Saturday, March 21, 2009

Promise Me by Harlen Coben

Myron Bolitar and his odd group of friends are featured in this mystery thriller. Myron is an ex-Pro Basketball player turned PI. He and his odd and deadly friends get involved in the lives of two missing 18-year-old girls. This mystery is combined with the theme: How much should you do to help your children?

While the characters, plotting, and writing, are all excellent, I found the book to be overly violent and sadistic. The heavies inflicted more pain than was necessary for the plot. A mild example is when a man wanted to be sure his wife was telling him the truth (a tenuous and over-used plot device to begin with), the book graphically describes his beating and her extensive injuries. Other scenes were worse.

I recommend this book only to people with high tolerance for graphic pain and suffering.

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