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It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site.But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Dutton Adult (first published March 13th 2014)
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Patrice Hoffman
**SPOILER ALERT!!!** - I am the hugest fan of Harlen Coben. When I was approved for this title through Netgalley, I knew that I was in for a treat. Sure that suggests that I'm biased, but on the contrary. When Coben let's me down I let it be known!!! He can afford one bad review or two. Loyal fans like myself won't be shied away from a 2-star rating. Enough about me and my little disclaimer...

Missing You is the latest thriller by Harlen Coben. He really cranks these things out. I feel as I just...more

Originally posted at The Book Nympho

You can always count on several plots that will eventually converge in a Harlan Coben story. The trick is to try to unravel them and find the connections before they're revealed. This book is no different in that respect but there were some new angles.

This is the first of his stories I've read where a woman is the main character. It's even better that Kat Donovan is an NYPD detective who is haunted by her father's murder 18 years ago and the subsequent breaku...more
I must be one sentimental bastard. While I’d like to say, “I ain’t missing you at all.” I’d be hard-pressed to do it with a straight face. Eighteen years? No problem. But, on the other hand, life’s too short to let that much time pass. Seize the moment. That’s what I always say. Or maybe it was Sigmund or Freud or Siskel or Ebert.

MISSING YOU did have its sentimental moments. But it also contained a rather prominent criminal element, since this novel falls smack dab in the suspense/thriller categ...more
I have a weakness for Harlan Coben thrillers. Every time I pick up a Coben novel, I get gripped by the story and race through the book, ignoring everything around me.

"Missing You" was no different. It follows Kat Donovan, an NYPD detective, who is investigating the case of a missing woman, but she's also secretly trying to figure out who murdered her father almost 20 years ago. (Yes, yes, the proliferation of crime TV shows means it's become a cop trope that an officer is haunted by a parent's h...more
Wow, I thought this book was one of the best I have read so far this year. I think it was so perfect for my taste because it built an amazing back story, (actually two), that kept building and really helped me to connect with the characters. Then, just when the two mysteries were on the verge of making me crazy, the rollercoaster started down on its lightening speed descent. Hold on to your hat and whatever else you brought along with you because it has an extremely exciting, explosive ending wi...more
OKAY!!!!!!!! LISTEN UP!!!!! YOU!!!!! YEA!!!! YOU!!!!! What are your plans for March 18, 2014? Well...whatever they are, forget them...ditch them....change them....You need to be first in line to buy this newest thriller from Harlan Coben.....no, seriously...I'm not kidding! This was a fantastic read!!!! I think it might be my favourite Coben yet, and I've been a mad fan for years!

Here we have a story about Kat....a NYPD detective. After a close friend signs up the single Kat for an online datin...more
Feb 19, 2014 Jen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Missing You

Detective Kat Donovan is persuaded to put her profile on an online-dating site. As she clicks through possible matches, she sees a familiar face. The name is not that of the man she first fell in love with, but the face convinces Kat that is the same man. From this very coincidental event, the entire plot will develop, involving missing men and women and an adaptable villain who has moved from a low-level early career to something more profitable and deadly.

What I liked: the actual my...more
Lisa B.
My Thoughts

NYPD Detective Kat Donovan has a lot going on in this story. She is still haunted by the murder of her father that happened many years ago. A friend gives her a membership to an online dating site, where she finds hew ex-fiance. A young boy comes to her because his Mom has gone missing. How could all of this possibly tie together?

I always get excited when I first open a Harlan Coben book . I know I’m going to be in for an exciting ride and this book did not disappoint me. There was a...more

This book started off very poorly for me. The first chapter made me want to not even read the rest of the book. The main character, Kat Donovan, is suppossed to be this tough as nails NYPD detective who comes from a family of cops. She is reduced to a weak, pathetic, lovelorn, "damaged" female right away. I just kind of felt that the author did not do a very good job of writing a convincing female lead. This is the first book I've read by Harlan Coben so I don't know if he has written strong fem...more
Carole's Random Life
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4 Stars!

I have to start this review by saying that I am a HUGE Harlan Coben fan. I have waited in line with my pile of books to get his signature. I have devoured his books and have read every single book that he has written. I know that I expect a whole lot out of a Harlan Coben book. This was a great book but it was not as great as some of the books that Mr. Coben.

One of my fangirl moments with Harlan Coben
One of my fangirl moments with Harlan Coben

Kat Donovan is a...more
Two and a half stars. Clearly not Coben's best. In fact--the book was not a cohesive whole. I've read pretty much everything Coben's written, and liked most of it, but this outing was an incoherent pastiche.

Let's see. You've got Kat and her father's murder and her cop buddies, all with issues. You've got the boyfriend who dumped her, mysteriously re-appeared. You've got the online dating issue. You've got nasty criminals in different flavors, committing nasty crimes in rather bizarre ways. You'v...more
Mary Beth
I am usually a fan of Harlan Coben's books, both the Bolitar series and the books outside that series. There were far too many plots in this book involving far too many characters; all felt unfinished and all characters felt undeveloped. Each story/plot was quite interesting on its own, and I would have enjoyed a fuller exploration of each one. Each character was intriguing, and in would have greatly enjoyed the back story of each character. What was Titus like as a child, as a teenager? What wa...more
4.5 stars.

I admit that I haven't read everything Harlan Coben has written, but I've read quite a few of his books and I think this one was my favorite. I won't summarize the story -- that's already been done several times in other reviews.

What I loved about this book:

-multiple plots that kept me guessing
-very suspenseful, yet very believable
-villains that were creepy beyond belief from the moment we met them
-the nod to Lock-Horne investments (I see what he did there...)

And finally, I LOVED the...more
NYPD detective Kat Donovan's friend signs her up on a dating website where she recognizes her ex-fiance she hasn't seen or heard from in eighteen years. Her curiosity peaked, Kat is soon forced to rethink long held beliefs and assumptions while probing a missing person case from another state. This is Harlan Coben at the absolute top of his game. I highly recommend it all my GR friends. It might very well be the best crime fiction you read this year!
You can also find my review at Brandie is a Bookjunkie.

ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I like to break up my normal routine once in awhile with a good suspense novel. And I've always been a fan of Harlan Coben. I was really excited when I got approved for an ARC of his new book! Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.

A master of suspense and twists - Coben had me on the edge of my seat throughout this entire book. I love when a book keeps me guessing,...more
I have been reading and loving Harlan Coben's books for almost twenty years, so when I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of his newest novel, 'Missing You', I was expecting a really good book. I was thrilled to find that it's a great book, and in my opinion, his best, and I finished it in a day

Harlan Coben is able to deliver a story that flows beautifully, though it is full of many characters and puzzle pieces. I found myself immediately immersed in Kat Donovan's life and I couldn't le...more
I wasn't sure about this new to me but very popular writer when I began reading Missing You. Would he give his female detective Kat Donovan an authentic voice? What makes Coben a must read for so many?

At first I found Donovan one dimensional. She is a cop with a troubled past. Something happened to cause her only relationship to end badly eighteen years before. Her father was killed in the line of duty by some mobsters but his actual killer is still a mystery Kat wants to solve but keeps runnin...more
Not the best Coben to be honest, but Coben's decent is better than most genre writers' best. Once a year he puts out a reliable stand alone domestic mystery thriller. This one differed in some ways, primarily because it's told from female POV and also because this female happens to be a police detective, meaning that although her investigation is in a large part of a personal nature, it still has certain procedural undertones. The audio book version was also read by a woman and not the Coben's g...more
Mark Rubinstein
Harlan Coben is one of our best storytellers. He often plots several narratives that at first, seem to have little or no connection, but eventually converge in an unusual denouement. Missing You is no exception. I won't go into the plot elements since that's been done by other reviewers. I also enjoy this author's wry sense of humor, especially as Kat and her friend evaluate men at a local bar. Harlan Coben has a unique way of characterizing people with one or two-word labels. And his social obs...more
It was ok, but on a Harlan Coben scale (as before he was always a 4 or 5 star read experience for me) I am disappointed. Being a fan, I don't cotton to this particular NYC protagonist and entire direction of tone, to be frank. Kit is nearly a copy cat of at least 3 other woman cop/detective leading ladies by other authors in the genre. Down to the cop dad, and the long lost boyfriend- it is all so, so cliché.

I know I am the odd woman out on this one. But I loved Harlan's former tone especially...more
In my humble opinion, Harlan Coben is the Stephen King of mystery thrillers. He is able to take old mystery ideas, like King takes old horror themes, and give them new life, He does not ignore characterization. In fact, his characters' personality and problems never take second place to the plot. And like King, he has a casual easy flowing style that hides the fact that his prose is filled with literary goodness.

But while I always enjoyed his novels, something got in the way of my urge to sing h...more
I know when I pick up a book written by Harlan Coben I will not be putting it down anytime soon. Missing You kept me up late into the night and the pages were flying. The John Waite song is still playing in my head. You see it was Kat and Jeff’s special song and a very important clue.

Kat’s friend set her up with an online dating profile and it sets off a multitude of unexpected and unimaginable events. You will rethink you whole online life after reading this book.

The best thing about a Coben th...more
Ayelet Waldman
This man is a master of plot and propulsion. And among the nicest people I know.
Coben is one of our favorite authors, be it his (sports agent / sleuth) Myron Bolitar series, or, like “Missing”, his standalone thrillers. Leading lady NYPD detective Kat Donovan has just discovered her ex-fiancé’s (Jeff) profile on a dating site, which shakes her up even though he doesn't seem to acknowledge her. Meanwhile, a teenager visits her at work claiming his mother has gone missing, and that maybe Jeff did it; lead-in to a nasty villain we get to meet, who has been kidnapping carefully...more
NYPD Detective Kat Donovan was spending some down time with her best friend Stacy, a private investigator, in a preppy, uptown bar called O’Malley’s Pub; a regular haunt of the cops in the area. Stacy was a guy-magnet, but she generally laughed at their pick-up lines, deflecting them with ease. But Stacy was a little uneasy this particular night – she finally confessed to Kat that she had registered her profile on an online dating service called YouAreJustMyType.com.

Kat was horrified – it was t...more
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NYPD's Kat Donovan is down on her luck: her cop father was shot to death by a thug working for a mobster and the love of her life, Jeff Raynes, walked out on her eighteen years ago. Things get dicey when her friend Stacy buys her a subscription to an online dating service and she sees Jeff's profile there; however, Jeff did not put it there. A thug is preying on the lonely, and Kat is approached by a troubled teen from Greenwich, whose Mom has disappeared. Kat needs answers and goes out to get t...more
Jennifer McLean
Mar 10, 2014 Jennifer McLean rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery enthusiasts, thriller enthusiasts, all others
Recommended to Jennifer by: Penguin group/Dutton
I was lucky enough to be asked by his publisher, Dutton/Penguin Group to review Harlan Coben's newest book "Missing You". Mr. Coben is a prolific and extremely talented writer, he has sold fifty million books worldwide. With ten books in the popular "Myron Bolitar" series and over two dozen novels to his name you'd be hard pressed to not find a great read.

The latest book centers around NYPD detective, Kat Donovan. Many years ago Kat lost her father, a decorated police officer, when he was murder...more
I did like the ending even though I should have predicted it. Looking back all the clues were obvious half way through. This book was scary to me unlike other Coben novels. I had flashbacks to The Never List, which gave me nightmares. Not a fan of this book. I would have preferred more of a whodunnit with better character development.

By Harlan Coben
I first met Harlan Coben in the year 2000 just after the release of his latest Myron Bolitar thriller DARKEST FEAR. He was extremely charismatic and appeared to really want to get to know the booksellers who sold his titles every day. That was right before the release of TELL NO ONE and more importantly before he was ‘Harlan Coben’. Harlan has since gone on to become a literary phenomenon and more importantly helped pave the way for him and other authors to formulate a...more
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