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Review: World Gone By

March 22, 2016

World Gone By

Widower and single dad Joe Coughlin works with the Bartolo Crime Family and is engaged in a dangerous affair.  He wants his son to have a normal life and tries to keep his work away from him.  When he gets word that someone’s after him, Joe has to figure things out quickly or he’ll leave his son an orphan.  He quickly figures out that, in his business, he can’t trust anyone.

World Gone By by Dennis Lehane is the third book in the Joe Coughlin series. Joe comes across as an average guy who wants to do the best for his son – the only thing is he’s in a dangerous business.  He has to keep an ear to the ground and can’t ever let his guard down.  When he learns that someone wants him dead, he know he has to take it seriously.  Can he figure things out in time and, if he does, can he outsmart the other guy?

My book club read World Gone By in February and everyone liked the book – some more than others.  I was actually surprised by how much we found to talk about after reading it.  I thought the book was exciting and tense and I did enjoy it but I also felt like I might have enjoyed it more if I’d read the previous two books.  If you enjoy action packed books about the mob, be sure to check this series out.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins and Book Club Girl Book Club.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2016 7:52 am

    Not a genre I tend to read but your review is tempting. Nice that your group found a lot to talk about!

  2. March 22, 2016 9:21 am

    I’m surprised your book club decided to jump into the third book in a series. Most of my group is pretty particular about series… and I guess I am, too 😉

  3. March 22, 2016 9:23 am

    The only book of Lehane’s I’ve read is The Given Day. And I really liked it a lot. It is a standalone. In fact, it’s on my rec table. But the Joe Coughlin series sounds like something I would like.

  4. March 22, 2016 10:58 am

    I have only read two of Lehane’s books–both stand alones, and both books I really liked. I keep wanting to try his series books. Sounds like starting from the beginning is a good idea.

  5. March 22, 2016 12:45 pm

    It has been a long time since I read anything by this author…but now I’m tempted. Thanks for sharing.

  6. March 22, 2016 2:40 pm

    It’s wonderful that there was so much to talk about regarding this book. That makes me want to check it out.

  7. March 22, 2016 3:22 pm

    That’s why I’m so fanatical about reading series in order! :–)

  8. Patty permalink
    March 22, 2016 3:34 pm

    Wow…that really does not sound like your kind of book!

  9. March 22, 2016 5:03 pm

    I have never read him

  10. March 22, 2016 5:27 pm

    Sounds like a good book. I like thrillers…I think I’ve read one of his books before

  11. March 22, 2016 7:19 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about the “mob”. Thank you for your thoughts.

  12. Diane permalink
    March 22, 2016 8:21 pm

    I read this and enjoyed it. I don’t really see it as a good discussion book so I’m glad u had plenty to talk about.

  13. March 22, 2016 10:08 pm

    Kathy, I’m glad this led to much discussion in a book club. I’ll bet your book club meetings are a lot of fun. My guess is that some of the members read your wonderful blog.

  14. March 23, 2016 12:57 am

    I’m not convinced you enjoyed this book. When you do enjoy one, your words light up the blog, this one didn’t. Am I wrong?

  15. March 23, 2016 2:54 am

    I like Lehane but I haven’t read any of this series yet.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    March 23, 2016 9:08 am

    I wasn’t even familiar with this series but I do appreciate Mr. Lehane’s writing. Sounds like a great series!

  17. March 31, 2016 9:49 am

    I’ve always wanted to try Lehane, but mob stories are not my thing.

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