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Librarian’s note: This is a previously-published edition of Kindle ASIN: B01COJUGOE.Ten years after the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home in Harlan Coben’s gripping thriller.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 ha...

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  • Brenda

    It's been five years since the last Myron Bolitar book, and I hadn't realized how much I missed the characters. But they are back with a bang!

    Win has always been a bit of a mystery, so I love that he's sharing the spotlight with Myron in this book. Family and friendships are as strong as ever. Esperanza and Big Cyndi are here, as is nephew Mickey. The humor and witty repartee are here. I was pulled in right from the first chapter because Harlan Coben has an easy-to-read style of storytelling.

    Que

    It's been five years since the last Myron Bolitar book, and I hadn't realized how much I missed the characters. But they are back with a bang!

    Win has always been a bit of a mystery, so I love that he's sharing the spotlight with Myron in this book. Family and friendships are as strong as ever. Esperanza and Big Cyndi are here, as is nephew Mickey. The humor and witty repartee are here. I was pulled in right from the first chapter because Harlan Coben has an easy-to-read style of storytelling.

    Questions abound through the investigation, and the tension ratchets up near the end of the book. The ending is typical Win, and I found it satisfying, regardless of what that says about me. And, like Win, I need Myron to be happy. I hope Coben doesn't make me wait five years again for another Myron and Win book.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Oh my lucky stars, I cannot describe the high I am still riding after finishing this book. My sister and I binge read books #1-10 of the series back in 2011; they were a different read for us as we don’t gravitate toward sports themed books, but I quickly fell in love with the quirky cast of characters, hilarious banter, and action packed mysteries found in each story. It had been so long since I read book #10 (

    ) that I had to search out some refreshers online to make sure I was up to s

    Oh my lucky stars, I cannot describe the high I am still riding after finishing this book. My sister and I binge read books #1-10 of the series back in 2011; they were a different read for us as we don’t gravitate toward sports themed books, but I quickly fell in love with the quirky cast of characters, hilarious banter, and action packed mysteries found in each story. It had been so long since I read book #10 (

    ) that I had to search out some refreshers online to make sure I was up to speed, although it turns out I didn’t need them. I would highly recommend reading the rest of the series before picking up, say, book #11, but if you aren’t in it for the character development and solely for the mystery, I guess you could jump right in.

    I’ll admit, I was a little worried that Mr. Coben might have lost his touch in the years taken off from writing the escapades of his BFFs Myron and Win, but I’m happy to report that all is as it should be, and our dynamic duo is better than ever. The book starts with immediate action, and the narrative is told alternating between Win and Myron’s POV (more Myron than Win though). This flowed nicely and kept the suspense tight throughout; even at 400 pages this book flew by so fast I half expected smoke to come off my fingertips. Clearly the individual plots of the series are enough to keep you engaged, but the true WINning factor (see what I did there?) is the character development. The relationships that integrate his characters, not only with each other, but in the plot line is superb; anyone who has read a book by Harlan Coben knows he is the master of converging multiple storylines that are seemingly unrelated into one complex finale to blow your mind. His series is no different, in fact it might be even better, as we have these recurring characters to journey with while growing to love them more with each book.

    The plot in this one felt a bit heavier than his past books; sure they all include murder and violence, but these aspects are usually paired with dry humor and slapstick sillies. This particular story felt set apart from the others. I’m not sure if this was due to there being such a large gap between book #10 an #11’s publication or due to the subject matter; it could be a combination of both. Whatever the reason, it was brilliant and I couldn’t be more impressed. Our characters show more growth, depth, emotion, and moral character (or lack there of) than in any other Myron Bolitar novel to date. There were still the scenes of humor we all love, but overall this book had a darker side along with a more complex storyline that, while gave us answers, didn’t leave everything cookie cutter perfect. That reason alone is what bumped my review to a full 5 star rating; I can’t tell you the amount of maturation in the author’s writing of this series between this book and the last. The pacing as I stated before was very quick, intense, and satisfying; I’ll stop there as to not spoil anything.

    If you are a huge fan of the series, like myself, you might be worried that after so many years away from these characters, the author just can’t deliver like he used to. Maybe he should have stopped while he was ahead and concentrate his efforts elsewhere. Please don’t, and make sure and give this book a go. I truly believe this is his best Myron Bolitar yet, so much so that I feel I need to go back and read his Mickey Bolitar series now! (BTW- I feel like I would have been able to experience this book on a deeper level if I had read Mickey Bolitar’s story first. This is completely readable without doing so; its the difference between having backstory and a relationship with side characters with deeper understanding than just getting acquainted with them and having to learn their backstory later.) This will likely be my top read in a series for 2016; I cannot recommend it enough! If you are new to the series, go ahead and start with

    and enjoy getting to know Myron, Win, Esperanza, and Big Cyndi. This is one investment of your time that I can guarantee you won’t regret.

