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If you liked Shelter then Seconds Away is a must read. Since it opens immediately with the cliffhanger from Shelter there is some details on that but it seems to me that overall story will be waiting for book three for resolution. This book really involves another mystery that gets Mickey involved with his friends Ema and Spoon. In many ways this seemed more age appropriate for the teens than the first book. Still fast paced and a quick read but not as much as the first book. Also less issues here than in the first book if you are looking for information on the contents for kids. Sets up book three but not as a cliffhanger like Shelter did with this book.
I love this novel so much because it felt like a young group of friends who got caught up in the mystery of the Bat Lady are now back. They are ready to sneak out of their homes, send each other cryptic messages to meet up after dark, even risk getting in trouble with law enforcement. They don't back down when there's danger and they always have each other's back. That's what good crime fiction should be about: when you feel a sense of connection with the characters and you empathise with their quest to unravel the mystery at their own peril. I enjoy reading about the comeraderie between Mickey, Ema, Spoon and Rachel. They are peas in a pod, yet are so different. Each brings something valuable to their mission to uncover the truth.
Although I do admit sometimes I got frustrated with Mickey's attitude towards Myron and the way he blames his uncle for what happened to his mum and dad. However, he is the protagonist and I saw much of Myron's bleeding heart and sense of responsibility reflected in Mickey. It felt like Mickey is the younger version of Myron. I mean there is the whole basketball passion that they both share. But I think, having read all of the Myron novels, I could feel that they both embody this stoicism, knight-in-shining-armour, heroism type of persona. That's why trouble always finds them where they go haha!
I also giggled to myself when I read about how they're trying to figure out Ema's home situation because I knew from reading one of the novels from the Myron series.
The characters have this amazing bond with each other. There's witty dialogue. And the character of Spoon is just a comedic reprieve from the more suspenseful chapters. I like how he just spouted out random facts and made all these wisecrack jokes in life-threatening situations.
Definitely can't wait to read the next Mickey Bolitar book!
The 2nd Mickey Bolitar book is a fast-paced mystery involving the shooting of Mickey's new romantic interest, Rachel and her the killing of her mother. As Mickey tries to visit her in the hospital with his friends providing a diversion, he finds her in her room, but must quickly hide because the sheriff is coming to question her. Mickey goes to Bat Lady in her haunted house to try to get some answers and he is further confused to find out the man from the ambulance when his father died was not part of the ambulance crew, but someone known as the Butcher. This someone also resembles a man who killed many children during the holocaust, but how can that be the same man? As a sophomore, Mickey is excited about trying out for the basketball team and hoping to make JV. But as Mickey digs deeper, he and his friends are at risk of being injured. It is only with his solo trip to the Bat Lady's house, finding someone in the house, seeing the halls filled with pictures of children during the Holocaust and also children who are missing now, and a fiery blaze that pushes him out of the house, that Mickey realizes there is much more at work than he realizes. He doesn't feel he can confide in anyone really, even his uncle. The mystery continues to deepen, I was so involved in the story, I did not want it to end. I was not very happy with the ending, Harlan Coben just didn't leave you hanging the way her did in the first book, Shelter. But I will read the 3rd book and hope the ending is a cliff hanger, like the first.
Mickey, along with his friends Spoon and Ema, is trying to find out who shot their friend Rachel. Mickey is also still dealing with questions about his father's recent death, his mother's hospitalization for drug addiction, and his new relationship with his Uncle Myron. Throw in his adjustment to a new school and trying out for the basketball team and you have an action-packed adventure.
I liked the relationship between the kids. Spoon is quite a nerdy character but both Mickey and Ema accept him as he is. He is also very observant and comes up with some of the needed clues to solve the main mystery in this story. Unfortunately, he gets shot in this one and is still in serious condition at the end of the story. I need the next book to find out his fate.
I also liked Mickey's relationship with Ema. He considers her his best friend despite the fact the he doesn't know anything about her home life or even if she has a home. I can understand his hurt feelings when he does learn some of Ema's secrets.
The bigger mystery - all about the Abeona Shelter and what they are doing - is left unsolved in this story. Again, I hope the next book will answer some of those questions.
Fans of mysteries with teen detectives will enjoy the Mickey Bolitar series and may even want to read some of the Myron Bolitar mysteries.
MAN this story just pulled me in. It delves deeper into the backgrounds of the characters. We learn something about the police chief that challenges our impressions of him. And Ema will reveal a wowzer of her secret life. Onward to book 3.
I love Harlan Coben books and the genre doesn't matter. I've read or purchased and plan to read every book Mr. Coben has written with nary a disappointment. The Mickey Bolitar novels are considered young adult reading, but they still have the same wit, plot, and suspense as any "adult" Coben novel, just minus any razzamatazz (there's usually not that much anyway). Now that I've whipped through book 2 of the 3 book series, I'm off to see what shenanigans young Mr. Bolitar has gotten into. My hope is there are more stories in the works, because I hardly stop reading until the final page of Harlan Coben books.