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5 Books Praised by Award-Winning Author Harlan Coben

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Whether you know Harlan Coben from the thirty-plus books he’s written or his work on Netflix shows like Safe, The Five, and The Stranger, you know you’re in for a treat when he’s attached to a project. Harlan Coben is an award-winning author whose books inspire readers across the globe. So, what does he read in his free time? We’re glad you asked. Find five books he’s loved below and the reasons he loved them! Which will you read first?


Nocturnes
by John Connolly

Harlan CobenJohn Connolly is "one of the best thriller writers we have."

Connolly’s collection of supernatural novellas and stories echoes the work of some of the masters of the genre while never losing his own distinctive voice. In “The New Daughter,” a father comes to suspect that a burial mound on his land hides something very ancient, and very much alive. “The Underbury Witches” is about two London detectives who find themselves battling a particularly female evil in a town culled of its menfolk. And, finally, private detective Charlie Parker returns in the long novella “The Reflecting Eye,” in which the photograph of an unknown girl turns up in the mailbox of an abandoned house once occupied by an infamous killer. This discovery forces Parker to confront the possibility that the house is not as empty as it appears, and that something has been waiting in the darkness for its chance to kill again.

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Nocturnes
John Connolly

From #1 internationally bestselling author John Connolly comes Nocturnes, a dark, daring, utterly haunting shot story anthology of lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts.

Connolly’s collection of supernatural novellas and stories echoes the work of some of the masters of the genre while never losing his own distinctive voice. In "The New Daughter," a father comes to suspect that a burial mound on his land hides something very ancient, and very much alive; in "The Underbury Witches," two London detectives find themselves battling a particularly female evil in a town culled of its menfolk. And finally, private detective Charlie Parker returns in the long novella "The Reflecting Eye," in which the photograph of an unknown girl turns up in the mailbox of an abandoned house once occupied by an infamous killer. This discovery forces Parker to confront the possibility that the house is not as empty as it appears, and that something has been waiting in the darkness for its chance to kill again.

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The Right Side
by Spencer Quinn

Harlan Coben“A great suspense novel, and so much more. You won’t forget the heroic LeAnne Hogan—and the same goes for her dog! Not to be missed." 

LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military, and came back a much reduced person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. She is confused, angry, and suspects the fault is hers, even though nobody will come out and say it. Shattered by one last blow—the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci—LeAnne finds herself on a fateful drive across America, reflecting on her past and seeing no future. Arriving in the rain-soaked small town in Washington State that Marci called home, she makes a troubling discovery: Marci’s eight-year-old daughter has vanished. When a stray dog—a powerful, dark, unreadable creature, and no one’s idea of a pet—seems to adopt LeAnne, a surprising connection is formed and something shifts inside her. As she becomes obsessed with finding Marci’s daughter, LeAnne and her mysterious canine companion are drawn into danger as dark and menacing as her last mission in Afghanistan. This time she has a strange but loyal fellow traveler protecting her blind side.

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The Right Side
Spencer Quinn

In this "brilliant...deeply felt" (Stephen King) novel by the New York Times bestselling author of the Chet and Bernie mystery series, a deeply damaged female soldier home from the war in Afghanistan becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl, gains an unlikely ally in a stray dog, and encounters new perils beyond the combat zone.

LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military, and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. She is confused, angry, and suspects the fault is hers, even though nobody will come out and say it.

Shattered by one last blow—the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci—LeAnne finds herself on a fateful drive across the country, reflecting on her past and seeing no future. Her native land is now unfamiliar, recast in shadow by her one good eye, her damaged psyche, her weakened body. Arriving in the rain-soaked small town in Washington State that Marci called home, she makes a troubling discovery: Marci’s eight-year-old daughter has vanished. When a stray dog—a powerful, dark, unreadable creature, no one’s idea of a pet—seems to adopt LeAnne, a surprising connection is formed and something shifts inside her. As she becomes obsessed with finding Marci’s daughter, LeAnne and her inscrutable canine companion are drawn into danger as dark and menacing as her last Afghan mission. This time she has a strange but loyal fellow traveler protecting her blind side.

Enthralling, suspenseful, and psychologically nuanced, The Right Side introduces one of the most unforgettable protagonists in modern fiction: isolated, broken, disillusioned—yet still seeking redemption and purpose. As Harlan Coben raves, this is "a great suspense novel, and so much more. You won't forget the heroic LeAnne Hogan—and the same goes for her dog! Not to be missed."

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Starvation Lake
by Bryan Gruley

Harlan Coben"A great debut from a major talent." 

