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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  46,475 ratings  ·  2,401 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 from ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Dell Publishing Company (first published 2002)
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Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
GONE FOR GOOD has so many surprising twists and turns to make it another most enjoyable read by HARLAN COBEN which gets a 4.5 star rating from me!

I really like this authors writing style and his dialogue is terrific throughout this novel. Most of the chapters were nice and short with most having some type of revelation to keep you interested and wanting to keep turning those pages.

The plot was filled with lots of twists at a surprising speed that kept me totally engaged in what I was reading. I
Miriam Smith
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading "Gone for Good" by my favourite author Harlan Coben I had to put it down as I just couldn't get into it, however having picked it up again a few days later I fully realised that it was ME and in NO WAY the book!
My word! This addictive book was one helluva thriller, pace perfect it pulls you in and just doesn't let you go - I didn't want it to end and wished there had been more! There was layer upon layer of plot lines, fantastic breakneck speed twists and turns and
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HOLY FREAKIN MOLY! This book was beyond superb. I can't even find the words for it. Phenomenal! Coben holds your interest from the first to the last word. Every chapter revealed another layer that was peeled, revealing some startling discovery. Absolutely one of my favorite novels by Coben. He is by far, the best author around. Highly recommend this novel!!! Get it and read it! NOW!!!!!!! (You won't regret it)
D. Pow
Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-horror
"Three days before her death, my mother told me these weren't her last words, but they were pretty close that my brother was still alive."

Gone for Good is not so differrent from Tell No One. I was astounded how these books started off the same with the main character making an assumption that the death person is still alive. While Tell No One packs with action and gutwrenching scenes, Gone for Good is full of drama and heartbreaking stories. I enjoyed Gone for Good since the first few chapte
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 al
Stephanie Nicholas
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Will Klein's character is marvelous. This story had more twists and turns than words can convey, maybe a few too many, which is why I'm giving it four stars rather than five. To write a synopsis of this book would be damned near impossible because of allllllllllll that's going on.

The basic premise is that as a young man, Will is close to his girlfriend and his older brother, up until the point where his girlfriend breaks up with him. A year later, she is found strangled to death, and his older b
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Patrice Hoffman
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW! That's the first thing I said to my self after finishing this book. Twist after Twist after Twist. Really a good book.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Salacious suspense. This reads like a tawdry daytime soap opera, but with a higher body count.

So, this happened. It wasn't bad, but the new character every chapter and ever-increasing slide into moral turpitude in this Disturbia Hell came across heavy-handed and spectacle driven. There was a decoupage mentality to the reveal of the storyline by pasting on a new "shocking" aka wildly stereotypical development.

Subtle it is not.

There were some great underlying themes like face value, redemption,
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no getting away from it Harlan Coben knows how to enthral his readers.
This was heading for a 5/5 star review until, that is, I got to the end. The end was a real let down and for that reason it got 4/5 stars. But the other 90% was a nail bitter.

Will Klein is a quiet, unassuming young man but a young man who has seen more than his fair share of trouble. People that are special to him keep dying. His first true love in murdered and the bother he idolises is accused for her death. The brot
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Freda Malone
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My first favorite read of 2016! Holy cow, I had hunches, I solved some clues, I even thought out the chain of events. NEVER in a million years would I have seen the ending coming. Brilliant, clever, and an emphatically cunning crime mystery!!! Bravo Harlan Coben!! A must-read for my fellow readers. I couldn't put the book down it was so white-knuckle gripping!
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
4.5 actually. I had forgotten what a great story Coben puts together. Along with great characters, superb plotting and writing; and unputdownable. So many twists and turns. But never was I, in retrospect, lead down a blind alley.
Greg Bascom
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Marty Fried
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a roller-coaster! Or maybe I should compare it to an etch-a-sketch (if anyone remembers these) where you often need to shake it up and start over. Every time you think you know what happened, the world tilts, and it's all wrong - all the way to the very end. Bad guys become good guys, good guys become bad guys, minor characters become important, etc. The worst bad guy started out as a promising young good guy, and gradually became very sadistic, although mainly to lawyers, so perhaps he tho ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Yet another loved-one-presumed-dead-but-look-may-still-be-alive-and-in-hiding story from Harlan Coben. I'm about 25% through, and may ditch it. It's just not grabbing me. Also not buying into the constant over-the-top emo from the main character. Could be I'm over Harlan Coben's writing style and plotlines, since neither one ever changes. Same story, different book.

UPDATE: I'm out. Made it halfway through, but it just wasn't worth reading any further.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great thrill ride by Harlan Coben. Just when you think you know what is going on, another twist turns you all around! Read this one as soon as you get your hands on it, and you won't regret it:)

(Just a note that there are some brutal & graphic violent scenes so sensitive readers might want to beware)
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy Molly!
In the end, the Victim is the Villain, and the Villain, the Hero.
I cannot afford to rate this book anything short of 5 stars. Just when I thought I'd seen it all, Coben masterfully twisted the plot to supersede my expectations.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tell No One was my first Harlan Coben novel and IMHO it was an amazing tale. Coben is clearly a gifted writer, with a good sense of what it takes to grab your interest and hook you, and then keep you going until the last page .... and then some.

However, having started with Tell No One, Gone for Good seemed like a reformulation. Hero is a grieving man whose beloved family member is dead ..... or are they? Check. Psychotic killer using grossly innovative ways to kill? Check. Gung-ho law enforceme
Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The absolute best H.C. novel to date and that's saying something. The plots, subplots, sub-sub plots are endless and will probably keep you guessing. However, I did figure this one out early on haha, then changed my mind a bit later, and then after a while decided on a different direction, and finally found myself out in left-field out of smokes with an empty beer can.
What can I say? A very clever story with so many subtle twists and turns, gut wrenching and spine tingling one moment and somber
Soham Ghosh
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
From the mind that gave us Tell No One, comes Trust No One...oops, sorry...Gone For Good. I really wanted to be blown away by this, but for some reason, my feet failed to leave the ground.

Don't get me wrong, it's a brilliantly-crafted mystery, with more twists than you can ever be prepared for, despite being warned beforehand by the review that (accurately) claims that it has "more twists and turns than an amusement park ride". Yet, there is something lacking here that that I cannot exactly put
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Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jeanette (Again)
"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
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I love this author. I've read many a book by him. This is a crime/mystery book and I liked this one. I loved all the twists, especially the unexpected ones at the end. It was well done. Harlan also does a great job with his characters....and most of them are incredibly likable. I like when I care about them, especially Will. So 4 stars.
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! So this was my first by Harlan Coben & i don't know how I've missed him all these years! Let me start by saying that i do love current storylines.. I love when books have aspects of say social media & cell phones, even current social issues. So sometimes i hesitate when a book is older.. That needn't have worried me with this 1! Over 15 years old & it didn't feel dated at all, i really enjoyed it. I loved the main character Will.. & his best friend "Squares" so much- i seriously wish there ...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.

Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first aut

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