Coben Takes Shelter…

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….
  1. Caught (2011):  Alcohol and Unforgiveness
  2. The Woods (2007):  Camp and the KGB 
  3. Tell No One (2001):  Emails and the Inner-City
  4. Fade Away (1996):  The New Jersey Dragons and Unrealized Dreams
  5. Live Wire (2011):  Ultrasounds and Lip-Synching
  6. No Second Chance (2003):  Shattered Windows and the Serbian Underground
  7. Just One Look (2004):  Family Photos and Big Hair Bands
  8. Promise Me (2006):  Transcripts and Teachers
  9. One False Move (1998):  The New York Dolphins and Old Mentors
  10. Hold Tight (2008):  Parental Controls and Prescription Drugs
  11. The Innocent (2005):  Self-Defense and Camera Phones
  12. Back Spin (1997):  The PGA US Open and Mysterious Kidnappings
  13. Long Lost (2009):  CNN Anchors and Stem Cell Research
  14. Shelter (2011):  Butterflies and Concentration Camps
  15. Death Do Us Part (2006):  Vows and Vengeance
  16. Gone for Good (2002):  Covenant House and Childhood Bullies
  17. The Final Detail (1999):  The New York Yankees and Failed Drug Tests
  18. Darkest Fear (2000):  Paternity Suits and Plagiarism
  19. Drop Shot (1996):  The ATP US Open and Gang Violence
  20. Deal Breaker (1995):  The New York Titans and Magazine Advertisements
  21. Play Dead (1990):  The Boston Celtics and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
  22. 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?
Coben Takes Shelter…

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