Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel by Harlan Coben

By: Ashley Staff Email
By: Ashley Staff Email

As a kid I was always big on reading, even though some people would always give me a hard time about it I didn’t care, it was what I enjoyed doing. I remember one time in junior high there was one book I read that totally changed how I viewed books and their authors, it was Harlan Coben’s Tell No One. That book was and will always be one of the best books I have ever read. When I used to read I never really thought too hard about how the authors got the inspiration for their books, but after I read this one I was so intrigued by how Coben was able to come up with a book that had so many twists and turns. I started looking at books in a completely different light. I immediately started reading any book I could find by him. I would honestly give anything just to sit down with him and have a conversation about all the books he has written and see how he got the ideas for all the different plots and the many different characters he has created.

Coben has independent books and he also has his ever-famous Myron Bolitar series, which I am obsessed with by the way. During his most recent Myron book, Live Wire, the audience is introduced to Myron’s nephew, Mickey. After that book Coben decided to start a series with Mickey as the main character. That is the book I am writing a review for today, it is the first book in the Mickey Bolitar series, Shelter. Now this book came out last year, but the reason for me picking it is because the second book in the series is coming out this month on the 18th, and to say I am extremely excited would be the understatement of the century. For my next book review I will be reviewing the second book, Seconds Away.

To say that Mickey Bolitar has had a rough year would be a huge understatement. He has had to witness the death of his father and watch his mother spiral out of control until it landed her in rehab. With nowhere else to go Mickey must now live with his uncle Myron, and let’s just say they don’t have the best relationship. Mickey is now the new kid at the school where all everyone talks about is the fact that he is related to the infamous Myron Bolitar. Mickey is surprised to find himself thinking that things might just be ok once he meets one of the other new kids in town, Ashley Kent, who he also finds very attractive. Things are going good with them until suddenly Ashley just vanishes. Mickey is determined to find out what has happened to Ashley, but he soon discovers that Ashley isn’t who she said she was and neither is the man who was his father. Mickey is soon questioning everything about the life he thought he knew and some of the answers might be too much for Mickey to handle.

I honestly feel like I can’t say enough good things about this book! I loved absolutely everything about it. Coben has definitely started another great series. I love Mickey’s character; I think the reason I love him so much is because he reminds me so much of his uncle Myron. Mickey is so witty and funny, but also so caring and gentle. He is the type of person that will do whatever it takes for the people that he cares about. Coben’s writing is amazing; the mystery he instills in a book is remarkable. I am always trying to figure out how certain people are connected and how it will turn out in the end, but I am always wrong. Maybe that is just my fault for not being clever enough, but I can almost guarantee everyone will be left completely surprised with how this book plays out. Coben always puts just the right amount of humor in his books; I know I can always expect to get a good laugh from him. I just love all the different personalities of his characters in this book; you can’t help but love every single one of them. Coben makes you feel this sort of attachment to the characters like you know them. I feel like any day now I could just run into one of them out on the street.

The second book in this series is Seconds Away and I can’t wait till I can read it. I am looking forward to seeing Mickey’s character grow and see what else he and his group of friends get themselves into. I also can’t wait to get some of my questions from the first book answered. The way Shelter ended honestly had the hairs on the back of my neck standing straight up, I am so anxious to see what Coben has in store for us.

Let me just say Harlan Coben you are an excellent writer my friend and as long as you keep writing I will keep reading! Coben’s books are for anyone and I whole heartedly recommend them!


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