A Book Spy Review: ‘Don’t Let Go’ by Harlan Coben


When the deaths of two teenagers rock the small city of Westbridge just weeks before their high school graduation, the brother of one of the victims is unable to let it go.

It’s been fifteen years since Leo Dumas and his girlfriend, Diana Styles, were struck by a train and killed. Today, Nap Dumas, Leo’s twin, is a cop. That night has haunted him ever since, and Nap, like many, has spent countless hours wondering what Leo and Diana were doing on the train tracks to begin with. 

One day, a knock on the door brings Nap’s past clawing back into the forefront of his life. The fingerprints of Maura Wells, one of his childhood classmates, are found in a car at the scene of a murdered police officer. The revelation rocks Nap, who–when not thinking about his brother–has always wondered why Wells, his girlfriend senior year, disappeared the night his brother and Diana were killed. 

Before becoming a cop, Nap spent a lot of time trying to find Maura, exhausting every potential lead even after he was shut down by Maura’s mother. 

The story takes another twist when Nap finds out that the dead cop is Rex Canton, another of his former classmates. Eventually, Nap realizes that the three deaths–Leo, Diana, and Rex–and one disappearance, Maura, all have one thing in common. All four were in a high school conspiracy club that took a special interest in a secret military base hidden deep within the woods of their small town. 

Nap races to find other members of Westbrook High’s Conspiracy Club, learning one by one that each person seems to either be dead or unreachable. 

What could a group of teenagers possibly have stumbled upon that would still put their lives in danger fifteen years later? That’s what Nap sets out to uncover, and the answer is buried deep beneath a winding, hidden trail of shocking secrets and nerve-wracking suspense. 

The book’s title serves as good advice for readers, who may be so shocked by the ending that the novel will be in serious danger of slipping from their grasp. Hold on tight, because Don’t Let Go is a roller coaster ride of a thriller, and a worthy follow-up to both of Harlan Coben’s 2016 releases, Fool Me Once and Home, each of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers last year. 

Book Details

Author: Harlan Coben
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 0525955119
Publisher: Dutton
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Book Spy Rating: 7.5/10
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