Have a reluctant reader? Have a reluctant reader that happens to be a boy?
I’ve got your answer: Harlan Coben.
Coben started out as an adult author and in the past few years made his way to young adult fiction. And I’m so happy he did. I haven’t read any of his adult books, but they’re definitely on my list. He writes such action-packed, edge-of-your-seat YA novels that I can’t imagine what his adult books are like.
Seconds Away by Harlan Coben is the second book in the Mickey Bolitar series. It picks up right where Shelter left off which is good since Shelter left so many questions unanswered. (Check out my review of Shelter here.) It drives me crazy when an author leaves me hanging and I have to wait for the next book to be written. That’s one of the pluses of reading a series after the initial popularity is over; you don’t have to wait anxiously for the next one, they’re all already written for you.
This second book jumps right into the action almost from page one. Mickey and his unlikely band of friends are once again wrapped up in things bigger than themselves and battling adults, secrets, and lies to solve mysteries. Kids will love the adult versus child storylines and the regular high school drama makes it feel current and real.
There are just enough twists in this one to keep readers on their toes and guessing. A few times when I just knew what was going to happen next, I’d read on to learn I was completely wrong. Coban knows how to keep you engaged, always guessing, and always wanting more.
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