Promise Me (Myron Bolitar Series #8)

Promise Me (Myron Bolitar Series #8)

by Harlan Coben

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben reveals the deadly consequences that can be born of the best intentions.
As the school year winds down, Myron Bolitar is determined to help keep his friends’ children safe from the dangers of drinking and driving. So he makes two neighborhood girls promise him that if they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him. Several nights later, the call comes at two a.m. The next day, a girl is missing and Myron is the last person who saw her. Racing to find her before she’s gone forever, Myron must outrun his own troubled past and decide once and for all who he is and what he will stand up for...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101128602
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/27/2007
Series: Myron Bolitar Series , #8
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 11,372
File size: 511 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

With more than seventy million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels, including the Myron Bolitar series and a series aimed at young adults featuring Myron's newphew, Mickey Bolitar. His books are published in forty-three languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries. The winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, he lives in New Jersey.


Ridgewood, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

January 4, 1962

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey


B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984

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Promise Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fans of Myron Bolitar unite! Will our faithfulness and longing be duly served in this next Bolitar entry? I will endure feverishly the endless minutes until April 25th. If it is true Harlan would know the right time to bring Myron back, then this hiatus should be well worth its weight in YooHoo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Harlan Coben book and won't be my last! I loved Myron Bolitar and can't wait to read the other books from his series. The story line was fast-moving and full of surprises yet easy to follow along and keep all of the characters in order. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a little drama and suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
#8 does not disappoint! The ending was a total surprise!
jandm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good plot, with some interesting exploration of teenage parenting and masculinity, but some unbelievable characters.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The seventh of the Mylon Bolivar agency novels. Set 6 years after the previous ones, mirroring the author's delay as he wrote other books.Mylon in a rash moment makes two teenage girls promise never to drive home with a drunk at the wheel, he will any time any place come and chauffeur them no questions asked. When mere days later he is taken up on his offer, he asks questions and she runs. Mylon feel honour bound to the parents to help look for her, butis soon teh chief suspect of the police. Other parents at the school and teachers become involved as the plot twists and winds its way to the surprising denouncement. Much is made of the honour and morality of various positions in the novel, parent to a child, victim to a criminal etc. Some of which are a bit contrived, and one which contains the clue to the ending .... did you spot it? Neither did I. However they don't really make the reading any better, providing interludes in violence Wim deals out to various deserving parties. A character who is thin at best, and a convenient get out for all the messy details often overlooked by other authors. To be honest I think I prefer the overlooking approach. Wim is annoying and unbelivale.
phyllis.shepherd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Retired basketball player Myron Bolitar, now a sports and celebrity agent, promises two teenage girls that he will pick them up anywhere, any time, if they need a safe ride. When they call on him soon after, young Aimee, the daughter of a close friend, goes missing, and he is a prime suspect. He investigates, not only to clear his name, but also because the police consider her just a runaway.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my first foray into the works of Harlan Coben, and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. Don't get me wrong, this is not profound literature, but his writing is enjoyable and interesting. Promise Me hooked me in from the fist few pages and kept my attention throughout the entire book.
gypsysmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to this book as an electronic download from my library. I had never read any books by this author and I see him mentioned quite a lot so I thought this would be a good introduction. Is it just me or is Myron Bolitar like a male version of Stephanie Plum without the quirky behaviour?The daughter of a high school friend of Myron's disappears just after Myron dropped her off. Earlier another girl of the same age who went to the same school also disappeared. Both girls withdrew money from the same ATM in Manhattan just before their disappearances. That's about all that links them but Myron promises to track down his daughter's friend which means finding out what happened to the other girl.I don't think I'll be rushing out to get any more Myron Bolitar books.
