Missing You

Hardcover | March 18, 2014

byHarlan Coben

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben, a heart-pounding thriller about the ties we have to our past...and the lies that bind us together.
 It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her.  But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable. 

As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and 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 #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben, a heart-pounding thriller about the ties we have to our past...and the lies that bind us together. It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions s...

HARLAN COBEN is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Six Years, Stay Close, Live Wire, Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight as well as the Myron Bolitar series and more recently, a series aimed at young adults, featuring Myron’s nephew, Mickey Bolitar. The ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.31 × 6.31 × 1.6 inPublished:March 18, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Page turner Half way through this book I probably would have rated it a 5. The first two thirds of the book were brilliant - what a clever storyline! The author really had me turning the pages to find out what was going on. After the huge twist it all kind of fell apart and the ending was a huge disappointment.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I really enjoyed this book. Its a twisted thriller.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gone Girl I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It was so clever and well written. Definitely Gillian Flynn's best work.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! This book was great! Surprising and exciting despite how unlikeable the characters are
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't read any spoilers!!! Loved this book! I love all of Gillian Flynn's books! I read this one first & was hooked! She writes amazing psychological thrillers! I hope she will have another out soon! I love how Gillian weaves this story together, gives you little bits of info to put the pieces together. It was amazingly crafted. I couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite psychological thrillers I did see the film adaptation before reading the book, but I can safely say that both versions are amazing in their own right. Both have similarities and differences, but I'm willing to accept both for what they are. I will warn any who are interested in reading this book or watching the film to not look up any plot details, because I had some aspects spoiled for me, unintentionally of course, and even though it didn't take any enjoyment out of it, this really is the kind of story that's best enjoyed when you go into it not knowing a thing about the actual plot. I understand it's not gonna be for everyone, but if you love dark stories, this is for you.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better than the movie I really enjoyed this book. The way the story is told really kept me interested and wanting to read just one more chapter.... I often missed my bed time. People complained about the language, but I found it to fit with the characters and not distracting. Gillian Flynn writes some dark novels and I wonder where she comes up with her story-lines. I also enjoyed her other 2 novels, Sharp Objects and Dark Places.
Date published: 2016-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark and twisty I didn't see the ending coming. If you're in the mood for a dark read, this may fit the bill.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Impressed I felt compelled to purchase this book after seeing the film in theatres, the characters were fascinating and I wanted to get inside their heads. I'm confused as to the negative reviews. What I'll say is this: Gone Girl is not a cheap thrill, it's thorough and every scene is described with painstaking detail. The plot is dark in and of itself, but the style of writing is even darker. Gone Girl presents a very cynical view of human nature and society, with piercing commentary on everything from crime journalism to hipster glasses. Most of the people who gave this book a bad review did so because they didn't like the characters, and I think those people missed the point. Both Nick and Amy were written to be relatable but unlikeable, they represent the worst in everyone, and the irony is that they're obsessed with their reputations. Furthermore, the goal of the book is to disturb people, not necessarily to shock them. The fact that you know what's coming is what builds the intensity. Bottom line: this book will not tug on your heartstrings, but after what it'll do your brain you'll be glad it left your other organs alone.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Took a long time to get into, but once you do, the story is great. Very intriguing and good suspense / thriller without being too haunting. I thoroughly enjoyed the character depth.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I won't say this book has a WOW factor..., I won't say this book has a WOW factor...the first few chapters were dragging...infact it was pretty boring till part two of the book started where the actual life of Amy started after her escape. Then it became interesting. All I could say...I feel sorry for Nick Dunne. His wife was one psychopath bitch...I'm not sure what exactly would a husband do if he had this wife in real life...still...I'm surprised that these kind of twisted mindsets are part of our society. A good read for mystery lovers.
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea. I did not enjoy this book and did not get past the first few chapters.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why is this a hit? weird way of writing, feels like a teenager diary all through the book. The characters are unlikable and the story is unbelievable and does not make any sense at all. I don't understand why this is a best seller and don't understand how this book was put into a movie. It make no sense to me. We will have to see with the movie if it is worst than the book...
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I can't understand why this is a big hit I was painful to read it to the end. The characters are unlikable and unbelievable. The style of the author is really hard to enjoy. It feels like you are reading a young teenager diary, no structure, really poor writing, so simple yet not enjoyable. I don't understand why is it a hit and how come it was possible to put this in a movie. Not really thrill to see the movie... we will have to see.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Thriller ! I bought this book hoping it would be much better then it was. I think I had to much of a high expectation for this book. It was good and easy to read but I find it was very slow.. It was missing the punch and the fast paced aspect. I watched the movie and enjoyed it better then the book. I was not expecting the twist and turn but apart from that the book was good but nothing exceptional. The characters are not that well developed and not very likable honestly, there is something missing from this book. The plot and story is well thought and very interesting but could have been written in a more thrilling way. The book did not keep my attention I found myself taking time to read this book and not having the feeling that I need to finish it right away, I just wanted to finish it to read another one. Not what I expected but if you are looking for a good thriller nothing more then this is for you if you are looking for something more don't bother.
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This book is now a favorite of mine. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a Thriller Fan I am not a big fan of Thriller novels. I prefer Mystery novels. I was given the book by a friend. I found it a struggle to read until about the halfway mark. Then I became determined to read it all the way to the end, just to see what the plot twists would reveal. I was totally disappointed with the ending. If you are not a fan of Thriller novels, I would chose a different book to read.
Date published: 2014-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This mind game is quite the ride. Better than the movie (but see it too). A psychological thriller that you'll find hard to put down. This mind game is quite the ride.
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Undecided First of all I do not enjoy books written in this manner when one chapter is one person and the next chapter is another and so on. I tend to read a couple of Nick's chapters and then go back and read a few of Amy's. But this almost turns me away from the book. This book took a while to actually get my attention and then when it did it was a really good book. Strange for sure. Weird but good. I can only give it a 3 because of the style it was written in and the fact that it took a while to get going.. They really need an undecided about recommending the product but I think I could with caution.
Date published: 2014-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Good book but was a little disappointed with the ending.