In the dead of a Michigan winter, pieces of a snowmobile wash up on the shore near the crumbling small town of Starvation Lake—the same snowmobile that went down with Starvation’s legendary hockey coach years earlier. But everybody knows Coach Blackburn’s accident happened five miles away on a different lake. As rumors buzz about mysterious underground tunnels, the evidence from the snowmobile suggests one thing: murder. Gus Carpenter, editor of the local newspaper, has recently returned to Starvation after a failed attempt to make it big at the Detroit Times. In his youth, Gus was the goalie who let a state championship get away, crushing Coach Blackburn’s dreams and earning the town’s enmity. Now he is investigating the murder of his former coach. But even more unsettling to Gus are the holes in the town’s past and the gnawing suspicion that those holes may conceal some dark and disturbing secrets—secrets that some of the people closest to him may have killed to keep.

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Starvation Lake
Bryan Gruley

Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Harlan Coben meets early Dennis Lehane in this “smashing debut thriller” (Chicago Tribune), set in a small northern Michigan town by a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist.

In the dead of a Michigan winter, pieces of a snowmobile wash up near the crumbling, small town of Starvation Lake—the same snowmobile that went down with Starvation’s legendary hockey coach years earlier. But everybody knows Coach Blackburn's accident happened five miles away on a different lake. As rumors buzz about mysterious underground tunnels, the evidence from the snowmobile says one thing: murder.

Gus Carpenter, editor of the local newspaper, has recently returned to Starvation after a failed attempt to make it big at the Detroit Times. In his youth, Gus was the goalie who let a state championship get away, crushing Coach's dreams and earning the town's enmity. Now he's investigating the murder of his former coach. But even more unsettling to Gus are the holes in the town’s past and the gnawing suspicion that those holes may conceal some dark and disturbing secrets—secrets that some of the people closest to him may have killed to keep.

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Ultimatum
by Simon Kernick

Harlan Coben"Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal. Hang on Tight!" 

An explosion blasts through a cafe in central London. Minutes later, a call from an unknown terror group warns that a far greater attack will be launched in twelve hours’ time. William Garrett, nicknamed “Fox,” is awaiting trial for mass murder. Fox claims he can name the bombers—but only at a price. It’s a terrifying race against time for Detective Inspector Mike Bolt and Deputy Commissioner Tina Boyd as they chase their targets across the London in a desperate bid to prevent a major atrocity before it’s too late . . .

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Ultimatum
Simon Kernick

#1 bestselling author Simon Kernick will leave you breathless with his sheer storytelling power in this race-against-time thriller about a terrorist threat in London.

An explosion blasts through a cafe in Central London. Minutes later, a call from an unknown terror group warns that a far greater attack will be launched in twelve hours’ time.

William Garrett, nicknamed “Fox,” is awaiting trial for mass murder. He claims he can name the bombers—but only at a price.

It’s a terrifying race against time for Detective Inspector Mike Bolt and Deputy Commissioner Tina Boyd as they chase their targets across the city in a desperate bid to prevent a major atrocity before it’s too late…

As shocking revelations are unveiled, you’ll be racing to the last page as fast as the characters in Ultimatum. As #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben says, “Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal. Hang on tight!”

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Without a Trace
by Liza Marklund

Harlan Coben"Edge-of-your-seat suspense." 

Ingemar Lerberg has it all: successful businessman, politician, husband, father—until he is found brutally beaten and left for dead in his mansion in a fashionable neighborhood in Stockholm. His wife, Nora, is missing, with little evidence left behind. With no alternative, their children are taken into care. In one night, a family has been ripped apart. As Annika delves into the horrifying details of this family’s fate, she must also grapple with the change in her own personal life. As hard as she’s trying to patch together a new family with her boyfriend and their respective children, past relationships still threaten to throw off her delicate balancing act. Family matters above all else, but things are never as they seem. Behind the scenes, darkness lies.

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Without a Trace
Liza Marklund

#1 New York Times and internationally bestselling Swedish author Liza Marklund delivers more top-notch, “edge-of-your-seat suspense” (Harlan Coben) as her fearless journalist Annika Bengtzon investigates a high-profile missing persons case while trying to keep her own tumultuous home life from falling apart.

Ingemar Lerberg had it all: successful businessman, politician, husband, father. Until he is found, brutally beaten and left for dead, in his mansion in a fashionable Stockholm neighborhood. His wife, Nora, is missing, with little evidence left behind. With no alternative, their children are taken into care. In one night, a family has been ripped apart.

As Annika delves into the horrifying details of this family's fate, she grapples too with the change in her own personal life. As hard as she's trying to patch together a new family with her boyfriend and their respective children, past relationships still threaten to throw off the delicate her delicate balancing act.

Family matters above all else, but all is never as it seems. Behind the scenes, darkness lies.

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