The Match Book Review

The Match Book Review

Title: The Match
Author: Harlan Coben
Published: March 15, 2022, Grand Central Publishing
No. of Pages: 352
Cover Price: $29.00 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Many Harlan Coben fans have enjoyed his new series, Wilde, and The Match is the second installment. Wilde is the boy from the woods, was abandoned as a child and somehow survived and became a productive member of society. Wilde and the supporting characters wonder about how this came to pass. Wilde wants to find out what happened to him and where he came from, and has a DNA test. An online ancestry database notifies him of a match, and that match may be his second cousin, and he is excited that that may lead to him finding his father. Some of the information is a dead end, but as Wilde and others work on this, there are some questions answered and new questions asked. The information opens up some questions about a violent criminal, and Wilde, et al, work to solve the mystery.

Harlan Coben is one of the most read and respected thriller writers, and even though he tells his stories in a serious way, with plenty of suspense that builds throughout, Coben inserts dry humor that tends to make the novels fun as well as exciting. When there is building tension, it’s nice to have a bit of humor, and it helps. Coben is a fabulous storyteller, and most fans have read everything he has written because with his name on it, it is guaranteed to be a good read. And unlike several other bestselling writers, it’s obvious Coben has written these novels himself and hasn’t cheapened them by adding a co-writer. Coben is also a master at developing his characters and readers will enjoy the fact that the characters seem real and are absolutely believable.

Once again, Coben has written a good novel, and thriller aficionados will want to read this series. You can’t go wrong with a Harlan Coben novel.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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