Date published: 2014-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good I really enjoyed this book... looking forward to the movie...Gillian is a great writer and her books keep you interested until the end...I now own 3 of her books...Gone Girl, Sharp Edges and Dark Places....Not disappointed with any of them.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i admire this novel!! omg where can i start- bought this book on friday and couldn't stop reading. Amy, Amy, Amy i wanted to love her and sympathize with her but i couldn't she was too much of a victim(she played that role well) this leaves me wondering do we ever know someone 100%. Is love that controlling? that manipulative? that demanding? overall this is a great book for people seeking a thrill, people who enjoy crime documentaries (i.e dateline, 24 hour mystery etc) i give this book a full go ahead you have to buy
Date published: 2014-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i admire this novel!! omg where can i start- bought this book on friday and couldn't stop reading. Amy, Amy, Amy i wanted to love her and sympathize with her but i couldn't she was too much of a victim(she played that role well) this leaves me wondering do we ever know someone 100%. Is love that controlling? that manipulative? that demanding? overall this is a great book for people seeking a thrill, people who enjoy crime documentaries (i.e dateline, 24 hour mystery etc) i give this book a full go ahead you have to buy
Date published: 2014-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Run for it "Gone Girl" was nothing like I thought it would be. Instead of a fast-paced, page-turning thriller, what I got from it was a slow-burning suspense that focuses on the long game. It builds to momentous scenes that serve as water breaks to quench a dying thirst in a marathon, and those much needed gulps in turn propel one forward with the race. This well thought out storyline provides more than the usual thrilling ride. "Gone Girl" wasn't as commercial as I thought it was going to read, and this is to Gillian Flynn's splendid craft. It was smart, fluid, and disturbing to say the very least. Although The Twist was predictable a mile away, it still held gravitas due to the way Flynn had structured her novel. The alternating sides of Nick and Amy gave insight to the deep psychosis of both parties, which made it merrier in the sickest sense to read. I was ready to write "Gone Girl" off after The Twist based off what I've heard from others (besides a big twist usually causes more harm than not) but the narrative held its own and kept surprising. This is really all I need from a thriller with heaps of praise. "Gone Girl" is also the perfect example of how the strength of a story can compensate for how utterly dislikeable the lead characters are. This is not one of those cases where these people are unlikeable because they are too vulnerable or too damaged; Nick and Amy are just horrible unreliable narrators with no redeeming qualities. And this all plays well into Flynn's scheme of things - hate the players with good reason but you'll find yourself in a losing battle when you try to hate on the game. I was more than a hundred pages away from finishing the novel when I saw the movie adaptation with the screenplay by Flynn herself. It's such a faithful adaptation, so faithful that I actually recognized direct lines and little details from the book. While some scenes were added or minor characters merged into stronger supporting ones, the core of "Gone Girl" is intact and I'm glad Flynn didn't think it necessary to "fix" any part of it. Why should she? "Gone Girl" is a tremendously layered novel, a literary success that has ignited a new wave of female-centric psychological thrillers. Gillian Flynn has much to be proud about.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth Reading It was a good book and was a page turner. However, the characters are sooo screwed up and some of the descriptions are so odd, it really makes you think about who the heck wrote this book. Good, but not great.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! It took me less than a week to read this book, which says a lot as I'm not a big reader. The first half of the book was a little slow, but around the middle I got hooked and couldn't put it down. There were so many unpredictable plot twists and it was hard to tell what would happen next! I'm a 20 year old guy, and surprisingly found this book very enjoyable to read, very twisted in parts but a great book in the end.
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spellbound and wondering! The writing style is excellent and immediately grabs you with its clarity and descriptiveness. I kept wondering about the two main characters; were they really for real? Then the twist begins making them, but especially Amy, increasingly believable and even frightening. A total turn of a psychopathic mind that leaves you wondering how will Amy and Nick ever survive their pretending and Amy's control. The pregnancy I found a bit of a stretch via Nick's donation but the fact that a baby is coming is scary for the child. The ending leaves you wondering what did I just read? A sequel would be great! So glad to read it before seeing the movie.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing! I wasn't enjoying it after ~100 pages but kept reading to find out the ending. I wish I didn't bother. The 'plot twists' I'd read about in reviews were predictable and the ending wasn't good.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written! This book had me hooked on the first page. It is well written. The plot line is one that is not predictable. If you want a book where you can enjoy the story being revealed as read, then I recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Plot Twists! And that's why I liked it.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great page turner Really enjoyable page turner with some great twists. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable fast paced read I enjoyed the book, it was engaging and fast moving, looking forward to the movie.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twisted Thriller! Two characters, husband and wife of five years, with major flaws: whose side do you pick to cheer on? I for one am on a team but won?t reveal anything for the risk of spoiling everything. Literally, everything! Anything revealed in this book is a spoiler but kept pushing me to find out more. This book just keeps getting stickier, and messier, and dirtier through each twist and turn. Every time you put your bookmark to pause, something keeps being revealed within every scene change, up until the ending, which even I want to know what happens after that.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. Can't wait for the movie! I saw the trailer for the movie and instantly thought that it would be a movie worth seeing. Then I saw the book and decided to give it a read first. Unlike other readers, I did not expect the story to take the turn that it did, and was pleasantly surprised with the character development. I am even more excited to see the movie now, anxious to see how close to the book the movie will play. Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Absolutely loved this book! Can't wait to see the movie! It's a book that has you guessing how it's gonna end!
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lacklustre writing I strongly disliked the writer's style, I found it amateurish and mildly annoying. Halfway through the book I looked her up and was shocked to find that this wasn't her first novel. The beginning is slow, the "twists" are predictable, and the characters are not enjoyable. The story itself is okay, which is why I feel like the movie might actually be better than the book. I think it was the writing that ruined the telling of the story for me. Definitely not worth the hype.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clear your weekend I finished this book in approximately 36 hours, even with a full time job, husband, and other regular 'duties' of life. You literally cannot stop reading because you must know what happens, and how it ends. Also, the way Gillian Flynn crafts her chapters and character voices, passing one off for the next at the most intense moments, keeps you turning the pages. I withheld the fifth star for a few reasons: I guessed how this story would play out. I guessed it before I cracked the cover; I guessed it when I saw a sneak peek of the movie trailer. For me, personally, that part was not difficult so although some wind came out of my sails at the revelation that I was, in fact, correct, what was so enthralling was the outrageous cleverness of the story and its protagonists; the way Gillian Flynn writes--and captures--human nature and relationships alone was something else that kept me hanging on. It is dark, yes. The characters most of the time are unlikeable, but really, how she keeps us rooting for them is mirroring how they treat each other. Definitely messes with your head but it is an absolutely sensational, fast read! Must agree though with a few others that the ending was disappointing, but not altogether unexpected.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disturbing and Clever. Bought this book on the suggestion of a friend. I was skeptical because I had just finished an amazing series and so I was in withdrawal. This is EXACTLY what I needed. Could not put it down, read it very quickly because I HAD to know how it all ended. Great Thriller!!! Not the book for someone looking to connect to the main characters, they are both messed up! LOL
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece if I ever read one Wow, what an adventure that was. This author is extremely wity and knows how to tell a good story. For anyone, regardless if you enjoy mystery/crime novels, I highly recommend this one. There is so many plot twists, literally every 30 pages or so and you never see them coming. Everything you believe is real only makes you feel that much more gullible as you keep reading. A literary masterpiece in my opinion. I have yet to come across a book I have so throughly enjoyed. The people sound like people who live in your house next door. I love the seperate view-points and all the effect it adds to pulling the reader into the story with them, breathing it, living it. A great portrayal of what it is like to be in a marriage - both sides. Stable and Unstable ones. I am recommending this to all my friends.
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read. Enjoying this book very much. Just part way thru but the writing is sharp and crisp. Maybe a few too many asides in brackets but I feel as tho I'm getting to know the characters and they are becoming real people. Look forward to my reading time every evening.
Date published: 2014-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! Forget the movie! READ THIS BOOK. I loved this author's style so much I bought her other books!
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing WTF? This is how I felt while I read the majority of this book. It took me a bit of time to get into it because of the writing style but once I did I had a difficult time putting this book down. I was even up until 2am a few times reading this book. This book is about Nick and Amy, a married couple. One day, Amy goes missing and Nick becomes the prime suspect. I do not want to give too much away but I will say there are some twists and not all is as it seems. While the book is a bit like a murder mystery it is not super high on action. It is mostly character driven. Flynn is a master of words and while it takes a bit of time to really get into her writing style, once you do you appreciate it so much. It makes you feel as if you are right there with all the characters. She also weaves different story lines together quite well. While you read one thing and it may not seem all that significant, about a hundred pages later it ends up being a pivotal part of the story. I have to say though that the ending of the book was a bit depressing. I found that I questioned whether Nick was doing the right thing or not. I don't have a lot to say because I really don't want to give too much away but I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone. Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Excellent writing and an excellent story.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great summer read Lots of twist
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disturbing - but can't put it down This book got so much hype so I was really curious to see what the fuss is all about. Overall, the writing is good and it keeps you guessing until the last page. Gillian Flynn really have a way to keep you interested to the end. The story is a bit unbelievable at times, but not impossible . However, I don't like the ending, I was rooting for justice, I guess. Although I must say it is the most logical ending given the characters and storyline. It's just so sad that the story could be a reality for many. Wonder how this translate in the movie..
