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Gone for Good

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  24,682 ratings  ·  1,284 reviews
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
Phrynne
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
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
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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
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Patrice Hoffman
WOW! That's the first thing I said to my self after finishing this book. Twist after Twist after Twist. Really a good book.
David
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
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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
Corey Tardif
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
Love Fool
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
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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
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.


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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
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
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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
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
"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
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
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Fiona A
I really liked this one more than some of Coben's books which I've read earlier. This is also voted as the third favourite Coben book by users of Goodreads. However, I couldn't give it a 5 star rating because:

a) Although it is a stand-alone novel, it felt as if the two main characters, Will and Squares, had some kind of similarities with Myron and Win.

b) I'm beginning to suspect that all of Harlan Coben's books have the same storyline pattern (with the same amount of violence in the action part
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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.
Melissa
One of the best books I've read all year! So many surprises! I never knew what was coming next!
Reinaldo Lourenço
Bem... q livro!!!
Eu gosto mto dos policiais suecos, mas o Harlan Coben é o mestre dos thrillers!
Uma historia espectacular, um ritmo alucinante e qdo pensas q está tudo esclarecido...bang...mais um murro no estomago :) acho que há emoçao até ao ultimo paragrafo... e até depois dele :)
Adorei o "Nao contes a ninguém" mas este nao lhe fica nada atrás.
Muita bom! O livro a seguir é q vai sofrer as consequencias :)
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!!!!
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!!
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!
Mary
Seriously? I am at 91% and the hopelessly psychotic, unstoppable Evil Villain has just left Our Hero alone with a dire warning not to move from that chair, to which said Hero is NOT tied, or "I'll hurt you bad when I get back", and driven off! Driven off!!!

"OK, I'll wait right here," said no potential murder victim, ever. Please.

A few hours later--book finished, rating changed from 1 to 3 stars, thanks to the unexpected plot twists. Well done, Mr. Coben, I did not see that coming. A little cor
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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
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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
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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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With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last seven consecutive novels, MISSING YOU, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe.

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