pravs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Promise Me is a book about a girl gone missing in a suburban neighborhood. Myron Bolitar, the main character of the book, is back in a series of books written about him, and makes two high school girls promise him they would call him anytime anyday with no questions asked instead of getting in the car with a drunk driver. The book is well written and may contain some adult themes but not over the top. A lot of the setting is around the local high school, and Myron's adventures on his journey in attempting to find the missing girl. I like the suspense of the book, and would recommend it for young adult collections for high schoolers aged 15 and above.
IsaacFry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Myron has a friend's teenage daughter promise him that if she ever gets out with someone who is drunk or if she is drunk herself that she will call him for a ride. He in turn promises that he will ask no questions and won't tell her parents. One night, she calls him and has him drop her off at a friend's house. She goes missing and it's up to Myron to find out what has happened to her.
KarriesKorner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a simple promise that Myron Bolitar gives to his friend. That promise leads him down a dangerous path, and he finds himself smack dab in the middle of mystery that he has to solve.
afyfe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this thriller and I was totally drawn in and couldn't put it down at times. This was my first Coben book and I will be reading more, however I'm worried they might all get repetitive. I liked all the twists in this book and the way it was all resolved. Some of it was a little too violent to be beleivable so I wish that was different, but besides taht it was a good read. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good thriller!
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Such a great read!! Picked it up at the library on a whim and I am so glad I did! The plot was fabulous, fast paced and exactly what I expect from this genre. I didn't want to put it down because I was on the edge of my seat to see what happened next.The ending, fabulous! A twist I didn't see coming at all - and just made the book that much more great I think!I will definitely be reading more books by Coben in the future!
mirlyarley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Myron Bolitar, ex-star basketball player attempts to find the daughter of friends after she disappears; she may have been kidnapped or a runaway. The character and his friend, Win, remind me a bit of the Parker stories. good twists.
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was very tempted to give this one two stars, but I think it had more to do with the narrator than the story. With this book I've completed the Myron Bolitar series, which I have loved and devoured, at least until next Spring with I've just learned that a new one is being released. Rather than read this series I listened to it all in audio, I've loved the actor that's read all of the previous books, with his range of voices, inflection of tone, comedic timing and I love his preppy accent for Win. Despite this the story wasn't as good as the others in the series, seemed to meander a bit too much - Jessica's out, she's in, she's out; Win all but disappears half way through the book - apparently his part was done; El-Al are in Florida and only have a cameo appearance; and for me personally - the Brenda fascination has gone on far too long, especially for a girl that he knew all of a maybe a week. But in conclusion I want to say: Promise Me, Harlan Coben, that you'll stick to your strengths of writing and leave the narrating of the story to the actors. Thank you.
cmeilink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Harlan Coben's Myron Bolivar, is near the top of my list for a recurring character in a series of books. Entertainment agent, a man who actually visits his parents and lives in the house where he grew up, with an assortment of friends that includes two women ex-wrestlers, Myron is one of those characters that you feel you know--almost a type of guy next door . . . almost.In this installment, the daughter of a close friend goes missing. Did she run away or was something more sinister involved? Myron, with his underlying calling to help people, becomes involved in the search for the truth, but will it be a truth he and his friend will be able to accept?Well paced, with Mr. Coben's usual great dialogue and story line, I give the book and Myron a "thumbs up".
pabarrett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Always pushing the edge of complexity and believability, Coben always brings it back together. This story is taut and edgy, but not as much as some of his previous books.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
