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Missing You
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Missing You
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From master of suspense Harlan Coben comes the #1 New York Times bestseller about the ties we have to our past—and the lies that bind us together—as the ultimate Internet scam unfolds...
Surfing an online dating site, NYPD detective Kat Donovan feels her whole world explode. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé, the man who shattered her heart—and whom she hasn't seen in eighteen years.
But when Kat reaches out to the man in the profile, an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light. As Kat begins to investigate, her feelings are challenged about everyone she's ever loved—even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained.
With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.
From master of suspense Harlan Coben comes the #1 New York Times bestseller about the ties we have to our past—and the lies that bind us together—as the ultimate Internet scam unfolds...
Surfing an online dating site, NYPD detective Kat Donovan feels her whole world explode. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé, the man who shattered her heart—and whom she hasn't seen in eighteen years.
But when Kat reaches out to the man in the profile, an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light. As Kat begins to investigate, her feelings are challenged about everyone she's ever loved—even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained.
With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.
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  • From the book Chapter 1

    Kat Donovan spun off her father's old stool, readying to leave O'Malley's Pub, when Stacy said, "You're not going to like what I did."

    The tone made Kat stop mid-stride. "What?"

    O'Malley's used to be an old-school cop bar. Kat's grandfather had hung out here. So had her father and their fellow NYPD col- leagues. Now it had been turned into a yuppie, preppy, master-of- the-universe, poser asshat bar, loaded up with guys who sported crisp white shirts under black suits, two-day stubble, manscaped to the max to look un- manscaped. They smirked a lot, these soft men, their hair moussed to the point of overcoif, and ordered Ketel One instead of Grey Goose because they watched some TV ad telling them that was what real men drink.

    Stacy's eyes started darting around the bar. Avoidance. Kat didn't like that.

    "What did you do?" Kat asked. "Whoa," Stacy said.

    "What?"

    "A Punch-Worthy at five o'clock."

    Kat swiveled to the right to take a peek. "See him?" Stacy asked.

    "Oh yeah."


    Décor-wise, O'Malley's hadn't really changed much over the years. Sure, the old console TVs had been replaced by a host of flat- screens showing too wide a variety of games—who cared about how the Edmonton Oilers did?—but outside of that, O'Malley had kept the cop feel and that was what had appealed to these posers, the faux authenticity, moving in and pushing out what had made the place hum, turning it into some Disney Epcot version of what it had once been.

    Kat was the only cop left in here. The others now went home after their shifts, or to AA meetings. Kat still came and tried to sit quietly on her father's old stool with the ghosts, especially tonight, with her father's murder haunting her anew. She just wanted to be here, to feel her father's presence, to—corny as it sounded—gather strength from it.

    But the douche bags wouldn't let her be, would they?

    This particular Punch-Worthy—shorthand for any guy deserving a fist to the face—had committed a classic punch-worthy sin. He was wearing sunglasses. At eleven o'clock at night. In a bar with poor lighting. Other punch-worthy indictments included wearing a chain on your wallet, do-rags, unbuttoned silk shirts, an overabun- dance of tattoos (special category for those sporting tribal symbols), dog tags when you didn't serve in the military, and really big white wristwatches.

    Sunglasses smirked and lifted his glass toward Kat and Stacy. "He likes us," Stacy said.

    "Stop stalling. What won't I like?"

    When Stacy turned back toward her, Kat could see over her shoul- der the disappointment on Punch-Worthy's glistening-with-overpriced- lotion face. Kat had seen that look a zillion times before. Men liked Stacy. That was probably something of an understatement. Stacy was frighteningly, knee-knockingly, teeth-and-bone-and-metal-meltingly hot. Men became both weak-legged and stupid around Stacy. Mostly stupid. Really, really stupid.


    This was why it was probably a mistake to hang out with some- one who looked like Stacy —guys often concluded that they had no shot when a woman looked like that. She seemed unapproachable.

    Kat, in comparison, did not.

    Sunglasses honed in on Kat and began to make his move. He didn't so much walk toward her as glide on his own slime.

    Stacy suppressed a giggle. "This is going to be good."

    Hoping to discourage him, Kat gave the guy flat eyes and a dis- dainful frown. Sunglasses was not deterred. He bebopped over, mov- ing to some sound track that was playing only in his own head.

    "Hey, babe," Sunglasses said. "Is your name Wi-Fi?" Kat waited.

    "Because...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from January 27, 2014
    An unlikely bond develops between NYPD detective Kat Donovan and 19-year-old Brandon Phelps in this page-turning, stomach-churning standalone from bestseller Coben (Six Years). While exploring a dating site called YouAreJustMyType.com, Kat discovers the photo of Jeff Raynes, her ex-fiancé, who dumped her 18 years earlier. Brandon’s widowed mother, Dana Phelps, has also met someone from that site and is now missing. Several puzzles emerge. What happened to Jeff? What is happening to Dana? What is the real story behind the murder of Kat’s cop father, Henry Donovan, years before? Who is Titus Monroe, the man pulling the strings on the dating site? Coben orchestrates his story perfectly as Kat begins to sense the magnitude of horror at work and Titus becomes aware of her investigation. Once again, Coben has brilliantly used a current trend, in this case Internet dating, to create a can’t-put-it-down thriller. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary Agency.

  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2014
    Eighteen years after her fiance dumped her, a New York City police detective runs into him again online, with results that make her head spin and leave several people dead. Given a one-year subscription to YouAreJustMyType.com, Kat Donovan browses languidly through the photos of eligible men looking for love until she sees the face of Jeff Raynes. Although she's not exactly carrying a torch for her ex, she can't resist dropping him a line. His reactions are puzzling. First he doesn't seem to remember her, then he greets her with warm affection, then he says they'd better not continue to be in touch. Jeff's not the only one acting oddly. Brandon Phelps, a college student from Connecticut, comes all the way to New York to ask for Kat's help in finding his missing mother, Dana. Even though he's asked for Kat by name--how does he even know her name?--it's obvious that he's hiding something from the detective whose help he begs. And there's more. When Kat goes to visit Monte Leburne, the dying contract killer who was convicted years ago of shooting her father, another NYPD detective, and the prison nurse puts Leburne into twilight sedation, he denies killing Henry Donovan. No matter where she turns, Kat can't figure out what's going on or whom she can trust. Jeff, who's vanished once more? The unreliable Brandon Phelps? Her partner, Charles "Chaz" Faircloth, who's convinced he's God's gift to Kat? Her father's ex-partner, Capt. Thomas Stagger, who's clearly not telling everything he knows about Donovan's death? Her judo instructor, Aqua, a schizophrenic, homeless sometime transvestite? Her defensive mother, Hazel, who seems determined to protect Donovan's reputation? Her own cherished memories of her father? The setup is irresistible, the twists generously piled on and the climax suitably pulse-pounding, even though best-selling Coben (Six Years, 2013, etc.) is hard-pressed to tie all those complications together or produce a payoff that rises to their deliciously suspenseful levels.

    COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    October 1, 2013
    Another stand-alone from Coben, after six consecutive No. 1 "New York Times" best sellers and altogether 24 snash-hit thrillers.

    Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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