dozen countries. He lives in New Jersey.

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  • (1/5)
    Disappointed. Disgusted. Not up to Coben's standards. Pretty mushy; after struggling to listen for about an hour, I gave up. No mystery, just gooey, gushy -- not my style.
  • (3/5)
    Readers familiar with Harlan Coben's twisty thrillers, where few things turn out to be exactly what they seem, may be able to figure out one of the mysteries here, just by going with that gut feeling Coben implants and then tries to dissuade you from.that continues to work well in this entry, but other parts of the book don't.Surfing on a dating website, NYPD cop Kat Donovan is startled to come across a profile posted by a long-lost boyfriend, apparently using an alias. While she's still puzzling this out, she's contacted by a college student who insists his mother has gone off for a romantic weekend with LLB, but something isn't right.A suitably scary plot unfolds here, with extortion and murder oozing out of every pore.The problem is that there's a sub-plot, involving Donovan's search for the truth about the murder of her father, also a cop. And even Coben can't make these two lines mesh, nor can he bring everything to any kind of satisfying conclusion.
  • (3/5)
    Disappointed, not near as interesting and entertaining as the Myron Bolitar series, which I love.
  • (3/5)
    What begins as glib conversation on dating and past relationships turn into a tense cyber crime investigation that gets personal for the NYPD detective. Some dialogues stretched a bit; overall good quick read with enough sub plots and twists to get me hooked.
  • (4/5)
    I'm really enjoying his books. There's always an interesting twist. Can't wait to read more!!!
  • (5/5)
    terrific and spellbinding as usual.
  • (5/5)
    Kat Donovan is a single cop, with no prospects for love on the horizon. Her one true love, Jeff left her eight-teen years ago. When her friend Stacey, sets up a profile for Kat, she is surprised when she sees Jeff's picture on the website...

    When the man, who is convicted of murdering her father confesses to not killing her father...Kat begins to dig into the past and find the truth...

    Brandon's mother has gone on a romantic getaway, except Brandon isn't believing it...and when he hacks into the dating site that his mother has been using, Kat and Brandon's worlds collide...and all is not what it seems...

  • (4/5)
    It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode as emotions she's ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiance, Jeff, the man who shattered her heart - and whom she hasn't seen in eighteen years, Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable. As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she's ever loved - her former fiance, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.
  • (5/5)
    Quick fun and a few twist amd turns. Stubble upon this on a whelm.
  • (5/5)
    OMG!!! January did a GREAT JOB. Myst have read. Thanks Harlen.
  • (2/5)
    Definitely not my favorite book. It was acceptable at best. I was really hoping this guy would be my next binge but not looking good so far.
  • (3/5)
    Obviously this is an adult book that I was NOT reading in consideration for my middle school shelves! Bought it because it was one of those "buy two get a third book free" kind of deals and the blurb on the back hooked me. Kat's friend signs her up with an online dating service, and while Kat is looking through the photos, she sees the face of her ex-fiance who she hasn't seen in eighteen years, but still loves. When she reaches out to him, however, his response is uncharacteristically aloof, and he almost acts as if he doesn't remember her. No spoilers, but I only half predicted where it was going.
  • (4/5)
    Very hard to put down a Harlan Coben.NYPD Kat, has to solve who was the real killer of her father many years ago, vanishing women on an online dating site, and the reappearance of a long lost love.Unputdownable!
  • (2/5)

    I have to start this review by saying that I am a HUGE Harlan Coben fan. I have read ALL his books including the not so good Mickey Bolitar Novels.

    I expect a nothing but sheer thrill from his novels, especially the stand-alone ones. Missing You was no exception in that it came with huge expectations. Unfortunately it was a major letdown. This is probably the first HC novel that I didn't read through the night and sneak into office the next day to finish the last 50 pages, I actually was quite OK even relieved to put in a bookmark and turn in for the night.

    Wouldn't want to give too much away, so am stating my issue in the most generic way possible. A protagonist you don't care for, a dating site as a premise that doesn't amount to much and a very weak climax. Add to that a contrived tying up of loose ends and you have a novel that misses the mark.

