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Don't Let Go

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  53,455 ratings  ·  3,790 reviews
With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the rai
Paperback, 347 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Century
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dutton
Ah yes, the ever faithful Coben novel. The comfort and confidence I feel in his work knows no bounds; whether I am on a string of enjoyable reads or stuck in a month long slump, his books are always devoured and relished. You could say I shove his books into the hands of strangers on a regular basis that I regularly recommend his novels in the most appropriate fashion, and with good reason- they are compulsive thrillers filled with dry humor and wit that anyone can relate to. As one of my top 3 ...more
One of my all-time favorite authors has done it again! An absolutely superb, stand-alone thriller to add to his (and my) collection.

Nap is a police detective who has never fully recovered from the death of his twin brother Leo. Along with his girlfriend Diane, Leo died tragically when the couple were just teenagers.

Unbelievably, that same night, Nap lost his girlfriend Maura…only she went missing, and was never heard from again. 15 years later he is still the walking-wounded. Emotionally devas
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I have read and enjoyed quite a few of Harlan Coben’s books over the years. After reading the description for “Don’t Let Go” I was really excited to get reading.

New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas has been searching for fifteen years. He’s been searching for his high school love, Maura. He’s also been searching for answers to what happened on the fateful night that his twin brother and girlfriend were found dead on
Susanne  Strong
5 Brilliant Shining Stars.
"Don't Let Go" is the Best Standalone Harlan Coben has EVER written.  Hands Down.

Detective Napoleon Dumas, known as “Nap” lives and works in a small New Jersey town.  He has been searching for answers his whole life.  Or at least for the last fifteen years -since his senior year of high school to be exact.  That is when Nap lost his twin brother Leo.  When Leo and his girlfriend Diana were found dead – on the railroad tracks in their hometown.  No one ever determined
Larry H
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

Harlan Coben has achieved another mic drop with his latest book, Don't Let Go.

Don't you hate it when "real life" gets in the way of your reading? If work hadn't gotten in the way, and we hadn't been without power due to a storm for more than 24 hours, I would have devoured this book in one sitting. But even spread out over a few days, this book knocked me out, and once again reminded me (after the fantastic Home last year—see my original review) what a fantastic writer Coben is.

Napoleon "Nap" D
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben is a 2017 Dutton publication.

An ingenious, potent, and disturbing thriller-

Napoleon ‘Nap’ Dumas’ was enjoying an active senior year in high school, where both he and his twin brother, Leo, were involved in serious romantic relationships, and were busy with extracurricular activities- Leo, with his conspiracy club, and Nap with his hockey team. But, Nap’s world stops on a dime, when Leo and his girlfriend, Diana, are found dead on the railroad tracks, and Nap’s girl
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harlan Coben, the king of literary suspense, is back at it again!

Coben is my go to author for when I need a sure thing - he just ripped me out of a month long book slump with this here little tale, and I am oh so grateful. You really can’t go wrong with his books, he is a master at this genre and always delivers. I love that I catch myself saying “What in the world is going on?!” at least once a chapter in his books. He constantly keeps you on your toes and wondering where the ride will take you
All the stars and wow this was one awesome book with a main character that I absolutely loved!!

Special "Birthday" Traveling Sister Read with Brenda, Kaceey & Lindsay

I haven't read too many other books by Harlan Coben but the ones that I have read I have thoroughly enjoyed although not as much as this one.

DON'T LET GO by HARLAN COBEN was an extremely well-written and good read! It was fast-paced, intense, suspenseful, and a gripping novel with an intriguing storyline that I read in less than 24-
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You want more Coben – you get more Coben! This means if you are a fan of his twisted plots that keep you guessing, this book will not disappoint. I did have some guesses throughout this mystery, and some of them were close, but in true Coben fashion you can never be quite sure what happened until the final period of the final page.

One thing you don’t get in this book that you sometimes see with Coben is humor. It seems like he keeps that just to the Bolitar series. Everytime I have read a book o
Brenda ~Traveling Sister is frustrated with GR
Traveling Sister Special Read Review by Brenda and Norma with Kaceey and Lindsay's thoughts.

Don't Let Go is an outstanding and solid new standalone thriller from the thriller master himself (in Brenda and Kaceey's opinion lol) Harlan Coben that we all were very excited to have received from Edelweiss.

