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Harlan Coben delivers yet another fast-paced thriller

Published: December 4, 2016 6:06 AM

HARLAN COBEN is a popular American writer churning out one bestseller after the other. In his latest, Home, the story revolves around two boys who went missing at the age of six.

From wealthy families, both had been kidnapped for ransom, but no one really came forward to claim the money. The trail went cold after that and nothing is known for 10 years. Meanwhile, their families struggle to find closure, finding it hard to believe their sons are dead. Ten years later, one of them is found, but there’s no clue about the other.

Straight shooter Myron Bolitar and his friend Win, who is something of an American superhero, are on the case.

They follow up on several false leads, uncovering some uncomfortable truths in the process. Coben revives Bolitar after a long time, and diverts several pages to Bolitar’s personal story, but that’s not anything you mind. As the story proceeds, Coben dwells on the many definitions of home and what these might mean to different people. He writes about tangled human emotions and relationships that are never starkly black or white.

When the revelation about the remaining missing boy comes, it is shocking, but Coben has more twists up his sleeve. The book is fast-paced, with ample twists and turns to keep the reader hooked. But that is staple Coben and one expects nothing less from the bestselling author.

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