Harlen Coben has a grip like a vice and more twists than barbed wire. HOME is a Myron Bolitar story, his no.11 in the series, but no exception to his high quality. Myron’s nephew, Micky Bolitar also plays a role, for those fans of the Young Adult series.
When kidnappers grab two six-year-old boys from wealthy families, the ransom is demanded and everyone holds their breath. What now?
But nothing. Silence.
Ten years later, Win, whose cousin Rhys is one of the lads, receives word that the other, Patrick, has been seen in London. Win, a man of violent talents and many secrets, follows up the tip and spots Patrick himself in a seedy part of London’s underbelly. Some unknown men close in on Patrick. Win steps in, violently; but Patrick disappears. Win calls on his lifelong friend Myron for help.
The tale centres on their attempts to find Patrick, and follows the shattered lives of the parents and siblings of the missing boys. Tense and action packed, the tale whisks the reader along like a white-water raft down the rapids.
Win and Myron’s unbreakable friendship and mutual trust make for unforgettable characters, even if this is a late introduction to the pair. Even minor characters feel real and the hints of not-what-it-seems are there if you look for them without giving anything away to spoil the final twist, which, as usual, is a humdinger.
Searching for flaws, foreign readers might get a trifle miffed at the obsession with basketball, but there is no gainsaying Coben’s descriptive prowess – you can all but smell the testosterone of the locker room.
Thank you to the Penguin Random House SA promo team for this review copy.