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Promise Me

(Myron Bolitar #8)

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Whether you discovered him with his New York Times bestselling stand-alone novels or you fell in love with the award-winning books that preceded them - or you've never read him at all - anyone who loves a thriller will love international literary superstar Harlan Coben's latest, Promise Me.

It has been six years since entertainment agent Myron Bolitar last played
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Published May 17th 2006 by Orion (first published 2006)
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Miriam Smith
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thing about reading any Harlan Coben story is that before you know it you've soaked up half the book!
I have loved reading the Myron and Win books - unfortunately out of order, although they are all easy enough to read as standalones too. This is book number 8 and a great one at that! They are all so easy to read and follow and every story is different, I don't quite know how Harlan comes up with so many different ideas! The characters are brilliant, Myron and Win are just so unique, and I
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Matthew
Hmmmm this one has been tough for me to get interested in reviewing. I actually finished it over 24 hours ago and have spent a lot of time thinking about what I would say. The reason for this is that I have so many other Coben books as well as Bolitar-specific Coben books to compare it to. And, with this being the case, it is not all that straightforward. Also, I am not sure if having the points of reference makes me like it more or less.

I feel like if this had been a standalone book, I would
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Suzanne
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Myron and I have not been acquainted for quite some time. I am glad I remedied this. Myron is back after a six year hiatus, and back with a vengeance is he.

Myron has promised a close friends daughter to call him, day or night, if she ever needs help, trying to discourage drink driving. This back fires after she does call for help, and after dropping her off to an unknown location, she disappears.

Snappy, witty and clever writing, Harlan Coben never ceases to disappoint. Throw in the hilarious
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Julie
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Promise Me by Harlan Coben is a 2007 Dutton publication.

Ive been going through this series as quickly as possible, hoping to catch all the way up before Home becomes available at the library. So, it was a pretty big jolt when I started this one because apparently there is a huge time gap between book seven and book eight, and it really caught me off guard.

But, once I started reading, I soon realized I have read this book before. It was years ago, and I couldnt recall all of the key points, but
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Phrynne
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Myron Bolitar but this book started off a little bit strangely. Myron was not his normal buccaneering self and the subject matter seemed to be runaway teenagers. But things came good very quickly and then I was totally unable to put the book down. I love the way Win always has Myron's back and also how they are (nearly) always ahead of the game when taking on criminals and thugs. The story line was very involved and the eventual conclusion was totally unpredictable. So sad I only have two ...more
Lynn
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy reading about Myron Bolitar and his friends. In this book Myron is older and seems more settled. He has a more mature love interest. He no longer drinks Yoo-Hoo. However, his connection to Win is the same. Win always has Myron's back. The sarcastic humor which is part of Myron's personality is still there. Myron makes a promise to two teenage girls and that promise brings him into a disappearance of one the girls. He has the police thinking of him as a suspect and parents who are ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Myron Bolitar is another literary fictional agent similar to James Bond, Hercule Poirot, Dave Robicheaux, Charlie Parker, Elizabeth Costelo or even Robert Langdon. Those are just some that I've encountered in my reading but I am sure you know more of them as I am not really a big fan of mystery thriller genres.

Harlan Coben has Bolitar as his cash cow. Meaning, Bolitar is his recurring character for this series (the 8th, but my first. Yes, I just want to try his book). Bolitar has resigned as an
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Richard
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
7/10

An enjoyable read with a fast pace but let down by a poor ending(s). This was typical Harlan Coben in that you could fly through it, something the short chapters certainly help with, without getting too invested or bogged down.

Its sort of like a fluffy Dennis Lehane Kenzie and Gennaro. The writing styles are pretty similar in a jokey tone but heavy material, the cast of characters are the same apart from there isnt a Gennaro style female lead (or at least not in this one as Esperanza was
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Iris
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harlan Coben you did it again!


Myron is a Sportsagent who has a history with the FBI (he worked for them in the past). One day a family friend of his dissapears, however he feels the need to find her. So he starts an investigation with his partner in crime Win.

