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  • Written by: Harlan Coben
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Missing You

Written by: Harlan Coben
Narrated by: January LaVoy
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Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

©2014 Harlan Coben (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Words and music to the song “Demon Lover” composed by Michael Peter Smith, Bird Avenue PublishingASCAP, © 1986, used with permission. All rights reserved.

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Disappointing

Interesting in beginning, then went downhill, not believable, I will not buy another Harlan Coben book

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Harlan Coben - Missing You

Intriguing but gruesome story line but the final outcome was a bit predictable. Listening time was perfect.
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On the edge of my seat!

This was an enthralling book! I was chewing my nails off near the end. Very satisfying ending and interesting ride throughout. There were some conversations where characters did a lot of “you don’t understand!” And “What are you talking about!?” over and over which was at times frustrating, but worth the credit for sure. Great female lead.

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Missing you

I enjoyed this book as much as I did with the other one see above. Good story line, and good character descriptions. It took only a few days to read the book because I wanted to know what happened to the characters.

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Best Coben book yet!

I have listened to about 15 Harlen Coben books and this is my favourite!!! The narrator's voice is fantastic, and the overall story made it really hard to put down. I don't know how he's going to beat this! HIGHLY recommend.

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Not his best work

I just finished this book and don't know how to explain this. I really enjoy Harlan's gift to weave several seemingly separate stories through one or two central characters into one solution. It keeps you want to continue reading, keeps the suspense up. Same with this story, but towards its culmination it had some very weirdly long introspective mental analysis by characters about their decisions as they were fighting for their lives. It gets to the point of wanting to skip forward to just get on with the story. This is an action thriller with a good story line but the action is presented in slow motion. Somehow it doesn't quite feel like Harlan's own writing style.

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Good twists and turns, but not his best work.

I honestly don't know what to say. It has some really great twists and turns as Harlan Coben is know for, and that's what kept me interested, but there are just some actions by the main character that are so ridiculous and unbelievable, you want to pull your hair out. You, as the reader know within the first few minutes what is happening, but an NYPD detective can't seem to clue in.

I have no problem with violence in books, and typically are drawn to books that feature a fair bit, but some parts were overwhelming to handle at times.

I really liked January LaVoys narration, she is one of my favourite female narrators.

This book is OK. Definitely not one of his best, but it's not ' Six Years', and that's a bonus.

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Not a favourite

I found it to be long winded and it did not hold my attention like previous titles by this author

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  • Jb
  • 2022-08-25

Too long

Decent story, but way too long. It should of have been half the length. Filled with too much unnecessary trivia. Not sure if I’ll read another by this author.

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Fun but mildly frustrating

Entertaining story. Male characters seemed like a female-written stereotype, as did female characters seem like a male-written stereotype. MC doesn't really connect the dots all that well, has to be violently hand-held through the clues which is probably great if you find yourself lost in movies and asking your partner what's happening.

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  • Susan
  • 2014-03-20

I Ain't Missing You

Wow, I thought this book was one of the best I have read so far this year. I think it was so perfect for my taste because it built an amazing back story, (actually two), that kept building and really helped me to connect with the characters. Then, just when the two mysteries were on the verge of making me crazy, the rollercoaster started down on its lightening speed descent. Hold on to your hat and whatever else you brought along with you because it has an extremely exciting, explosive ending with a very short cooling down period.

Kat is a NYPD Detective and has been trying to figure out why and who killed her father, (also a NYPD cop), eighteen years ago. When the person who confessed to his killing dies, the information he provided starts to become chock full of holes, which in turn sends Kat into overdrive with more questions than ever.

At the time of her father's death Kat's personal life basically went down the tubes. She has devoted herself to her work and searching for the truth behind what really happened all those years ago, this of course does not leave much time for relationships or dating. When her best friend signs her up on a computer dating service she is astounded to find an old love interest on the site as well. When curiosity gets the Kat, she sends a message out to him only to be shut down cold. Kat is confused but decides to let sleeping dogs lie, however, her best friend is not and starts her own little investigation.

Shortly after the the big brush off a young college student comes in out of the blue asking for her help to find his mother who he thinks is missing. She is perplexed as to why he would come to her for help when the crime, if any, is not in her district and she has never laid eyes on this young man before. Well, this is where the plot thickens, trusted people become deceptive and people she has never counted on for commeradery start coming out of the wood work to help her.

January LaVoy is a wonderful narrator, her voices and timing were spot on and certainly helped build the story. I highly recommend this suspense-thriller.

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  • GH
  • 2014-04-30

Like driving a mountain switch base doing 80

I always don't read anything about a Coben book before I start into it. One of the best things about this author is he ability to build the suspense early by opening just the right amount of questions. I liken Coben to a magician, a magician used diversion to astonish the audience. So too, in all Coben books, you think the story is going in one direction and then it goes in another. You think, wow, he has given away a too much in foreshadow only to be wrong only a few chapters ahead.

This is a story about a woman, a cop, and her murdered father who-dun-it. That's where the pedestrian plot end. I recommend to anyone from a later teen onward. You will be enthralled. I just can't give away any of it because you have to experience it for yourself.

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  • Wayne
  • 2015-11-23

A different and wonderful crime thriller!

