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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,535 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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