    Sorry Mr. Coben, I have spoken to anyone with a ear and praised your books. I have a shelf at home dedicated to your books and it's full, but this one just didn't work for me.
  • (4/5)
    He's done it again. Harlan Coben has once again written a winning mystery/thriller in MISSING YOU. Or should I say "mysteries/thrillers" (plural)?MISSING YOU has more than one mystery going on, one characteristic of all Coben novels. These mysteries all involve Kat (Katerina), a New York police detective whose father, also NYPD, was murdered 18 years ago. Of course, that's one of the mysteries: who did it? Kat also searches for a missing woman, who, it turns out, is one of several people who trust someone they met online, in another of the mysteries. And another mystery has Kat finding her old fiance, who now goes by another name, on that same online dating site.As usual, this Coben novel is a can't-put-it-down thriller. And, as usual, I repeatedly wondered as I read it, how can Coben keep writing himself into seemingly unsolvable mysteries, only to solve them satisfactorily every time? One disappointment: although MISSING YOU gets interesting sooner than most books, it is missing one characteristic common to all Coben novels until the last few years. That is, his novels were always tnrilling right away, from page 1 or 2. MISSING YOU didn't grab me until the end of Chapter 1, not bad but not up to Coben's old standard.
  • (5/5)
    Harlan Coben is consistently good. "Missing You" just proves that he is one of the best contemporary mystery/suspense authors writing today. In his latest novel, Coben takes the modern phenomenon of Internet dating and puts one heck of a twist on it to build the storyline. "Missing You" is a cop drama, a murder mystery, and a delving into the mystery of the human spirit. I'm always impressed that Coben, a man, can write with such accuracy from a woman's point of view. Protagonist Kat Donovan is realistic and believable, her emotional motivations spot on. Twists and turns were plenty and kept me riveted; I could not put this book down. Bravo, Harlan Coben; I eagerly await your next novel.
  • (5/5)
    I love Harlan Coben books, and this one was awesome. I couldn't put it down!!
  • (4/5)
    In her late 30s, police woman, Kat, follows up when her friend signs her up with an online dating service. Imagine her surprise when she finds her unrequited love on line with a different name! And then she gets a request to help a young man find his mother who also signed up with the same service. The plot and conclusion are very imaginative. A suspenseful read!
  • (5/5)
    Ladies. If you are doing any kind on online dating, you may want to read this book. Or maybe not. This is a twisty, chilling tale spun by the master of suspense novels. I could not put this one down for fear of missing another moment of this delicious book. It also helps that I am a big fan of John Waite's "Missing You", which now I can't get out of my head. Buy this today and be ready to hunker down in your favorite chair, or on your favorite beach because you won't want to put it down.
  • (4/5)
    (Spoilerish) A teenage boy, Brandon, goes to the police after hacking into the website his mother used to find romance. The detective, Kat, is skeptical that his mother is missing but gives it a quick look at while her attention is focused on the dying man in the hospital who killed her father, also a cop. While poking around on the dating website she sees her college sweetheart and attempts to make contact with him but he shuts her out as more suspicious facts become known Brandon and his mother. A little slow in the beginning but then it turns into a page turner with a very suspenseful ending.
  • (5/5)
    This novel was vintage Coben -- unpredictable plot, snappy dialogue, and believable characters. And, as always, he injects humor. His topics are current(in this case, on-line dating sites) as are his use of slang, pop culture, and technology. His books are not only entertaining but educational. The title itself, "Missing You," refers to a 80's song, and is a significant element in the storyline.
  • (4/5)
    This novel was another fantastic mystery by Harlan Coben. I have read all of his stand alone novels and he has not let me down. This one, like all of the others, kept me up at night because I had to read to the end. There were several plots going on at the same time but it wasn't confusing to follow them all and stay interested in all of them. It was a fantastic read - this author never fails to write a fantastic mystery!
  • (5/5)
    Harlan Coben has been a favorite author of mine for a long time. Missing You did not disappoint. This guy can spin a story of suspense that embodies the word. Worth the wait.
  • (3/5)