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping, Rivetting and Shocking This book sucks the reader into Nick and Amy?s toxic game and the suspense makes it difficult to put down. Just when you think you ?get it?, you find out that you don?t, not really. The narrative goes back and forth from Amy?s oh-so-happy diary entries to Nick?s evasiveness. But what is true and what is lies? The suspense of it all leaves one in a constant state of guessing ? right up until the bitter end... Each character has endearing and repulsive qualities to their personality and you never find yourself truly liking or hating any one character. The author has much to say about the media frenzy, the cultural messages that women are subjected to, and the biases we harbor after watching too much crime television. A haunting story that will confuse you, sadden you, sicken you, surprise you, and gravely entertain you in the process. Just when you think you've figured out where the plot is heading, you'll find yourself curiously guessing again.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing but gripping Well worth the read, a disturbing look behind the scenes of a relationship that is "perfectly normal" until you meet the people on the inside. Couldn't put this one down, no regrets giving in to the hype and purchasing this one!
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is the first Gillian Flynn book I have read and I was blown away. The beginning is set up like a diary and I found it a bit hard to get into however once the middle hit I could not put it down. Everyone I have recommended it to has also really enjoyed it. Definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favourite authors This was a great read! The twists and turns kept coming so that you were surprised almost every time. I love strong female protagonists and Coben didn't disappoint. I was a little bit disappointed in the last book by this author, but I'm glad to say, this book made up for it.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best novel ever This is easily one of the best novels I have ever read. I read the whole thing in less than 48hours (and I have a full time job) because I could not put it down to go to sleep, I was so curious what was going to happen next. It's smartly written, and I was so impressed, I ordered two other novels by the author! I'm excited to check those out next. Definitely pick this book up!
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting but a bit unbelievable I felt for the main character, and the book was not predicable, but bordered on a bit unbelievable. The writing was good and I liked most of the characters, liked the way the story unfolded and I didn't see what was coming at all. 4 of 5 - enjoyed but not blown away, would probably buy another book by this author.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't know "who done it" until the very end! I was lucky enough to be asked by his publisher, Dutton/Penguin Group to review Harlan Coben's newest book "Missing You". Mr. Coben is a prolific and extremely talented writer, he has sold fifty million books worldwide. With ten books in the popular "Myron Bolitar" series and over two dozen novels to his name you'd be hard pressed to not find a great read. The latest book centers around NYPD detective, Kat Donovan. Many years ago Kat lost her father, a decorated police officer, when he was murdered by an unknown assailant. Soon after her father's murder, because of the stress of that situation, she broke off her engagement to the love of her life. The whole incident happened nearly two decades ago but the repercussions of that time reverberate in her life to this day. She still haunts her father's old watering hole, a bar where cops go to unwind. It makes her feel closer to him. Kat really doesn't date much, she has given up hope in ever finding the right guy for her and this is where the story starts.  Kat's best friend buys her a subscription to a dating site, hoping to cheer her friend up. One evening Kat scrolls past the picture and profile of her long lost love, Jeff. When she drops a "missing you" hello in his inbox Kat hopes all things could be made right, finally. When Jeff's answer to her hello seems to indicate he doesn't remember her, Kat's suspicion is piqued. Kat can't just leave the situation well enough alone. As she investigates further an unimaginably sinister plot is uncovered.   This is a "holy cow", "totally awesome", "OMG I wish it wouldn't end" book. Does that explain the five stars I'm giving it? Let me elaborate. I'm a mystery junky, from Janet Evanovich to Elizabeth George and everything in-between. Harlan Coben is one of my favorites for his tight, fast paced books with well fleshed out, interesting characters. I find I get to actually know his characters as he speeds us headlong to a flash-bang ending. I love that. Mr. Coben's novels aren't just meaty mysteries, they have characters you can care about and worry for. In his novel "Missing You" specifically, I found myself unsure what the heck was going on and who done it until nearly the last page! That's unheard of for me, lol. Just ask anyone who watches mysteries on TV with me, I analyze and solve it well before the credits roll. It's my favorite thing to figure out where the writer is going and meet him or her at the end with the answer before they can give it. The thrill with this book is it kept me guessing and trying to solve the Rubik's cube of a mystery until the very end. Ooh, what fun!! You'd be crazy to miss this one if you're either a mystery fan or a fan of Harlan Coben. I will say though, that even if you're neither, it's still a spectacular book so go out and make it your Spring read, you won't regret it, I promise.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could not put it down Was a little skeptical when I bought the book that it would not be that great, but once I got into it could not put the book down, I thought it was really well put together the way you could read what each person was going through their mind as it was happening.  Good read, I recommend this
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! This is not the kind of book I usually read but I have to admit I really enjoyed it! I keep wondering what happened………………..?? ( I only read it because some members in my book club recommended it.)
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read. Lacklustre Ending. I enjoyed most of the novel but was thoroughly frustrated with the ending which was lacklustre and anticlimactic.  It left me very dissatisfied with the novel and perturbed by the slow paced and yet rushed ending. 
Date published: 2013-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! The first bit dragged a bit, but boy did directions change later. This author is meticulous in her unexpected turns in her stories (I've now read three of hers). This is not rose-coloured-glasses life. Flynn does not cringe at 'what we hope not to be'. A substantial author. Engrossing books.
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from mind twisted read...some messed up characters the plot is filled with twists and mind boggling plot lines. honestly i have never read a book with a story line and characters like this. 2 words- messed up. mass manipulation (i could not stress mass anymore), sex, murder, blood, trickery, violence, mystery, missing wife, adultery, affair, attempt murder, running away, whodunnit (and are you sure he or she did it?), mind manipulation, criminal activity, etc this book has it all. you will be completely surprised on what actually happened and the end of the book. all i have to say is whaaat? that's insane. to be brtually honest i almost gave up on this book 3x. it DOES NOT pick up until part 2 which is literally almost 200 pgs in. but once you get to part 2 you will be flying through the pages just to know what will happen. read it! definitely filled with twist and mind manipulation for the reader and the protagonist/ antagonist. you will know what i mean after you read it.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Below expectations It was not a page-turner for me. Glad I bought it as an eBook instead of a hardcover.
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gillian, you sneaky sneaky girl! This book was brilliant. Gillian Flynn writes with SO MUCH depth and care. You can tell the hours of editing and careful composure went into this book. Just as you think you have figured out the twist, she throws you in a completely unexpected direction. And then does it again! Submit to the mind-trip of this book and you will not regret the read!
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of twists! Found this slow in the first section then a major plot twist changed the tone. Author engineered intricate details of psychological games between Amy and Nick, amazing but often iffy. No fairy tale ending but maybe appropriate for characters hopefully not based on anyone real.
Date published: 2013-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Psychological chess game At the risk of sounding cliched this book was a spine tingling page turner that kept me on the edge of my seat. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next Gillian Flynn turns that on its ear. What starts out as a simple mystery turns into a psychological chess game.
Date published: 2013-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm torn :-) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very engaging and the writing kept you wanting to read one more chapter before putting it down. Loved the twists and turns and "didn't see that coming" moments. The author brilliantly leads you along with the information presented. I loved the different storylines and that they were brilliantly intertwined. I really really enjoyed the book BUT was left with a bad feeling at the end so that's what makes this book a 4* as oppposed to a 5*. I felt let down at the end of it all.
