Harlan Coben's 2020 summer reads

Chris Schluep on June 22, 2020

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It feels like Harlan Coben is everywhere these days. With more than 70 million books in print, it's certainly safe to say his novels are everywhere. But if you turn on your television you will find his work all over Netflix, too. People can't get enough of Coben's twisty thrillers, whether on the page or on the screen.

Harlan Coben's latest novel is The Boy from the Woods, which published in March. The story introduces us to Wilde, who was found living feral in the woods as a boy. That was thirty years ago—and no one, including Wilde himself, knows why he was out there living under such dire circumstances. But now a girl has gone missing, and he is the only one who can find her. Be rest-assured, many twists and turns will ensue. 

Which reads does Harlan Coben recommend? Here are his picks for the summer:

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

The lives of two women—a poor grifter and a reclusive heiress—collide in explosive and unexpected ways. When I gave the book a “blurb,” I wrote: “Pretty Things is awesome. Simple as that. I loved every page. Janelle Brown is your new must-read author.” Still true.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Say Nothing is written like the most gripping of novels. Patrick Radden Keefe brings the tragedies of The Troubles in Northern Ireland to life in this brilliant piece of investigative writing. Heartbreaking, eloquent, shattering, lingering, illuminating.

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

Despite the fact that I have two nonfiction works on my list, I almost exclusively read fiction, but Erik Larson has long been one of my favorites. If you’ve read his others, you don’t need me to tell you what a great historian he is. If you haven’t, The Splendid and the Vile captures Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz like no other book I’ve ever read. Enjoy.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

There is so much great stuff in Ann Patchett’s latest—a grandiose mansion, a dysfunctional family, an evil stepmother—that I don’t even know where to begin. Spanning five decades, The Dutch House is masterful storytelling by one of our best novelists. Give it a go.

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