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Promise Me (Myron Bolitar #8)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,323 Ratings  ·  992 Reviews
Determined to keep his friends' children safe, Myron Bolitar makes two neighborhood girls promise to call him if they are ever in a bind. Several nights later, a call comes in at two o'clock a.m. The next day, a girl is missing, and Myron is the last person who saw her. And now, he must race to find her, before she is gone forever...
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Dutton (first published January 1st 2006)
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 26, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Myron Bolitar is another literary fictional agent similar to James Bond, Hercule Poirot, Dave Robicheaux, Charlie Parker, Elizabeth Costelo or even Robert Langdon. Those are just some that I've encountered in my reading but I am sure you know more of them as I am not really a big fan of mystery thriller genres.

Harlan Coben has Bolitar as his cash cow. Meaning, Bolitar is his recurring character for this series (the 8th, but my first. Yes, I just want to try his book). Bolitar has resigned as an
Jul 10, 2015 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

An enjoyable read with a fast pace but let down by a poor ending(s). This was typical Harlan Coben in that you could fly through it, something the short chapters certainly help with, without getting too invested or bogged down.

It’s sort of like a fluffy Dennis Lehane “Kenzie and Gennaro”. The writing styles are pretty similar in a jokey tone but heavy material, the cast of characters are the same apart from there isn’t a Gennaro style female lead (or at least not in this one as Esperanza wa
Apr 13, 2009 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Let me introduce you to Myron Bolitar, one of my favorite characters of all time. He is a former basketball star (blew out his knee after leading Duke to NCAA championship and being drafted by Boston Celtics). He went to law school and became a sports agent. His clients and friends become embroiled in all sorts of crimes and situations. Myron's current flame is a 9/11 widow with 2 children. Myron is concerned that the teenage daughter and her friend might do something dumb so makes them promise ...more
Alissa Cook
Feb 04, 2013 Alissa Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book was very slow to capture my interest and I almost put it down around page 50 and chose another novel, it turned out to be an AMAZING read. I'm REALLY glad i did not give up on this one. It is habitual for me to put down a novel if it hasn't gripped me within the first couple chapters so I almost didn't allow myself the pleasure of this novel. The first couple chapters weren't bad, they were ok, there was just something they didn't have that other favorites of mine did. OH WELL ...more
May 09, 2011 Marleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marleen by: Dilbeek Library
***3,5*** stars - It's been awhile since I read a Harlan Coben book and it was great to get reacquainted with Myron Bolitar. I think this is one of my favourite Myron stories (to be honest: I read this one before) We get to see a more sensitive side of his personality is revealed. I also liked how he's moving on with his life. I'm like Esperanza; I just never liked Jessica Culver. Ali Wilder on the other hand is a more realistic, "normal" character and I like her very much. This was a very enter ...more
Aug 17, 2008 JBradford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book this morning while having a late breakfast ... and finished it tonight, before going to bed, because I simply could not put the book down! The novel starts with a series of events that appear to be unconnected, but the protagonist (Myron Bolitar, a professional-class basketball player who got sidelined by a knee injury while in college, went through law school, and now works as a representative (i.q., agent) for actors. Myron overhears two teenage girls (one the daugh ...more
Promise Me didn't live up to my expectations, but it wasn't a complete let down either. The plot was interesting enough to make me want to read more, but that's about it. It had far too many main characters (many of them very unlikable), too many suspects and too many conclusions. I really liked how it ended though- the ending definitely saved the whole book. Overall, I did like it, but it was very muddled and lacked structure. I'll be interested to read more from Coben, though.
I always listen to my Myron stories via audiobook. This time, Harlan Coben reads the book himself in this audio edition. This took me some time to get used to because 1-when you read a series and the reader is always the same...the voice represents the characters. This is how you create a pic in your mind of what these characters are like. Having a new reader, even Mr Coben himself, caught me off guard and threatened my previous view of Myron & friends. And 2-all I could think of while Mr Co ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Sebastian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Myron Bolitar, ehemaliger Basketball-Profi und nun Inhaber einer Berateragentur für Sportler und Schauspieler, hat seit geraumer Zeit eine neue Freundin, die Journalistin Ali Wilder. Bei einem seiner Besuche bekommt er spätabends zufällig ein Gespräch zwischen deren Tochter und einer Schulfreundin mit und schnappt beunruhigende Gesprächsfetzen mit den Schlagworten Alkohol und Autofahren auf. Aus Sorge um die Gesundheit der beiden Mädchen bietet er den beiden für den Fall einer Notsituation seine ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first real attempt at Harlan Coben (having previously started Tell No One but quitting after 15 or so pages due to the style of narration) and I was pleasantly surprised by the novel. The book was fast-paced, the story intriguing, and the characters were well-written and almost universally likeable. As this is the eight Myron Bolitar novel Coben appears to have written, the depth of the characters is no real surprise, but I was still grateful for characters you could truly invest in. ...more
Aug 09, 2015 L8blmr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time, it was really not my fault. A friend loaned me this book, stating that it was a stand-alone. After reading too many references to characters who were not in this story, I came here and checked. A series, and this book is #8! Oh, well. On the positive side, I enjoyed reading about Myron Bolitar, a loose cannon who, despite being an ex-basketball superstar who now has an agency that represents professional athletes and other celebrities, still finds time to help solve crimes (without be ...more
Jun 09, 2014 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read. My mother had recommended Harlan Coben to me, but I was skeptical. I tend to be somewhat leery of very prolific mystery writers. I was expecting a formulaic, boring story with characters who are mere stereotypes. I was very pleasantly surprised by the character development, constantly evolving plot lines (with many twists and turns) and characters that you just can't help but care about.

