What tension is, I already miss you

I miss you

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  • Publishing company:Gold man
  • Subject area: Fiction - Thriller / Suspense
  • Genre:Mysteries & Thrillers / Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Page number:512
  • First appearance: 16.05.2016
  • ISBN:9783442484355
Harlan Cobenthriller
Gunnar Kwisinski (translator)

Kat Donovan, a detective with the New York City Police Department, has been a staunch single since their great love ran away. 18 years later, she stares in disbelief in this man's eyes - on the profile picture of a dating website. While she is still debating whether to contact him, the man in the photo becomes a suspect in a murder case, and Kat's research leads deep into her own painful past. Meanwhile, a murderer is watching every single one of Kat's steps. Because it threatens to disrupt a carefully thought out plan. A plan that plays with the longings of lonely hearts, which is about a lot of money - and which has already cost so many lives that one thing no longer matters ...

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Opinions from the reading jury

Alex1309

Published on 10/17/2018

Exciting and with surprises

The cover looks dark and mysterious and the blurb made me curious about this book by Harlan Coben.

Blurb:
Kat Donovan, a detective with the New York City Police Department, is more convinced ...

The cover looks dark and mysterious and the blurb made me curious about this book by Harlan Coben.

Blurb:
Kat Donovan, a detective with the New York City Police Department, has been a staunch single since their great love ran away. 18 years later, she stares in disbelief in this man's eyes - on the profile picture of a dating website. While she is still debating whether to contact him, the man in the photo becomes a suspect in a murder case, and Kat's research leads deep into her own painful past. Meanwhile, a murderer is watching every single one of Kat's steps. Because it threatens to disrupt a carefully thought out plan. A plan that plays with the longings of lonely hearts, that involves a lot of money - and that has already cost so many lives that one thing doesn't matter anymore ...


The writing style is fluid and the tension never leaves the book. There is a continuous arc of tension and I really wanted to know how the book and the story ends at every point in the book. Thanks to the detailed descriptions, I was able to imagine the characters and the locations well and had a clear picture while reading. I like Kat Donovan, the main packer, despite their rough edges. As the book progressed, I had a lot of ideas in mind about how the story would play out, but I was wrong about all of them. That's what I like very much about good thrillers, that the ending can still surprise me and I didn't expect such an ending. That is what this book by Harlan Coben did.
I think that “I miss you” by Harlan Coben is an all-round successful thriller and can only recommend the book to all thriller fans who value a good story. From me a clear reading recommendation and full 5 stars!

Blackfairy71

Published on 06/12/2018

My first Harlan Coben

Kat Donovan is a detective with the New York Police Department. She's been single since her fiancé left her 18 years ago, and when her friend signs her up to an online partner site, ...

Kat Donovan is a detective with the New York Police Department. She's been single since her fiancé left her 18 years ago, and when her friend signs her up for an online partner site, she's not very enthusiastic. When she finally surfs the site out of boredom and curiosity, she is stunned: One of the profiles suggested by the site corresponds one hundred percent to Jeff, her former fiancé. While Kat is still hesitant about contacting him, she gets a new case on the table: the teenager Brandon Phelps reports his mother as missing. At first, Kat doesn't take his worries very seriously because Dana Phelps has apparently met someone she's been traveling with. But Brandon, whose father passed away three years ago, is certain that something is wrong and when he shows Kat a photo of the man his mother drove away with, the whole painful past catches up with her because it is her ex -Fiance Jeff. When Kat investigates, she encounters more and more inconsistencies in Dana Phelps' disappearance. Does Jeff have anything to do with it?
At the same time she is concerned with another unresolved case: the death of her father. Henry Donovan, who was also a police officer, was shot on duty eighteen years ago. A suspect with ties to the Mafia confessed to the murder at the time, but Kat never really believed him. Now there is apparently a new lead.

"I miss you" is my first book by Harlan Coben and definitely not the last that I will read by him. Even if the title sounds more like a romance novel, the book is a captivatingly written thriller, exciting from the first to the last page. There are also funny and emotional moments.
I liked Coben's writing style, he tells Kat's story in the third person, fluently and vividly, mostly from her point of view, but also from that of the perpetrator and some of the victims. It is interesting that the reader initially knows more about the background and motives of the perpetrator than Kat.
There are always twists and turns and surprises as well as changes in the narrative perspective at the end of a chapter. This also maintains the tension and in the end I could hardly put the book down.

I can say about the characters that they are very multifaceted, because "the bad guys" are not just black or white either. And I liked Kat right away. She has already experienced some losses in her life, but does not let them get her down and is a fighter.

I can definitely recommend "I miss you" to thriller and crime fans. By the way, the title refers to the song by John Waite from the eighties: Missing you.

Girdin

Published on 02/27/2017

Exciting until the end

A lonely farmhouse on the cover symbolizes one of the parallel stories of the thriller "I miss you" by Harlan Coben. A total of three actions play a role in the process ...

A lonely farmhouse on the cover symbolizes one of the parallel stories of the thriller "I miss you" by Harlan Coben. A total of three actions play a role in the process. The focus is on Kat Donovan, around 40 and a detective with the New York City Criminal Investigation Department. With the song title "Missing You", as the book is called in the American original, Kat connects a long-ago love story.

Her boyfriend at the time Jeff left her shortly before the wedding 18 years ago and has since disappeared without a trace. Her friend is of the opinion that she should finally build a new relationship and registers it with an online dating exchange. Kat looks more or less bored at the potential candidates and can't believe her eyes when she sees that boyfriend at the time. He is widowed and has a daughter. She would like to get in touch, but is unsure because he left her then.

