Win by Harlan Coben #BookReview @PenguinUKBooks

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Over twenty years ago, heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family’s estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors, and the items stolen from her family were never recovered.

Until now.

On New York’s Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead not only on Patricia’s kidnapping but also on another FBI cold case – with the suitcase and painting both pointing them towards one man.

Windsor Horne Lockwood III – or Win as his few friends call him – doesn’t know how his suitcase and his family’s stolen painting ended up in this dead man’s apartment. But he’s interested – especially when the FBI tell him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism, and that he may still be at large.

The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades. But Win has three things the FBI does not: a personal connection to the case, a large fortune, and his own unique brand of justice …

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I’m not one of Harlan Coben’s long-time fans but I really want to become one! This novel is an absolute WINner (yes that couldn’t be helped)!

I haven’t read the 11 books in Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series where Win makes his appearance but that clearly isn’t imperative for enjoying this novel. I do have to say that I am a little curious about Myron himself because he’s talked about on several occasions but he doesn’t make an appearance in this novel. I’m mentioning this to keep the die hard fans from being disappointed ;-). I was happy though that the story really focuses on Win in the first novel of this brand new series.

Win (full name Windsor Horne Lockwood III) is as his name suggests as rich as croesus. He also has class and style and he might come across as a snob because who in the world answers the phone with ‘Articulate’, but aside from that I knew that deep down he is essentially a good guy, someone who will take action for the weak, even if his methods tend to be a bit violent sometimes. He’s charismatic, witty and he has a good dose of self confidence but he gets away with everything for me. Win is an awesome character to come across, he’s very well described and I enjoyed getting to know him throughout the novel.

I would not dare to say much about the complex plot except that it is kept intriguing at all times and I had no idea how the different subplots could end up fitting together. While there is progress on one front continually, other aspects of the story remain delightfully incomprehensible until Win’s tenacity pays off in the end. Over the course of the novel he dives into a story of terrorism in the seventies where a group of youngsters who became known as The Jane Street 6 threw a Molotov cocktail causing the deaths of several, as well as into his own family history and what happened with his cousin when she was 18 and the death of her father on the same night.

I marvel at the way the author used an abduction, an art heist and the murder of a recluse, all over the span of several decades, and made them very logically come together in the end. It’s a very clever and ingenious plot indeed!

I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this but I enjoyed this mystery novel decidedly more than I did the Netflix series The Stranger (I actually found it ok to watch at the time but it is nothing compared to this)! A very promising start to a brand new series! I for one can’t wait to read the next one!

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher Century. This is as always my honest opinion.

23 thoughts on “Win by Harlan Coben #BookReview @PenguinUKBooks

  1. Fantastic review! I was worried about not having read the Myron Bolitar series first, so thanks for letting me know it’s not necessary to read those before Win. I’ve enjoyed his books in the past and I will definitely be getting a copy of Win now soon as well. Win sounds like such a great character!

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  2. Hmm, I’ve read two of Harlan Coben’s novels and haven’t been too excited by either of them but then, both were older novels, so maybe, just maybe, a more recent one might work for me, and your enthusiasm is, as always, infectious. So I might add this one to the list. ☺️

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    • Hmm I don’t want to put you off in any way but I’m not sure you’ll like Win’s character. I thought of you when I read that he uses a special app for the super rich to sleep with women (he gives them scores too). I could see you shaking your head in my imagination ;-). He explains his motive to use this app well and I didn’t feel he didn’t respect the women, and he’s not a selfish lover (nothing graphic in the novel, they’re his words) but still, you’ve got to keep it in mind ;-). I quite liked this look in the rich man’s world (I imagine it could be a reality) and it is a stage setting for him to meet a certain woman…

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  3. As you can probably imagine, I am a longtime fan of the Myron Bolitar series and of this character. As much as I love Myron, I’m glad Win is on his own here and you loved the book without any background. I can’t WAIT to listen to this one. Excellent review, Inge💜

    FYI, I haven’t enjoyed any of Coben’s Netflix work beyond okay and didn’t even bother to finish The Stranger, even though I’d read the book.

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    • Jonetta you’re going to love this one! I’m actually curious to see Win as a secondary character in another novel… with his big personality it’s certainly long due to be the star of his own series. Thank you for letting me know I’m not the only one not feeling very excited about The Stranger!

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  4. Haha, sounds like you were on to a WINner! I’ve only read two of Coben’s books. The first I absolutely loved, the second I liked, but I found there were too many similarities to the first. And that was enough to stop me pursuing more of his books. This sounds good though, perhaps it is time to give him another chance. Great review, Inge!

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