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Seconds Away by Harlan Coben, is the second book in Mickey Bolitar series (you can see my review of the first book: Shelter, by clicking this link.)
While I enjoyed Shelter, it sometimes fell a little short for me. While I won’t say Seconds Away was perfect, I did enjoy it that little bit more.
In Shelter, I found myself drawn more to his two friends Ema and Spoon more than Mickey, finding their characters more interesting. I’m glad to say however, that I liked Mickey much more in Seconds Away, perhaps because, we already know a little about him, but also because he continues to be fleshed out, and be get to know him even better.
I’m pleased to say that Harlan Coben continues to nail the friendship between the three friends, one of the things I did really like about the first book. There’s a fair bit of action and many twists in the book, (as you might expect), and the trio’s friendship provides a nice balance to this and supplies the books more fun moments, and a twist or two as well
The book picks up from the cliffhanger, Harlan Coben left us on at the end of Shelter and gradually unravels some of the mysteries that were left hanging (improbably old Nazis, anybody?). Like Mickey susspects, there is more to this Butcher of Lodz character, and things are not as they first seem. But for every twist he unravels, Coben, delivers at least one more to replace it!
As well as the series arc of the mystery surrounding the Abeona Shelter, Mickey, his parents and his past, there is another mystery for Mickey to investigate, that of the shooting of his new friend, and possible romantic interest, Rachel, who just seconds after coming off the phone with Mickey is shot in the head, along with her estranged mother who is killed.
Like in the first book, these two plot strands are essentially separate, although they do tend to overlap on the edges, and one suspects as we learn more about Abeona, those overlaps will grow. It certainly keeps the plot motoring along and us the readers guessing…
Seconds Away was an exciting and entertaining second instalment in Mickey’s adventures, and I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next in the series!
Having ended the Edgar Award-nominated Shelter with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, Coben picks up Mickey’s story right where it left off in this suspenseful new adventure.
Mickey and his loyal new friends, sharp-witted Ema and adorably charming Spoon, once again find themselves in over their heads on the hunt for missing pieces to a puzzle they have yet to understand.
As the mystery surrounding Mickey’s dad’s death unfolds, he soon learns that they may be in more danger than they could have ever imagined.
My copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.