The first in an exciting series of YA thrillers from the master of the hook-and-twist.
When tragic events tear him away from his parents, 15-year-old Mickey Bolitar is sent to live with his estranged uncle, Myron. For a while, it seems his train wreck of a life is finally improving - until his girlfriend, Ashley, goes missing without a trace.
Unwilling to let another person he cares about walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld, revealing a conspiracy so shocking it will leave him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.
In this suspenseful, well-executed spin off of his bestselling Myron Bolitar mystery series for adults, Coben introduces readers to Myron's nephew Mickey, a high school sophomore who is reluctantly living with his uncle after his father died in a car crash and his mother went into rehab. When Mickey's new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes just weeks into the school year, Mickey attempts to find her. With the aid of new friends Spoon and Ema, Mickey discovers that everything he knew about Ashley was false, and the truth is fraught with danger. Simultan eous ly, he looks into the history of the enigmatic Bat Lady, a local recluse who claims to have knowledge of his father. As the two mysteries intertwine, Mickey learns more than he ever expected about those closest to him. While Mickey's voice is occasionally too sophisticated for his age, and he's a little too good to be true, it doesn't make this thriller any less enjoyable. Coben's semi-noir style translates well to YA, and the supporting cast is thoroughly entertaining. It's a strong start to the series. Ages 12 up.
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Very good book, but for those of us that have read all the Myron Bolitar books it is sad not to have any more of them, and see so very little of him in this one. I will especially miss the character Windsor Lockwood the third, he was so funny and so different and you were just waiting for him to appear.
Another thrilling Connelly esque story
First Micky Bolitar book!!!! Just about to download the second
Omg, i loved this book. Read the woods and was hooked on Harlan Coben. After a bit of research found he did a series of young adult books so thought I would start with them. Was hooked after the first few pages. You really can't figure out were these books are going. Really hard to put down and desperate to download the next in the series. Twist, turns, secrets and lies all the way through. Great character who you fall in love with. Thank you Harlan Coben, you will be keeping me busy for the next wee while xx