Date published: 2013-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Flynn's work on my blog at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.ca/2013/03/gone-girl-by-gillian-flynn.html
Date published: 2013-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I thoroughly enjoyed Gone Girl. There are very few times when I pick up a book that I become so engrossed I cannot put it down. It was very clever and very well written. Of course I didn't care for the ending but I think that's just human nature. Don't we all like to see the "bad people" caught and punished. Also it was a little far fetched that anyone would allow themselves to end up in Nick's position. It is also human nature to strike back and not concede defeat.
Date published: 2013-03-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Would not recommend This book was predictable and the ending was nothing less than disappointing. A group of us read this book and discussed it as we read and once we were done, and we all agreed that this book was not as wonderful as it had been made out to be. Certainly would not be on my list of books that I would recommend.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from marriage gone wrong... That I read Gone Girl so soon after finishing Dark Places is a tribute to Gillian Flynn’s talent. With so many books on my tbr shelf, I don’t generally read books by the same author back-to-back. Gone Girl had a few extra things going for it, though. Virtually everyone has been talking about it and I just couldn’t resist its lure any longer. Nick Dunne and Amy Elliott Dunne are just about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary when Amy goes missing. There are signs of a struggle in their rented Missouri home and Nick can’t really account for his whereabouts that morning, so it doesn’t take too long for the police to start treating him like the prime suspect. Flynn uses a dual narrative approach to tell the story of their courtship and life in New York where Nick was a magazine writer and Amy wrote quizzes for a variety of publications. Life was pretty good for them. They were beautiful, smart and rich. Well, Amy was rich because her parents – Rand and Mary Beth – had written a series of books called Amazing Amy which had, until recently, been a bit of a cash cow. Then Nick and Amy’s fortunes take a turn for the worse and suddenly they find themselves back in Nick’s hometown. From the start we know that the golden lives of these two protagonists is slightly tarnished. On the morning of the anniversary, Nick’s reaction to his wife’s greeting of “Well, hello, handsome” is one of “bile and dread” inching up his throat. Then: Amy’s missing. Gone Girl is a supremely entertaining game of cat and mouse. Their married lives had been marked with anniversary treasure hunts and this year is no different. Amy has left the first in a series of clues for her husband. The clues, and the letters which accompany them, seem to indicate Amy’s awareness of her husband’s unhappiness and her own part in it. But Amy wants to patch things up. The treasure hunt also seems to point to Nick as the person responsible for Amy’s disappearance and slowly the media, Amy’s parents and even his twin sister, Go, start to regard him with suspicion. But there is more to Gone Girl than a suspenseful mystery. There’s actually quite a damning indictment of the fakery of relationships; the potential for infidelity, boredom, entitlement. We want the fairy tale until we don’t. Marriage is hard work. Nick and Amy’s story is extreme, but recognizable nonetheless. Flynn is a terrific writer. I mean – gifted. She inhabits Nick’s brain as easily as she inhabits Amy’s. They are sympathetic and reprehensible and downright scary in equal measure. To say much more about the plot would be to spoil the novel’s twists. Suffice to say, this is one married couple I wouldn’t be inviting over for dinner any time soon!
Date published: 2013-01-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bit of a letdown After seeing all the ads and reading excellent reviews, I was hoping for something astounding, but I didn't get it. The book was a page-turner initially, but in the second and third sections, I found it predictable. All the main characters are writers, as well, which I always find to be a copout and overdone. The ending was an anticlimax for me, but I can't say why because I don't want to spoil it it case you read it. Don't spend the money on the hardcover - get it at the library later...it can wait.
Date published: 2013-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Nick and Amy's relationship is sick and twisted - and youl love every minute of it. The manipulative, shrewd Amy has spent her charmed life pretending to be something she's not. The handsome, philandering Nick is riddled with insecurities and doubt. When his wife disappears he becomes the prime suspect and his life will never be the same. Gillian Flynn grabs you from the first page and you become completely absorbed in these characters. A gratifying read!
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great thriller/suspense novel I had read many positive reviews of this book and decided to buy it in hardcover to see what the fuss was about. I was not disappointed. If you want a fairly quick read that keeps you very engaged to the point that you don't want put it down until it's finished...this is the book for you. On the edge of your seat thriller!
Date published: 2012-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was one of my favourite books of 2012! Gripping and suspenseful the whole way through. Loved this book :)
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! First book that EVER made my stomach drop!
Date published: 2012-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I really enjoyed this book. It was extremely well written. It had some mystery involved but in the end I think the book was more focused on developing the characters which I really enjoyed. I didn't expect the ending but staying true to the characters and the rest of the book I think it worked. It is definitely worth a read.
Date published: 2012-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pure psychological GENIUS I wish there was a way for me to reach inside myself and paste onto this post the actual emotions I felt while reading this book. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most thrilling books I have read all year. This review will be solely my feelings on this book, to write any type of synopsis-based review will have me spoiling the whole thing, guaranteed. I first heard about Gillian Flynn through ChapterStackss on Youtube (check her out here), and was instantly intrigued by her admiration for the author and her work-I had to pick one of her books up. I had decided to read them in chronological order, but ended up getting my hands on Gone Girl first. Best.move.ever. Not that I'm doubting the greatness of her other works, I'm just ridiculously happy that I decided to read something by her, period. This book was outstanding, and written with tremendous thought and detail. I was in pieces with awe after each new development unfolded. This book had me speaking out loud the entire time-I kept saying "HA! How is she going to explain THAT one!"..and then she did, perfectly. I'll admit it: I tried, and failed miserably, to find holes in the plot, I really did-but Ms.Flynn had her detail down to an art, an absolute art. And those characters..my goodness. They were the type of characters that you just knew you should despise, loathe, want to condemn. But she knew it, Gillian knew we would do no such thing. The cleverness and the wit of them. The naivety and pathetic charm. I was instantly hooked, and I didn't want it to end. The conclusion of this book was the real mind blaster. I felt like I was reading the last few chapters while submerged underwater. I didn't want to believe what was happening, but it was happening, and I could either accept it for what it was, or give this book a horrible rating for it. I chose the former, for the simple reason that it was genius. Pure, horrible, insane, wonderful, intellectual, psychological..genius. I sat there, and once again spoke out loud to myself. This time with.."What..did I just read?.. I don't know if I can pick up Gillian's other 2 books fast enough. But I must, and I will. Bravo..just..BRAVO Gillian Flynn.
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLE, must read! I loved loved this book. It was a fantastic well written read, and I had to finish it before moving on with my life. I love the twist (although slightly predictable) it had, and felt very relatable to the character themselves. The story & characters felt very real. Reading the alternating thoughts/views of Nick/Amy on the different scenarios that overlap (for example how they felt about their anniversaries) was thrilling. It is also comical in places, when Amy describes what a 'cool girl' should be. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks in depth about relationships between women and man. I am looking forward to more Gillian Flynn books. Wish I was starting this book again.
Date published: 2012-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amy Books like this are why I READ! Literally could not put this book down. Extremely well written and near impossible to figure out. The author pulls and pushes you in a million different directions, I think you love and hate all the characters at different points throughout. I am hoping for a sequel!
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written... This book had me hooked from the start, I loved the alternating chapters of Nick in real time and from Amy's diary from the previous 6 years. Some great reveals, and a quite "twisted" truth was very intriguing. The end did leave me wanting for more closure...I certainly would be interested to see what is happening in the story a year or two further in the future. It was written so well it made me want to read Ms. Flynn's previous two titles.
Date published: 2012-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Twist! I found this book to be very interesting. Definately a page turner. There were a very few parts that I found a little slow...but that was far and few between. The book over all was well written and the story line kept me intriuged. The ending was a little disappointing.
