A beautiful woman walking into Myron Bolitar's office asking for help should have been a dream come true. Only this woman, Suzze T, is in tears - and eight months pregnant.
Suzze's rock star husband has disappeared, and she fears the rumours questioning her baby's paternity have driven him away. For Myron, questions of fatherhood couldn't hit closer to home. His own father is clinging precariously to life, and the brother who abandoned the family years ago has resurfaced - with danger following close behind. Myron is soon forced to confront deep secrets in Suzze's past, his family's mortality - and his own.
Reviewed on 25th May 2015
The final Myron Bollitar novel sees the fictional detective turn sports agent turned non-specific agent turned troubleshooter hunting for one of his clients, who has gone missing after seeing a suspicious post on a popular social media site.
It's interestingly different to some of the earlier books, in that Coben no longer seems to be writing stand-alines in this world and each book does have repercussions on the next, the lives of the characters are changing and they are growing - they've escaped what I originally described when reading the first book as 'Hardy Boys for grown-ups'.
That said, this story does seem to be more of a vehicle for setting the world up in a particular way for the future, rather than being mainly about its own plot - for while that's interesting to an extent and leads to a thrilling ride, it doesn't really add up and I'm still not entirely sure what was going on, who was the eventual bad guy, and how things were adequately resolved.
I've strangely enjoyed the entire Myron Bollitar series - it's a bit of escapism that doesn't take itself too seriously (most of the time) yet still manages to deliver strong character- and mystery-driven stories, and it's evolved throughout rather than retreading the same steps over and over.