It's been eight months since Mickey Bolitar witnessed the tragic death of his father. Eight months of lies, dark secrets and unanswered questions. While he desperately wants answers, Mickey's sophomore year of high school brings on a whole new set of troubles. Spoon is in hospital, Rachel won't tell him where he stands, his basketball teammates hate him, and then there's Ema's surprise announcement: she has an online boyfriend and he's vanished.
Reviewed on 26th May 2018
The third (and so far final) novel in the Mickey Bollitar series continues the adventures of the young nephew of the author’s adult thriller star Myron. Like with the previous novel, a lot of what’s going on is a continuation of the ongoing story, but there is a self-contained element to the narrative as well.
It’s a strange trilogy, clearly targeted at a much younger audience than the main series of novels - with a reduction in the graphic violence certainly - but also feels like a little side adventure that this book wraps up. I’m not sure how I feel about this, having not (as far as I can recall) read such a spinoff before.
While the book is fine as an adventure, it really only works with the context of the earlier two and doesn’t stand alone. The language used, as well as the plot, seem a little simplistic, and the characters have lost some of what made them compelling at the start - they’ve become somehow blander and the elements that made them most interesting have been stripped back.
I’m kind of glad it’s over, and the next book by Coben I’m going to read will return to the adult series - and it will be interesting to find out what repercussions of this aside there are there.