I'm catching up on writing some reviews of some of the best and worst Audible books I've listened to in recent years. Missing You is in "one of the best" category.

I am a long time Harlan Coben fan. This book is different from most. It is a crime/mystery thriller with a female protagonist. The NYC cop is determined to solve her dad's murder. Missing you is a touching and wonderful story.

Coben writes some great teen/YA novels, but this book is intended for adults. Nevertheless, it would be fine for teens.

January LaVoy reminds us again with her outstanding narration that she is one of the best.

Very highly recommended.

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  • Michele
  • 2014-04-06

This is not the Harlan Coben you're looking for

A bad guy who kidnaps, robs and tortures. A girl whose father is murdered, compelling her to spend the rest of her life seeking his killer, breaking the rules to get there.... An online dating site where men are not who they say they are.

Sound familiar? Sound original? Sound so completely used up it will make you puke if one more story features these tired ideas? Then this is not the Harlan Coben you're looking for.

It gets worse. The evil bad guy rants on and on about his terrible plans--even using the same sentences word-for-word, over and over again and again and again. The cute, tough female cop thinks about nothing but her poor father's death, even tho it was 10 years previous, and she thinks about it a lot. Of course all this repetitive pondering allows a shallow plot to fill up the required 100,000 words for publication--get's you to 300 pages without much effort, but isn't good in any other way.

This is still acceptable commercial fiction, of course. I couldn't do it myself. But not up to par for this author. Either Harlan is tired, he's teaching his kid how to write, or he pulled out a drawer book and is on vacation.

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  • laall
  • 2014-03-27

Missing You, Coben!

I'm a big Coben fan, but this was more like a Stephen King book. It was full of violence and sick behaviors, a horror story more than a mystery His writing skills are still there to keep the story going, but it sidetracks in too many directions. Like all modern authors it seems, he feels a need to put in some gay and cross dressing characters just to be pc, that didn't really fit into the story well or add to the book. I've seen this same trend with many authors.....the more popular they become, the more gruesome they get. I often wonder...do they add the gore because they think they need to in order to keep selling books....or do they feel comfortable enough in their success to write what they always wanted? Whatever, I move on to other authors when they start this nonsense.

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  • Anne
  • 2016-10-16

Outstanding Mystery

Unusually, the protagonist is a female cop. A visit by a strange teenage boy sets the dual mysteries spinning around each other.
One of the best police procedurals I've read all year, but not for the faint of heart.

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  • MissSusie66
  • 2014-03-27

Be ready to sit in your garage to keep listening!

Harlan Coben has written another non-stop thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and make you never want to stop reading! This book grabbed me immediately and never let go till the very end. I really like the character of Kat and would read more books with her in them.

What would you do if you found your ex (the one who got away) on a dating site well you find his picture but the name isn’t the same and when you message him he at first doesn’t seem to remember you. As if that isn’t bad enough some kid (Brandon) shows up at your door saying that same man went away with his mother and he thinks she is in trouble. Throw in a mystery about who really killed Kat’s father and away we go on this rollercoaster ride of a story. Be ready for twists and turns and red herrings, which will keep you guessing all the way to the end.

I love Harlan Coben’s books he always writes a good solid story with a mystery that keeps you on your toes, there was one part of the story I had figured out but my theory was not what Coben ended up writing so I still wasn’t 100% right and I love that in a mystery. I liked the fact that there weren’t any cardboard cutout characters in this book each character had their own identity and back story, which made me care about them even the ones that didn’t last long.

January LaVoy’s narration was very well done I liked that you always knew who was talking and that everyone had a voice, I must mention though there are times some of her male characters sound like cartoons but that was only a couple people so it was easy to overlook. This is my second narration by January and I really enjoyed both so I will seek out books where she is the narrator. Very well done narration.

If you can’t already tell I loved this book, so the only thing I can say to you is, what are you waiting for get to listening!

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  • fred
  • 2014-04-29

"Missing You"

One of the best books I've read in a long time.
I have been a Coben fan for years. He hasn't disappointed yet!!

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  • Jen
  • 2014-03-23

Trying too hard to be relevant

This was a very weirdly paced book - with the thriller aspect taking a back seat to the personal life of the main character. And this life loops around in weird ways with just too many gimmicky characters. I won't give away anything, but the characters Aqua and Sugar seemed shoe horned in while tracking down the bad guys just kind of happened. The secondary mysteries - what happened to the fiance, who killed the dad and why - took away energy from the "will the victims be saved" pulse and space from developing those characters. It made me wonder if some of the plot elements were an effort to include current themes and seem relevant.

I just can't recommend it. It did have interesting moments but it wasn't satisfying.

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  • Girlbos
  • 2014-04-29

Harlan does it again....almost

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I enjoyed it and wasn't sure which way it was going to go until about 3/4 of the way through but I couldn't give it 5 stars. I felt there were a few characters that never developed and were just there as filler. There was also a few subplots running through the story that I could have done without. It is an easy listen, the narrator does a great job so if you are a Harlen Coben fan you won't be disappointed, you just won't be blown away either

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  • Alice
  • 2016-12-12

Brilliant thriller !

Loved the story ! So much suspens built around interesting characters and a sophisticated plot.

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