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I haven't read a book this page turning in so long! I couldn't put it down. Gillian Flynn pulls you into the main characters with such finesse. I felt I was right in their small Missouri town, living each twist and turn along the way. Incredible! Wonderful read. Thank you Gillian Flynn
Date published: 2012-09-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gone Girl We hear the husband's side of the story first. Nick Dunne, out-of-work writer, spends his newfound leisure hours writing the story of his wife's disappearance. Then we hear from his wife. Amy Elliott Dunne, out-of-work writer, spends her newfound leisure hours telling her version of events, first in a diary and then in a tell-all truth spilling. Flynn alternates between the voices of Nick and Amy to unfold her elaborately plotted story of Amy's disappearance. Or, so it seems, anyway. It's a sign of the intricate plotting of this book that, even after you've finished it, you're not absolutely certain whose version of events you have read. It's a sign of the intricate plotting of this book that, even after you've finished it, you're not certain what is "truth" or "fiction" in the telling. It's a book that leaves you pondering delicious possibilities. You will find yourself turning back pages to see how Flynn managed to pull something off. You will want to re-read it to see how she did it. Flynn creates skillful mental images of her characters, making it easy to picture them and their surroundings. Nick, for example, "should cough out yellow Tweety Bird feathers when he smiles." His twin sister, Margo, has the "face of a '30s screwball-move queen" who would prompt a man from that period to "tilt back his fedora, whistle at the sight of her, and say, 'Now, there's a helluva broad!'" Flynn adopts the nickname "Go" for Nick's twin sister, and I never could settle into that name. I repeatedly mistook it for the verb. Other than that, this is an engaging book, well worth the read. When you've finished it, let me know what possibilities you ponder.
Date published: 2012-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from keeps you guessing I am not fond of mystery and suspense novels and after reading this book i am looking forward to more books in this genre. This book has kept me guessing at every chapter. The ending was very unexpected. I could not put the book down!
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY well written! This book was reviewed in People magazine and I am so glad I wrote down the name and ordered it! It was excellent ~ although I am still in shock at the ending! I would love to see a sequel to see how the main characters are doing?!?!
Date published: 2012-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good quick read I couldn't put the book down, it certainly kept my attention. I liked that it kept me on my toes and my feelings about the characters were constantly changing.
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Advice: Read it as it is, don't try to over-analyze it! Everyone has seen enough true-crime shows to know that the husband is almost always the prime suspect when their spouse disappears. So when Nick’s wife, Amy, goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary, suspicion quickly surrounds the man who is acting erratically. As the investigation gets going, more and more evidence is unearthed to paint Nick in a not-so-great light. Despite all the bad press, Nick maintains his innocence but with a lack of proof, what is everyone supposed to believe? Beginning from the day she disappears, the narrative flips back and forth between Nick’s POV and Amy’s diary entries. I really enjoyed this storytelling style. It gave the reader just enough information to pique their interest and more would be revealed with the other side being told; a “he said/she said”, if you will. This allowed the reader to constantly keep changing their theories, what they think happened and what the motives were. Just when you might get a sense of the truth, the other account will completely contradict it. The more we got to find out about this Manhattan couple that’s been relocated to Missouri, the more I found my sympathies jumping back and forth between the two. Like they say, there are always two sides to every story. While I heard many things about this book - that it was crazy, filled with twists & turns and keeps you guessing till the shocking ending – I actually wasn’t familiar with what the actual premise was, and I was pleasantly surprised. I love a good crime mystery read and Flynn achieves this really well in Gone Girl. That being said, maybe I’ve seen too many Dateline episodes but I honestly guessed where it was going from about 1/3 of the way through… and boy was I mad at myself that I’d analyzed it so much that I figured it out so early on. The ending, while shocking, was also equally infuriating to me. I refused to accept that that was the end! So my advice? Don’t over-think this very twisted read and just enjoy the journey… take it as it’s being laid out for you and let the characters in the story solve the mystery for you. This, and other reviews can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Excellent read with plenty of plot twists that kept me guessing until the end. This book was impossible to put down. Gone Girl is one of the best books I've read this year. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2012-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK, Not as Good as Other Two Reason for Reading: I loved Flynn's Dark Places and was excited to read another book by her. I was excited to read this as I had enjoyed Dark Places very much and have seen the reviews for this popping up all over the place; while not reading them, I was taking note of the 4 & 5 star ratings. I have to say I was a bit let down from my expectations. As I started reading Part One, I just really didn't find myself all that intrigued as I couldn't ge over how the events mimicked the Scott Peterson case item by item so of course I knew that meant the husband wasn't the killer because what kind of book would that be? So no suspense as everything was expected as it unraveled in Part One and I had thought of a few ideas as to what may be going on and was not shocked at the twist that came with Part Two. Basically, the whole plot of the thriller didn't *thrill* me. Now, I won't say I didn't enjoy it as I did once Part Two was under way, but I was underwhelmed. Secondly, the two main characters, both the husband and the wife, I found completely repulsive. I didn't like either of them as people and was unsatisfied with the ending. I connected with the sister, Go, but it just isn't that compelling to read a crime story about people you don't care for. So overall, while the plot had twists and kept me reading to find out how it all turned out in the end, I found this book to just be ok. PS - I've now read Sharp Objects and it is far better than this one.
Date published: 2012-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Psycho killer ... qu'est que c'est Definitely a twisty turn-y who-dun-it type of thriller. It found it more "put-down-able" than the media reviewers would have you believe. That said, it was still a quick read that kept my attention. The characters were almost completely unlikeable, but the writing style was very editorial and entertaining. A good summer read.
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down!! Love it , great twist and turns...but disappointing end.
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why is this book a ratings hit? I really didn't like Gone Girl. The characters are intensely unlikable and the plot "twists and turns" were not a surprise. On the plus side, the writing was sharp and the observations about relationships (to a point) and human nature were "bang-on." The ending was particularly disappointing.
Date published: 2012-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read Loved this book! You can't put it down, it takes you in one direction then makes you do a complete 180. Have someone you know read it as well so you can discuss it as you go along!
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For fans of psychological thrillers We've all read the stories in newspapers - a woman goes missing and the husband is the prime suspect. And he loudly proclaims his innocence....even as the evidence mounts.... Gillian Flynn put her own spin on this idea in her latest book - Gone Girl. It is the day of Nick and Amy's fifth anniversary. It is also the day Amy disappears. Left behind - the first cryptic clue in a treasure hunt Amy always sets up for Nick. The first part of Gone Girl is told in alternating chapters from Nick's present time viewpoint, with flashbacks to memories. Amy's voice is heard from the pages of a diary, starting from seven years ago and building up to the day she disappears. The narratives each tell a completely different story. Who is telling the truth? The second part - well, I'm not going to spoil the plot for you, so I'll stop there. I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers and with Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn has crafted one of the best I've ever read. Really. The plot line is completely unpredictable. It's rare for me to be completely surprised at the direction a book takes, but I was this time. Flynn toys with us in a completely delicious and devious manner. You'll want to read carefully - there are lies, secrets and omissions scattered throughout the book and each revelation ratchets up the stakes just a little higher. While Gone Girl is a razor edged thriller, Flynn also explores marriage, attraction, family relationships and the media with that same sharp edged eye. Flynn's prose are are arresting, painting vivid images that crackle with intensity. "....the girl a man like Nick wants: the Cool Girl. Men always say that as the defining compliment, don't they? She's a cool girl. Being the cool girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she's hosting the world's biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want." This is the first book I've read by Flynn, although I have since picked up her second book Dark Places. I loved the dedication to her husband...."What can I say about a man who knows how I think and still sleeps next to me with the lights off?" The buzz you've been hearing about Gone Girl? All true and more. This is THE book to read this summer. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Just bleary eyed - 'cause you won't be able to put it down.
