CBR III Review #123: Shelter by Harlan Coben
Harlan Coben has started to write young adult novels! If you hadn’t read the latest Myron Bolitar novel then you may want to skip this review there will be a few mild spoilers.
Mikey Bolitar, Myron’s nephew is now living with his uncle while his mom goes through rehab. Mickey only met his uncle for the first time a few week prior to the new living situation so the atmosphere is strained. Mickey starts out at a new high school making enemies as he goes and very few friends. However, he does meet a sweet funny and attractive girl named Ashley. They immediately begin dating but a few weeks into the school year she simply vanishes. Mickey, using the Bolitar trademark charm and wit launches his own investigation to find out what happened to Ashley. He soon finds out Ashley wasn’t the girl she pretended to be.
I’m a sucker for a new Harlan Coben novel so I was excited he was starting a new series, but I didn’t enjoy his young adult series as much as I do the Myron Bolitar novels. Myron is a bit more sarcastic and Mickey a bit more jaded. I think I prefer the adult series a bit more because I like the secondary characters a lot more, but this is still a new series so I bet it’s just trying to find the right pace and appropriate mysteries for a high school student to become involved in.
- Reading level: Ages 12 and up
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399256504
- ISBN-13: 978-0399256509
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars