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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...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2002)
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D. Pow
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
Sam
Feb 12, 2008 Sam rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Aaron
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...more
Angie
Sep 08, 2007 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Greg Bascom
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
David
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
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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
Michael
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
LemonLinda
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
Nicola
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...more
Deirdre
Gone for Good is a usual mystery novel where one brother who assumes his elder brother is deceased learns just the opposite as event spiral into a net of truths that are laid out to catch the lies that were once told. Fact after fact, and turn after twist after turn, soon Will Klein learns what happened all those years ago when his brother was accused of murder and then disappeared.

Despite the number of pages in this novel. I finished it rather quickly. The story line was interesting and drew m...more
Lori Anderson
Jan 16, 2008 Lori Anderson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: murder mystery/suspense lovers
Shelves: mystery
I love Harlan Coben's books. LOVE them. What I don't love is that they keep me awake at night well past my bed time, with me saying, "Just ONE more chapter, come on, you really only need five hours of sleep, you know you want to read just ONE more chapter."

"Gone For Good" was no exception. Just when you think you have it figured out, things would change, and that went on literally to the last page. If you like murder mysteries with a huge dose of suspense, try this one out.
Linda Boyd
I so loved this book Harlan Coben never disappoints, this book takes so many twists and turns that it is hard to keep up and leaves you wondering what is going to happen next. There are lots of characters in this book and different story lines going on, it can be difficult to keep everyone in their places, but it is worth it!!!!
Tiffunee
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.


Vera Neves

Aproveitei todos os bocadinhos livros e foi num dia que o despachei!! Adorei :) já tinha lido Coben à muito tempo e tive agora oportunidade de voltar a experimentar e de facto não desiludiu!!
Conseguiu surpreender, é mesmo aquele suspense delicioso que nos prende até ao fim :)
Recomendo!!
Susan Anderson
This is not a book review, just a few random thoughts on reading Gone for Good and what I like about Harlan Coben's writing.

Toward the end, my mind got a little dizzy with all the twists and turns of the plot—now you see her, now you don't, now he's here, now he isn't, now he's innocent, now he's not, now he's young, now he's not (I just threw that last one in).

But what I loved about this book were the expressions of grief, Will Klein's sense of humanity in the face of evil, the expressions of l...more
Brandon Thompson
This is my third Harlan Coben thriller. He definitely knows how to tell a fantastic story.

The key to reading his books is to make sure you absorb the details. Rest assured that every character has meaning. Every chapter, no matter how out of place or obscure it may seem, will come back to relevance.

This book is about a man named Will Klein who, after suffering the loss of his mother, learns that his brother may still be alive. Hell, he probably is. His brother had a troubled past. After 11 years...more
Ed
Generally, my motto is that life is too short to read airport fiction. But every once in a while... I picked up this book in a friends house and read just enough to commit to finishing it. I wish I could say I couldn't put it down, but like most airport fiction, not only was it easy to put down, but sometimes hard to pick up. Predictable plots are ok if the story is well written and the characters well developed. But sadly neither is true in this case. The writing is standard hackneyed airport f...more
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Apr 02, 2013 N.T. Embe [Against GR Censorship] rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy a book where not everything is as it first seems, and love mysteries.
Recommended to N.T. Embe by: My Uncle and my Mother
Shelves: mystery, suspense

When I first moved down to Florida, now almost a year ago in a few months, I had only one book in my entire household and it was a Harlan Coben book, Promise Me. I read it, and I don't remember much of the reading process, though I remember the end above every other part of it. I didn't feel like I got much of an impact from his previous book, but that might just be the cushion of time and grand old Life getting in the way again and erasing the past from my recollections. But I have a pile of bo...more
Angela
Eleven years ago, Ken fled his family's suburban New Jersey neighborhood after Will's ex-girlfriend, Julie Miller, was raped and strangled. The Kleins eventually convinced themselves that Ken perished on the lam. But as Will discovers, the facts are not so simple. On her deathbed, his mother tells him that Ken is still alive. Then Will's girlfriend and "soul mate" disappears too, only to have her fingerprints turn up at a New Mexico homicide scene. How are these tragedies connected? And what's t...more
M.
My parents live 5 hours away. I wanted to give audio books a shot. I work at a library. I thought these three facts would result in me being able to, I don't know, catch up on a classic or something that I'd be too bored to actually read but wouldn't mind listening to, whatever. Of course, there is only a CD player in my car, there is no tape deck. This severely limited my options.

I eventually decided on this because I thought it might be like a cheap thriller movie from the early 90s. I love c...more
Bandit
Another fun tale of in Coben's own words suburbia gone wrong. Not my favorite of his, but good enough. This is one of the earlier Coben books and it shows, it's really sentimentally cheesy in parts and also I was able to figure out most of the plot twists he's famous for, except for the last one, which was probably the most important one. In Woods there was a missing sister who might be alive, here it's the brother. Majority of the story takes place in NYC, which is a welcome departure from Jers...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...more
Tonya
Harlan Coben does a spectacular job of writing thrillers that keep the reader on the edge of their seats and guessing the entire way through the novel. Gone for Good ranks up there with one of his bests, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great thriller!
Andrea
I'm cool with genre fiction; I read it for distraction and entertainment between heavier stuff. This was a quick read that started out just fine but got seriously caught up in plot twist overkill. Too many eye-rolling "oh come on!" moments. Readable pulp, at best.
Corey
I enjoyed my first Harlan Coben experience. It was exactly what I expected it to be and exactly what I felt like reading on a long airplane flight - fast-paced, CSI-style murder mystery with surprise plot twists and an unpredictable ending. Not surprisingly, the characters were pretty shallow, the first-person narrator was way too omniscient and the story was completely unrealistic (believability rating 3 out of 100). But that's absolutely fine. Now I know what all the hype was about and I choos...more
Amy
Audio/Abridged: This was a great read if you don't take the story to seriously. Yeah, there are way to many red herrings, plot twists and coincidences, but that is what makes it fun. You need to suspect everyone in Coben's books. The good guys are honorable and the bad guys are over-the-top evil.
The ending was a little crazy and I didn't/couldn't remember what the security guard's murder had to do with anything by the end of this roller coaster ride. Very enjoyable; the character Squares is the...more
Jeanette
"The truth is, we are mere animals, organisms, even, slightly more complex than your basic paramecium. You die, you're gone. It was pure megalomania to think we humans are somehow above death, that we, unlike any other creature, have the ability to transcend it. In life, sure, we are special, dominant, because we are the strongest and most ruthless. We rule. But in death, to believe that we are somehow special in God's eyes, that we can worm our way into his good graces by kissing his ass, well,...more
Ed Armstrong
Good character study. Let's face it, we read novels for entertainment. A book might not be what one describes as "literature" but if a book entertains, keeps the reader involved, develops the characters and plot and resolves dilemas satisfactorily, the read was worth it. That's true with this book. I've read alot of authors and many different plot types with many different characters. In this book I would say the character development is good but the plot and the sequence are excellent (from the...more
Mark Rubinstein
Gone for Good has all the elements one expects from Harlan Coben. In fact, I think Harlan Coben should be called "Master of the Missing Person." This novel has the usual twists and mind-spinning turns you expect in a Coben novel: someone is dead or missing, but maybe not; someone is a true lover, but maybe is not; someone killed another person, but maybe not; and by the end of the novel, your mind can be spun a full 360 degrees. Despite some implausibilities in the plotting (and in a Coben novel...more
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