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    A traveling sister read with Brenda!!

    My favorite of the series so far. Actually, upon further reflection, this is my favorite Harlan Coben book, period!

    Myron and Win are two of my all-time, most entertaining book characters! Together again, their magic just sparkles! An outstanding book by one of my favorite authors. Ok enough gushing! (For now!)

    The plot unfolds when ten years ago, two boys, Rhys and Patrick are kidnapped. Both families are left in shambles. One of the boys just happens to be th

    A traveling sister read with Brenda!!

    My favorite of the series so far. Actually, upon further reflection, this is my favorite Harlan Coben book, period!

    Myron and Win are two of my all-time, most entertaining book characters! Together again, their magic just sparkles! An outstanding book by one of my favorite authors. Ok enough gushing! (For now!)

    The plot unfolds when ten years ago, two boys, Rhys and Patrick are kidnapped. Both families are left in shambles. One of the boys just happens to be the son of Win’s cousin.

    Now 10 years later, Win receives an email out of the blue that may just lead him to one of the boys.

    Naturally, questions arise as to where they had been all this time. But more importantly, where is the other boy?

    The witty banter is nonstop throughout this book. I read from beginning to end with a permanent smile on my face. Harlan Coben makes it seem so easy. The words just flow and the storyline is seamless.

    I was concerned that the intensity of this book wouldn’t hold till the end - hoping that I wouldn’t be let down in the end. I needn’t worry! The ending meshed perfectly to the book as a whole. I was left with a big ole’ grin on my face and tears running down my cheeks.

    Well done, Mr. Coben!

    This book earned a place on my shelf of all-time favorites.

    For our full Traveling Sister review please visit Brenda and Norma’s fabulous book blog:

  • Carol
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister

    Traveling Sisters Read with Kaceey

    Home is another fantastic, enjoyable, and excellent read by the master of mystery thrillers and our much loved author Harlan Coben. Oh how we missed you and we have no excuse waiting so long to read this exciting, gripping and heartwarming story. While maybe we do because this one was the perfect time to have read this one and a much needed read from some of the thrillers we have been reading. Kaceey and I read this one at lightening speed with only work standin

    Traveling Sisters Read with Kaceey

    Home is another fantastic, enjoyable, and excellent read by the master of mystery thrillers and our much loved author Harlan Coben. Oh how we missed you and we have no excuse waiting so long to read this exciting, gripping and heartwarming story. While maybe we do because this one was the perfect time to have read this one and a much needed read from some of the thrillers we have been reading. Kaceey and I read this one at lightening speed with only work standing in our way to get through this one as fast as we could turn the pages.

    Home is the 11th book in the Myron Bolitar series and it’s the first time we see into the perspective of Win. We really enjoyed getting a look into Win’s head and thoughts and seeing just how much heart he really has. We think this series and the characters just gets better and better.

    Home is an action-packed mystery thriller with a complex plot and some real emotions brought to the story. Harlan Coben does a fantastic job bringing out some emotions here from our very loved memorable character here. We loved the warm, loyal friendships, and family relationships that are brought into this story. We really love the relationship with his parents and that was so warming to see in a thriller. We were very happy to see the gang of colorful and quirky friends that always leave us laughing out loud. We could feel how much all the characters loved each other and it really made this one feel like “home” for them all.

    Harlan Coben does a great job building tension and suspense to the story that grabbed our attention right from the start and then skillfully settles things down a bit allowing us to think and guess what is up ahead. We were looking and thought we were ready for his signature surprising final twist but like always for us we were left shocked and excited that once again the king of twists delivers an unexpected final twist. We were left stunned and speechless with only left thinking “We never saw that coming”. We highly recommend.

    All of our Traveling Sisters Reviews can be found on our sister blog:

  • Julie

    Home by Harlan Coben is a 2016 Dutton publication.

    Get ready for one of my rare gushing reviews!

    Wow! Just… Wow! This may be the best Myron Bolitar mystery ever.

    A year has passed since Myron has seen Win. So, when out of the blue, Win phones from London asking for help, Myron drops everything to help his old friend.

    This should be your first clue that things are slightly different now, because, when has Win ever asked for help? Never. But, this situation is personal.

    Ten years ago, Win’s nephew

    Home by Harlan Coben is a 2016 Dutton publication.

    Get ready for one of my rare gushing reviews!

    Wow! Just… Wow! This may be the best Myron Bolitar mystery ever.

    A year has passed since Myron has seen Win. So, when out of the blue, Win phones from London asking for help, Myron drops everything to help his old friend.

    This should be your first clue that things are slightly different now, because, when has Win ever asked for help? Never. But, this situation is personal.

