Book Review - Gone for Good by Harlan Coben | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Gone for Good by Harlan Coben

Gone for Good by Harlan Coben | Blushing Geek

Gone for Good by Harlan Coben
First Published by
Dell Publishing Company on January 1, 2002
Genre: SuspenseMystery, Thriller
432 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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As a boy, Will Klein had a hero: his older brother, Ken. Then, on a warm suburban night in the Kleins’ affluent New Jersey neighborhood, a young woman — a girl Will had once loved — was found brutally murdered in her family’s basement. The prime suspect: Ken Klein. With the evidence against him overwhelming, Ken simply vanished. And when his shattered family never heard from Ken again, they were sure he was gone for good.

Now eleven years have passed. Will has found proof that Ken is alive. And this is just the first in a series of stunning revelations as Will is forced to confront startling truths about his brother, and even himself. As a violent mystery unwinds around him, Will knows he must press his search all the way to the end. Because the most powerful surprises are yet to come.


I’ve read something before about a brother or a sister trying to clean up their sibling’s reputation so I didn’t have any high expectations for this book. For almost eleven years, Ken has been in hiding for killing Will’s (younger brother) ex girlfriend Julie Miller. Will believed that he’s dead all those years until the nightmare came back and confirmed that he’s alive. Now, he’s determined to find his brother and to know the truth and hopefully clear his name. I was pretty sure he was innocent too and the mystery on why Julie was killed is too agonizing to bear not knowing. Unfortunately it took me almost 3 days to finish this story, not because it was awfully bad but because I was quite busy last Saturday

When I started this book, I already concluded that I’m going to have a good time. The writing style was ofcourse different from what I’m used to since the author is a guy. It was actually the second book in this genre that the author was a guy (the first one was awful) that I tried but surprisingly, I love Coben’s writing style, it’s not too boyish for my taste and it’s not boring either. I thought at first that only female authors tend to talk a lot and explain everything in their surroundings in perfect detail but Harlan kind of walked that path and this story, Gone for Good, has a lot of lines explaining and describing everything. Ofcourse that could be a big help in this genre because everything needs to be clear to the readers to help them figure out the culprit or whatsoever but I’m never really into that stuff since I’m a dialogue reader, but surprisingly, I didn’t find it annoying. I actually read almost everything in this story and only skipped twice or thrice. Didn’t I just said I love the writing style? Hehe.

Another thing too is that the main character is male. I’m used to a badass female lead when reading this genre so it was really exciting. For MHClark’s stories, she used to mention a lot of characters thus making it quite hard (especially for me who has no Sherlock Holmes talent) to pinpoint the real culprit. But for this story, there’s actually no need for me to guess because all were laid out as early as the first few chapters. The bad guys and the good guys were introduced very early in the story which kind of sends a not so pleasant sign to me. You see, with MHClark, she makes me feel cautious all throughout the story in the hopes of naming the culprit but since this story already laid it all out for me, there’s no challenge at all. I guess that’s also the reason why it was so easy for me to set this aside without any mind struggle last Saturday haha. 

Even if the whole idea of the story is not something new in terms of concept, I have to say that every scene in this story was different from others. Not that challenging yes, but absolutely not cliché. It has its own share of suspense and thrill as well as mystery so you’re time reading this story wouldn’t be a waste. I thought everything was crystal clear until I came to the last chapter. My! It was so unexpected. Like huh? I don’t really want to elaborate because it’s going to destroy the whole story for you if you find out. All I can say is that it was one of those perfect unexpected surprises. It was even a little heartwarming. Everything I thought was true isn’t exactly what it is. It’s just really unexpected and I am glad that everything turned out great especially for Will. All I can say about him is that he really was clueless and got played without him knowing it. But at least now he can finally have the happy ending he totally deserves.

For my rating, I am going to give Gone for Good a 3.5 star. It was really good but I think it’s not yet good enough for a four star. Besides, it was my first book from the author and there’s still a lot of opportunities for me to read his other books.

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6 years ago

I’m trying to read more mysteries/thrillers and it’s a genre I really struggle with but I still want to push out of my reading comfort zone once in awhile.

For What It’s Worth

6 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Ohh, you may want to consider some books from Mary Higgins Clark Karen. I love most of her later books so I think you will enjoy them too 🙂

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading

I love Mary Higgins Clark. She knows to keep you guessing. I never read Harlan Cohen before. Heard great things about him, do plan to Read one of his books.

6 years ago

Yep, that MHClark for you hehe. Since you also love MHClark, I’m sure you will have a liking for this one too Nadene 🙂

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

It sounds good even though it’s not what I usually read.

6 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yeah, this one really is good. I hope you’ll get the chance to try this one Mary 🙂

6 years ago

You’re inspiring me to try more books out of my comfort zone 🙂

6 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

Yay. It’s good to hear 🙂

6 years ago

You had me at Holmes! This sounds perfect for fall.

6 years ago

Yeah, this one sure is. Hope you’ll enjoy this one Kim 🙂

Carole's Random Life
6 years ago

I love Harlan Coben! I read this one so long ago that I don’t remember too much of it. His book usually take a shocking turn before they are done. Great review!

6 years ago

True about the shocking turn, that totally caught me off guard. Now I’m really excited to try some of his other books 🙂

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