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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harlan Coben Narrator: Jonathan Marosz Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Myron Bolitar Series Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9781415934470
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Edgar Award-winner Harlan Coben is at his electrifying best in his latest novel--a dazzling tale of seething mystery and dark family secrets.  In Darkest Fear, Myron Bolitar faces the most emotionally shattering case of his career.  And it all begins when Myron's ex-girlfriend tells him he is a father--of a dying thirteen-year-old boy....

Myron's sports agency is struggling.  Now more than ever Myron needs to keep his eye on the ball, sign up some big-name clients, and turn away from the amateur detective work that is taking precious time away from the agency.  But life is not going according to plan.  Myron's father, recently recovered from a heart attack, is facing his own mortality--and forcing Myron to face it too.  Then comes another surprise.

Emily Downing, Myron's college sweetheart, reappears in his life with devastating news:  Her thirteen-year-old son Jeremy is gravely ill and can be saved only by a bone-marrow transplant--from a donor who has vanished without a trace.  And before Myron can absorb this revelation, Emily hits him with an even bigger shocker:  Jeremy is Myron's son, conceived the night before Emily's wedding to another man.

Staggered by the news, Myron plunges into a search for the missing donor.  But for Myron, finding the only person in the world who can save a boy's life means cracking open a mystery as dark as it is heartbreaking--a mystery that involves a broken family, a brutal kidnapping spree, and a cat-and-mouse game between an ambitious reporter and the FBI.

Somewhere in the sordid mess is the man who once signed his name to a bone-marrow donor's registry, then disappeared.  And as doubts emerge about Jeremy's true paternity, a child vanishes, igniting a chain reaction of truth and revelation that will change everyone's life forever.

At once a riveting mystery and a spellbinding journey into the secrets that haunt families, lovers, and friends, Darkest Fear proves once again that Harlan Coben is a master storyteller like no other--and one of the most original talents in suspense fiction today.


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Quotes & Awards

  • In a genre crowded with accidental detectives who seem invented only to lure cat-loving vegetarians and other special-interest readers, Myron Bolitar stands out. USA Today
  • Don't let Coben's wry observations fool you.  They gift wrap keen insights into our society.... The Washington Post Book World
  • Poignant and insightful...Myron is gallant, likable and delightfully original. Los Angeles Times
  • Coben has melded sly humor, sophisticated plotting, and solid storytelling with bizarre yet believable characters. Chicago Tribune
  • Bottom line: Slam dunk suspense from smart aleck sleuth. People Magazine Beach Pick of the Week
  • Harlan Coben and the Myron Bolitar Novels:
  • The world needs to discover Harlan Coben.  He's smart, he's funny, and he has something to say. Michael Connelly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/11/2014

    " Myron finds out he has a son who is dying from a rare disease. The only donor match is MIA and the search for the donor leads to the FBI, an incredibly powerful family and a serial killer/kidnapper. Good story with a few twists that I didn't see coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pollyjo | 1/29/2014

    " I love this series! They just keep getting better and better. It is so odd to be reading away about serious stuff and be able to laugh. Things pop into Myron's head just the way it happens in real life. Something like a song or a commerical or something that your Mom used to say...... or still says........ Makes it seem like you really are a part of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty Sutton | 1/19/2014

    " this one was really creepy - and like all his books, I couldn't put it down! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ms. Risch | 1/13/2014

    " I've discovered that these types of popcorn mystery reads usually chug along with entertaining yet completely unbelievable plots until they suddenly hit a brick wall. This book appears to be the brick wall in this particular series: a babydaddy sideline story reminiscent of something one might see on The Young & The Restless, a ripped-from-the-headlines plot I'd expect from a Law & Order rerun on TNT, and absolutely horrible dialogue between Myron and his latest (very annoying) love interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Mjaatvedt | 1/4/2014

