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Review: Long Lost

April 23, 2010

When Myron Bolitar receives a desperate phone call from his old lover, Terese Collins, begging him to come to Paris to help her, he decides to go since it’s a good excuse to get out of town while some trouble blows over.  When he gets to Paris, he finds that Terese is a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband Rick.

Myron becomes involved with a French investigator and through him finds some startling information – the blood of Terese and Rick’s daughter, who died when she was seven, is found at the scene of the Rick’s murder.  Trying to figure out what it means, Myron, with the help of his friend Win, discover a horrible plot filled with international terrorists.

Long Lost was my first experience with Harlan Coben’s writing and I thought it was great fun!  The book was action packed, quick paced and funny.  Myron’s snarkiness was a great way to relieve the tension that built up during the book.  I don’t want to give away the mystery involved, but it was kind of scary, because, in today’s world, I could see someone trying something like that.

I listened to the audio version of this book;  it’s read by Steven Weber, and I have to tell you, he did a fantastic job!   He did a wonderful job with accents, voices and emotions and he kept me engrossed throughout the whole book.  He is definitely on my list of favorite readers after this.

I checked other reviews, and it seems that fans of Harlan Coben and Myron Bolitar weren’t crazy about this book, but I really enjoyed it.  I’m not sure if it’s because it was my first experience with the author and character or if it’s because of Steven Weber’s great reading.

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2010 5:47 am

    Kathy…I have this one on my iPod, but I am currently listening to his latest book: Caught. It started out slow, but is getting good now.

    Thanks for the great review.

  2. April 23, 2010 8:26 am

    All the books I read by Coben were audio versions and I loved them all. They really are a lot of fun.

  3. April 23, 2010 8:34 am

    I haven’t read any of Coben yet but I think I’d really enjoy them!

  4. April 23, 2010 9:02 am

    I bought my husband the first book in the series a few months ago – he liked it. I still haven’t read it but plan to. Glad you liked this audiobook. I’ll put it on my list. I like Steven Weber 🙂

  5. April 23, 2010 9:03 am

    I read one Coben and enjoyed it – seems like the perfect author to have with you in an airport so the time won’t drag!

  6. April 23, 2010 9:28 am

    Kathy, I think that part of the deal with Coben readers not being terribly enthusiastic about Long Lost is the fact that we had to wait a really long time for a new Myron episode. While saying that, I should share that I haven’t read it yet, but I am a big, big Myron fan. The author started writing more stand alone books and he just really took off with them. He promised fans that Myron would come back, and he delivered on the promise, but I think his writing style had changed somewhat or something. You know how that is when people are just so obsessively anticipating a certain type of book and then it’s just almost too difficult to fulfill all those expectations. In any case, glad you enjoyed it. I’ll get around to it at some point I’m sure.

  7. April 23, 2010 9:36 am

    I never heard of this book, but it sounds engaging to me because I love Paris and I like to read mystery thrillers. Thanks for this reading recommendation!

  8. April 23, 2010 9:53 am

    I’ve always wondered about Harlan Coben! I have reader friends who love him, so I’m not sure why I have never tried one of his books. Maybe it’s fear of yet another series? But if you think it’s great fun, and I value your opinion, I may just give him a go. Do you mean Steven Weber the actor (like, on Wings?) read the book??? Because I think I may just do the audio, I love him!

  9. April 23, 2010 10:45 am

    I love Steven Weber and think that it’s so awesome that the book was narrated by him! This book kind of reminds me of one I reviewed last year called A World I Never Made. It sounds like there were some common elements between the books. Great review, Kathy! I am so glad you enjoyed this book! I will have to keep an eye out for it!

  10. April 23, 2010 12:02 pm

    I’ve listened to a couple of his audios. Tell No One was my first, and it really was phenomenal. It had it all…grief, a murder mystery, twists and turns. They made a movie of that book, and while it was really good too, you’d be lost if you didn’t read the book first. Hold Tight, my last read, was a little bit of a let-down. It was a little strung-out, with too much going on to keep straight. Still the man writes an engaging thriller.

  11. April 23, 2010 12:23 pm

    I love your review. Didn’t I comment? I haven’t read Harlen Coban. This one sounds really good. Thanks.

  12. April 23, 2010 12:33 pm

    It’s been so long since I read a Coben book, the titles used to be bigger than his name. Don’t know why I haven’t gotten one, ’cause I liked him. Thanks for the review on this one. And I do need to get an audio book. A book is so much better than constantly flipping through stations.

    Straight From Hel

  13. April 23, 2010 12:41 pm

    I haven’t read a Harlan Corben book either but the plot sounds interesting. I like a good thriller but I don’t usually laugh through them. Very interesting.

  14. April 23, 2010 1:10 pm

    I’ve not read any of Coben’s books but have heard great things about his Myron books.

  15. April 23, 2010 4:07 pm

    Well you have to love that. Come see me, and by the way, I’m suspected of murder. Sounds like a great read or audio. I don’t too many audio books, but maybe I should try this one. Thnaks for the recommendation

  16. April 23, 2010 5:26 pm

    I think Harlan Coban is a delight to read…I can literally speed read his books because they are so yummy…

  17. April 23, 2010 5:54 pm

    I bet you were drawn in by the setting in France — I know I would be. the photo of Notre Dame alone would make it worth reading, and the audiobook sounds like a great way to enjoy it..

  18. April 23, 2010 6:43 pm

    Kathy, you make this book sound so good. I haven’t read anything by this author, but that may change before long.

  19. April 23, 2010 10:24 pm

    I like Myron and have read a few. I need to jump back into this series!

  20. April 24, 2010 12:20 pm

    I don’t think I’ve heard of this author until this review. Sounds worth giving a try, though.

  21. April 25, 2010 6:19 am

    I’ve read some other reviews about this book and as you’ve pointed out, they’re not too crazy about it. I haven’t read any of Coben’s works but I might just like this one. 🙂

  22. April 25, 2010 6:22 am

    I have one of Harlan Coben’s books on my MP3 player (not sure which one). I hope I have the same reader!

  23. stacybuckeye permalink
    April 25, 2010 3:14 pm

    I’ve read all of his books and they are all good, even of this wasn’t my favorite. Myron and Win are such fun and Coben had such a sharp and wonderful sense of humor. The first one I was read was Tell No One (made in to a French film a few years ago) and it is great. It’s a stand alone and I fell in love with Coben. My husband’s met him too so he doesn’t mind 😉

  24. Kathleen permalink
    April 26, 2010 4:05 pm

    I was one of those that just didn’t love this book. But, I LOVED his book, Tell No One. If you liked Long Lost I am confident that you will love, love, love Tell No One!

  25. April 27, 2010 3:34 pm

    I haven’t read any Harlan Coben yet. Though many of his books come recommended. I will keep this one on my radar.

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