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Gone For Good

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  30,318 Ratings  ·  1,601 Reviews
Harlan Coben earned the raves of critics everywhere for his New York Times bestselling thriller, Tell No One, hailed as “pulse-pounding” (People), “compelling and original” (Los Angeles Times), and “a thriller of runaway tension” (Iris Johansen). Now, in a bold new novel, Coben continues to stake out new ground in suspense, unleashing a haunting tale of secrets and betraya ...more
Hardcover, Second, 341 pages
Published 2002 by Orion
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Mandy Blair Crider
HOLY FREAKIN MOLY! This book was beyond superb. I can't even find the words for it. Phenomenal! Coben holds your interest from the first to the last word. Every chapter revealed another layer that was peeled, revealing some startling discovery. Absolutely one of my favorite novels by Coben. He is by far, the best author around. Highly recommend this novel!!! Get it and read it! NOW!!!!!!! (You won't regret it)
D. Pow
Jun 06, 2009 D. Pow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I did it again. I am addicted. It's like crack. or the crack of an ass. I can feel the damage being done to my brain as I read page after implausible page and I wince at phrase after ham-handed phrase but still I keep going. As McDonalds is to one's arteries so is Coben to ones brain. What is the cranial equivalent of an oxygen tank and an electric wheel chair, and a long day spent drooling through the aisles at Wal-mart? That is what Coben is, what he does to me. God, I hate him. God, I ha ...more
সালমান হক
ঘোল খেয়েছেন কখনো? যদি না খেয়ে থাকেন, তাহলে এই বইটা পড়তে পারেন। পয়সা উশুল হবে বলে দিচছি। লেখক একের পর এক নক আউট পাঞচ দিতে থাকবেন আর মাথা ঘোরাতে থাকবে।
থৃলার জনরায় বরতমান সময়ের সবচেয়ে সেরা লেখকদের একজন হারলান কোবেন। বইয়ের পরথম শবদটা থেকে একদম শেষ শবদটা পরযনত মনোযোগ ধরে রাখতে বাধয করবে। লেয়ারের পর লেয়ার আর টুইসট এর কথা নাহয় বাদই দিলাম। সেই সাথে আছে দুরদানত কযারেকটার বিলডিং।
এই বইয়ের নায়কের নাম উইল। এগার বছর আগে তার সাবেক পরেমিকা খুন হয়ে যায় নিজের বাসার বেজমেনটে। আর সনদেহভাজন আসামী করা হয় উইলের ভা
A fun read. A bit naive in places when it came to motivation for some of the gruesome killings and especially for the Ghost's part in the whole thing. That was very weak. There was a nice twist at the end, in fact there were several nice twists at the end and the book finished on a high. I had no real attachment to any of the characters except maybe a little for Squares. Too many of the characters were not who or what they were supposed to be which made it difficult to really know them. So basic ...more
Feb 12, 2008 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sam by: Dad
Coben is the King of the Plot Twist. Gone for Good is first of Harlan Coben's many novels that I have read and this one drew me is so much that I read it all in one day. Each chapter ends with a cliff hanger and that makes you want to keep reading. He also does a fantastic job of character development. If you enjoy a good mystery that will keep up on the edge and always guessing...I suggest Gone For Good.
Freda Malone
Jan 02, 2016 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My first favorite read of 2016! Holy cow, I had hunches, I solved some clues, I even thought out the chain of events. NEVER in a million years would I have seen the ending coming. Brilliant, clever, and an emphatically cunning crime mystery!!! Bravo Harlan Coben!! A must-read for my fellow readers. I couldn't put the book down it was so white-knuckle gripping!
Aug 04, 2011 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first experience with Harlan Coben and I don't think I'm clamoring to read another. I didn't hate this. It was good enough entertainment for a couple of days. But I can't recommend it.

