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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 i
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Dutton
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Ellie I've just finished it, have to say I almost gave up a time or two. Definitely not one of his best.…moreI've just finished it, have to say I almost gave up a time or two. Definitely not one of his best.(less)
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Lobstergirl This part of the story makes no sense. So much mention of "fingerprints found at the murder scene" but given that Jeff lived there, there's no reason …moreThis part of the story makes no sense. So much mention of "fingerprints found at the murder scene" but given that Jeff lived there, there's no reason why his fingerprints wouldn't be found at the scene. His fingerprint was also found on Dad's belt. But there's no mention of his fingerprints being found on the gun (I guess Stagger wiped the gun clean). And no mention of the body being moved. Hard to believe nobody (Coben, editor, advance readers) caught this.(less)

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Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-donated, who
Loving my fabulous book talk with my uber cool Goodreads friends of late. Along the way with my many updates of this read, someone I don’t know from a bar of soap asked if they should give Mr Coben a go. Of course they should! He’s undoutably a safe bet, I don’t always rate all his books 5 stars but I do enjoy them a bloody lot!

I ripped through this one in a few days, stayed up till 1am last night to finish. There’d be no use trying to go to sleep before the end of this one, it was too exciting.
From the very start, Missing You, seemed a book I was liking instead of loving. I had its rating tagged at 1 or 2 stars, but the climax upped the final reckoning.

I'm more interested in Harlan Coben as an author to watch for. His latest efforts should be given a wide berth. I still will improvise when choosing and deciding what could be the writer's nadir.

This book's filler moments were not that bad. Else I would have ditched it. Also, it's 400 page length was conducive to a pleasant experience.
Patrice Hoffman
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
**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
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Missing You by Harlen Coben is a 2014 Dutton publication.

I am one of the most disorganized readers you will ever meet. I have such a hard time keeping up with series and easily lose track of what order the books should be read in, so when I have a chance to pick up a stand alone by an author who never fails to deliver, then I grab it, no questions asked.

Coben didn't let me down, and kept me riveted to the story from start to finish.

Kat's friend sets her up an account with a dating service and
James Thane
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
NYPD detective Kat Donovan hasn't had a meaningful relationship since the love of her life walked out on her eighteen years ago. She seems to spend a lot of time brooding, not only about her long-lost love, but also about the death of her father, a cop who was shot to death at virtually the same time. The man who confessed to killing her father is now dying in prison and Kat is hoping against hope that the man will finally explain why he pulled the trigger and who ordered the hit.

To cheer her up

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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
I am so amazed at this book. I need to think it through. Don't even know where to begin, what to include and where to end.

First off, I laughed at the silly pickup lines in O' Malley's Pub in New York City.
Sunglasses honed in on Kat and began to make his move. He didn’t so much walk toward her as glide on his own slime.
Stacy suppressed a giggle. “This is going to be good.”
Hoping to discourage him, Kat gave the guy flat eyes and a disdainful frown. Sunglasses was not deterred. He bebopped ov
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5* The first few chapters were exceedingly slow with pointless silly dialogue. Although it was tempting to abandon, the plot finally started to develop and surprisingly it became hard to put down. Harlan Coben knows how to keep the reader on edge, and soon the pages were flying by. The main character, NYPD Detective Kat Donovan innocently checks out an online dating site,‘’ looking for romance. However, romance isn’t in the cards on this website as Kat is suddenly drawn in ...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
Andrew Smith
May 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-finished
I'm taking a 'life's too short' approach to books these days and on this basis I've decided it's way too short to continue with this one.

I've preached about the value I put on audiobooks before but there is a downside to this format. If the reader is good it can add value to the telling of the story but if they are bad it can ruin it completely. Now, I'm not saying Kerry Shale is a bad reader but here he uses some terrible, condescending voices to portray a number of the male characters. It's j
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it

When NYPD Detective Kat Donovan learns that Monte Leburne - the hitman convicted of killing her cop father 18 years ago - is dying, she visits him in prison. It's her last chance to get indisputable evidence about who ordered the hit. While in a drug-induced twilight state Leburne denies killing the policeman. He says he admitted to the crime because he was already on the hook for two other murders, so when he was asked to take the rap, he agreed.

This startling information sets Kat off on a que
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harlan Coben is the go to man for seat of your pants excitement.
Talk about “can’t put this down” that’s an understatement.

Brendan’s mother has gone of for a holiday with a guy she met online. Brendan is convinced that she is in danger but the police tell him she’s a grown woman and he should not worry her.
At the same time Kat Donovan, a 40 years old, single, NYPD detective sees a picture of her boyfriend from 18 years ago on a online dating site. Kat would like to catch up but when she sends a t
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. Zipped right thru this latest tome by Harlan Coben that is full of mystery, suspense, murder and surprises. Super fast-paced with interesting characters (gotta love Aqua), and even a very brief tie-in to Win and Lock-Horne Investments (from the Myron Bolitar series). Loved it! Highly recommend!
Connie Rea
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, 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
Bethan Watson
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller-mystery
I can't believe I had never read a Harlan Coben novel before, where have I been?!
This is definitely one of the best thriller books I have read in a long time.

I am a recent convert to audiobooks. And I've discovered that what makes a good written book doesn't necessarily work as an audiobook. Audiobooks need to be fast paced enough to keep your attention without bogging you down in detail. Harlan Coben succeeds with fun plot lines, wonderful turns of phrase and interesting characters. This one involves two initially disparate storylines. In fact, I found myself scratching my head trying to figure out how they were going to come together.

Cat is a very
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery thrillers fans

I need to say that I'm not a huge fan of Coben, but I enjoyed reading this book very much.
I couldn’t put it down until I finished the entire book. (Read in Portuguese)
Chelsey Connor
oh my gosh. so intense!!!! few twists in this book and totally did not see the end happening. totally would recommend if you love a good crime and thriller
Lisa B.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it

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
Mary Beth
Mar 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Tanja Berg
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
My 100th book read this year - and it was fantastic! I've had this book for a year or so, but I read "Fool me once" first, which I hated. "Missing You" has a set of far more compelling characters. The main one is Kat. She is still suffering from her father's murder 18 years before, she isn't convinced that the right man was convicted. Then she is encouraged to internet dating and there she finds her ex-fiancé Jeff, who dumped her after her father's death. He doesn't seem to recognize her. Shortl ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Harlan Coben once again doing what he knows best! A great, modern-day edge-of-your-seat thriller with many twists and turns, and just as I thought I had it all figured out in the end it went in a completely different direction, definitely not the direction I was expecting! After reading this book it gave me second thoughts about online dating, which I'm sure a lot of people who've read this book probably feel the same way.

Missing You is about Kat Donovan, an NYPD Detective who has recently joine
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
I love a Harlan Coben novel, but this one was a bit eh.
It was only at the halfway point that I started to properly get into it. Apart from that this was slooowwwww.
Also, it just didn't have the same sort of twists and turns that I've come to love with his other books. The reveals were decidedly underwhelming.

I will say, the writing, as always, is stellar and it definitely picks up in the second half which I enjoyed a lot more.

If you're new to Harlan Coben, give this one a miss and try Fool Me
May 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no
I started my 'Harlan habit' when my mom lobbed a copy my via mail and recommended it with a wan 'it's not awful. Try it out.' Since then I've been plucking copies of his books from used book sales and sort of shamefacedly stashing them in the corner of my closet. It's a guilty pleasure. My grandmother read shitty romance novels, randomly taking them up when she was, what 70 in much the same way. My tasteless crass aunt from jersey would offer them to her once she finished reading. I GET IT. Some ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best novel I've read this year. ...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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