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Darkest Fear by Harlan Coben
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Darkest Fear (original 2000; edition 2003)

by Harlan Coben

Series: Myron Bolitar (7)

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Myron never saw it coming. A surprise visit from an ex-girlfriend is unsettling enough. But Emily Downing's news brings him to his knees. Her son Jeremy is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant--from a donor who has vanished without a trace. Then comes the real shocker: The boy is Myron's son, conceived the night before her wedding to another man. Staggered by the news, Myron plunges into a search for the missing donor. But finding him means cracking open a dark mystery that involves a broken family, a brutal kidnapping spree, and the FBI. Somewhere in the sordid mess is the donor who disappeared. And as doubts emerge about Jeremy's true paternity, a child vanishes, igniting a chain reaction of heartbreaking truth and chilling revelation.… (more)
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Title:Darkest Fear
Authors:Harlan Coben
Info:Orion Books Ltd (2003), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 352 pages
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Myron and Win and Esperanza. What more do you need? ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
Darkest Fear is the seventh book in the popular Myron Bolitar series. It opens with Myron visiting his parents home in New Jersey and reminiscing about his life. His father has recently had a health scare and his parents are selling the family home and moving to Florida. In the middle of this emotional upheaval he is contacted by his former college girlfriend, Emily Downing, now married to Myron's basketball nemesis. It turns out that Emily has a 13-year old son, Jeremy, who's in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. They've found a match listed on the bone marrow registry list, but the donor has mysteriously disappeared. She begs Myron to find him, but Myron doesn't want to have anything to do with Emily or Greg. That is, until Emily tells Myron that he is actually the boy's biological father, the result of one last fling on the night before she got married. Is Myron a father? You'll have to read this book to find that out.

I really love this series but have to admit this wasn't my favorite. Although there is plenty of humor, the story seemed to be a little disjointed. Of course, you have to love a story that also includes Myron's best friends, Win and Esperanza. Win is an amoral, self-centered man with a heart of gold who is always ready to save Myron. Esperanza Diaz, former professional wrestler, is now his business partner and is her own version of the CIA. I would definitely recommend starting this series with an earlier book, but most fans will really enjoy this one. I look forward to the next book in this engaging series. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
Fairly typical Harlan Coben fare, which is to say fast paced with plenty of twists and turns and a little humour thrown in. I will say it didn't captivate me quite the way that others have. ( )
  adam.currey | Jun 26, 2020 |
A little convoluted and confusing, but still a good, solid mystery novel. I wish it had been a little easier to follow, but I was a bit distracted yesterday. Lots of characters, also helped with my confusion. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
Myron Bolitar has a surprise child who is dying & needs a bone marrow transplant. Lotsa twists & turns good plot ( )
  BryceV | Nov 14, 2018 |
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When a father gives to his son, they both laugh.
When a son gives to his father, they both cry.
- Yiddish proverb.
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This one is for your father. And mine.
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An hour before his world exploded like a ripe tomato under a stiletto heel, Myron bit into a fresh pastry that tasted suspiciously like a urinal cake.
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Myron never saw it coming. A surprise visit from an ex-girlfriend is unsettling enough. But Emily Downing's news brings him to his knees. Her son Jeremy is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant--from a donor who has vanished without a trace. Then comes the real shocker: The boy is Myron's son, conceived the night before her wedding to another man. Staggered by the news, Myron plunges into a search for the missing donor. But finding him means cracking open a dark mystery that involves a broken family, a brutal kidnapping spree, and the FBI. Somewhere in the sordid mess is the donor who disappeared. And as doubts emerge about Jeremy's true paternity, a child vanishes, igniting a chain reaction of heartbreaking truth and chilling revelation.

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