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Gimme Shelter (a review)

I don’t take many opportunities these days to read adult novels. There are way too many middle grade and young adult ones to keep my up at night as it is. But I’ve always loved good mysteries and have swayed from kidlit a bit to take in an occasional title by the writers for older people. So when Harlan Coben came out with Shelter, his first YA, it was a slam dunk that I’d dive in (forgive the mixed sports metaphors, please).

Mickey Bolitar comes to live with his Uncle Myron (one of Coben’s series main characters, a sports agent and private eye when necessary) following the seclusion of Mickey’s mother in drug rehab; even worse, after his father died in a car accident. Mickey was there. He witnessed it. Except. Except the legendarily creepy, maybe lethal Bat Lady appears when Mickey’s looking at her delapidated house, and she claims his father is still alive.

Mickey, who’s just started a new school with the type of attention no one wants, assembles a couple unorthodox friends who help him find his way as he tries to get more information from Bat Lady; also as he tries to find his new girlfriend who suddenly stopped coming to school and seems to have disappeared herself.

Like Coben’s adult thrillers, this one is a page turner that will keep you guessing until the end. Check that. I tried turning pages even past the end. And I mean it in the best possible way. Stay tuned for the sequel.

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Thanks, as always, to Barrie Summy and her awesome book club for prodding me to think about what I read.

Comments

( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Jan. 4th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
This book is right up my alley! I can't wait to read it!!! I'll download it to my kindle. Thanks for reviewing, Jody! And Happy New Year!!
jodyfeldman
Jan. 5th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
You'll love it, Barrie.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 4th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
Ooops. Meant to sign my anon comment. ;)
~Barrie
www.barriesummy.com
sarahlynn.blogspot.com
Jan. 5th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
"I tried turning pages even past the end." Love that line. :)
jodyfeldman
Jan. 5th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
I've never written a truer line :o)
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