    Ten years ago, Win’s nephew, Rhys, and his friend, Patrick, were kidnapped. Win receives an email suggesting Patrick has been spotted, so he takes the bait. Sure enough, a teenage boy who bears a striking resemblance to Patrick appears to be a street hustler. But before Win can grab him, a confrontation with some real baddies, sends the kid running. Is this really Patrick? If so, where is Rhys?

    The thing that grabbed my attention right away was Win’s voice! Yes, he articulates, actually narrating whole chapters.

    I was also pleased to see the whole gang was back, including Esperanza and Big Cindi, as well as Myron’s parents and the gang from the Mickey Bolitar series, which is pretty cool, and has me thinking about giving that series a try someday, although I’m not usually one for YA novels.

    The banter between Win and Myron is as sharp as ever, with that trademark humor offsetting the darker edges of the novel.

    The story explores that fuzzy realm of missing and exploited children, the return of a child that had been gone for a decade and the trauma they may have endured while they were gone, as well as the agonizing pain the parents have endured, never knowing if their child is alive out there somewhere or dead. The hope mixed with dread they lived with every day for a decade, and having to relive the nightmare all over again, in hopes of locating their child.

    The mystery centers around Patrick, and what he may or may not know about his still missing friend, and whether or not he is who he claims to be. The drama and suspense is thick with tension, and had me absolutely riveted.

    But, if you are a fan of Coben’s you should know there will be a stunning and shocking twist somewhere along the way, and should prepare for it. But, despite knowing this, I was literally taken off guard by it when it came. It was a ‘ betcha’ didn’t see THAT coming’ moment, and I was totally gobsmacked by it. I got chills! This is why I read books by Harlan Coben!!

    But, just when you thought it was safe….

    The ending blindsided me, and left me with my mouth hanging open! OMG!! No freaking way!! The best moment in this series to date, hands down.

    This book is an absolute must for fans of this series and the author! I promise you will not be disappointed! Highly recommend!

  • Larry H

    A crazy good thriller

    all the feels, too? Hell, yes!

    Ten years ago, childhood best friends Rhys Baldwin and Patrick Moore were kidnapped during a playdate at Rhys' suburban New Jersey home. They were six years old.

    The police couldn't figure out what happened. The family's au pair was found tied up, and there was no trace of the boys. After one attempt to collect ransom from the grieving families, nothing was heard again. The media attention died down, leaving the Baldwins and the Moores in

    A crazy good thriller

    all the feels, too? Hell, yes!

    Ten years ago, childhood best friends Rhys Baldwin and Patrick Moore were kidnapped during a playdate at Rhys' suburban New Jersey home. They were six years old.

    The police couldn't figure out what happened. The family's au pair was found tied up, and there was no trace of the boys. After one attempt to collect ransom from the grieving families, nothing was heard again. The media attention died down, leaving the Baldwins and the Moores in pain, wondering where their sons might be, and trying desperately to never give up hope that one day they'll return, even if they know the odds diminish more and more every year.

    Ten years later, Win Lockwood, who happens to be Rhys' cousin, receives an email tip that leads him to believe he might be able to locate at least one of the boys. When things get more than a little out of hand, Win turns to his best friend, former pro basketball player and sports agent Myron Bolitar, to help. Myron and Win's detective work culminate in the breathless rescue of only one of the boys, who is deeply traumatized by the life he's led since his kidnapping. And while everyone would like to help find the other boy, it seems that their first priority is to protect the one who came home—no matter what that means for the other grieving family.

    Their quest to find the other boy leads them to more and more questions. Is the boy who was rescued who he says he is, or does everyone just want to believe the truth? And if he's not, what does that mean for the families? Myron and Win and a motley crew of friends and family sift through the evidence from 10 years ago and try to figure out what was missed, what connections were overlooked, or what information was deemed too minor to pursue.

    Harlan Coben doesn't let the pace flag in this book for one single second. There's some terrific action and suspense here, and you really don't know who you can trust. But there are some tremendous emotions displayed in this book, too, among all of the characters. The dynamics of many different relationships, coming to terms with grief, guilt, aging parents, fear—all of it. Yet never once did the book feel overly ambitious or overstuffed. It hooked me from the very first page, and my heart was racing along with my fingers, as I couldn't seem to move the pages of my Kindle fast enough.

    I read a number of Coben's Myron Bolitar novels a number of years ago, and I remember really enjoying them, so I don't know why I stopped. But I remembered some of the supporting characters who appeared in

    , and quickly grew to love the new characters as well. I thought this was a great balance of thriller and fiction, and I couldn't get enough of it. Clearly I'm going to have to go back through some of Coben's recent books now—he's got me hooked!

    If you like great thrillers with strong plot and character development, too, definitely pick this one up!

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  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    I have a book hangover after reading this book last night. I couldn't put it down and was up in the wee hours in the morning finishing it! I have been waiting for this book forever and was so shocked to see that another book in this series came out. It took forever to get my hands on this book.

