A great thrill mystery novelist that has earned my respect is Harlan Coben. That is why I picked up another one of his books and decided to give Don’t Let Go a read.
Don’t Let Go: Summary
New Jersey Detective Napoleon or Nap Dumas’ past finds him in his home late one night. Two cops show up at his door and tell his that his ex’ girlfriend Maura who has been missing for the past 15 years resurfaced. Her fingerprints were found inside of a car that is associated with the death of a cop.
The disappearance of his girlfriend happened around the same time as Nap’s twin brother and his girlfriend were killed by a train. She was running away from something or someone and hasn’t been found since. Until now. The chase for Maura will lead Nap to the past and realize how much details he missed out on and how little he knew his twin brother Leo.
As a fan of Coben, I have to say I enjoyed the novel. But at the same time, I ran into the Dan Brown effect. The Dan Brown effect (something I coined myself) is the effect of reading two or more novels from the same author and realizing they use the same plot twists and misdirection. In the first novel it works great because you don’t expect it. But when you see it again so soon, you are let down.
Besides that, there are a lot of plot holes. You’ll see them and wonder what happened to that part a lot. Coben makes the police completely useless which sucks considering the protagonist himself is a police officer. And don’t get me started on the small coincidences that can only happen in a thriller novel.
If you are looking for a good read, then this is definitely an option. You’ll feel like you grew up in the New Jersey suburbs. But don’t expect to solve what actually happened because it is the most unlikely and crazy option. You can figure out who the culprit is but only near the end. Not enough bread crumbs to make a guess.
I would give the novel three out of five stars but I will be sidelining Coben for a while. I have to forget his tricks and there are definitely better books out there to read.