review and cover mani: don't let go

I love Harlan Coben's writing. For more years than I care to admit, I've been devouring every release, especially books in the Myron Bolitar series. Recently, Coben's been putting out more standalones and since I've read all of them, I can say with certainty that DON'T LET GO is my favourite. Love, mystery, conspiracies, humour, DON'T LET GO has it all! Woot!

The back jacket, from Goodreads:

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks—and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother's death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he's been looking for. 

When Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions—about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana—whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.


There were a lot of layers in DON'T LET GO, and they were all equally delicious--a hearty slice of literary baklava, if you will. In some ways, Nap reminded me of Myron, because he was a dependable guy with an endearingly dry sense of humour. But Nap certainly differed as well, particularly with his obsession regarding what happened to his twin brother and high school girlfriend. Becoming a police officer as an adult didn't help much, and for a while, Nap basically conceded that he'd never know the details of why his brother was on the railroad tracks and why Maura disappeared. But when Maura's fingerprints are found at a murder scene, things cranked up to a hundred pretty quickly. Yay! 

Jacket design by Jim Tierney and Christopher Lin, 
based on an original design by Anthony Ramondo.

The pacing throughout this thriller was perfection, and Coben's knack for knowing the exact moment to end a chapter forced me to keep flipping pages to see what happened next. The story unfolded as Nap found clues and tracked down leads, and then the pot escalated and I was like: What is even happening this is bananas!! The first pages of the book explained that as a child, Coben knew of two rumours in his hometown. One involved a mysterious house, which was examined in the YA series with Mickey Bolitar, and the other, a military base, worked its way into DON'T LET GO. And that's why everything elevated to insane levels of crazy, because the addition of a conspiracy made the picture much larger than just a couple of kids who were killed.

The supporting characters around Nap were well-rounded and all held mysteries of their own. I just love when authors can weave subplots into their novels, because it means I'm trying to guess what characters are hiding at all times. One of Nap's longtime friends had a career which is close to my heart, and it made me fall even deeper into the story. Coben touched on a lot of relevant social issues, folks, and it was just the best. And then the ending made me all OMGGGGGGG.

So if you love thrillers that don't involve a ton of violence but oh so many mysteries, you need to read DON'T LET GO. I would've flown through it in a day, if adulting hadn't gotten in the way. Because there are a multitude of reasons why Coben's a consistent bestselling author. Nothing is every what it seems and you'll never see the twists coming. You'll also become terribly attached to Nap and his crew so don't start this book unless you have time to really dive in. Learn from my mistakes, folks, and set aside however long you think you'll need, because otherwise you're likely to get cranky when people won't stop piling work on your plate, as your mind will remain tangled up in Nap's determined investigation. And nobody likes a crankypants. ;) 


For this mani, I used:

OPI - In my Back Pocket, A Good Man-darin Is Hard To Find

FingerPaints - Black Expressionism

Julep - Nadine

ORLY - Scandal

Glisten and Glow - Topcoat

Mitty Burns brushes - Candy 00, Peachy 000, and Clean Pro Flat

Triangular makeup sponge for gradient

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