This book was another one in his Myron Bolitar series. The book started a bit slowly which reduced my rating to 4 stars, but I can't get enough of the amazing plot twists! Harlan has the gift to keep you on the edge of your seat and to
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Amanda McGill
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2019
For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist

I was worried that the Myron Bolitar series would start going downhill after the 5th novel. Even though I thought it was looking that way, Cobens 8th novel of the series turns things around and I really enjoyed it.

Myron Bolitar is quite the character all of his own. He was going towards a career in the NBA, when a knee injury took him out before he could play his first NBA game. He switched gears and became a sports agent and later goes on
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Pam
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Let me introduce you to Myron Bolitar, one of my favorite characters of all time. He is a former basketball star (blew out his knee after leading Duke to NCAA championship and being drafted by Boston Celtics). He went to law school and became a sports agent. His clients and friends become embroiled in all sorts of crimes and situations. Myron's current flame is a 9/11 widow with 2 children. Myron is concerned that the teenage daughter and her friend might do something dumb so makes them promise ...more
Siv30
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
I am reading the books not in particular order, but depending on the mood and desire and description on the book cover.

It turns out that "Promise me" is the eighth in Myron Bolitar series. The basketball player who was injured at the age of 22, he founded an agency representing athletes, accompanied by a variety of bizarre characters.

This time he is asking his friends daughters to call him at any time if they needed help. he promise he will come to their rescue with no questions asked. After Amy
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Corey
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner in the entertaining Myron Bolitar series! Filled with laughs, thrills, and suspense, everything you'd want from Mr. Coben!

It had been 6 years since legendary Sports Agent Myron Bolitar had played superhero, fired a gun, solved dark mysteries, or called his friend Win to get him out of trouble. But that's all about to change, when Myron befriends 2 High School Seniors about to graduate and move on to College, who encourages to not get into a vehicle with a stranger or a drunk
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Alissa Cook
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book was very slow to capture my interest and I almost put it down around page 50 and chose another novel, it turned out to be an AMAZING read. I'm REALLY glad i did not give up on this one. It is habitual for me to put down a novel if it hasn't gripped me within the first couple chapters so I almost didn't allow myself the pleasure of this novel. The first couple chapters weren't bad, they were ok, there was just something they didn't have that other favorites of mine did. OH WELL ...more
JBradford
Aug 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book this morning while having a late breakfast ... and finished it tonight, before going to bed, because I simply could not put the book down! The novel starts with a series of events that appear to be unconnected, but the protagonist (Myron Bolitar, a professional-class basketball player who got sidelined by a knee injury while in college, went through law school, and now works as a representative (i.q., agent) for actors. Myron overhears two teenage girls (one the ...more
Marleen
Nov 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marleen by: Dilbeek Library
***3,5*** stars - It's been awhile since I read a Harlan Coben book and it was great to get reacquainted with Myron Bolitar. I think this is one of my favourite Myron stories (to be honest: I read this one before) We get to see a more sensitive side of his personality is revealed. I also liked how he's moving on with his life. I'm like Esperanza; I just never liked Jessica Culver. Ali Wilder on the other hand is a more realistic, "normal" character and I like her very much. This was a very ...more
Mahoghani 23
A twisted storyline that makes you feel as if everyone is guilty of something. This time, a promise Myron has two teenage girls to make to him puts him in the hot seat in more ways than one; the legal ramifications, the mobster family whose daughter has been missing for a while, the parents of the two teenagers who made the promise.

This book, in the series, threw curve balls throughout the story. With very little to work with, Myron brings all the pieces together. The best part was the chase in
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Yusuf
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Harlan Coben for the last year or so but most recently started on his Myron series, in order. That being said, this is one of his most intriguing in the series and a damn good mystery with, of course, an unpredictable twist.

Sure, it has the Coben plot-holes and makes you think "eh, I guess that IS plausible" at certain parts, but Mr. Coben has this unwavering ability to surprise you, even if you think you have all of the answers.