    " A very good Myron Bolitar offering. As is often the case when reading a number of serial offerings with the same characters, I find it more and more difficult to offer objective opinions on the quality of the story. I like all the characters in the Bolitar books, even the violent, misogynistic, borderline sociopathic, but steadfastly loyal Win. I would despise the guy in real life, but I enjoy him in these books. I'm waiting for more Big Cyndi! On to #8 in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sigrid | 11/30/2013

    " Still amazing! I just love Myron Bolitar and the way Coben writes!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Tyley | 11/23/2013

    " One thing about Harlan Coben's novels is that you don't have to read the whole series to understand and enjoy one or more of the others. Highly recommended... even if it was first published over ten years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesi | 10/26/2013

    " loved it, nice twists and turns "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 10/23/2013

    " Love this writer. Very many twists and turns in this murder mystery. Myron Bolliter is the main character who is a sports agent who also solves crime.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 7/14/2013

    " I loved the sarcasm and wit. But for the last fifth of the book, it seemed like the book had many different endings...as if other crimes had occurred that slipped past me and we all being solved every couple of pages...But it was still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kip | 7/8/2013

    " The sixth book in the Bolitar series...this is a pretty damned good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/3/2013

    " 7th Myron Bolitar ser "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nerida Hart | 11/26/2012

    " not my favourite of his... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jann | 6/28/2012

    " I love me some Myron Bolitar and this 7th book in the series did not disappoint! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 4/4/2012

    " Another great Myron adventure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 3/11/2012

    " This is one of the Myron Bolitar series of books. These books are very entertaining with mystery intertwined. Set mostly in NYC, but also references to Philadelphia Main Line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 2/8/2012

    " Another good Myron Bolitar novel...almost done with the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nerida Hart | 11/10/2011

    " not my favourite of his... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 9/19/2011

    " This is my type of Harlan Coben!!! Twists galore, no idea who is good and who is bad. Except for Win, he's both, all the time. Still wondering though, does Myron have a little brother named Brad? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra. | 8/7/2011

    " #7 what happened to #5 and 6? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Kiwi | 6/18/2011

    " I really liked this one. Goes far in the character development of Myron. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Coley | 5/28/2011

    " I love listening to audio books. I clip on my ipod and head to the chicken house or garden to spend the day working and listening to a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 5/21/2011

    " Loved the wit in the writing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 5/12/2011

    " There's nothing fantastic about the story, but again, it's Coben, and I enjoy his writing style very much. It's pleasant, funny sometimes, and enjoyable. A bathroom reading, but in a good way. Refreshing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. Myron is supposed to be a good guy. He slept with Greg Downings wife the night before they were married and now he finds out he is the father to Greg's son. He chases down a serial killer so he get that guy to give a bone marrow transplant "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita Kay | 5/4/2011

    " Always fun to read Harlan Coben, especially when Myron Bolitar is the main character! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 4/7/2011

    " Out of the series so far this isn't my favorite one. But it was still pretty good. I just felt that it lacked some the wit and humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 3/19/2011

    " Another great Coben book in the Bolitar series. I do love the twisty endings! This is also not my favorite, but did really enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 3/19/2011

    " read in c.c.p. really enjoy coben's work especially the books w/ myron. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 3/18/2011

    " Another good Myron Bolitar novel...almost done with the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 2/13/2011

    " So good! Wish I had more of this series to keep reading right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 2/7/2011

    " I loved Myron! This is a great mystery with heart and humor..I ill be reading more of this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesi | 12/28/2010

    " loved it, nice twists and turns "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/24/2010

    " Bolitar finds out from an old girl friend that he is the father of a 3 yo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/9/2010

    " Loved this book. Am a huge fan of the Myron Bolitar's series of books. This was no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Varrsity | 12/6/2010

    " Almost all of his series are classic. "

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About the Author
Author Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including eight novels that have made the #1 New York Times bestsellers list. He is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, and in 2010, Live Wire won the world’s most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing, worth €125,000. His books are published in forty one languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Marosz has narrated dozens of audiobooks throughout his career, including numerous titles by bestselling authors David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, and Tony Hillerman.