Date published: 2012-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Genius Vicious! The resentment and hatred that fills these pages is absolutely vicious! Shocking! Wonderful! The twists and turns and loop-de-loops; it blew my mind. This is a book I am definitely going to read over and over. Check out my blog for my full review: http://tubchairtimes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/gone-girl-gillian-flynn.html
Date published: 2012-05-21

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Chapter 1Kat 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 I’m feeling a connection.” Stacy burst out laughing.Kat just stared at him. He continued.“I love you small chicks, you know? You’re kinda adorable. Aspinner, am I right? You know what would look good on me? You.” “Do these lines ever work?” Kat asked him.“I’m not done yet.” Sunglasses coughed into his fist, took out his iPhone, and held it up to Kat. “Hey, babe, congrats—you’ve just moved to the top of my to-do list.”Stacy loved it.Kat said, “What’s your name?”He arched an eyebrow. “Whatever you want it to be, babe.” “How about Ass Waffle?” Kat opened her blazer, showing theweapon on her belt. “I’m going to reach for my gun now, Ass Waffle.” “Damn, woman, are you my new boss?” He pointed to his crotch.“Because you just gave me a raise.” “Go away.”“My love for you is like diarrhea,” Sunglasses said. “I just can’t hold it in.”Kat stared at him, horrified. “Too far?” he said.“Oh man, that’s just gross.”“Yeah, but I bet you never heard it before.” He’d win that bet. “Leave. Now.”“Really?”Stacy was nearly on the floor with laughter.Sunglasses started to turn away. “Wait. Is this a test? Is Ass Waffle, like, a compliment or something?”“Go.”He shrugged, turned, spotted Stacy, figured why not. He looked her long body up and down and said, “The word of the day is legs. Let’s go back to your place and spread the word.”Stacy was still loving it. “Take me, Ass Waffle. Right here. Right now.”“Really?” “No.”Ass Waffle looked back at Kat. Kat put her hand on the butt of her gun. He held up his hands and slinked away.Kat said, “Stacy?” “Hmm?”“Why do these guys keep thinking they have a chance with me?” “Because you look cute and perky.”“I’m not perky.”“No, but you look perky.”“Seriously, do I look like that much of a loser?”“You look damaged,” Stacy said. “I hate to say it. But the damage . . . it comes off you like some kind of pheromone that douche bags can’t resist.”They both took a sip of their drinks. “So what won’t I like?” Kat asked.Stacy looked back toward Ass Waffle. “I feel bad for him now. Maybe I should throw him a quickie.”“Don’t start.”“What?” Stacy crossed her show-off long legs and smiled at Ass Waffle. He made a face that reminded Kat of a dog left in a car too long. “Do you think this skirt is too short?”“Skirt?” Kat said. “I thought it was a belt.”Stacy liked that. She loved the attention. She loved picking up men, because she thought a one-night stand with her was somehow life changing for them. It was also part of her job. Stacy owned a private investigation firm with two other gorgeous women. Their specialty? Catching (really, entrapping) cheating spouses.“Stacy?” “Hmm?”“What won’t I like?” “This.”Still teasing Ass Waffle, Stacy handed Kat a piece of paper. Kat looked at the paper and frowned:KD8115HottestSexEvah“What is this?”“KD8115 is your user name.” Her initials and badge number.“HottestSexEvah is your password. Oh, and it’s case sensitive.” “And these are for?”“A website. YouAreJustMyType.com.” “Huh?”“It’s an online dating service.”Kat made a face. “Please tell me you’re joking.” “It’s upscale.”“That’s what they say about strip clubs.”“I bought you a subscription,” Stacy said. “It’s good for a year.” “You’re kidding, right?”“I don’t kid. I do some work for this company. They’re good. And let’s not fool ourselves. You need someone. You want someone. And you aren’t going to find him in here.”Kat sighed, rose, and nodded to the bartender, a guy named Petewho looked like a character actor who always played the Irish bar- tender—which is what, in fact, he was. Pete nodded back, indicating that he’d put the drinks on Kat’s tab.“Who knows?” Stacy said. “You could end up meeting Mr. Right.” Kat started for the door. “But more likely, Mr. Ass Waffle.”Kat typed in “YouAreJustMyType.com,” hit the return button, and filled in her new user name and the rather embarrassing pass- word. She frowned when she saw the moniker at the top of the profile that Stacy had chosen for her:Cute and perky!“She left off damaged,” Kat muttered under her breath.It was past midnight, but Kat wasn’t much of a sleeper. She lived in an area far too upscale for her—West 67th Street off Central Park West, in the Atelier. A hundred years ago, this and its neighboring buildings, including the famed Hotel des Artistes, had housed writ- ers, painters, intellectuals—artists. The spacious old-world apart- ments faced the street, the smaller artist studios in the back. Eventually, the old art studios were converted into one-bedroom apartments. Kat’s father, a cop who watched his friends get rich doing nothing but buying real estate, tried to find his way in. A guy whose life Dad had saved sold him the place on the cheap.Kat had first used it as an undergrad at Columbia University. She had paid for her Ivy League education with an NYPD scholarship. According to the life plan, she was then supposed to go to law school and join a big white-shoe firm in New York City, finally breaking away from the cursed family legacy of police work.Alas, it hadn’t worked out that away.A glass of red wine sat next to her keyboard. Kat drank too much. She knew that was a cliché—a cop who drank too much—but sometimes the clichés are there for a reason. She functioned fine. She didn’t drink on the job. It didn’t really affect her life in any notice- able way, but if Kat made calls or even decisions late at night, they tended to be, er, sloppy ones. She had learned over the years to turn off her mobile phone and stay away from e-mail after ten p.m.Yet here she was, late at night, checking out random dudes on a dating website.Stacy had uploaded four photographs to Kat’s page. Kat’s profile picture, a head shot, had been cropped from a bridesmaid group photo taken at a wedding last year. Kat tried to view herself objec- tively, but that was impossible. She hated the picture. The woman in the photograph looked unsure of herself, her smile weak, almost as though she were waiting to be slapped or something. Every photograph—now that she went through the painful ritual of view- ing them—had been cropped from group pictures, and in every one, Kat looked as though she were half wincing.Okay, enough of her own profile.On the job, the only men she met were cops. She didn’t want a cop. Cops were good men and horrible husbands. She knew that only too well. When Grandma got terminally ill, her grandfather, unable to handle it, ran off until, well, it was too late. Pops never forgave himself for that. That was Kat’s theory anyway. He was lonely and while he had been a hero to many, Pops chickened out when it counted most and he couldn’t live with that and his service revolver was sitting right there, right on the same top shelf in the kitchen where he’d always kept it, and so one night, Kat’s grand- father reached up and took his piece down from the shelf and sat by himself at the kitchen table and . . .Ka-boom.Dad too would go on benders and disappear for days at a time. Mom would be extra cheery when this happened—which made it all the more scary and creepy—either pretending Dad was on an under- cover mission or ignoring his disappearance altogether, literally out of sight, out of mind, and then, maybe a week later, Dad would waltz in with a fresh shave and a smile and a dozen roses for Mom, and everyone would act like this was normal.YouAreJustMyType.com. She, the cute and perky Kat Donovan, was on an Internet dating site. Man oh man, talk about the best-laid plans. She lifted the wineglass, made a toasting gesture toward the computer screen, and took too big a gulp.The world sadly was no longer conducive to meeting a life part- ner. Sex, sure. That was easy. That was, in fact, the expectation, the elephant in the date room, and while she loved the pleasures of the flesh as much as the next gal, the truth was, when you went to bed with someone too quickly, rightly or wrongly, the chances of a long- term relationship took a major hit. She didn’t put a moral judgment on this. It was just the way it was.Her computer dinged. A message bubble popped up:We have matches for you! Click here to see someone who might be perfect for you!Kat finished the glass of wine. She debated pouring another, but really, enough. She took stock of herself and realized an obvious yet unspoken truth: She wanted someone in her life. Have the courage to admit that to yourself, okay? Much as she strove to be indepen- dent, Kat wanted a man, a partner, someone in her bed at night. She didn’t pine or force it or even make much of an effort. But she wasn’t really built to be alone.She began to click through the profiles. You’ve got to be in it to win it, right?Pathetic.Some men could be eliminated with a quick glance at their profile photograph. It was key when you thought about it. The profile por- trait each man had painstakingly chosen was, in pretty much every way, the first (very controlled) impression. It thus spoke volumes.So: If you made the conscious choice to wear a fedora, that was an automatic no. If you chose not to wear a shirt, no matter how well built you were, automatic no. If you had a Bluetooth in your ear—gosh, aren’t you important?