Book Review : Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

I was absolutely attracted to this book since the first look!

And I am quite invested with the book right after reading the blurb.

Right then and there, I think probably nothing could go wrong with the book.

Therefore, immediate bought and immediate read *throwing the rest of my TBR away*

Genre : Thriller, Mystery
Page : 351 pages
Published : 26th September 2017

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.

“This is how detecting works. You keep going even if what you’re doing seems like a momentous waste of time and energy.”

I am pretty excited to start reading and it didn’t take long for me to love this book.

Don’t Let Go— focused on Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas as he is notified of the presence of Maura’s fingerprint– Nap’s his high school sweetheart or the girl who Nap thought is the love of his life. The fingerprint was found in the rental car of suspected murderer. Puzzles over puzzles, Nap started to dig more clues to this case he thought might link to his twin brother’s– Leo and Leo’s girlfriend– Diana death.

The moment I start reading, I know immediately that this book is fun to read. Usually, things that caught my eyes in the book is the writing style or even the story itself. The characters always comes later because what good is a character without a fine story?

However, for this book, Detective Nap immediately got my attention. First impression, he’s harbouring a sad past but he is undeniably a fun person to be with. Not because he’s a jokester but because he’s the type of person who act, think and say whatever the way he feels convenient with.

And as a reader, I get the impression the writer wished to create. A fun and high intelligence detective that might balanced out the fun side and the dark side of the story. I think it’s pretty successful. But as much as I adore the detective, I’m not sure why I’m not that invested in the detective.


But yeah, that’s the limit of liking the detective and it won’t go further than that.

I love how the detective blend in nicely with the story. The story has a slow but steady upbringing. It’s not long before the tragic case is introduced to readers and it has a slow, nice and steady flow of the story.

Another thing I love about this book, is how enjoyable this book is. It’s not a major page turner but I couldn’t separate long from the book. This book keep my curiosity intact and I can’t help but to ended up reading, demanding myself to finish the case. But again, it’s not a major page turner book so it takes a while for me to finish this complicated case.

Quite a long journey to finish a book but nevertheless, it’s a nice long read.

For the case itself, I might say it’s pretty complicated and it’s pretty dark. However, I do not know why I’m not so entice with the case. Thinking through, I think here’s the best reason as to why this book missed some of the marks:

Most of the time, when I was reading a crime book, I ought to feel the mystery and the case to be real despite I’m reading a fiction crime mystery. But for this book, it feels real when it gets to some serious real-life location and possible real-life situation but mostly it feels like a fiction (although I am fairly aware this book is fiction). I do not feel the realness of this book.

But please do trust me when I say this book is a good book. It’s pretty good and it’s so good at heaping up my curiosity.

Also, here’s this thing. I’m not sure if I’m being over-sensitive *or I’m just being old* but I think this book kind off lack some police procedures. I would love if the book do not have too much difficult terms or police procedure but I would love to read some of it, in the perfect scale in the book.

But I highly appraise this book for it’s used of some real life location and sites. It flows perfectly with the story and the case.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the book. It’s enjoyable and it never failed to keep me fascinated. But I do think it needs something more. Something that can make me go “WOAH” for the case because I find the case to be complicated but not so overwhelming in the end. But this is totally and honestly, a good book and I have absolutely NO REGRET for reading this book!

“Every person has hopes and dreams.”

Author: Celine

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