We decided to read it as a special birthday read for Brenda's 50th birthday and thought it extremely fitting as this has been Brenda's all time favourite author for some time now. Brenda and Kaceey
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars!

Harlan Coben delivers an intensely suspenseful, captivating, fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing from start to finish. I have read one other book by Coben (The Innocent) which was good, but didn’t “wow” me. With encouragement from my fantastic “sisters” Brenda, Norma and Kaceey, I jumped on board this Traveling Sister Read and tried out Coben’s latest book and it definitely lived up to the hype!

I loved the main character, Nap! He is a police detective who finds himself working a c
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rachel
I adore Harlan Coben novels and would have to say that he is probably one of my top five all time favourite authors.
His books are fast paced, easy to follow, addictive and very entertaining and his latest "Don't Let Go" is everything I expected and more. A particular quirk of the author is to incorporate dry humour often into taut and tense scenes but the way he does it is so professional - it really works and very entertaining.
Although this story is a standalone thriller I was over the moon to
Holly  B
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it

A New Jersey cop, Nap, a baffling murder case that brings back the unsolved case and unsettling memories of the death of his twin brother Leo and his girlfriend, Diana 15 years earlier. Not only that, but Nap's high school girlfriend, Maura who had broken up with him, disappeared. Was she connected some how?

A new murder investigation of a Pennsylvania cop, Rex Canton, who was also one of his high school classmates brings back all the circumstances and questions about the their unsolved deaths 15
Usually I love Harlan Coben mysteries, but I think this was the first one that took me two weeks to read. I just didn't enjoy it much and had to force myself to pick up the book and finish it.

The story revolves around New Jersey detective "Nap" Dumas, and the mysterious deaths of Nap's brother and his girlfriend, followed by the disappearance of Nap's own girlfriend, Maura. The incidents happened when Nap was in high school, but years later he decides to investigate when there's an unexpected si
Detective Napoleon (Nap) Dumas is brought into a case involving a murdered cop in another state when prints found at the scene match those he’d entered in the system years ago. They belong to his former girlfriend, Maura, who disappeared 15 years ago, the same night when his twin brother, Leo, and his girlfriend, Diana, died in a train accident. His search for answers sets him on a strange and sometimes dangerous path that he just can’t let go.

Nap is no saint as he’s got his own unorthodox sens
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bayb-2018

Fifteen years before the story opens, in 2002, Napoleon (Nap) Dumas was an 18-year-old high school jock in Westbridge, New Jersey, looking forward to college and a future with his beautiful girlfriend Maura.

Then Nap's world collapsed overnight. While the athlete was at an away hockey game his twin brother Leo, and Leo's girlfriend Diana, were hit by a train and killed.

On that same evening, Maura broke up with Nap, left town, and disappeared. Nap couldn't believe these traumatic events were unc
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harlan Coben is a steady Eddie. By that I mean one can pretty much depend on the fact that his books are going to be good! I've only read one book by him that I thought was so-so, the rest are great. If I am looking for a dependable author who has twists and turns coupled with good writing and story lines, I know I can depend on Coben to pull it off. He does it again in this book. After I read my first Coben book, I was hooked and went on to binge read a bunch of his books. I can't read him fast ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 rounded down for the reasons below...

Don't Let Go is the latest stand alone by crime writer Harlan It is the story of Nap (short for Napolean) Dumas whose TWIN brother was found dead on the town's train tracks along with the brother's girlfriend. Nap's girlfriend mysteriously disappeared after this and so the story begins.

Coben is a good writer. His books keep you entertained and, admittedly, I read this one straight through with no breaks. There is a lot of dialogue so it's an easy read. I
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio

I’ve always been a big Harlan Coben fan. His books are usually well plotted out mysteries that keep you engaged. Not so much with this one. For starters, Napoleon Dumas initially comes across as a bit of a jerk. As a police officer, I couldn’t figure out why he was such a pain when officers from neighboring Pennsylvania show up at his door. And his character doesn’t really improve. He’s a vigilante and obnoxious to those trying to help him as well as his enemies.

It’s 15 years after his senior y
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far as I am concerned Harlan Coben writes good books, very good books and excellent books. This one falls into the excellent category!

Don't Let Go starts full on and finishes at the same speed. And the in between was so good I did not want to stop reading at any point. I must have been three quarters of the way through when a little suspicion popped up of who might be the main culprit. Then I thought 'surely not' but it was. What a twist!