Before Kat can make a decision, she learns that her father's killer is on her deathbed. The act happened around the same time that Jeff disappeared. Since then she has searched in vain for the background to the murder. Now she sees her chance finally come to find out who commissioned the murder. Amazingly, the perpetrator distances himself from the confession he made at the time. After her return to the office, she is visited by a young man whose mother is away and has not contacted her for a few days. Not really a case for the police. But Kat learns that the travel partner was found through a dating agency on the Internet and is shocked to discover that it is obviously Jeff.

Once again the author manages to build up his story in an exciting way and to maintain the arc of suspense until the end. He achieves this by currently involving a person who is threatened and through skillful cliffhangers he lets the reader cheer whether this person can escape the threat and the case is resolved before others can be harmed. Meanwhile, the story jumps to Kat, who wants to reopen her father's murder case, but is thwarted from within her own ranks. And finally you can take part in her private life down to her deepest feelings, which should bring a decision whether she wants to meet Jeff. Although it is no longer unusual to find a partner on the Internet today, Harlan Coban addresses a rather careless aspect in his thriller. After all, what if you gain unauthorized access to data from others and then use it for your own purposes?

Kat Donavan is an interesting character. Although she is an experienced police officer, she seems vulnerable, but disregards instructions when it comes to achieving her own goals without thinking about the consequences. In the course of the story, the reader learns about the motives of the characters who put obstacles in her way. They bring surprising things to light and this thriller lives from that. Over time, the reader learns more details about some characters, so that the image that one has formed of a person can certainly change. Step by step, the missing gaps in the past close and connect the two narrative threads of the present.

To top the tension, this book ends with an unexpected background to Kat's father. "I miss you" is a recommendation for all thriller readers and a must for all Harlan Coben fans.

susehost

Published on 01/17/2017

nice book!

Kat is a policewoman and single. Her friend Stacy created a profile for her on a dating website. Kat actually doesn't really agree with that, but still flips through it. There ...

Kat is a policewoman and single. Her friend Stacy created a profile for her on a dating website. Kat actually doesn't really agree with that, but still flips through it. Suddenly she found a photo of her ex-fiancé Jeff. He was her great love, but after Kat's father, also a police officer, was murdered, Jeff unexpectedly left Kat. Eighteen years later, Kat still has feelings for Jeff that come back to the sight of his photo. So she sends him a link to a music video 'I Am missing you' on the dating site, the song meant something to both of them in the past. Jeff's reaction to this is very dismissive. Apparently he doesn't want anything more to do with her. Then Kat is contacted by a boy named Brandon. He asks Kat for help because his mother, who is said to have been away with a new lover, does not answer. Something is not right. Brandon found Kat by hacking the dating site because the man his mom is out with is Jeff !! Kat sets off on a search without knowing what it is going to start with.

This was my first book by Harlan Coben, and it will certainly not be the last. The author has very cleverly built up a continuous arc of suspense. The investigator's occasional digressions into the past and shorter lengths didn't bother me at all, as is often the case. I found the book very entertaining from start to finish, with the different storylines cleverly linked together. I also liked the protagonists, and the book also scored with a surprising ending. For me, this thriller had everything a good thriller should have. I will therefore get more books by the author!

Murder book

Published on 09/15/2016

I can only recommend it to all thriller fans.

Book info
I miss you - Harlan Coben
Paperback - 512 pages - ISBN-13: 978-3442484355
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag - Released: March 23, 2015 - EUR 9.99
Brief description
Kat Donovan, detective at ...

Book info
I miss you - Harlan Coben
Paperback - 512 pages - ISBN-13: 978-3442484355
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag - Released: March 23, 2015 - EUR 9.99
Brief description
Kat Donovan, a detective with the New York City Police Department, has been a staunch single since their great love ran away. 18 years later, she stares in disbelief in this man's eyes - on the profile picture of a dating website. While she is still debating whether to contact him, the man in the photo becomes a suspect in a murder case, and Kat's research leads deep into her own painful past. Meanwhile, a killer is watching every single one of Kat's steps. Because it threatens to disrupt a carefully thought out plan. A plan that plays with the longings of lonely hearts, that involves a lot of money - and that has already cost so many lives that one thing doesn't matter anymore ...
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Kate Donovan, a detective with the New York City Police Department, lost her father years ago. His killer is now dying and Kate visits him one last time. During this visit, the murderer, Monte Leburne, confesses not to have killed her father at all. Kate is stunned and so she goes in search of the real killer.
At the same time, she recognizes her ex-boyfriend Jeff in a dating exchange, who Jeff, who left her 18 years ago, dissolved the engagement, disappeared without a trace and suddenly reappeared with a new identity.
At the same time, Brandon Phelps appears in her office because his mother has disappeared without a trace. Allegedly she went on vacation with her new boyfriend.
Everything indicates that Jeff has something to do with the disappearance of Brandon's mother, because he was also in contact with her on the dating site. Kate assures him of her help, without knowing what it will trigger ...
As you can see, there are several storylines in this thriller. I find that this is exactly what keeps the tension going. Since people write from different perspectives, there is no boredom. The protagonists also come across as personable and you also learn enough about the individual characters.
Conclusion: exciting from the first to the last page. I can only recommend it to all thriller fans.