Myron Bolitar, a former basketball star, along with his very interesting sidekick
Jul 20, 2014 Stephan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harlan-coben
This, being the eighth book in the series, was one of the best. If you haven't read this series, I would recommend it. To a degree, The author, Harland Coben has a sarcastic humor that reflects through in his writing. It was not as obvious in this book. In fact, the writing style of this book was different than the others - Myron seemed more "grown up".

There are 4 years between the last book and this one. Myron has stopped playing super- detective and trying to solve everyone's problems. But, he
Mom Taxi Julie
Jul 28, 2008 Mom Taxi Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
UGH I was on page 291 and seriously almost quit reading this book. It was so all over the place! I just wanted to yell "FOCUS!" He has so much stuff going on in the book and then just kept introducing more and more things. I have another one of his books to read and I think I'll skip over it for now!
Sonia Cristina
Foi bom, mas a fasquia para Harlan Coben já é muito alta e Myron Bolitar ficou atrás de todos os outros protagonistas dos livros individuais que li.

Grande twist aquele no final, completamente inesperado.
Oct 21, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't give me a hard time- I picked up a couple of these from our office book swap and these are great books for all the traveling I've been doing.
Jul 27, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Apr 22, 2015 Moudhi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هارلان كوبن من أفضل كتاب قصص الإثارة والجريمة والقصص البوليسية وهو أقرب لي كقارءة بعد أغاثا كريستي

كتب هارلان أكثر من كتاب عن بطل واحد لشخصياته وهو مايرون بوليتر
لاعب كرة سلة متقاعد لديه رؤية إجتماعية مميزة يؤمن بها بضرورة تحقيق العدالة الإجتماعية وبالمسؤولية الفردية لتحقيق تلك العدالة. مايرون يؤمن بقدرته على مساعدة الضعفاء على تحقيق العدالة التي تعجز السلطات عن تحقيقها.

الشخصية نجحت وباكتساح بين قراء هذا الـ genre من الكتب فقام هارلان بكتابة كتابين اخرين عن اخ مايرون.. ولديه كتب أخرى عن شخصيات أ
Suzie Quint
Oct 22, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Having read all Coben's stand alones, I then tried the first two books of his series. While they were good, they weren't must-reads for me, the way the stand-alones are. Then Promise Me ended up in my grubby little paws and I've decided to go back and fill in the Myron Bolton books I've missed.

I love the way Coben doesn't reinvent the wheel. If he needs a kick-ass lawyer, he brings back the one you met in a previous book, so characters from his stand-alones are bleeding into the series. That alo
Jul 04, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beginning to exhaust my hunt for the loner, the hunter as a singular and main hero...a new trend seems to be emerging, the disassociation of the hunter and conscientious hero into two separate characters: the main character and his loner side-kick. Several authors embrace this genre motif: Robert Crais's Elvis Cole and his side-kick Joe Pike and of course Harlan Coben's Mylor Bolitar and his elitist side-kick Win.