    Myron and Win and the rest of the characters are back and I couldn’t be more thrilled! After waiting for what feels like forever book eleven in the Myron Bolitar series is finally here and it was well wort

    I have a book hangover after reading this book last night. I couldn't put it down and was up in the wee hours in the morning finishing it! I have been waiting for this book forever and was so shocked to see that another book in this series came out. It took forever to get my hands on this book.

    Myron and Win and the rest of the characters are back and I couldn’t be more thrilled! After waiting for what feels like forever book eleven in the Myron Bolitar series is finally here and it was well worth it. When I say the gang is back, I do mean the entire gang Myron, Win, Esperanza, Big Cyndi and even Mickey and crew.

    I do not think this can be read as a standalone, even though others may tell you, you can. You would not get as much out of the book as you would if you read the whole series due to the character development. There is just way too much history and backstory that you would be missing out on. I was caught up on the whole series and was able to appreciate the characterization . I would highly recommend the entire series. It is one of my favorite series out there, if not my favorite, and Home is the best book in the series hands down.

    Win receives an anonymous email with information about his cousins missing son. Ten years ago Rhys and Patrick vanished without a trace and after an initial ransom demand, there were virtually no leads. The addition of a personal connection to the case amped up the tension and I was so intrigued how such a close connection would impact Win’s involvement. He’s already…unpredictable so how would he handle things now? Classic Win is all I’m saying.

    To my absolute delight we heard things from Myron’s point of view, but we also heard from Win! Win is still his sardonic self and Myron is a big old softy which always makes me melt. His struggles with morality have always been a big factor in this series and continued to surface here.

    Plot wise, this was classic Coben; pacey, action packed, and nail biting. In his true fashion, the ending had the big twist followed by several other turns that left me breathless. The ending left me stunned but it was utterly perfect. Coben is an absolute master. His books have everything a good mystery/thriller should, he nails every single element. Can I rate this one higher than a five?!

  • Mandy

    This book was a "HOME" run! Coben really hit the "ball out of the park" with this one! This book was a total WIN/win. Ok... enough with the cheesy puns... even though they all fit the bill with this novel.

    This book was probably the best book I've ever read in my entire life. Seriously, I've read some awesome books.. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, That Night by Chevy Stevens, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn... but this my friends takes the cake. This book seriously had me hanging on every damn wo

    This book was a "HOME" run! Coben really hit the "ball out of the park" with this one! This book was a total WIN/win. Ok... enough with the cheesy puns... even though they all fit the bill with this novel.

    This book was probably the best book I've ever read in my entire life. Seriously, I've read some awesome books.. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, That Night by Chevy Stevens, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn... but this my friends takes the cake. This book seriously had me hanging on every damn word the entire time.

    This plot Coben wrote was so twisted and terrifying that it made me want to hold my kids tighter... two boys just kidnapped? Vanished into thin air? Just like that? Holy crap... I was frightened to think of what happened to these boys... they just up and went missing... and then ten years later show back up? Or so Coben wants you to believe....

    Then Win enters the picture with some collateral damage and so does Bolitar... let me say, I love these two characters together. Their sarcasm is absolutely perfect and no one better than me knows sarcasm (if you catch my drift). Seriously I speak a frequent sarcasm :) Getting back to the point Win and Myron are absolute amazing men, I love them both and their characters are amazing and Coben wrote them perfectly.

    This story had great flow and every single character and every single situation made perfect sense. Oh my gosh what a book.

    The ending... not only the "what" but the ending with Ema? Holy shit.... loved it. Totally out of "left field".

    Ok I'm done with the puns.... but read this book. It deserves to be read and cherished by people that love to read!

  • Diane S ☔

    Long time fans of this series will join me in saying I am very glad that Win is back. Just love this character, but definitively would not want to live in his head. Interesting case in this one, two six year old boys, kidnapped ten years previously, one the son of Win's favorite cousin. He receives an anonymous email claiming to know the whereabouts of one of the boys. But for me it is the characters that make this series. Although these are mysteries they contain a great deal of humor, the writ

    Long time fans of this series will join me in saying I am very glad that Win is back. Just love this character, but definitively would not want to live in his head. Interesting case in this one, two six year old boys, kidnapped ten years previously, one the son of Win's favorite cousin. He receives an anonymous email claiming to know the whereabouts of one of the boys. But for me it is the characters that make this series. Although these are mysteries they contain a great deal of humor, the writing style reminiscent of the late and very missed by this reader, Robert B. Parker. There is always so much going on behind the scenes, they feature friendship, loyalty and show how wrong it is to judge people by their outward appearance. As always Myron's unconditional love for his parents, family and friends is wonderful.

    I am always amazed at how it appears that these books almost seem to read themselves, I start reading and when next I look up 100 pages or more have flown by. So a good story, fantastic characters, hidden depths, how can it miss?

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