Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Hello All!

I'm happy to report that Harlan Coben has made a successful jump from adult mysteries and thrillers to young adult mysteries!

Shelter is the story of Mickey Bolitar (nephew of Myron Bolitar, protagonist of Coben's adult mystery series) as he adjusts to a completely new life with his uncle. Mickey has recently lost his father, his mother is in drug rehab, so Mickey is starting a new high school in his sophomore year. He meets the beautiful and sweet Ashley during orientation, but after only a week or so of school, she disappears. Mickey starts asking questions about her, as well as checking into the interesting house nearby. The house supposedly belongs to the Bat Lady, and it's one of those creepy houses that's in every neighborhood--there are rumors about it, it's not kept up, and kids dare other kids to knock on the door.

Being a new kid at school, Mickey doesn't seem to fall into any particular crowd, and starts to make friends with some of the oddballs in his class who join into his adventures. They look for Ashley, information about the death of Mickey's dad, and what's going on at the Bat Lady's house.

Shelter by Harlan Coben contains lots of suspense, along with some humor and good friendships. Recommended.

Happy Reading!

Shelter by Harlan Coben, Putnam, 2011, ISBN 9780399256509

This book was sent to the Pima County Public Library for review for purchase by Crown Publishers; no other compensation was offered or accepted for this review.

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