Review – Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

ABOUT THE BOOK

51pSmvBRLML._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Fifteen years ago in small-town New Jersey, a teenage boy and girl were found dead.

Most people concluded it was a tragic suicide pact. The dead boy’s brother, Nap Dumas, did not. Now Nap is a cop – but he’s a cop who plays by his own rules, and who has never made peace with his past.

And when the past comes back to haunt him, Nap discovers secrets can kill…

WHAT I THOUGHT

Napoleon (Nap) Dumas is a cop.  A cop mentally connected with his dead twin brother.  He has never forgotten, nor will he ever forget.  Nap still talks to his brother and seeks his guidance in some way, so when the fingerprints of Maura, Nap’s ex-girlfriend who disappeared off the face of the earth fifteen years ago, turn up as a match in an investigation involving a cop killing, he decides to seek vengeance and find out what exactly happened all those years ago.  Nap is sure as anything that his brother’s death was no accident or suicide.

Coben has created an intriguing set of characters with Nap, Maura, Augie (Diana’s father and Nap’s mentor) and Ellie.  They are all hiding secrets of their own, but what?!  Every time I thought I knew what was going on, I was completely thrown off path by Coben; a genius at suspense and the perfect red herring.

Nap is troubled.  He keeps himself to himself, still lives in his childhood home and the death of his twin brother still haunts him.  Leo was found dead on a railway track alongside his girlfriend, Diana, in what is believed to be some sort of suicide pact involving drink and drugs.  Nap needs closure in order to move on, and he thinks he is now going to get it.

With the help of his best friend, Ellie, Nap starts to seek answers to questions left unsaid.  Nap has discovered some sort of “Conspiracy Club” a few kids invented back at school, one being his brother Leo, and Nap is sure that this is linked to all the mysterious things that have happened.  What did the Conspiracy Club find out that has led to deaths?!  These kids obviously found out something horrifying; a government cover-up or something even more sinister?!  I could not wait to find out what.  Locals kept influencing Nap to drop it and let go, leave the past in the past and all that, but Nap just couldn’t.  He will get justice for what is right no matter the consequences.

Coben is the king at keeping me on my toes.  His writing is a thrill-a-minute, sit down and devour in one sitting whilst keeping my eyes open with matchsticks.  Coben knows exactly how to connect with readers to keep them engaged.  His stories are original, his characters realistic and the scenery and dialogue are exactly what you would expect from small-town America.

Thank you to Century, Random House UK and Netgalley for an advanced copy of Don’t Let Go, it was pure enjoyment to read as can only be expected from Harlan Coben.  The book is out to buy on 26th September so get pre-ordering now!

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