Characters are one-dimensional. But they almost have to be. Revealing too much of each character wouldn't allow Harlan Coben to change what all the characters are and what they stand for and what they'r emotivated by in the last twenty pages. Seriously, this was one of those novels where a new revelatio
Patrice Hoffman
Jan 13, 2012 Patrice Hoffman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! That's the first thing I said to my self after finishing this book. Twist after Twist after Twist. Really a good book.
Greg Bascom
May 19, 2012 Greg Bascom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GONE FOR GOOD is a fast paced thriller with at least 60 plot twists, turns or startling revelations (I catalogued them.) Typical of the genre, it is plot rather than character driven. Even the best characters are a bit shallow, and you will have to accept some improbable ones. Dialogue is written well. Otherwise, the writing is simple - if you got through third grade you won't need a dictionary - although after some stretches of short choppy sentences and dangling phrases you might wish for some ...more
Sep 08, 2007 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
I just finished this book and I feel like I've gone on a hell of a roller coaster ride without even leaving home. WOW! This book was absolutely incredible! Every time I thought I had it figured out, Coben came up with another twist to make me question my theories or spin them into nothing but complete chaos. The man is absolutely genius when it comes to thinking up plot twists and turns to keeping the reader second-guessing.

If you like a book that will keep you guessing all the way to the very
Jul 23, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Coben takes a good plot and suspense, but taints it with cardboard characters and too much suspension of belief. The humorous first person which I normally love seems to only work part of the time. Will, the protagonist seems to have only two traits: irrationally angry and hopelessly naive (you know, when another character is trying to explain a formulaic plot twist that you as the reader saw through five minutes earlier, but he just can't wrap his head around it.) The only interesting character ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great edge of your seat mystery/thriller by a phenomenal writer! One thing I notice about Harlan Coben is that normally his books have multiple plots that there's a point where you get so suckered into tone plot that sometimes you forget there's more than one. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, there's a big twist that you never see coming. This is another book I think I'm going to put up as one of Harlan Coben's best books, I just couldn't put it down, it was another one ...more
Jan 02, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Harlan Coben book and will definitely not be my last.

I just love the way Harlan Coben writes. I think most authors struggle to pull of writing in the second person but you feel like Harlan's having a conversation with you - the Reader - as you read this book.

It's a story with many twists and turns and jut remember that nothing is ever as it seems.

Our protagonist has struggled to clear his brother's name for most of his life. His brother has been framed as the killer of a girl he used to
Love Fool
May 12, 2015 Love Fool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a boy, Will Klein had a hero: his older brother, Ken. Then, on a warm suburban night in the Kleins' affluent New Jersey neighborhood, a young woman -- a girl Will had once loved -- was found brutally murdered in her family's basement. The prime suspect: Ken Klein. With the evidence against him overwhelming, Ken simply vanished. And when his shattered family never heard from Ken again, they were sure he was gone for good.
Now eleven years have passed. Will has found proof that Ken is alive. An
Maria Espadinha
Aug 15, 2015 Maria Espadinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Peça de Cozinha

Recordo-me de ter lido algures (salvo erro numa resenha da Teresa), uma referencia a este livro, classificando-o como uma excelente peça de cozinha
Ou teria sido só "boa"?
Acho que foi "requintada"... Ou "ótima"... Acho que foi "ótima"!
Bom...já não sei!... Fosse o que fosse tratava-se dum merecido elogio

Quanto a mim:

Nada a acrescentar
É um thriller para ler e saborear...

Até rimou! ;)
This was my first Coben book...can't say I'm reaching for another one. This started out okay, and even the ending was different, but meh. Kind of flat.
Tom Swift
My first Coben book, fun and interesting read. 3.336 stars, read it in one afternoon.
Aug 07, 2010 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another loved-one-presumed-dead-but-look-may-still-be-alive-and-in-hiding story from Harlan Coben. I'm about 25% through, and may ditch it. It's just not grabbing me. Also not buying into the constant over-the-top emo from the main character. Could be I'm over Harlan Coben's writing style and plotlines, since neither one ever changes. Same story, different book.

UPDATE: I'm out. Made it halfway through, but it just wasn't worth reading any further.
Jan 02, 2016 LATOYA SAUNDERS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I couldn't put this book down. There are surprises that just keep coming but I won't go into plot details to avoid spoilers.
The voice is superb. It feels like a friend telling a story, sometimes the protagonist even speaks directly to the reader.
The description of New Jersey could only be written by a true native. Its so authentic I can smell the power plants.
Finally I love how Harlan spreads the word about the covenant house. Bravo!
Carla Stafford
May 01, 2016 Carla Stafford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I am really not much of a mystery fan. I think this is simply because frequently when you have read more than one title by the same mystery writer-you have cracked their code and the author's work becomes redundant...and altogether un-mysterious.

