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Monday, September 23 2019 @ 03:38 AM EDT
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Monday, September 23 2019 @ 03:38 AM EDT
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

Home By Harlan Coben,  a Local NY Times Best Seller Author


A package arrived in my mailbox the other day from Penguin Random House company. with a book to be reviewed. That in itself is no surprise because even though I am not doing much reviewing these days, books still appear. The big surprise is that this was a book by Harlan Coben, an author that I have met several times and I usually have to twit Harlan to get a review copy. He is a good mystery writer! The book is entitled Home and I immediately started reading it; not scanning the pages, but reading it word for word. It held my interest to the point where I finished it within two days. The Epilogue chapter kept me awake for quite awhile just digesting the events. And me, a seasoned book reviewer.

The plot picked up on an old series that Harlan had written about and this time, he renewed the Myron Bolitar series. Of course I have read his other Bolitar books with satisfaction, but this tops them all. Easy to follow, easy to read, it involves a kidnapping that took place ten years before; a kidnapping of two young boys localized to the northern New Jersey section. Harlan lives in Ridgewood and uses his knowledge of that area.

What I like about Harlan Coben's writing is that he doesn't have to, nor does he try, to push the reader into the next chapter. One just automatically wants to read on. Not only is the northern New Jersey area a part of the plot, but the story takes us over to Europe as well. I am sure that his description of these areas is as accurate as that of New Jersey. His intense knowledge of the younger generation is enhanced, I am sure, by his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben, MD who has shared a connection with Children's Aid and Family Services. I might add that this is one of their favorite charities; the place where I meet Harlan.

My advice to mystery reader aficionados is to grab the book when it surfaces on September 20th. As a matter of fact, you can meet Harlan as he appears at Barnes & Noble , Paramus on that date to do a book signing at 7 PM. It is Home, by Harlan Coben published by Dutton, ISBN 9780525955108

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