Book Review

DARKEST FEAR
by Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

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Sports rep Myron Bolitar is surprised when he gets a visit from his first love, Emily Downing. Emilys 13-year-old son, Jeremy, has an acute form of anemia that can turn deadly unless he receives a bone marrow transplant. The national registry has found a suitable donor but the donor has disappeared and Emily would like Myron to find him. Moreover, Emily reveals a secret shes been carrying for nearly 14 yearsJeremy is Bolitars son.

Bolitar barely has time to absorb the news that he has a son, let alone a dying one, but knows he must find the missing donor before its too late. He soon finds himself involved with a wealthy, self-destructive family, the feds, a series of kidnappings that may or may not have occurred, and a diabolically evil mind.

Harlan Coben has outdone himself with DARKEST FEAR, the thrill read of the season. The plot is a nail-biter, and Coben explores the relationships between fathers and sons as keenly as he plots suspense. (Jun., 368 pp., $6.50—Hardcover published June 2000)

Reviewed By: Toby Bromberg

Publisher: Dell

Published: June 2001

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Darkest Fear

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 5, 2013 - 6:35pm.

Myron Bolitar's ex-girlfriend, Emily Downing, approaches him with a request. Her son, Jeremy, has a rare disorder and needs a bone marrow transplant or he will die. The donor has disappeared and she needs Myron to track him down. Myron feels bad but doesn't want to get involved, until Emily drops a bombshell: Jeremy is Myron's son. With the help of Win and Esperanza, Myron begins a search which leads him to a missing child, brutal kidnappings, a disgraced reporter, and a possible serial killer.

This is the 7th book in the Myron Bolitar series. You would think by now, the series would be getting stale or the author would be running out of surprise twists to throw us off. But this series is still going strong. Another great mystery with many seeming loose ends that end up tied in a neat bow at the end. My rating: 5 Stars.