This is not true of the works of Harlan Coben, at least not for the two titles I have read of his thus far.

In Gone For Good, Will Klein's life has been marred by the disappearance of his hero and older brother, Ken. The plot thickens, Ken is the
Nov 01, 2012 Tiffunee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is story was slow at first but a great read! No way to keep up at times too many twists turns with shock after shock. I love Will and Sheila, cute couple. The ending was great! I never saw it coming.

Harlan Coben is my favorite suspense author. He keeps me on my toes and wanting more.

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I have read one of Harlan Coben's stand alone novels, albeit some time ago, and am slowly working my way through his back catalogue. In this book we meet Will Klein and I found that it didn't take long for me to like him. What also became apparent pretty quickly was that Will Klein is an ordinary bloke. He isn't somebody who can ruthlessly take down bad guys and he isn't a brooding lead character that has an issue with authority. In other words, a welcome change from the ordinary leading male co ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Nicola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, crime
This was pretty much a waste of time, to be honest. I thought it sounded okay from the description and the first few pages were okay but it sort of just got pretty mediocre from there on.
The characters were dull. Will felt so incredibly generic- there was absolutely nothing making him a distinct or memorable character. It felt like I'd read about him ten times before- he was just very flat.
The story itself was all right but not enough to warrant four hundred pages. All the twists were really p
In the final lucid moments before her death, Will Klein's mother tells him his older brother, Ken, is still alive. Will doesn't know whether to believe her or not. Ken disappeared eleven years ago, after becoming a suspect in the rape/murder of Will's former girlfriend. Shortly after the funeral Ken's current girlfriend, Sheila, disappears as well. Will and and his best friend begin their own investigation and soon discover Sheila isn't who he thinks she is. Eventually they find a connection bet ...more
Krittika Mittal
Jun 09, 2016 Krittika Mittal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book so much. This is my first Harlan Coben and it is definitely my favorite. There are just so many twists in this story, like wow, every second chapter is a plot twister. I just couldn't keep the book down. I'm looking forward to read more of his books.
Siri Solheim-Kristiansen
I just finished this book and read a few of the reviews already posted here, and there seem to be a love/hate thing going on. I personally chose the book because I needed some easy reading after handing in my msc thesis (yes, my choice of 'light entertainment' after writing 102 pages is reading 400 pages of non-academic literature, but to my excuse I did watch two episodes of Gilmore Girls and a documentary on whether excessive amounts of sugar or fat is worse for our health (the answer is a com ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please don't take the length of time it's taken me to complete this book as any indication of how good the book is...sometimes life and responsibilities just get in the way of reading, dammit. Anyway...

The mark of a really good thriller to me is one is which it gives me little pieces of the puzzle to put together over the length of the book. Too many too soon, and I'll figure it out and be disappointed or bored. This book doles them out just right, with a few storylines going on at once, leaving
There were so many reversals in this complicated plot, I ended up just feeling numb instead of thrilled. Coben does well to get you invested with the hero, Will, an ordinary, good hearted guy who works in a youth shelter and lives with someone he loves. The shadow over him and his family is the disappearance of his brother Ken nearly a decade before in connection with the murder of Will's ex-girlfriend. Suddenly his current girlfriend splits and violent friends of his brother and the police come ...more
Linda Alexander
I've always found Harlan Coben's books to be fabulous, prompting me to want to keep turning the pages to see what would happen next long after I should have given up and called it a night.

Not so with 'Gone For Good'. I had a real struggle in continuing to read the first third of the book because it just seemed to drag on with so many different things being discussed that did not add to the story line at all. I seriously questioned whether/not to simply take it back to the library and find someth
Jun 22, 2013 LemonLinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a quintessial murder mystery packed with interesting characters, lots of action and twists and turns coming at breakneck speed. I decided that I can tolerate violence much better if I read or listen. I think the movie of this would have been overkill for me as there was a lot of violence, but through the written and/or spoken word the intensity was somewhat moderated and the story was quite compelling. It definitely keeps you on your toes as what you believe to be the truth is only truth ...more
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Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first aut
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