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Seconds Away

(Mickey Bolitar #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  9,678 ratings  ·  869 reviews
This action-packed second book in international bestseller Harlan Coben’s Mickey Bolitar young adult series follows Mickey as he continues to hunt for clues about the Abeona Shelter and the mysterious death of his father—all while trying to navigate the challenges of a new high school.

When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey and his loyal new friends—sharp-witted Ema and
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published August 18th 2012)
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Wesley Zachary Re-read chapter 49 (the final chapter) then re-read page 1. In both references, Mickey is seconds away from an event that has a major effect on his…moreRe-read chapter 49 (the final chapter) then re-read page 1. In both references, Mickey is seconds away from an event that has a major effect on his life. (less)

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Miriam Smith
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As we all know Harlan Coben writes fantastic adult thrillers and he doesn't disappoint either with his YA mysteries starring Myron Bolitar's nephew Mickey.
"Seconds Away" continues on from the previous book "Shelter" and although there was enough in the story to bring me up to speed I did feel as though I missed out on some important events and introduction of characters.
As usual Coben entices you into his books with quick, intriguing and exciting chapters and before you know it you are totally
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, mystery
Teenager Mickey Bolitar is trying to find out all that he can about the Abeona Shelter. A mysterious woman has told him that his father who died in a traffic accident is not really dead. Mickey and his friends Ema and Spoon start looking for information. But when their friend Rachel is wounded by a gunshot to the head and her mother is murdered, Mickey tries to figure out what exactly happened that fateful night.

This is the second book in the Mickey Bolitar series and I loved it. Mickey lives wi
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of mysteries, YA literature
While the mystery is just as good as that of the first book, Shelter, I am deducting a star for the first twenty percent of this book recapping the first book ad nauseam.

It really becomes insulting to the reader -- even the young adult reader, assuming they cannot remember even the simplest facts from the first book, or in the case of the new reader, that they need to know everything that happened in the first book.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this, the second in the Mickey Bolitar series.

With his friends Ema and Spoon, Mickey had very little time to relax and recuperate from his adventures in Shelter, as they were again thrust into high danger almost immediately when there was a murder mystery involving their friend Rachel. And with Spoon grounded for approximately 34 years (according to his parents!) sneaking out was a challenge!

With Rachel in danger, police Chief Taylor acting very strangely, Mickey nervous and exc
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars I enjoyed this a lot more than the first book in the Mickey Bolitar Series. Some of the humour you expect from the Myron Bolitar books was more evident in this book and you knew the characters better. I also think Myron had a bigger presence in this book and Mickey was not so against Myron in this book, so he became a much more likeable character. I really enjoyed the book and it set the book up for (the so far) last book in the series. If anything it has more a feel of a Trilogy than ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Only realised after I started reading it that it is number 2 in a young adult series. Nowhere on the cover or inside did it state the second in a series. Quite annoyed at this as if I had of known I would have read the first one before the second one. Also not my genre and that wasn't written on the cover either. So disappointed.
Karen Blinn
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Here Coben presents the second in the Mickey Bolitar series, which takes places less than a week later in Mickey's life after the first book. This makes for a rather odd sensation for the reader, or so I thought. However, if Coben wants to keep the series focused on Mickey while he's in high school then it is a device that should serve him well. In this one, Mickey's friend Rachel's mother is murdered, and Rachel is injured by a bullet that grazes her skull. Mickey, Ema and Spoon set out to find ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you gotta have faith in people. I really enjoyed SHELTER until the end revealed that the bad guy was a ninety-year-old Nazi. Turns out SECONDS AWAY starts with Mickey frustrated because that makes zero sense. But he doesn't have much time to ponder the bad-guy-who-doesn't-age before his friend Rachel gets shot in the head. (It's just a flesh wound!)

Mickey, Spoon, and Ema band back together in order to discover who tried to kill their friend. They're all dealing with fallout from the la
Seconds Away is a great addition to Harlan Coben's first YA series featuring quick-witted and clever Mickey Bolitar (Myron Bolitar's nephew). Full of exciting twists and turns and thrilling new developments, it's a book that moves at a near break-neck speed and is sure to leave you stunned, breathless, maybe a tiny little bit confused, but very satisfied nevertheless. Thoroughly captivating, well-written and with an incredibly suspenseful plot line, it's one of the best thrillers I've read this ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Surprisingly yes! Despite the leering face, the cover is definitely exciting and promises a suspense-like story (which it is). That alone would make me pick it up, even if I knew nothing about the Mickey Bolitar books.

