Missing You by Harlan Coben revolves around Kat Donavan, a police officer from New York, who is still coming to terms with the unusual circumstances of her father’s death. She is also trying to get rid of the emotional baggage she has been accruing thanks to a broken engagement eighteen years ago. Her gorgeous and hilarious friend, Stacy, thinks she has just the trick. Kat needs to try online dating, so Stacy sets her up with a profile and hopes that this will finally help Kat enter the dating world.
While hesitant, Kat agrees. What could go wrong? After scrolling endlessly through accounts of possible matches, she lands on none other than her ex finance, Jeff Raynes. Kat is left stunned at seeing his face again and after a few days decides to send him a message. His response doesn’t quite go as planned, and leaves Kat confused and a little bit hurt. How did he not recognize that it was her? Had he truly forgotten about her? It sends her mind racing and when she approaches their old mutual friend, Aqua, about Jeff, she’s only met with coldness and a warning to stay far away from him. Kat doesn’t have a lot of time to dwell on the matter though. After a visit with her father’s killer in the hospital, Kat is surer than ever that there is something more to her father’s murder. She is determined to find out for her own sanity.
Meanwhile, another side of the story is happening. Gerard let go of his inhibitions and decided to meet the woman of his dreams, Vanessa. He met her through an online dating profile, and he was smitten. Consumed with giddiness over meeting the woman of his dreams, Gerard is taken aback when he wakes up in a box. With absolutely no recollection of how this came to be, he worries the worst is yet to come. Was Vanessa just some lie? Was this her doing?
After being blown off by the police station in Connecticut, 19-year-old Brandon seeks out Kat at her station in New York. He is convinced she is the only one who can help him find his mother, Dana, who had told him she was going on a trip with her new boyfriend in the Caribbean. After days of no contact, Brandon senses something is not right, and tries his best to convince Kat of the same. She doesn’t bite, until Brandon brings up the dating website her mother met her boyfriend on and Kate realizes that it is the same one that she is using. And then there is the fact that Dana’s supposed boyfriend and Kat’s ex-fiance are one and the same. Did Brandon find Kat by chance? Or is there something more to him choosing her to help in his quest to find his mother? And what exactly is Jeff trying to hide?
Harlan Coben is one of my favorite writers. He has this way of captivating your attention so that you’re hanging on to every word, thinking you’ve got it all figured out and then left thinking “Why didn’t I think of that?!” when the book ends.
This was a great book and extremely well written. The topic of choice – “online dating” – wasn’t really something I am into reading about, but the way it fits into the story doesn’t make it seem as much of an after school special as I initially thought it would be.
I give this book a rating of 4. I think most people – and especially those who love a good thriller – would definitely enjoy this book. (Coben fans will love it) Harlan Coben did what he does best– the suspense, drama, and humor in this book will not let you down.
Lindsay Yocum resides in California with her 5 year old firecracker daughter, Bear, and her hilarious husband. She spends her free time traveling, baking, ruining DIY crafts she finds on Pinterest, and running, when she isn’t nose deep in a book.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Dutton Adult. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.