Darkest Fear by Harlan Coben
A Myron Bolitar Novel

81%

8 Critic Reviews

...revealing Coben (The Final Detail, 1999, etc.) once again as one of the most inventive plotters in the business—until he tries one spin too many with an epilogue that’s too twisty, too sentimental, and way too long.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Edgar Award-winner Harlan Coben brings us his most astonishing—and deeply personal—novel yet. And it all begins when Myron Bolitar's ex tells him he's a father ... of a dying thirteen-year-old boy.

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

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


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About Harlan Coben

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Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers 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 winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, he lives in New Jersey.
 
Published November 12, 2008 by Dell. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

...revealing Coben (The Final Detail, 1999, etc.) once again as one of the most inventive plotters in the business—until he tries one spin too many with an epilogue that’s too twisty, too sentimental, and way too long.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 15 2016

Book seven in Coben's wonderfully rich series (after 1999's The Final Detail), which features sports agent Myron Bolitar, former basketball player and totally believable human being, is all about fathers, sons and the intricate and often painful chains that link them together.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Toby Bromberg on Dec 15 2016

Harlan Coben has outdone himself with DARKEST FEAR, the thrill read of the season. The plot is a nail-biter, and Coben explores the relationships between fathers and sons as keenly as he plots suspense.

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Bestsellersworld

Above average
Reviewed by Allen Hott on May 16 2011

An oldie but goodie by Coben. Myron Bolitar, one of Coben’s continuing characters, is really entangled in this one.

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BellaOnline

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Reviewed by Karen Hancock on Jul 31 2016

Coben’s Myron Bolitar series are delightful and upbeat, even though they do have some violence and also murder. Fans will love Darkest Fear, and will agree that it is one not to be missed.

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Austin Chronicle

Good
Reviewed by MIKE SHEA on Jun 23 2000

Though Darkest Fears creeps around in deep psycho territory, a hearty punch line is Myron's raison d'être. Coben can set up 'em and knock 'em down as good as the best of 'em and better than the rest of 'em.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Above average
Reviewed by Denise Wels on Jan 03 2003

This tale carries Coben's trademark humour as well as a convoluted and circuitous plot (with a contrived twist at the end) told with a maximum of words - vastly different from the lean style of writing of, say Ian Rankin, who makes the most of every carefully thought out word.

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Reviewed by Toby Bromberg on Jul 31 2016

Harlan Coben has outdone himself with DARKEST FEAR, the thrill read of the season. The plot is a nail-biter, and Coben explores the relationships between fathers and sons as keenly as he plots suspense.

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