SECONDS AWAY (Mickey Bolitar #2) by Harlan Coben
352 pages, hardcover
RELEASES TODAY (Sept. 18, 2012)
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Review copy provided by publisher
When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends—sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon—find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery involving the shooting of their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter, the Butcher of Lodz and the mysterious death of his father, he needs to figure out who shot Rachel—no matter what it takes.
Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves. But with danger just seconds away, how can he protect them when he’s not even sure who—or what—he’s protecting them from?
Now that I’ve read Harlan Coben’s newest young adult novel, I’m all over reading his adult novels, too, especially the ones that involve Mickey’s uncle, Myron (he’s smart, mysterious, and a good guy).
A highly enjoyable plot, dynamic characters and plenty of twists and turns, SECONDS AWAY kept me up late on a school night. I’ve always been a mystery fan, having gone through a period where I devoured mysteries like they were going out of style, and this story satisfied.
Mickey and his friends (love that Spoon–he reminds me a bit of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory) find themselves neck-deep in yet another mystery. The leader of this little Scooby Gang, Mickey does have to drag his friends along with him sometimes–Ema is particularly reluctant at times but that’s because she’s got her own secrets–but, in the end, they don’t shy away from finding out the truth even with the imminent threat of danger.
Plotlines abound and Coben threads them together like a master weaver. The whole Abeona Shelter plotline is a bit confusing, especially as all the links to characters begin to emerge but I think that’ll clarify in the next story. Not a big deal–it didn’t detract from the main mystery of who shot Rachel and her mother.
Harlan Coben delivers an awesome mystery with his young adult series; I look forward to the next one and putting SECONDS AWAY in the eager hands of a fellow mystery fan.
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About SHELTER, the stunning young adult debut from international bestseller Harlan Coben now in paperback: 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. Fortunately, he’s met a great girl, Ashley, and it seems like things might finally be improving. But then Ashley vanishes. Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that Ashley isn’t who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey’s father. Soon Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.
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About the author: Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of numerous adult novels, and the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and Anthony Award – the first author to receive all three. His books are published in forty languages with over 47 million copies in print worldwide – and have been #1 Bestsellers in over a dozen countries. He lives in New Jersey.
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