    Another solid entry in Coben's stable of novels. I would have rated the book higher if the protagonist, Kat, a NYPD detective, was a bit more life-like. Based on Coben's treatment of her work habits she is the last detective I would want assigned to my case. Granted the story was about a personal matter but her lack of professionalism caused the book to be less interesting. On the plus side, the book was well plotted and moved at a rapid pace.
  • (5/5)
    I would give this novel five stars if I haven't read other standalone Harlan Coben's novels, which usually have the same attributes: mystery in the past, parallel storylines coming together at the end, family relationships. Otherwise, it was excellent - but I just felt I have already read it in his other novels.
  • (4/5)
    Wow! Another great story from one of my favorite author's. I nearly got motion sickness from the twists and turns. I can always count on him for giving me finger burns from turning the pages. Highly Recommended
  • (3/5)
    Another great read from Harlan Coben! Kat, a NYPD detective is trying to find out who murdered her father 18 years ago. There are several plots going on at the same time and lots twits and turns.
  • (5/5)
    Harlan Coben is at his best in Missing You.One of my favorite authors, Coben's artistry at constructing a book is unmatched. At the center of this book is Kat Donovan, a cop still trying to come to terms with the murder of her cop father years ago. Unconvinced that the details of the murder are true, Kat begins an investigation that raises more questions than answers. Then, there's the matter of her ex-fiancé, Jeff, who having jilted her 18 years ago suddenly appears on a dating site under another name. While trying to track down Jeff and get some closure, she stumbles across a missing person tied to the same dating site who, according to the missing woman's son, disappeared with Jeff. As her search continues, she discovers that there are more missing persons connected with the site, all going on a trip to meet their mystery love, and none of them ever returning.Story twists and interesting characters are expertly woven into this story and keep you reading until the very last page.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
  • (5/5)
    Missing You by Harlen Coben is a 2014 Dutton publication. I am one of the most disorganized readers you will ever meet. I have such a hard time keeping up with series and easily lose track of what order the books should be read in, so when I have a chance to pick up a stand alone by an author who never fails to deliver, then I grab it, no questions asked. Coben didn't let me down, and kept me riveted to the story from start to finish. Kat's friend sets her up an account with a dating service and out of a sense of obligation, she logs on to the site and gets the shock of her life when a picture of Jeff, the love of her life and former fiance also has a profile on the site. After some waffling, she goes for broke, sending him a message with the link to “their song” - Missing You by John Waite. But, the response she gets doesn't make sense. Enter an eighteen year old kid who is convinced something has happened to his mother after she goes on vacation with a guy she met online and Kat begins to notice something kind of fishy about this dating service. Also, on Kat's mind is the impending death of the mobster who killed her father. Desperate to learn the truth about her dad's death she tries a last ditch effort to get him open up to her before he dies. This shocking confession leads Kat back eighteen years as everything she thought she knew was a now in question. There is a lot going on in this one. Kat's search for the truth about her father, the dating service, missing women, and Kat's puzzlement over what she learns about Jeff who has been out of her life for many years now. There are some really twisted up bad guys in this one, some kick butt action from some very brave people, lots of Coben's signature twist and turns, and love story that is sure to break your heart. Other than the abrupt ending after dumping some major information on me, the only other compliant I had was that now I have the infernal song in my head!!
  • (4/5)
    Harlan Coban has his finger on the pulse of pop culture and this time the subject is on-line dating sites: once the province of losers or predators, connecting this way has become main stream. NYPD detective Kat Donovan is reluctant at first, but when she finds a photograph of her ex-fiancé Jeff, who broke her heart and disappeared 18 years ago, she is intrigued. The only problem is he is using a different name and when she contacts him, does not seem to remember her… Then there’s Brandon, who comes to Kat when mother disappears – after connecting with ‘Jeff’ on the same dating site. And if that isn’t enough, the man who murdered Kat’s father 18 years ago is dying: the problem is, she’s sure he didn’t do it. Twists, turns, family secrets, romance, red herrings and murder are served with the dry humour and witty panache we expect from Coban in this edge-of-your-seat stand alone