Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Shelter by Harlan Coban ~ Book Review

by Harlan Coben
Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominations 2014.
About the Book:  The stunning young adult debut from international bestseller Harlan Coben is now in paperback! Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. Fortunately, he's met a great girl, Ashley, and it seems like things might finally be improving. But then Ashley vanishes. Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that Ashley isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's father. Soon Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew. First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben's novel Live Wire Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about.

About the author: Harlan Coben was born in Newark, New Jersey on January 4, 1962. After graduating from Amherst College as a political science major, he worked in the travel industry in a company owned by his grandfather. He writes the Myron Bolitar series and Mickey Bolitar series. His other works include Gone for Good, The Innocent, The Woods, Hold Tight, Caught, Stay Close, Seconds Away and Six Years. Tell No One was turned into the multiple award-winning 2006 French film Ne le Dis à Personne. He is the first author to win the Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and Anthony Award. (Bowker Author Biography)

My thoughts:  This book had everything I like!!! Mystery, action, adventure and intrigue.  What's not to like?  Mickey Bolitar is a fascinating character. He is both quick witted and clever, not to mention handsome.  At 6'4" he is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court, but more than that, he's just genuinely a nice guy, even making friends with two of the school's misfits, Ema and Spoon.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention the creepy old house with the even creepier old woman peering out the window!  How could you not love a book that incorporates those elements????  YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!

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