Title: Gone for Good
Author: Harlan Coben
Length: 11 hrs 6 min
Release Date: April 30, 2002
Source: personal copy
As a boy, Will Klein had a hero: his older brother, Ken. Then, on a warm suburban night in the Kleins’ affluent New Jersey neighborhood, a young woman—a girl Will had once loved—was found brutally murdered in her family’s basement. The prime suspect: Ken Klein. With the evidence against him overwhelming, Ken simply vanished. And when his shattered family never heard from Ken again, they were sure he was gone for good.
Now eleven years have passed. Will has found proof that Ken is alive. And this is just the first in a series of stunning revelations as Will is forced to confront startling truths about his brother—and himself. As a violent mystery unwinds around him, Will knows that he must press his search all the way to the end. Because the most powerful surprises are yet to come.
I’m normally a big Harlan Coben fan, but this one fell a little flat for me. I think that part of the problem was the first person perspective. It meant that we were mired in Will’s mind while he grieved, and things got a bit… overwrought. Beyond that, the plot got very over-complicated, and after a while I couldn’t keep track of who was doing what to whom. I still love Harlan Coben, but this definitely wasn’t my favorite.