Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Long Lost by Harlan Coben

From the author's website: Myron Bolitar hasn’t heard from Terese Collins since their torrid affair ended ten years ago, so her desperate phone call from Paris catches him completely off guard. In a shattering admission, Terese reveals the tragic story behind her disappearance—her struggles to get pregnant, the greatest moment of her life when her baby was born…and the fatal accident that robbed her of it all: her marriage, her happiness and her beloved only daughter.

Now a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband in Paris, Terese has nowhere else to turn for help. Myron heeds the call. But then a startling piece of evidence turns the entire case upside down, laying bare Terese’s long-buried family secrets…and the very real possibility that her daughter may still be alive.

In grave danger from unknown assailants in a country where nothing is as it seems, Myron and Terese race to stay a step ahead of Homeland Security, Interpol, and Mossad. Soon they are working at breakneck pace, not only to learn what really happened to Terese’s long-lost little girl— but to uncover a sinister plot with shocking global implications.

This was an attention getting story. the plot is so intricate and it keeps going unexpected places - I liked that. I liked the main character, Myron's sense of humor too. The romance was alright - whenever a woman is described in such goddess-like terms, it's hard to root for her. You kind of want her to fall on her tush - at least I do! Here was my problem, Winn - not sure if I am spelling it right since it was an audiobook. He was the rich friend who solved every problem. The author developed these great dilemmas, you are on the edge of your seat wondering how it's going to play out, and then..bam.. in walks Winn and solves it all with his unlimited funds, connections to everyone and everything, ability to fight to kill without breaking a sweat - it was all just a bit much. The "sinister plot with shocking global implications" was truly disturbing to consider because you think if some old guy sitting around writing mysteries can plan this out, what's stopping the real bad guys from doing the same?

I've finished up the audio book challenge but I'm adding the extras as I finish them.

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