Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Tuesday - First Chapter - First Paragraph - Home
Each Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first part of a book that she is reading or thinking about reading. This week I'm sharing: Home by Harlan Coben. I've enjoyed many books by this author, who writes gripping standalone thrillers, as well as the Myron Bolitar series and the Mickey Bolitar series for young adults. I always loved Myron Bolitar, sports agent and ex-pro basketball player and it's been 5 years since we had a new Myron book. Home is that book. Oh, and don't forget Myron's friend and quasi-bodyguard/enforcer/very scary dude - Win. I have a crush on Win. I'm considering including this book in our mystery book group's schedule for the second half of 2017. See what you think:
The boy who has been missing for ten years steps into the light.
I am not one for hysterics or even feeling much of what might be labeled astonishment. I have seen much in my forty-plus years. I have nearly been killed--and I have killed. I have seen depravity that most would find difficult, if not downright inconceivable, to comprehend--and some would argue that I have administered the same. I have learned over the years to control my emotions and, more important, my reactions during stressful, volatile situations. I may strike quickly and violently, but I do nothing without a certain level of deliberation and purpose.
These qualities, if you will, have saved me and those who matter to me time and time again.
Yet I confess that when I first saw the boy--well, he was a teenager now, wasn't he?--I could feel my pulse race. A thrumming sound echoed in my ears. Without conscious thought, my hands formed two fists.
Ten years--and now fifty yards, no more, separated me from the missing boy.
A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend?
I always enjoy books by Harlan Coben. He wrote 7 Myron and Win books and then decided to try something different - a standalone. Since that time, his books have skyrocketed to fame. I have missed Myron and Win though. So happy to have another chance to catch up with favorite characters in this 11th book in the series. It's why I love mystery series, you know - the characters and their lives - and the puzzles. I think I've made my decision - Home will be on our mystery group schedule for July. Have your read any books by this author?