I Will Find You
Suspense / Thriller
Setting – Maine – New York
Grand Central Publishing (March 14, 2023)
Hardcover : 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 1538748363
ISBN-13 : 978-1538748367
Kindle ASIN : B0B5SD5SCL
Five years ago, an innocent man began a life sentence for murdering his own son. Today he found out his son is still alive.
David Burroughs was once a devoted father to his three-year-old son Matthew, living a dream life just a short drive away from the working-class suburb where he and his wife, Cheryl, first fell in love–until one fateful night when David woke suddenly to discover Matthew had been murdered while David was asleep just down the hall.
Half a decade later, David’s been wrongly accused and convicted of the murder, left to serve out his time in a maximum-security prison—a fate which, grieving and wracked with guilt, David didn’t have the will to fight. The world has moved on without him. Then Cheryl’s younger sister, Rachel, makes a surprise appearance during visiting hours bearing a strange photograph. It’s a vacation shot of a bustling amusement park a friend shared with her, and in the background, just barely in the frame, is a boy bearing an eerie resemblance to David’s son. Even though it can’t be, David just knows: Matthew is still alive.
David plans a harrowing escape, determined to achieve the impossible – save his son, clear his own name, and discover the real story of what happened. But with his life on the line and the FBI following his every move, can David evade capture long enough to reveal the shocking truth?
Receiving a life sentence 5 years ago for murdering his son, a crime he asserts that he didn’t commit, David Burroughs has accepted his fate. He is grieving and guilty for not being able to protect his son. The child was killed just down the hall from where he was sleeping. He has had no visitors by his choice but believes no one would want to visit him anyway. He assumes his ex-wife Cheryl has moved on with her life like the rest of the world.
Then one day Cheryl’s sister Rachel comes to visit him. Reluctant at first to see her, he decides he has nothing to lose and they were pretty close before his whole world collapsed. He never expected she would show him a picture that would change everything. It’s a shot taken in an amusement park by one of her friends. If you look closely in the background there is a boy about 8 years old that looks just like his son. It can’t be . . . can it? Could Matthew really be alive?
David just has to find out for himself. He comes up with a convoluted plan to escape. He has to get out to find and save his son. Then he can clear his name. But as an escaped felon the FBI is on his tail. Will he be able to find Matthew or will he be back behind bars before he has the chance?
I love Harlan Coben’s stories and it is easy to see why so many are made into movies or television series. They are always impactful and mind-bending. I Will Find You is my new favorite Coben thriller.
David Burroughs is a flawed individual but he was a devoted dad who not only had to endure the horrific loss of his son but was accused and convicted of committing the murder. Of course, he divorced his wife. And of course, he withdrew into himself. Within the first few paragraphs, I was all in with David Burroughs. This man has layers and he is grieving. I have lost a son and I feel that pain every day. That is why I was so excited that his son really could still be alive. I would rally behind any effort for that to be true. Even when I know this story could never happen the way written in real life, it was a home run for me. Yes, readers have to step outside of reality but it is so worth it.
This story is a wild ride. Intense, riveting, thrilling, set at breakneck speed, and impossible to put down. With monster twists and turns, Mr. Coben captured this reader and held on tight. There was one twist that I hated, a mere coincidence, it had to be there to set other parts of the story in motion but in my heart, I wished it would not have happened. I was so caught up in the action, I had that “oh ****, you better hurry up” moment, and was thrilled at the way David could think on the fly.
I really enjoyed the way Rachel, also a flawed individual with her own issues had David’s back no matter what. She also had an excellent lawyer helping her out. The FBI agents drove me a little crazy but I didn’t allow their behavior to detract from my enjoyment of the story.
I Will Find You is full of suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I read the entire book in one sitting. This is not the first time a book by Harlan Coben has given me a book hangover by staying up too late to finish a fabulous story and I know it won’t be the last. I look forward to whatever he has in store for us next year. You will find I Will Find You on my 2023 Best Reads List as it receives my Paradise Rating.
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About the Author
With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times author of thirty-one novels including RUN AWAY, FOOL ME ONCE, TELL NO ONE, NO SECOND CHANCE and the renowned Myron Bolitar series. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe.
Harlan is the creator and executive producer for the Netflix television dramas SAFE starring Michael C. Hall, Audrey Fleurot, and Amanda Abbington, and THE FIVE starring Tom Cullen and OT Fagbenle. He is currently filming THE STRANGER, based on his novel, for Netflix starring Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, Jennifer Saunders, and Stephen Rea. Harlan was also showrunner and executive producer for two French TV mini-series, UNE CHANCE DE TROP (NO SECOND CHANCE) with Alexandra Lamy and JUST UN REGARD (JUST ONE LOOK) with Virginie Ledoyen. KEINE ZWEIT CHANCE, also based on Harlan’s novel, aired in Germany on Sat1.
Harlan’s novel TELL NO ONE (NE LE DIS A PERSONNE) was turned into the renowned French film, directed by Guillaume Canet and starring Francois Cluzet. The movie was the top box office foreign-language film of the year in USA, won the Lumiere (French Golden Globe) for best picture, and was nominated for nine Cesars (French Oscar) and won four, including best actor, best director, and best music. The movie with subtitles is now available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and DVD/Blu-Ray.
Winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – international bestselling author Harlan Coben’s critically-acclaimed novels have been called “ingenious” (New York Times), “poignant and insightful” (Los Angeles Times), “consistently entertaining” (Houston Chronicle), “superb” (Chicago Tribune) and “must-reading” (Philadelphia Inquirer).
In his first books, Coben immersed himself in the exploits of sports agent Myron Bolitar. Critics loved the series, saying, “You race to turn pages…both suspenseful and often surprisingly funny” (People). After seven books Coben wanted to try something different. “I came up with a great idea that simply would not work for Myron,” says Coben. The result was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller TELL NO ONE, which became the most decorated thriller of the year. Two books later, Bookspan, recognizing Coben’s broad international appeal, named NO SECOND CHANCE its first-ever International Book of the Month in 2003 – the Main Selection in 15 different countries.
Harlan was the first writer in more than a decade to be invited to write fiction for the NEW YORK TIMES op-ed page. His Father’s Day short story, THE KEY TO MY FATHER, appeared June 15, 2003. His essays and columns have appeared in many top publications including the New York Times, Parade Magazine, and Bloomberg Views.
Harlan has received an eclectic variety of honors from all over the world. In Paris, he was awarded the prestigious Vermeil Medal of Honor for contributions to culture and society by the Mayor of Paris. He was won the El Premio del Novela Negra RBA in Spain, the Grand Prix de Lectrices in France, and the CWA/ITV3 Bestseller Dagger for favorite crime novelist in England. On the other end of the spectrum, Little League Baseball inducted Harlan into their Hall of Excellence in 2013, and Harlan is also a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame from his playing days at Amherst College.
Harlan was born in Newark, New Jersey. He still lives in New Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben MD, a pediatrician, and their four children.
Find out more about Harlan Coben and his books on his webpage here.
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