By Harlan Coben

In his 7th Myron Bolitar mystery, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben brings us his such a lot astonishing—and deeply personal—novel but. And all of it starts off while Myron’s ex tells him he’s a father . . . of a death thirteen-year-old boy.
 
A shock stopover at from an ex-girlfriend is unsettling sufficient. yet Emily Downing’s information brings Myron to his knees. Her son Jeremy is demise and wishes a bone marrow transplant from a donor who has vanished with out a hint. Then comes the genuine shocker: Jeremy is Myron’s son, conceived the evening sooner than Emily’s marriage ceremony to a different guy. Myron is decided to assist him. yet discovering the lacking donor capability cracking open a dismal secret that includes a damaged relations, a brutal kidnapping spree, and the FBI. And as doubts emerge approximately Jeremy’s actual paternity, a toddler vanishes, igniting a series response of heartbreaking fact and chilling revelation.
 
Praise for Darkest Fear
 
“Suspenseful . . . a slam dunk . . . You race to show pages.”—People
 
“Fast-paced . . . layered with either tenderness and enjoyable . . . Coben [is] a talented storyteller.”—The Denver Post
 
“A very good novel . . . Coben’s professionalism is obvious from each paragraph within the book.”—The Boston Globe
 
“With its pretzel of a plot and page-turning velocity, Darkest Fear is a winner.”—The Orlando Sentinel

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Abruptly his rehearsed speech sounded so rattling canned, jam-packed with “It’s nobody’s fault” and “Adults make blunders too” and “It doesn’t suggest your mom and dad love you any much less. ” It was once patronizing and silly and— “Mr. Bolitar? ” Myron seemed up on the boy. “My ma and pa informed me,” Jeremy acknowledged. “Two days in the past. ” His chest shuddered. “What? ” “I comprehend you’re my organic father. ” Myron used to be shocked and but he wasn’t. a few may possibly say that Emily and Greg had made a preemptive strike, kind of like a attorney who unearths whatever undesirable approximately his personal buyer simply because he is aware the competition will do it. decrease the blow. yet might be Emily and Greg had discovered an identical lesson he had approximately lies and the way they fester. and perhaps, once more, they have been attempting to do what was once most sensible for his or her boy. “How do you're feeling approximately it? ” Myron requested. “Weird, I guess,” Jeremy acknowledged. “I suggest, mum and dad continue waiting for me to collapse or whatever. yet I don’t see why it should be this sort of immense deal. ” “You don’t? ” “Sure, ok, I see it, but”—he stopped, shrugged—“it’s unlike the entire world’s grew to become inside of out or whatever. you recognize what I suggest? ” Myron nodded. “Maybe it’s simply because you’ve already had your global became within out. ” “You suggest being in poor health and all? ” “Yes. ” “Yeah, maybe,” he stated, puzzling over it. “Must be bizarre for you too. ” “Yeah,” Myron stated. “I’ve been considering it,” Jeremy stated. “You are looking to listen what I’ve get a hold of? ” Myron swallowed. He seemed into the boy’s eyes—serenity, convinced, yet now not via innocence. “Very much,” he acknowledged. “You’re now not my dad,” he stated easily. “I suggest, you're my father. yet you’re now not my dad. you recognize what I suggest? ” Myron controlled a nod “But”—Jeremy stopped, seemed up, shrugged the shrug of a thirteen-year-old—“but perhaps possible be round. ” “Around? ” Myron repeated. “Yeah,” Jeremy stated. He smiled back and pow, Myron’s chest took one other blow. “Around. you recognize. ” “Yeah,” Myron acknowledged, “I recognize. ” “I imagine I’d like that. ” “Me too,” Myron stated. Jeremy nodded. “Cool. ” “Yeah. ” The gymnasium clock grunted and driven ahead. Jeremy checked out it. “Mom’s most likely open air looking forward to me. We frequently cease on the grocery store at the means domestic. are looking to come? ” Myron shook his head. “Not this present day, thank you. ” “Cool. ” Jeremy stood, gazing Myron’s face. “You ok? ” “Yeah. ” Jeremy smiled. “Don’t fear. It’s going to determine. ” Myron attempted to grin again. “How did you get to be so clever? ” “Good parenting,” he acknowledged. “Combined with stable genes. ” Myron laughed. “You will need to contemplate a destiny in politics. ” “Yeah,” Jeremy stated. “Take it effortless, Myron. ” “You too, Jeremy. ” He watched the boy stroll out the door, back with the normal gait. Jeremy didn’t glance again. there has been the sound of the door final, the echoes, after which Myron used to be on my own. He became towards the basket and stared on the hoop till it blurred. He observed the boy’s first step, heard his first observe, smelled the candy fresh of a tender child’s pajamas. He felt the smack of a ball opposed to a glove, bent over to assist along with his homework, stayed up all evening whilst he had a plague, it all, like his personal father had, a whirl of taunting, aching photos, as irretrievable because the previous.

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