I had the chance at the conclusion of my vacation to continue through Harlan Coben’s works with Shelter (the first book starring Mickey Bolitar… a young adult spin-off from his better-known and bestselling Myron Bolitar series).
The obvious disclaimer is that I am not the target audience for this book. However, I have read quite a few Newbery Award winners in the recent past as well as a few pieces of pop fiction for this age group – and quite frankly, this writing just does not measure up.
That being said, I am glad that I began this specific series. Coben masterfully weaves this narrative into a few of his previous works with reoccurring characters and correlating events. The ending was a bit of a surprise – and a definite cliff-hanger. I would recommend the book as long as the reader does not judge his skills solely upon this story.
Here is how I rank his works thus far….
- Caught (2011): Alcohol and Unforgiveness
- The Woods (2007): Camp and the KGB
- Tell No One (2001): Emails and the Inner-City
- Fade Away (1996): The New Jersey Dragons and Unrealized Dreams
- Live Wire (2011): Ultrasounds and Lip-Synching
- No Second Chance (2003): Shattered Windows and the Serbian Underground
- Just One Look (2004): Family Photos and Big Hair Bands
- Promise Me (2006): Transcripts and Teachers
- One False Move (1998): The New York Dolphins and Old Mentors
- Hold Tight (2008): Parental Controls and Prescription Drugs
- The Innocent (2005): Self-Defense and Camera Phones
- Back Spin (1997): The PGA US Open and Mysterious Kidnappings
- Long Lost (2009): CNN Anchors and Stem Cell Research
- Shelter (2011): Butterflies and Concentration Camps
- Death Do Us Part (2006): Vows and Vengeance
- Gone for Good (2002): Covenant House and Childhood Bullies
- The Final Detail (1999): The New York Yankees and Failed Drug Tests
- Darkest Fear (2000): Paternity Suits and Plagiarism
- Drop Shot (1996): The ATP US Open and Gang Violence
- Deal Breaker (1995): The New York Titans and Magazine Advertisements
- Play Dead (1990): The Boston Celtics and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
- Miracle Cure (1991): The New York Knicks and HIV
Now I plan to read Stay Close at some point by the end of the summer. Anyone read it yet? If so, what did you think?