Receiving a life sentence 5 years ago for murdering his son, a crime he asserts that he didn't commit, David Burroughs has accepted his fate. He is grieving and guilty for not being able to protect his son. The child was killed just down the hall from where he was sleeping. He has had no visitors by his choice but believes no one would want to visit him anyway. He assumes his ex-wife Cheryl has moved on with her life like the rest of the world.
Then one day Cheryl's sister Rachel comes to visit him. Reluctant at first to see her, he decides he has nothing to lose and they were pretty close before his whole world collapsed. He never expected she would show him a picture that would change everything. It's a shot taken in an amusement park by one of her friends. If you look closely in the background there is a boy about 8 years old that looks just like his son. It can't be . . . can it? Could Matthew really be alive?
David just has to find out for himself. He comes up with a convoluted plan to escape. He has to get out to find and save his son. Then he can clear his name. But as an escaped felon the FBI is on his tail. Will he be able to find Matthew or will he be back behind bars before he has the chance?
I love Harlan Coben's stories and it is easy to see why so many are made into movies or television series. They are always impactful and mind-bending. I Will Find You is my new favorite Coben thriller.
David Burroughs is a flawed individual but he was a devoted dad who not only had to endure the horrific loss of his son but was accused and convicted of committing the murder. Of course, he divorced his wife. And of course, he withdrew into himself. Within the first few paragraphs, I was all in with David Burroughs. This man has layers and he is grieving. I have lost a son and I feel that pain every day. That is why I was so excited that his son really could still be alive. I would rally behind any effort for that to be true. Even when I know this story could never happen the way written in real life, it was a home run for me. Yes, readers have to step outside of reality but it is so worth it.
This story is a wild ride. Intense, riveting, thrilling, set at breakneck speed, and impossible to put down. With monster twists and turns, Mr. Coben captured this reader and held on tight. There was one twist that I hated, a mere coincidence, it had to be there to set other parts of the story in motion but in my heart, I wished it would not have happened. I was so caught up in the action, I had that âoh ****, you better hurry upâ moment, and was thrilled at the way David could think on the fly.
I really enjoyed the way Rachel, also a flawed individual with her own issues had David's back no matter what. She also had an excellent lawyer helping her out. The FBI agents drove me a little crazy but I didn't allow their behavior to detract from my enjoyment of the story.
I Will Find You is full of suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I read the entire book in one sitting. This is not the first time a book by Harlan Coben has given me a book hangover by staying up too late to finish a fabulous story and I know it won't be the last. I look forward to whatever he has in store for us next year. You will find I Will Find You on my 2023 Best Reads List as it receives my Paradise Rating.