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PROMISE ME
by Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

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When sports agent Myron Bolitar overhears his girlfriend's teenage daughter and her friend, Aimee, talking about getting into a car with a drunken driver, he offers to help them if they ever need anything. When he gets a call from Aimee in the middle of the night, he picks her up and drops her off at a friend's house. That's the last anyone sees of her.

Previously, another teenage girl, a classmate of Aimee's, had disappeared, and there are similarities in the cases. After Myron goes through routine police questioning, he tries to explain that he knows nothing about the disappearance of the first girl to her father, who, rumor has it, is connected to the mob. Dealing with the girls' disappearances, Myron jeopardizes his friendship with the parents, causes his new girlfriend to back away and almost gets killed.

After a six-year absence, Myron reappears as a new man. He has a special woman in his life and has sworn off of violence. Coben, an old hand at writing suspense, is at his best with this novel. Myron's life, and the book, take many twists right up until the shocking conclusion. (May, 384 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed By: Lorraine Gelly

Publisher: Dutton

Published: May 2006

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Promise Me

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 5, 2013 - 6:32pm.

When Myron Bolitar throws a party with his new girlfriend, he overhears her daughter talking to her friend about getting a ride home with a drunk driver. Myron confronts them, giving them his card and making them promise to call him if they are ever faced with a situation where they or the driver are drunk or high. A few weeks later Myron receives a 2:00 AM call from the friend, Aimee Biel, needing a ride to a friend's house. Myron picks her up on the streets of Manhatten and transports her to a friends house, no questions asked. But the next morning, Myron discovers that Aimee is missing, her parents have called the police, and Myron is now a suspect in her disappearance.

It's been six years since the last Myron Bolitar book and things have changed. His parents have moved to Florida and Myron bought the house he grew up in. His business has expanded. He now represents actors along with sports figures. And he has a new girlfriend. Myron had quit being an amateur detective, but when he finds out that Aimee is missing, he promises her mother that he will bring her daughter home.

I loved the plot of this book; I had a hard time putting it down. All of the gang is back in this story, including two of my favorites, Win and Big Cyndi. The ending was truly a surprise for me. Never saw it coming. My rating: 4 Stars.