Darkest Fear: A Myron Bolitar Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 12, 2008 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Edgar Award-winner Harlan Coben brings us his most astonishing—and deeply personal—novel yet. And it all begins when Myron Bolitar's ex tells him he's a father ... of a dying thirteen-year-old boy.

Myron never saw it coming. A surprise visit from an ex-girlfriend is unsettling enough. But Emily Downing's news brings him to his knees. Her son Jeremy is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant—from a donor who has vanished without a trace. Then comes the real shocker: The boy is Myron's son, conceived the night before her wedding to another man.

Staggered by the news, Myron plunges into a search for the missing donor. But finding him means cracking open a dark mystery that involves a broken family, a brutal kidnapping spree, and the FBI. Somewhere in the sordid mess is the donor who disappeared. And as doubts emerge about Jeremy's true paternity, a child vanishes, igniting a chain reaction of heartbreaking truth and chilling revelation.

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Once again Harlan Coben delivers a punch with his funny witty protagonist Myron Bolivar. I love this guy. The plot moved quickly and the characters as always were engrossing. I recommend this book. Read full review

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I have read most of the Myron Bolitar series out of order, and particularly enjoyed this one, fact being that the main theme throughout this book is Father-to-Son relationships, and I have never had a good relationship with my own.
Coben shows plenty of passion and poignant views about his disagreements with modern society through the character Myron Bolitar, and exploits his creativity by coming in with a huge twister in the series itself: that Myron has a son.
I enjoyed this book because (as well as the action and the simple fact that it is a well-written mystery novel) of the truth that modern society tries to hide with everything "Politically Correct." Eg., Myron moving out of his parents' house at the ripe old age of thirty-four. In society, this would be seen as bad, but why? Is there anything wrong with living with the ones who have cared for you and given up their lives just so you can get to the ripe old age of thirty-four? There shouldn't be. Coben clearly shows his views with modern society as well as creating an intense and exciting environment of betrayals and twists at the end of every chapter. He grips the reader's attention whilst presenting these wonderfully true ideas about life in general, cleverly making the reader think about their parents (in particular the father), and about society and giving us a better understanding of what life really is: nothing that you expect.

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Harlan Coben is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards. His critically acclaimed novels have been published in forty-one languages around the world and have been number one bestsellers in more than half a dozen countries. In addition to the Myron Bolitar series (Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, Fade Away, Back Spin, One False Move, The Final Detail, Darkest Fear, Promise Me, Long Lost, and Live Wire), Coben is also the author of the young adult Mickey Bolitar series including Shelter and Seconds Away, and of Miracle Cure, Play Dead, Tell No One, Gone for Good, No Second Chance, Just One Look, The Innocent, The Woods, Hold Tight, Caught, and Stay Close.

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