Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: Shelter - Harlan Coben

It seems that the tradition of most authors are to start writing books aimed at the teenage audience as James Patterson , John Grisham , Matthew Reilly , Chris Ryan, Kathy Reichs and now Harlan Coben have all done.

Revie: Shelter - Mickey Bolitar Series #1 - Harlan Coben- September 2011
At the end of Live Wire or was it Caught , we said Goodbye to Myron Bolitar as Harlan Coben made way for the introduction to a new set of novels featuring Myron's nephew Mickey. Mickey, the son of Myron's brother and ex-tennis star Kitty has made his way reluctantly into Myron's life. With his father dead or is he as we learn the truth in Shelter and his mother Kitty in rehab, Mickey has nowhere else to turn but to his uncle Myron. As we read the novel we discover that Mickey can't stand Myron but as we start to discover more about Mickey's character we can see that his personality shares a strong resemblance to Myron's. Starting a new school , Mickey meets and falls in love with a girl named Ashley and meets two new friends - also outcasts Ema and Spoon. When Ashley vanishes into thin air, Mickey gets worried and decides to start a search for her with the help of his new friends. As the search gets closer though, we start to read of connections between Mickey's father and the Abenoa Shelter he worked for and the discovery that the connection goes all the way back to World War II . When Mickey is told his father is still alive , Mickey starts to question all as he supposedly witnessed his father killed , what has his father and the disappearance of Ashley got in common besides Mickey ?
Find out in this fast-paced as usual novel by Harlan Coben, the first written especially for Teens and we hope not the last.

1 comment:

  1. I have long been a fan of Harlan Coben's novels - especially the Myron Bolitar series. I was not sure what to expect when I learned that he had written a "young adult" novel with Myron's nephew, Mickey, as protagonist. I was not disappointed.

    There is a subtle "X Factor" feel to the book's denouement that Coben will follow in subsequent books. In this novel, he uses to good effect the distrust that Mickey has for his uncle, Myron. At several points along the way, as the mystery deepens and violence escalates, it would have seemed natural for Mickey to swallow his pride and to ask his uncle for help, but he refuses to do that. He demands to be given the right to succeed or fail on his own terms.

    "Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools.


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