Gone for Good
On October 17, eleven years ago, Julie Miller was found brutally strangled in the basement of her house in the township of Livingston, New Jersey. On that day, Will's brother, Ken Klein, became the subject of an international manhunt accused of the crime. He has not been seen since.
Will has tried to get on with his life in the intervening years. He has a beautiful new girlfriend, Sheila, and a job working with the homeless. But when his mother reveals on her deathbed that Ken is still alive, and shortly afterwards Sheila disappears, the cracks start to show in his landscape again. But it is only when he finds that Sheila herself is wanted for a savage double-murder that his life actually starts to fall apart.
Reviewed on 22nd June 2019
An early Harlan Coben novel, Gone for Good is the story of a man who has some interesting and complicated relationships, particularly following the disappearance of his brother years before.
I found it very reminiscent of the author’s Myron Bolivar novels - there are many similarities in the characters, the situations and the plot - and so reading it felt familiar and comfortable (although that’s not necessarily what I was looking for).
It’s a good story with a complex plot that keeps the reader guessing, and the characters are (mostly) likeable and have interesting lives that feed the plot. It’s not particularly believable, but that’s certainly not what I’m looking for in Coben’s work, which I’ve previously described as Hardy Boys for Grown-Ups.