I Will Find You
By: Harlan Coben
Publisher: Grand Central
Publication Date: 03/14/2022
My Rating: 5 Stars (ARC)
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 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?
"Wildly Entertaining! An electrifying game of cat-and-mouse —a father wrongly charged—in prison, desperate to discover what happened to his son in this breakneck action thriller."
Master of suspense, Harlan Coben returns with an action-packed high, adrenaline crime thriller; I WILL FIND YOU —a father wrongly accused of murdering his young son, and years later, while in prison, he learns his son is alive.
David Burroughs has been in prison in Maine for five years, convicted of murdering his three-year-old son Matthew with a baseball bat.
He has no memory of the events of that night. A neighbor testified she saw him buying the murder weapon near his home in Massachusetts.
He has received no visitors in five years nor wanted any. His wife, Cheryl, has left him and remarried.
His sister-in-law Rachel Anderson (former investigative journalist) shows up at the prison with a photo taken by someone at Six Flags amusement park that shows an eight-year-old boy Matthew holding someone's hand.
How could it be? Is his son alive? Then who was the boy with his son's PJs on the night of the murder? Who has set him up, and what is the motive? So many questions.
David is determined to break out of prison to find his son. The warden in the federal prison is a friend of his father's. He must call in a favor.
With two FBI agents on his trail and some sinister evil monsters, he must save his son and get back the life he lost.
Multi-layered, I WILL FIND YOU is one live wire-tension-filled suspense thriller with menace, obsession, power, secrets, lies, and MURDER—with Coben's signature twists and humor. Best of all, a cameo appearance from a favorite character.
True-crime fans will devour. Coben fans will delight in this high-octane, energetic, emotional, edge-of-your-seat action-packed suspense. Even though you may require a suspension of disbelief, do not overthink it, and enjoy the ride! Netflix, please!
Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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My Rating: 5 💗Stars
Pub Date: Mar 14, 2023
"I Will Find You bristles with the irresistible storytelling nous that is Coben’s purview." ―Financial Times
"A series of twists and turns highlights another Great Harlan Coven novel. Nobody writes these kind of novels better than him. This is one you will not want to put down."
―Red Carpet Crash
About the Author
Photo Credit: Claudio Marinesco
With over 80 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times author of thirty four novels including WIN, THE BOY FROM THE WOODS, RUN AWAY, FOOL ME ONCE, TELL NO ONE and the renowned Myron Bolitar series. His books are published in 45 languages around the globe.
Harlan is the creator and executive producer of several Netflix television dramas including STAY CLOSE, THE STRANGER, SAFE, THE FIVE, THE INNOCENT and THE WOODS. Harlan was also showrunner and executive producer for two French TV mini-series, UNE CHANCE DE TROP (NO SECOND CHANCE) and JUST UN REGARD (JUST ONE LOOK). 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.
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.