Characters: Mickey is the sort of “modern-guy” protagonist that I like. He’s sarcastic and smart, but he doesn’t have this flirtatious “I‘m cool“ attitude. Rather, he’s always making fun of himself, especially when he’s done something idiotic and realizes it
Winston Smith
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seconds Away by Harlan Coben is the second book in the Mickey Bolitar series. The first book, Shelter, and Seconds Away are centered around Mickey Bolitar and his friends Ema, Spoon, and Rachel, who find themselves tangled in the mystery involving the Abeona Shelter.
It was hard for me to get interested in Seconds Away, because Coben kept recapping everything that happened in the first book. Coben began the book by re-introducing almost all of the main characters: Rachel, Spoon, Ema, Uncle Myr
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
For those who have read my reviews of the Myron Bolitar novels, Harlan Coben once again delivers a world-class series this time dealing with the nephew of Myron Bolitar. Unlike the Myron Bolitar series this series now includes the young adult audience as well as the mature audience Coben has been writing for. To my mind this is an incredible accomplishment: to engage both young adults as well as adults in equal fashion.

The writing style is slightly different: the prose has been excised and edite
May 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 11th-grade
This book was just okay. It is a overall interesting story, but many of the things that happened in the book are nothing like real life. By the way, Mickey is trying to solve a murder mystery while struggling with his own problems, and he gets arrested pretty much every night, with really no consequences. He's not a bad kid, and his parents must really trust he won't die with all this mischief he's getting into. He has like the chillest uncle who lets him do whatever he wants, fine with all this ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
This is the 2nd book in the Mickey Bolitar series. I enjoyed this one better than the first. I was glad to see that Myron had a bigger part to play in the story and he and Mickey seem to be getting on better than the first book. There were a few surprising twists in the story that I really didn't see coming. I love the endings of these books are they keep you wanting more. Thank goodness I have the next book in my hands and will be starting it later tonight and hopefully Harlan Coben will keep w ...more
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is book #2 of this fantastic series! Usually when an author of adult mysteries writes a young adult book it's a disaster. Not so here. I've never read an adult book by this author but I don't know how it could be any better.

In this book Mickey is struggling to understand what the Abeona Society, that his parents worked for all over the world, is really all about. He's chilled to see the Abeona butterfly symbol everywhere. What does this have to do with a WWII Nazi killer? Then his friend Ra
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When looking for an audio for a road trip the first author I thought of was my favorite, Mr. Harlan Coben. I had not heard of Seconds Away. And until just a few moments ago, found out while entering this title into GoodReads, is part of a series! Aggh! Had I known, I would have started with the first novel. But, with this frustration short-lived, I remind myself, "This is Harlan Coben!!" My husband was involved in this read just as much as I was during our road trip.

We really enjoyed it. It was
Minty McBunny
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, february-2014
I started reading this series because the adult Bolitar series was too over the top violent & I thought a YA series might remedy that while still being entertaining.

It is entertaining enough, but Coben does seem unable to resist crossing the plausibility line into No Way Ever Could This Happen territory.

That said, I was interested enough to keep reading, and will probably read the next book out of curiosity as to the outcome of all these mysteries.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mickey's father was killed or so he thinks.His mother had to go to rehab.Mickey is currently living with his uncle.One day when was going to school and he encounters the "Bat Lady".He makes new friends at his school.
His girlfriend Ashley goes missing.He and his friends try to find Ashley.He learns about the Abeona Shelter.He finds out about "Bat Lady" and tells him things.

Warning: Spoilers and Discussion of essential plot elements follow.

The setting is present day.He lives in his uncle and dad
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Seconds Away, the second and final book in Harlan Coben's Mickey Bolitar series, continues into Mickey's struggle of finding out who he truly is, and what he has been dragged into. Mickey Bolitar is a sophomore in high school, who's father died in a car accident and his mother is in rehab for overdose of drugs. Now, Mickey is living with his Uncle Myron, whom he does not favor in too many ways. As a child, Mickey had traveled around a lot with his parents, and has always had a passion for baske ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is called Seconds Away by Harlan Coben. The genre of this book is mystery and action. This is the second book in the series. The main characters in the book are Mickey, Ema (Emma) Spoon (Arthur), Rachel, Myron (Mickey's Uncle), and Bat Lady ( Lizzy Sobek). There are also Troy, Buck and Chief Taylor, who is Troy's father who had problems with Mickey's uncle. Mickey is living with his uncle Myron. His dad died in a car crash in California. He was dead and wheeled by a paramedic. "I found ...more
Janie Johnson
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-challenge
Harlan Coben has quickly became a favorite for me in the past month or so. He has a pretty large collection of books. Most of them are very enthralling, easy to read, very fluid books and his YA books are really no different, they are awesome. Of course I knew while I was reading this one that there was a good chance that things would be left hanging, and I would be right in that knowledge. But that is ok because I know I will be one of the first to buy the 3rd installment to this series.

