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I Will Find You by Harlan Coben
Narrator: Steven Weber
Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 14, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 10 hours, 16 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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David and Cheryl Burroughs were living the dream life when tragedy struck. Now, five years after that terrible night, Cheryl is remarried. And David is serving a life sentence in a maximum-security prison for the brutal murder of their son.
Then Cheryl’s sister, Rachel, arrives unexpectedly during visiting hours and drops a bombshell. She’s come with a photograph that a friend took on vacation at a theme park with a boy in the background who has a familiar, distinctive birthmark … and even though David and Rachel realize it can’t be, they both just know. It's David’s son, Matthew, and he's still alive.
I’m a fan of Harlan Coben and his books. I have read both series and standalones. The character development as usual is very well done and it easily feels like these could be real people. They have depth in their flaws, and their wants and needs, their rationalizations and dreams.
The primary character is David. He is in prison, having been convicted of killing his son 5 years ago. He has shut himself off from everyone in his life. Nothing matters to him since his son is dead.
Then Rachel, his formal sister-in-law, finds a photo and they think the son, Matthew, is still alive. In addition to needing to get out of prison to find his son, some inmates with the help of guards are now trying to kill him.
I won’t spoil the fast paced, dangerous action, clever investigation which follows. There are so many forces at work here. It’s not just the FBI trying to chase down David. There’s the people who saw to his false conviction in the first place. At least David gets to see his father, who is dying, and his beloved aunt who raised him after his mother died.
David has the support and help of Rachel. His ex-wife Cheryl, Rachel’s sister has other things happening. She’s a surgeon at a hospital. Rachel gets some help from an old college friend also. There are so many details of the past and present which all make up the web of deceit which changed their lives.
The ending was satisfying but getting there was terrifying. David and Rachel took a lot of risks. The truth was shocking but enjoyable to learn.
I have listened to Steven Weber on other Harlan Coben audiobooks where he is the narrator. His style works with the material . He performed the voices distinctly and appropriate for age and gender. The emotional tones were fitting. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
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