—automatic no. If you had a soul patch or sported a vest or winked or made hand gestures or chose a tangerine-hued shirt (personal bias) or balanced your sunglasses on top of your head, automatic no, no, no. If your profile name was Man- Stallion, SexySmile, RichPrettyBoy, LadySatisfier—you get the gist.Kate clicked open a few where the guy looked . . . approachable, she guessed. There was a sad, depressing sameness to all the write-ups. Every person on the website enjoyed walks on a beach and dining out and exercising and exotic travel and wine tasting and theater and museums and being active and taking chances and grand adventures— yet they were equally content with staying home and watching a movie, coffee and conversation, cooking, reading a book, the simple pleasures. Every guy claimed that the most important quality they looked for in a woman was a sense of humor—right, sure—to the point where Kat wondered whether “sense of humor” was a euphe- mism for “big boobs.” Of course, every man also listed preferred body type as athletic, slender, and curvy.That seemed more accurate, if not downright wishful.The profiles never reflected reality. Rather than being what you are, they were a wonderful if not futile exercise in what you think you are or what you want a potential partner to think you are—or most likely, the profiles (and, man, shrinks would have a field day) simply reflect what you want to be.The personal statements were all over the place, but if she had to use one word to sum them up, it would probably be treacle. The first read, “Every morning, life is a blank canvas waiting to be painted”— click. Some aimed for honest by telling you repeatedly that they were honest. Some faked sincerity. Some were highfalutin or show- boating or insecure or needy. Just like real life, when Kat thought about it. Most were simply trying too hard. The stench of desperation came off the screen in squiggly, bad- cologne waves. The con- stant soul-mate talk was, at best, off-putting. In real life, Kat thought, none of us can find someone we want to go out with more than once, yet somehow we believe that on YouAreJustMyType.com, we will instantly find a person we want to wake up next to for the rest of our lives.Delusional—or does hope spring eternal?This was the flip side. It was easy to be cynical and poke fun, but when she stepped back, Kat realized something that pierced her straight through the heart: Every profile was a life. Simple, yep, but behind every cliché-ridden, please-like-me profile was a fellow human being with dreams and aspirations and desires. These people hadn’t signed up, paid their fee, or filled out this information idly. Think about it: Every one of these lonely people came to this website—signed in and clicked on profiles—hoping it would be different this time, hoping against hope that finally they would meet the one person who, in the end, would be the most important person in their lives.Wow. Just let that realization roll over you for moment.Kat had been lost in this thought, clicking through the profiles at a constantly increasing velocity, the faces of these men—men who had come here in the hopes of finding “the one”—blurring into a fleshy mess from the speed, when she spotted his picture.For a second, maybe two, her brain didn’t quite believe what her eyes had seen. It took another second for the finger to stop clicking the mouse button, another for the profile pictures tumbling by to slow down and come to a halt. Kat sat and took a deep breath.It couldn’t be.She had been surfing at such a rapid pace, thinking about the men behind the photographs, their lives, their wants, their hopes. Her mind—and this was both Kat’s strength and weakness as a cop— had been wandering, not necessarily concentrating on what was di- rectly in front of her yet being able to get a sense of the big picture. In law enforcement, it meant that she was able to see the possibilities, the escape routes, the alternate scenarios, the figure lurking be- hind the obstacles and obfuscations and hindrances and subterfuge.But that also meant that sometimes Kat missed the obvious. She slowly started to click the back arrow.It couldn’t be him.The image had been no more than a flicker. All this thinking about a true love, a soul mate, the one she would want to spend her life with—who could blame her imagination for getting the better of her? It had been eighteen years. She had drunk-Googled him a few times, but there had just been a few old articles he’d written. Noth- ing current. That surprised her, had piqued her curiosity—Jeff had been a great journalist—but what more could she do? Kat had been tempted to run a more thorough investigation on him. It wouldn’t take much effort in her position. But she didn’t like to use her law enforcement connections for personal reasons. She could have asked Stacy too, but again, what would be the point?Jeff was gone.Chasing or even Googling an ex-lover was beyond pathetic. Okay, Jeff had been more than that. Much more. Kat absentmind- edly touched her left ring finger with her thumb. Empty. But it hadn’t always been. Jeff had proposed, doing everything right. He had got- ten permission from her father. He had done it on bended knee. Nothing cheesy. He didn’t hide the ring in a dessert or ask her on the scoreboard at Madison Square Garden. It had been classy and ro- mantic and traditional because he knew that was exactly how she’d wanted it.Tears started to well in her eyes.Kat clicked the back arrow through a potpourri of faces and hairstyles, a verifiable United Nations of eligible bachelors, and then her finger stopped. For a moment, she just stared, afraid to move, holding her breath.Then a small cry escaped her lips.The old heartbreak came back to her in a rush. The deep stab of pain felt fresh, as though Jeff had just walked out that very door, just now, just this very second and not eighteen years earlier. Her hand shook as she moved toward the screen and actually touched his face.Jeff.Still so damned handsome. He had aged a bit, graying at the tem- ples, but, man, it worked so well on him. Kat would have guessed that. Jeff would have been one of those guys who got better-looking with age. She caressed his face. A tear leaked from one eye.Oh man, she thought.Kat tried to put herself together, tried to take a step back and gain some perspective, but the room was spinning and there was no way she was going to slow it down. Her still- shaking hand came back to the mouse and clicked on the profile picture, enlarging it.The screen blinked to the next page. There Jeff stood, wearing a flannel shirt and jeans, hands in his pockets, eyes so blue you’d look in vain for a contact lens line. So handsome. So goddamn beautiful. He looked trim and athletic, and now, despite everything, another stirring started from deep within her. For a quick second, Kat risked a peek at her bedroom. She had lived in this co-op when they were together. There had been other men in that bedroom after him, but nothing ever came close to reaching the high of what she had expe- rienced with her fiancé. She knew how that sounded, but when she was with Jeff, he had made every part of her hum and sing. It wasn’t technique or size or anything like that that made the difference. It was—unerotic as it sounded—trust. That was what had made the sex so mind-blowing. Kat had felt safe with him. She had felt confi- dent and beautiful and unafraid and free. He would tease her at times, control her, have his way with her, but he never made her feel vulnerable or self-conscious.Kat had never been able to let go like that with another man. She swallowed and clicked the full-profile link. His personalstatement was short and, Kat thought, perfect: Let’s see what hap- pens.No pressure. No grandiose plans. No preconditions or guaran- tees or wild expectations.Let’s see what happens.She skimmed toward the Status section. Over the past eighteen years, Kat had wondered