Of this genre, Coben is probably the most adept at creating complex and winning cha
Linda Alexander
Apr 09, 2013 Linda Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with most Harlan Coben books, this was an excellent read. Myron Bolitar is at a party at his friends' home and goes to the basement for something, and as he starts down the staircase, he overhears their daughter and another girl talking about being in a car with a totally 'wasted' guy. He continues on down the steps and ends up making the girls promise him if ever they need help to get home because they don't have a ride with someone whom isn't incapacitated, they are to call him at any hour ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esta semana tenho andado numa onda de policiais. Antes de mais queria agradecer à Ângela Costa e Vera Brandão que me motivaram na aquisição de livros deste autor, para mim até à data totalmente desconhecido. Posto isto, aqui vai a minha modesta opinião.
Quem goste de policiais/thrillers e não conheça o autor, por favor, compre um livro, depois falamos.
Adorei o livro, adorei o enredo, as personagens, o decorrer da história, as voltas e reviravoltas. Nada do que se passa são dados adquiridos, o enr
PROMISE ME (Unlicensed Investigator-NY/NJ/Cont) – Ex
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Dutton, 2006-Hardcover
Myron Bolitar has changed his focus from being a sports agent and crime fighter to being an entertainment agent. He even has a new girlfriend, Ali. At their first official part as a couple, he hears Ali’s daughter, Erin, and her best friend, Aimee Biel talking. Myron makes them promise if they ever need a ride from a party where there’s been drinking or any other help, they will call him and he
Jun 16, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-abridged
Audio abridged: This is the second Harlan Coben I have listened to and I really liked it. The first book was very gory. This one is more suspenseful and book eight of a series. Myron Bolitar is a former Duke basketball player and self-described superhero. He makes a friend's teen promise, no matter the time or place, to call him instead of getting in the car with a drunk driver. The teen calls Myron just a few days later and of course, trouble ensues. I like the character of Myron. Coben narrate ...more
Inês Beato
Já há muito tempo que não pegava numa aventura do Myron Bolitar, o meu agente desportivo favorito! No entanto, apesar de ter adorado reencontrar personagens apaixonantes como o Win ou a Esperanza, fiquei triste por não ter havido nenhuma reconciliação com a Jessica Culver, parece que assim não é a mesma coisa...
Desde o ultimo livro, o Bolitar envelheceu uns aninhos (7) e sofreu algumas alterações na vida, mas o sentido de humor e a ironia brilhantes continuam em alta! As três estrelas neste cas
I love Myron (Coben's recurring character), but this book was not his best. If I hadn't read him before I might have given this two stars. I enjoyed having the characters back and I enjoyed the ride to a moderate degree, but the plot and its conclusion were pretty lame. There was barely even a mystery until over 100 pages into the book, and then until around page 300 the question just seemed to be, "Why did two girls run away?" which did not seem to carry any sense of danger or suspense. After p ...more
Sep 02, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say...I actually finished this one and another HC novel 'The Innocent' (not listed on Goodreads anywhere, or at least that I could find). I've seen several negative reviews of Mr. Coben's work and frankly don't understand why. Yet, of course, to each their own (however distorted or perhaps deranged it may be....just my humble blah blah blah).
His 'stories' have always drawn me in, very similar to another incredible talent Lisa Gardner. These are quick, easy reads for me but I still am
Apr 05, 2014 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series always grab me. I do love them. While this was not the strongest of the them, I still enjoyed myself.
Aug 18, 2012 GIZMO rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I was happy to find an unread myron bolitar book while browsing shelves at the had been 6 or 7 years since I last visited with the crew from MB Reps. sadly I wish I'd left this one behind. even giving myrin's penchant for helping the helpless the plot is unbelievable and the conclusion rushed and unsatisfying. and I couldn't help but notice that old cast members were trotted out to make quick guest appearances as if this were the Letterman show...worst o
I'm starting to believe Coben never disappoints.
It's been 6 years since we last heard of Myron Bolitar. His life has changed, the lifes of his friends and family also. Except for Win, of course :)
He's trying just to do his work as a sports and actors representant and not get into trouble but the trouble always look for him...
The book is fast paced, there's always something happening, and we connect with the characters, the good and the bad ones. Nice twists also.
I'm anxious to read the new My
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