I smiled when Myron Bolitar paid a short visit. It was
Maria Espadinha
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Philosophical Beginning

In ancient times good old stories used to start with that classic Once Upon a Time we all know about. A magic, powerful line that resonated into the mind of an avid reader as a “fasten your seat belt” command.
However, my dear fellows and book mates, I truly regret to inform you, that those days are gone!...
Right now, authors are investing in a bit more creative beginnings, like for instance, this particular one:

“Daisy wore a clingy black dress with a neckline so dee
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Another gem of a book by Mr Harlan Coben you had a cop Dumas who was struggling to cope with the death of 2 teenagers 15 years earlier one was his brother, now brought into a case similar by Lieutenant Stacy Bates a cop killer is on the loose Rex Canton was murdered in cold blood, Nap knew him but hadn't seen him in 15 years. What Bates & Dumas found was there were no finger prints on the gun going by the datra base , but what they did find is that the prints were from Naps former girl friend Ma ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coben is an auto buy author for me, I’ve read every single one of his books and have never been disappointed by any of them. I LOVE his Myron Bolitar series but his standalones work well for me too and this one was no exception. There’s a brief cameo from Myron at one point when he crosses paths with Nap which was such an unexpected treat! The main character, Nap reminded me of a combination of Myron and Win so my craving for them was partially satiated. This was twisty and full of deceit and lo ...more
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Second book by Harlan Coben I've read. ✔ Second book by Harlan Coben I've really enjoyed. ✔ In DON'T LET GO, Detective Nap Dumas finally gets a lead in the disappearance case of his high school girlfriend — well, it's his own case as no one else is looking. Maura went missing 15 years ago on the same night his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were killed, supposedly hit by a train. Nap's always wondered if there was more to the story, and of course, if Maura's disappearance was someho ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fifteen years after Detective Nap Dumas’ twin brother Leo and his girlfriend Diana lost their lives when they were hit by a fast-moving train, Nap still grieved. Never able to let go, he also thought constantly of the girl he loved, Maura, who had also disappeared that night. Nap was sure there was more to the whole event, but even fifteen years later, he’d not found any answers.

Until the night a fellow cop was gunned down in cold blood. He’d been someone Nap had known slightly all those years a
I’m a fan of Harlan Coben’s books, but unfortunately Don’t Let Go didn’t do it for me. The conspiracy theory driven plot was boring. A little too far fetched with high school kids and the military. Also, the Audiobook was just so so as I didn’t really care for the narrator’s voice. I will be sticking to Coben’s ebooks in the future.

3 out of 5 stars
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Dale Miller pulled the handle. When the interior car light came on, Daisy closed her eyes for a moment. Miller rolled out with a grunt. He left the door open, but Rex reached past him and slammed it closed. The window was still cracked, so Daisy could hear.

'Sir, I would like to run a series of field sobriety tests on you.'

'We could skip that,' Dale Miller said.

'Pardon me?'

'Why don't we go right to the breathalyser, if that would be easier?'

That offer surprised Rex. He glanced past Mil
Shariful Sadaf
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, mysterious foreword by Coben, followed by a bar scene where a scam goes awry, leading to a cop being killed. Then the story switches to Detective Napoleon 'Nap' Dumas and his losses in life: the death of his twin brother Leo (and Leo's his his girlfriend Diana) in high school, and the disappearance of Nap's girlfriend, Maura disappeared without a trace with no explanation or goodbye. His life has been changed forever. Nap has never been able to get over his brother's death or his gi ...more
Loved the character Nap. Could see the clever witty writing through this character as always from HC. Didn’t love the story. Review to come.

I have left it too late to review. As much as I love HC, by all means I do not love them all.. though I could definitely see his usual humour in the protag, it was nice to listen to it in audio. Witty, cranky; set in his ways. HC does dry humour with his flawed characters, usually when the protag is a male. I love those parts of his characters, and there wil
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley

Nap, a police detective , is haunted by his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriends Diana’s death 15 years ago. It was ruled as an accidental death by a train collision but the same night Nap’s girlfriend Maura also disappeared from his life. Now, after 15 years Maura’s prints turn up in a cop homicide case which throws out everything Nap believes to be true about his brother’s death.

I am a big fan of Harlan Coben and this book did not disappoint. It was a non-stop , fast paced, entertaining psyc
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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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