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  1 Missing You
Author: Coben, Harlan
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Class: Fiction
Age: Adult
Language: English
LC: PS3553.O
Print Run: 125000
ISBN-13: 9780525953494
LCCN: 2013047624
Imprint: Dutton
Pub Date: 03/18/2014
Availability: Out of Print Confirmed
List: $27.95
Physical Description: 399 pages ; 24 cm H 9.31", W 6.31", D 1.6", 1.5875 lbs.
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Awards: Library Journal Starred Reviews
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TIPS Subjects: Mystery/Detective Fiction
BISAC Subjects: FICTION / Thrillers / General
FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
LC Subjects: FICTION / General
FICTION / Suspense
FICTION / Thrillers
Suspense fiction
Women detectives, Fiction
SEARS Subjects: Mystery fiction
Women detectives, Fiction
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Brodart's TOP Adult Titles | 12/01/2013
NYPD Detective Kat Donovan has no idea how a picture of her ex-fiance, Jeff, ended up in a profile on an online dating site, and any hopes of reconciliation are quickly dashed as Kat uncovers a conspiracy and races to find answers before anyone else dies, questioning everyone she has ever loved as her desperate search continues. 400pp., 125K, Auth res: NJ, Tour
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Library Journal | 02/21/2014
NYPD detective Kat Donovan has learned to live without a romantic partner. She doesn't even miss it, since it's been over20 years since she really cared about someone. Besides, she loves her job and that's more than a lot of people have, right? But when her well-meaning best friend Stacy buys her a year's subscription to an online dating service, adding, "Who knows, you might meet Mr. Right," Kat decides to give it a shot. At first it seems like just another profile like so many of the other profiles on the dating site, but she can't stop staring at the picture. The man in the bears an uncanny resemblance to her high school sweetheart, Jeff-the only man to whom she ever gave her heart. Then a young man asks Kat to help him find his missing mother, who was also a member of the dating site. Worse, the woman may also have a link to Jeff. Things start to spiral out of control as Kat struggles to connect the dots and solve a mystery that has hit entirely too close to home. Verdict Coben (Hold Tight; Live Wire), the best-selling master of suspense, has written another twisty ripped-from-the-headlines page-turning stand-alone that could be his best yet. This one will be flying off your shelves; order multiple copies. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/13.]-Cynthia Price, Francis Marion Univ. Lib., Florence, SC. 400p. LJ Xpress Online Review. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2014.
Publishers Weekly | 01/27/2014
An unlikely bond develops between NYPD detective Kat Donovan and 19-year-old Brandon Phelps in this page-turning, stomach-churning standalone from bestseller Coben (Six Years). While exploring a dating site called, Kat discovers the photo of Jeff Raynes, her ex-fiance, who dumped her 18 years earlier. Brandon's widowed mother, Dana Phelps, has also met someone from that site and is now missing. Several puzzles emerge. What happened to Jeff? What is happening to Dana? What is the real story behind the murder of Kat's cop father, Henry Donovan, years before? Who is Titus Monroe, the man pulling the strings on the dating site? Coben orchestrates his story perfectly as Kat begins to sense the magnitude of horror at work and Titus becomes aware of her investigation. Once again, Coben has brilliantly used a current trend, in this case Internet dating, to create a can't-put-it-down thriller. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary Agency. (Mar.). 400p. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2014.
Journal Reviews
Booklist | 03/01/2014
Coben never met a technological device he couldn't turn into a riveting plot element. His latest thriller is no exception. The story examines what can happen to people who use online dating sites, and his hypothesis builds to a truly frightening conclusion. Coben's meticulous plotting and his incorporation of the technology are first-rate. His characterization and dialogue? Not so much. All of Coben's characters, regardless of age, sound like entrants in a Damon Runyon dialogue contest. (The reader keeps waiting for some guy to pull a gat on some doll.) The relentless onslaught of one-liners doesn't help, and the characters themselves, while caught up in the beautifully crafted plot, tend toward cardboard. What sets the plot in motion is when a friend of NYPD detective Kat Donovan enters Kat on an online dating site. She discovers her old boyfriend, now a widower, and tries to contact him; the complications multiply from there. Once again, Coben has expertly constructed and then dismantled a time bomb of a plot. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Perennial best-seller Coben isn't quite hitting on all cylinders this time, but fans of his plot-driven, technologically-fueled thrillers won't have time to notice. Fletcher, Connie. 400p. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2014.
Kirkus Reviews | 03/15/2014
Eighteen years after her fiance dumped her, a New York City police detective runs into him again online, with results that make her head spin and leave several people dead. Given a one-year subscription to, Kat Donovan browses languidly through the photos of eligible men looking for love until she sees the face of Jeff Raynes. Although she's not exactly carrying a torch for her ex, she can't resist dropping him a line. His reactions are puzzling. First he doesn't seem to remember her, then he greets her with warm affection, then he says they'd better not continue to be in touch. Jeff's not the only one acting oddly. Brandon Phelps, a college student from Connecticut, comes all the way to New York to ask for Kat's help in finding his missing mother, Dana. Even though he's asked for Kat by name--how does he even know her name?--it's obvious that he's hiding something from the detective whose help he begs. And there's more. When Kat goes to visit Monte Leburne, the dying contract killer who was convicted years ago of shooting her father, another NYPD detective, and the prison nurse puts Leburne into twilight sedation, he denies killing Henry Donovan. No matter where she turns, Kat can't figure out what's going on or whom she can trust. Jeff, who's vanished once more? The unreliable Brandon Phelps? Her partner, Charles "Chaz" Faircloth, who's convinced he's God's gift to Kat? Her father's ex-partner, Capt. Thomas Stagger, who's clearly not telling everything he knows about Donovan's death? Her judo instructor, Aqua, a schizophrenic, homeless sometime transvestite? Her defensive mother, Hazel, who seems determined to protect Donovan's reputation? Her own cherished memories of her father? The setup is irresistible, the twists generously piled on and the climax suitably pulse-pounding, even though best-selling Coben (Six Years, 2013, etc.) is hard-pressed to tie all those complications together or produce a payoff that rises to their deliciously suspenseful levels. 400pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2014.
Library Journal Prepub Alert | 09/16/2013
Another stand-alone from the multi-award-winning Coben, after six consecutive No. 1 New York Times best sellers and altogether 24 smash-hit thrillers. There's no word on the plot except that it's pulled straight from today's headlines. With a five-city tour. 400p. LJ Prepub Alert Online Review. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2013.