Tuesday 25 April 2023

Book ~ "I Will Find You" (2023) Harlan Coben

From Goodreads ~ David and Cheryl Burroughs were living the dream life when tragedy struck. Now, five years after that terrible night, Cheryl is remarried. And David is serving a life sentence in a maximum-security prison for the brutal murder of their son.

Then Cheryl’s sister, Rachel, arrives unexpectedly during visiting hours and drops a bombshell. She’s come with a photograph that a friend took on vacation at a theme park with a boy in the background who has a familiar, distinctive birthmark … and even though David and Rachel realize it can’t be, they both just know. It's David’s son, Matthew, and he's still alive.

David plans a harrowing escape from prison, determined to do what seems impossible - save his son, clear his own name, and discover the real story of what happened that devastating night.

While his wife, Cheryl, who is a doctor had been at work, David had a few too many drinks and passed out. He woke up to discover their three-year-old son, Matthew, bludgeoned to death in his bed. When a witness testifies she saw David burying a bat, which turns out to be the murder weapon and has his fingerprints, David is arrested and convicted and sent to prison for life.

Five years later, after refusing to see any visitors, Cheryl's sister, Rachel, visits him in prison. She brings along a recent picture of a boy she thinks may be Matthew. Convinced she is right, David breaks out of prison and they go on a quest to find out if Matthew is indeed alive and if he is, where he is and get him back.

I've read a few books by this author and thought this one was really convoluted and farfetched ... I've enjoyed others more. It's written in first person perspective in David's voice and third person perspective depending on where the action was. The FBI agents who investigate after David has broken out of prison are ridiculous and unprofessional ... I don't know if it was supposed to be humorous but I found them annoying and don't think they would be permitted to act that way. The ending comes together quickly and wasn't hard to see it coming about halfway through the book. As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

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