countless times how his life had turned out, so the first question was the most obvious one: What had hap- pened in Jeff’s life that he was now on a singles website?Then again, what had happened to her? The status read: Widower.Another wow.She tried to imagine that—Jeff marrying a woman, living with her, loving her, and eventually having her die on him. It wouldn’t compute. Not yet. She was blocking. That was okay. Push through it. No reason to dwell.Widower.Underneath that, another jolt: One child.They didn’t give age or sex and, of course, it didn’t matter. Every revelation, every new fact about the man she had once loved with all her heart made the world teeter anew. He had lived a whole life without her. Why was that such a surprise? What had she expected? Their breakup had been both sudden and inevitable. He may have been the one to walk out the door, but it had been her fault. He was gone, in a snap, just like the entire life she had known and planned.Now he was back, one of a hundred, maybe two hundred, men whose profiles she had clicked through.The question was, What would she do about it now?Chapter 2 Gerard Remington had been only scant hours away from proposing to Vanessa Moreau when his world went dark.The proposal, like many things in Gerard Remington’s life, had been carefully planned. First step: After extensive research, Gerard had purchased an engagement ring, 2.93 carats, princess cut, VVS1 clarity, F color, platinum band with a halo setting. He had bought it from a renowned jeweler in Manhattan’s Diamond Dis- trict on West 47th Street— not in one of the overpriced larger stores but at a booth in the back near the Sixth Avenue corner.Step Two: Their flight today would be leaving Boston’s Logan Airport on JetBlue flight 267 at 7:30 a.m., touching down in St. Maarten at 11:31 a.m., where he and Vanessa would transfer to a small puddle-jumper to Anguilla, arriving on the island at 12:45 p.m.Steps Three, Four, etc.: They would relax in a two-level villa at the Viceroy overlooking Meads Bay, take a dip in the infinity pool, make love, shower and dress, and dine at Blanchards. Dinner reservation was for seven p.m. Gerard had called ahead and arranged to have a bottle of Vanessa’s favorite wine, a Château Haut-Bailly Grand Cru Classé 2005, a Bordeaux from the Pessac-Léognan appellation, at the ready. After dinner, Gerard and Vanessa would walk the beach bare- foot, hand in hand. He had checked the lunar phase calendar and knew that the moon would be nearly full at the time. Two hundred eighteen yards down the beach (he’d had it measured), there was a thatch-roofed hut used during the day to rent snorkels and water skis. At night, no one was there. A local florist would line the front porch with twenty-one (the number of weeks they had known each other) white calla lilies (Vanessa’s favorite flower). There would be a string quartet too. On Gerard’s cue, the quartet would play “Some- where Only We Know” by Keane, the song he and Vanessa decided would be forever theirs. Then, because they both liked tradition, Ge- rard would bend down on one knee. In his mind’s eye, Gerard could almost see Vanessa’s reaction. She would gasp in surprise. Her eyes would well up with tears. Her hands would come up to her face in astonishment and joy.“You have entered my world and changed it forever,” Gerard would say. “Like the most startling catalyst, you have taken this ordi- nary hunk of clay and transformed it into something so much more potent, so much happier and brimming with life, than I could have ever imagined. I love you. I love you with my entire being. I love every- thing about you. Your smile gives my life color and texture. You are the most beautiful and passionate woman in the world. Will you please make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?”Gerard had still been working on the exact wording—he wanted it to be just right—when his world went dark. But every word was true. He loved Vanessa. He loved her with all his heart. Gerard had never been much of a romantic. Throughout his lifetime, people had a habit of disappointing him. Science did not. Truth be told, he had always been most content alone, battling microbes and organisms, developing new medicines and counteragents that would win those wars. He had been most content in his laboratory at Benesti Pharmaceuticals, figur- ing out an equation or formula on the blackboard. He was, as his younger colleagues would say, old-school that way. He liked the black- board. It helped him think—the smell of chalk, the dust, the way his fingers got dirty, the ease of erasing —because in science, truly, so little should be made permanent.Harlan CobenYes, it was there, in those lost moments alone, when Gerard felt most content.Most content. But not happy.Vanessa had been the first thing in his life to make him happy. Gerard opened his eyes now and thought about her. Everythingwas raised to the tenth power with Vanessa. No other woman had ever moved him mentally, emotionally, and yes, of course, physically like Vanessa. No other woman, he knew, ever could.He had opened his eyes, and yet the dark remained. At first he wondered if he was somehow still in his home, but it was far too cold. He always kept the digital thermostat set at exactly 71.5 de- grees. Always. Vanessa often teased him about his precision. During his lifetime, some people had considered Gerard’s need for order close to being anal or even OCD. Vanessa, however, understood. She both appreciated it and found it to be a bonus. “It is what makes you a great scientist and a caring man,” Vanessa had told him once. She explained to him her theory that people we now consider “on the spectrum” were, in the past, the geniuses in art, science, and litera- ture, but now, with medications and diagnoses, we flatten them out, make them more uniform, dull their senses.“Genius comes from the unusual,” Vanessa had explained to him. “And I’m unusual?”“In the very best way, my sweet.”But as his heart swelled from the memory, Gerard couldn’t help but notice the strange smell. Something damp and old and musty and like . . .Like dirt. Like fresh soil.Panic suddenly seized him. Still in pitch-darkness, Gerard tried to lift his hands to his face. He couldn’t. There was something binding his wrists. It felt like a rope or, no, something thinner. Wire maybe. He tried to move his legs. They were bound together. He clenched his stomach muscles and tried to swing both legs into the air, but they hit something. Something wooden. Right above him. Like he was in. . . .His body started bucking in fear. Where was he? Where was Vanessa? “Hello?” he shouted. “Hello?”Gerard tried to sit up, but there was a belt around his chest too. He couldn’t move. He waited for his eyes to get used to the dark, but that wasn’t happening fast enough.“Hello? Someone? Please help me!”He heard a noise now. Right above him. It sounded like scraping or shuffling or . . .Or footsteps?Footsteps right above him.Gerard thought about the dark. He thought about the smell of fresh soil. The answer was suddenly so obvious, yet it made no sense.I’m underground, he thought. I’m underground. And then he started to scream.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Missing You"Missing You is another winner in Coben's stack of winners." - Huffington Post"Once again, Coben has brilliantly used a current trend, in this case Internet dating, to create a can't-put-it-down thriller." - Publishers Weekly, starred review"Once again, Coben has expertly constructed and then dismantled a time bomb of a plot." - BooklistPraise for Harlan Coben"Coben is simply one of the all-time greats - pick up any one of his thrillers and you'll find a riveting, twisty, surprising story with a big, beating heart at its core." - Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Gone Girl“Any new book from Coben is a cause for celebration, and one as good as Six Years is cause for jubilation.”—The Huffington Post on Six Years“With Six Years, the author shows once more how it’s done. . . . The beauty of Coben’s craftsmanship here is how often he can lure us into not perceiving what’s clearly right in front of our eyes.”—The Washington Post on Six Years“A Harlan Coben Home Run. Stunningly effective. This is Coben’s Vertigo, his masterpiece.”—Providence Sunday Journal on Six Years"Energetic and action-packed, this is one of those novels that has you flipping pages at warp speed.”—USA Today“A tour de force stand-alone . . . satisfying on every level.”—Booklist (starred review) on Stay Close“The narrative is immersive, and the well-drawn characters and twisting plotting are stellar. With such a cool hook and a surprising and satisfying payoff, don’t wait six years to read what might be Coben’s best since Tell No One.”—Library Journal (starred review) on Six Years