8th in the Myron Bolitar series.If life were fair (it isn¿t, never has been, and never will be), good deeds backed by noble intentions would always be rewarded. Problem: most of the time, they never are, and too many times, they get us into trouble.All of us are concerned about the danger to young people; many of us complain bitterly that there doesn¿t seem to be a sense of responsibility for the safety of others, particularly young people. And then someone does feel that responsibility, does take it upon himself to do what he can to protect a young woman¿and as a reward, becomes the chief suspect in a kidnapping/potential murder case.Myron, concerned that Aimee Biel, the 18 year old daughter of friends may be endangering her life by drinking and driving, asks her to promise him to call him, no matter what the hour, if she is in need of a ride home; his only concern is her safety, not informing her parents. Shortly thereafter, Myron receives a phone call at two a.m. from Aimee, tearfully begging him to pick her up in Manhattan. Reminding him of his promise, Aimee not only doesn¿t want her parents to know but asks Myron to drop her off, not at her home, but at a friend¿s house.Then Aimee disappears. And guess who is the last to have seen her?As Myron, just as worried for Aimee¿s safety as he is in clearing his name, investigates, the case turns ever more complicated. Strains of this magnitude put nearly unbearable pressure on the parents; any cracks in the marriage are certain to widen and even break the structure entirely.While Promise Me is a very good ¿mystery¿, even more, it¿s an excellent examination of the emotions and questions of responsibility of all concerned in this type of situation. While the plot is resolved, left hanging are those questions¿and, in reality, there may be no good answers. Whom among us can say that we absolutely never would have done as Myron¿not me. So kudos to Coben, who is writing ever more serious books under cover of the mystery genre. Highly recommended.
norinrad10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great character, what a great tale. Lots of twist and very riveting. Coben is always a treat, as he is a very skilled writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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SmithFamilyInEngland More than 1 year ago
The thing about reading any Harlan Coben story is that before you know it you've soaked up half the book! I have loved reading the Myron and Win books - unfortunately out of order, although they are all easy enough to read as standalones too. This is book number 8 and a great one at that! They are all so easy to read and follow and every story is different, I don't quite know how Harlan comes up with so many different ideas! The characters are brilliant, Myron and Win are just so unique, and I love Hester and Esperanza, such class independent women you can't help admire. In this book 'Promise Me' Myron makes a promise to teenager Aimee that he would be there for her any time day or night whenever she needed help without any questions asked. Unfortunately when she does call him for help and he accepts she disappears into the night after dropping her off at a friends. Thereon in comes tense twists and turns as per the usual Harlan trait that keeps you hooked to the very last page. Harlan's brilliant descriptive writing is always so professional, clever and his characters so well developed I'd have say he's my favourite author due to the wide variety of storylines that he comes up with. You feel so safe and comfortable with his books. Although I've often said that I prefer Harlan's fantastic standalone novels these Myron Bolitar stories are equally fabulous books and I highly recommend them, on their own or in or out of order!
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Lise_Horton More than 1 year ago
I met Harlan Coban at RWA National 2011 and fell madly in like with this hilarious man. His books, however, have a far darker and thrilling tone but they are equally engaging. His Myron Bolitar character is reminiscent to me of Robert B. Parker's Spenser, and Bolitar's friend Will plays a rather Hawk-like role as his even scarier sidekick/buddy (high praise from me). But Coban's books are in a class all their own. In Promise Me (Bolitar #8), Bolitar extracts a promise from two young girls who are partying and casually talking about getting a ride home from someone who's been drinking. All too well aware of the dangers that lurk for these young girls, he gets them to promise: Call him, anytime, anywhere, if they need help or a ride or ... anything. And that well-meant promise sets the stage for dark, dangerous and deadly happenings that draw Bolitar in and put him in serious trouble after one of the teens takes him up on the offer - and disappears into the night. From protective and desperate parents both criminal and otherwise, from thugs, and from the police when the girl goes missing and Myron was the last one to see her. Coupled with college application shenanigans, and a budding romance for Myron even as the former love of his life is getting hitched, Bolitar and team will stop at nothing to save the girls who disappeared. Did they run away? Are the 2 missing girls linked as evidence seems to say? Or is there something more sinister going on. Desperation leads to dark choices for these characters and Myron is in the thick of it all. Setting this thriller in the heart of a community with families, high school students, jealousy and competition, Coban crafts a twisty, provocative thriller (I never saw the end coming!) and manages social commentary on the unforeseen results of even the most generous of actions. If you haven't discovered Harlan and Myron, and the other Coban titles, you're missing out. And Promise Me is a knock-out punch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good