Recommended? Absolutely, if you're in the mood
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Moshe Mikanovsky
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hebrew
I enjoyed other Coben books before, but always read them in their original English. This translation to Hebrew is the worst! Reminded me again why I hate translations and should always try to read the original (well, in English and Hebrew anyway, can't yet read any other languages). Even if I would have read it in English, the plot and story are just OK.
Perri
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aty-2019
No idea how this book found its way into my possession and after owning it years, glad to give it a read. Coben has always been my go-to author for a good, satisfying thriller. My problem was since I haven't read any of the Myron Bolitar books, and this was number 8, I wasn't familiar with many of the characters or his background. Not the book's fault and have to say I love the Win character. There needs to be a book just for him!
Eadie
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This book was a bit different from Coben's other Myron Bolitar books because Myron is the main suspect. The plot was intricate, witty and suspenseful which makes for a great mystery read. From the beginning, I was hooked and the twists and turns kept me guessing right up to the surprise ending. I would have to say that I think this is Coben's best Myron Bolitar book. I would highly recommend this book if you like laugh-out-loud suspense mysteries and I look forward to reading his next Bolitar ...more
Nicola
Promise Me didn't live up to my expectations, but it wasn't a complete let down either. The plot was interesting enough to make me want to read more, but that's about it. It had far too many main characters (many of them very unlikable), too many suspects and too many conclusions. I really liked how it ended though- the ending definitely saved the whole book. Overall, I did like it, but it was very muddled and lacked structure. I'll be interested to read more from Coben, though.
Kristy Griffin
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book drew me in from the very beginning. Every page was a new tale of excitement. I was surprised at how it turned in the end but surprised is always good.

I loved this book and would recommend it to my friends.
Betsy
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Harlan Coben did a fantastic job writing this one!
Dee
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, borrowed, series
Two-haiku review:

Teen girl is missing
Myron last one who saw her
Can he bring her home?

Teen years are tough times
Really liking this series
There is always depth
Paul
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Harlan Corben's work and over the past year or so I have devoured 16 of his books including this one. Until a friend mentioned his named I had never heard of him. She told me he was her absolute favourite author and I had to give his books a try. And now here I 'am. So to the book at hand. So this time Bolitar is trying to do a favour for the daughter of some friends. only to find it all blowing up in his face. How can one simple action spiral so far out of control.

There is
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Gracie
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Im loving the Myron Bolitar series and Promise Me was as strong as its predecessors. The more recent books delve into specific relationships and Promise Me focuses on teen pressures, and parent relationships on a number of levels.
One character in this book had a life view that she was more motivated to help those teens who were making better life choices and this book gave readers a better viewpoint on that. I love that Coben challenges stereotypes, males/females being treated differently, just
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Charles
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Another excellent thriller from Coben. This brings his series character, Myron Bolitar, back after 7 yeas away. It started a little slower than most of Coben's books but still hooked me early, and really picked up. Excellent and enjoyable read.
Julie
If you want a book to take care of a rainy afternoon (or a plane ride) this could be eat. easy to read, moves right along. I didn't scrutinize it very closely and perhaps that was best. It seems a little trite to me. Turns out this is 8th in a series with same hero so it is quite possible I was missing a lot. Certainly plenty of references I knew I wasn't getting.
Elena
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book but had to suffer through the author's own narration of the audio book version. The difference between professional narration and "homemade" could be devastatingly huge... I even decided that if the next book in the series was read by Coben again, I would not even continue (would read myself of a kindle format... maybe in the next life, though, because i never have time for that). That bad was the performance... Well, turned out the next book is read by Steven Weber.. Sigh of ...more
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With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Cobens 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
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Other books in the series

Myron Bolitar (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar, #1)
  • Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar, #2)
  • Fade Away (Myron Bolitar, #3)
  • Back Spin (Myron Bolitar, #4)
  • One False Move (Myron Bolitar, #5)
  • The Final Detail (Myron Bolitar, #6)
  • Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar, #7)
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