I find
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
The 2nd Mickey Bolitar book is a fast-paced mystery involving the shooting of Mickey's new romantic interest, Rachel and her the killing of her mother. As Mickey tries to visit her in the hospital with his friends providing a diversion, he finds her in her room, but must quickly hide because the sheriff is coming to question her. Mickey goes to Bat Lady in her haunted house to try to get some answers and he is further confused to find out the man from the ambulance when his father died was not p ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
The cover is just fascinating! It makes you wonder what is going to happen in the book. Does it have something to do with fire?

This is the second book in the series. The series: "Mickey Bolitar"

Like most of the books I had recently read, this book could have a little more editing. Yes, there are some typos.

After reading this book, I anticipate the next one(only because I like Mickey). O.o I just need the next book and the next and the next.

At the end of the book, there is a cliffhanger (as usua
Kathy Martin
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mickey, along with his friends Spoon and Ema, is trying to find out who shot their friend Rachel. Mickey is also still dealing with questions about his father's recent death, his mother's hospitalization for drug addiction, and his new relationship with his Uncle Myron. Throw in his adjustment to a new school and trying out for the basketball team and you have an action-packed adventure.

I liked the relationship between the kids. Spoon is quite a nerdy character but both Mickey and Ema accept him
Dalton A.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book “Seconds Away” by Harlan Coben is the second novel in the Mickey Bolitar series is a mystery that is exciting and always keeps you on your toes.
Seconds Away is a book about a boy named Mikey thats dad just passed away in a car accident. Then this lady they call the bat lady tells Mikey that his father isn’t dead. In the process his best friend gets shot. When Rachel (The friend) gets shot there were only two other people in the house. Her mother and father. Mickey had his heart set on
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seconds Away by Harlan Coben was by far a phenomenal book! When i originally chose this book i had no idea it was a sequel. I read through the entire thing with ease and completely enjoyed it. I later found out that it was in fact a sequel and was shocked due to the fact that it was so well written and a master at pulling the reader in. Seconds Away is one of those books that you begin reading, and before you stop you have to figure out the next thing, and once that is satisfied you get sucked i ...more
Marsha Hubbell
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Seconds Away” is book two in Harlan Coben’s Mickey Bolitar series. And it’s even more suspenseful than the first. I could not put it down and did not want it to end.

Once again, Mickey and his two friends, Ema and Spoon, find themselves caught up in one dangerous set of circumstances after another as they search for the truth about the death of Mickey’s father. Teen beauty Rachel, who played such an instrumental role in “Shelter”, is shot. Who shot her and why? Are their lives in danger, too? Se
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Myron
Recommended to Jennifer by: Harlen Coben
I'm so partial to Myron Bolitar and anyone related to him that I enjoyed this second outing with his nephew, Mickey, and his scooby gang of Ema, Spoon, and Rachel. This novel begins only a day or so after the first one ends and the mystery is only deepening. Why does the picture of the Butcher of Lodz that the mysterious bat lady show Mickey resemble a paramedic that Mickey remembers seeing after the car accident that killed his dad? Is his dad still alive? When Rachel is shot and her mother is ...more
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book turned me into a Harlan Coben fan. I read two of his books earlier - The Stranger and Missing You and I started to love his writing book after book. Before this, I read Killing Floor by Lee Child and I was kind of annoyed by the first person narration but here I could feel more connected with the protagonist so I liked the narration here.

The strength of this book lies in the twists, not only in the plot, but also with the characters. The powerful theme of choice and consequent respons
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The second Mickey Bolitar novel takes place almost immediately the first one ends. Mickey is focused on basketball tryouts when Rachel Caldwell's mom is murdered and Rachel is shot. To complicate matters the Bat Lady tells Mickey that his father is not dead. Mickey knows he has to solve Rachel's mother's murder because it doesn't look like Chief Taylor is on the side of the Angels here but Mickey's decision has serious consequences for his friend Spoon. Meanwhile, Mickey almost got to varsity ba ...more
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