Five years ago, an innocent man began a life sentence for murdering his own son. Today he found out his son is still alive.
David Burroughs was once a devoted father to his three-year-old son Matthew, living a dream life just a short drive away from the working-class suburb where he and his wife, Cheryl, first fell in love–until one fateful night when David woke suddenly to discover Matthew had been murdered while David was asleep just down the hall.
Half a decade later, David’s been wrongly accused and convicted of the murder, left to serve out his time in a maximum-security prison—a fate which, grieving and wracked with guilt, David didn’t have the will to fight. The world has moved on without him. Then Cheryl’s younger sister, Rachel, makes a surprise appearance during visiting hours bearing a strange photograph. It’s a vacation shot of a bustling amusement park a friend shared with her, and in the background, just barely in frame, is a boy bearing an eerie resemblance to David’s son. Even though it can’t be, David just knows: Matthew is still alive.
David plans a harrowing escape, determined to achieve the impossible – save his son, clear his own name, and discover the real story of what happened. But with his life on the line and the FBI following his every move, can David evade capture long enough to reveal the shocking truth?
I Will Find You is a fast-paced, action-packed novel about a father who was sentenced to prison for the violent murder of his son. During his five years in prison, he has not received a single visitor until one day his former sister-in-law shows up with a picture of his dead son seemingly alive and well.
If you have followed me for awhile, you know that Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. His books are guaranteed to be breakneck novels full of suspense and surprises. I Will Find You is Coben’s newest standalone novel and lives up to what I have come to expect from the author.
I Will Find You is an adrenaline rush from the start. The novel was well-plotted and complex, yet easy to follow. The storyline was a fun, twisty ride I couldn’t put down. (I always pick up a Coben novel when I know I have enough time to finish it in one sitting.) Once again, I was left asking how Coben comes up with these plots. I love that I can never guess exactly how his novels will end, this one included.
While reading I Will Find You, I could not help but cheer for the characters, despite their flaws and questionable innocence. Coben somehow makes an old mob boss loveable. Moreover, I love when Coben sneaks into an old, familiar character or two in his stories. And in this one, Hester Crimstein, my favorite fictional lawyer, shows up to the rescue – iykyk. Coben includes these delightful Easter eggs that are a treat for his avid readers but do not affect your enjoyment if you are unfamiliar with his fictional universe.
I will say that I found the two FBI investigators’ banter to be a bit annoying . I am guessing that it was supposed to be funny, but I thought it was very cliched and eye-roll inducing. However, it was not plentiful and did not taint my reading experience.
While Coben’s writing is not literary, it still manages to be descriptive enough, and without a doubt, propulsive. Coben has a knack for telling stories that are completely absorbing and just on the edge of believable.
Overall, I really enjoyed I Will Find You. Sticklers for believability may not love this book, but if you are looking for a fun escape, look no further. I Will Find You ranks among my favorite Coben books.
I Will Find You
March 14, 2023
Note: I received an e-galley of this book from its publisher, Grand Central Publishing. Regardless, I always provide a fair and honest review.