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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (May 8 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440235391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440235392
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By binnsie on Oct. 28 2003
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Myron Bolitar, despite the imaginative Dickensian name, is a former US basketball player and now a top sports agent. He has a settled personal and business life and things are going along just fine on a day-to-day basis. However, a meeting with former girl friend, Emily, of some 14 years before is to change his life in the blink of an eye. She reveals that Myron is the father of her 13-year-old son and that she has now divorced her husband who was assumed by all, himself included, to be the father. That the ex also happened to be a national basketball hero and was the very person who literally crippled Myron all those years ago in his first professional game adds to the colourful background to the story. The young son has been diagnosed with the fatal disease Fanconi anaemia, a chromosome instability syndrome with progressive bone marrow failure and an increased risk of cancers, for which the only cure is a bone marrow transplant. The national bone marrow register has three potential matches, two of whom are eliminated due to non-compatibility after further screening. The third just cannot be found and appears to have vanished into thin air.
Coben has by now, after about the first four chapters, built an excellent platform for what should be an enthralling story as the search for the potential bone marrow donor begins. At this point "Darkest Faer" has a 5 star Amazon book review rating. Unfortunately the story line becomes increasingly complex and stretches credibility. Serial killers, the FBI, recluse super-rich families and a fictitious murder novel become entwined as Myron uncovers mystery after mystery and comes face to face with thugs, evil doers, and treads on the toes of the authorities. The plot becomes harder to follow with the many tangential issues introduced. What should be a gradual build up of tension becomes a disappointment as the story finally reaches its conclusion. Sorry, but three stars is the best rating for "Darkest Fear".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28 2002
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I'll skip the background. Coben's book "Tell No One" was very, very good. The problem with this book is that Myron Bolitar is very annoying. His demeanor in front of the FBI and security guards is annoying and not funny or entertaining. Do yourself a favor and buy Tell No One if you want to read a Coben book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Feb. 9 2002
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I read everything: fiction, non-fiction, heavy, light--even cereal boxes, and I almost always stick it out and read to the end of a book. This book was a dismal exception.
Harlan Coben clearly thinks he is very clever. The first five chapters of Darkest Fear are peppered with insidious little quips like, "And professional women's wrestling is struggling right now, what with the competition from Jerry Springer and Ricki Lake." Is this supposed to be deep and insightful? Amusing? It is annoying at its best.
The characters are shallow and flat (like Myron, for example) or ridiculously exaggerated (like Windsor Horne Lockwood III). The crises are contrived. Dialog is a joke.
The last straw for me, the point at which I closed the book for good was at the opening sentences of Chapter 6: "Myron mixed childlike Froot Loops and very adult All-Bran into a bowl and poured on skim milk. For those not reading the Cliffs Notes, this act denotes that there is still a great deal of boy in the man. Heavy symbolism. How poignant." Puh-lease! I assume Mr. Coben (if that's really his name) is trying to be funny and is not trying to be insulting, but what he really is is irritating. Every page that I read of this book was littered with this kind of rubbish! I could not bring myself to read any further, and I would discourage anyone who considered reading anything by Harlan Coben--expecially Darkest Fear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L Burke on June 29 2001
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To begin with, the cover art is terrible. Then we get three pages raving about how good this book is- AND IT ISN'T! The cover informs us that the author has won the Edgar Award... well, you can bet it wasn't for this meandering plot. The book reads as if it is written for fans who already know and sympathize with the hero - but I didn't and I don't. This is sloppy writing. It takes way too long to get into the meat of the story and when you do, it is confusing and you don't give a hoot about any of the characters. In fact, I was wishing that the killer - who is almost absent in the book - would kill off the entire cast. Harlan Coben entertains himself, not the reader.
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I have ready the hole series on Myron Bolitar and have enjoyed everyone of them, there are so many twists and turns it keep you on your toes.
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By A Customer on Feb. 11 2004
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I've read all of Coben's books, and each one is terrific. Myron is a realistic, sympathetic character, and -- like Patrick McKenzie in Dennis Lehane's novels -- bears the scars of his experiences in previous books. I like that. In my opinion, all of Coben's novels have one twist too many, and this was no exception. The last twist strained credibility, and worse, the author failed to explain the inconsistencies the twist would obviously raise. Therefore, I only give it four stars, but all of Coben's books are definitely worth reading.
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This is my third Coben book and it is the least good of the three but that is not to say you should not read it. It is still a great tale and it is only that One False Move and Tell No One are masterpieces in quality and this doesn't quite reach those heights.
The character Myron Bolitar is back from six other novels (it is not mentioned on the cover or inside the book itself) but too be honest this novel sort of assumes you've gotten to know him so he is not as interesting in this one. In Darkest Fear an ex university girlfriend who left him for his arch enemy reappears and pleads for help to find a bone marrow donor who refuses to donate his marrow to help her dieing son. Myron refuses so she confesses the boy, Jeremy is his son.
Of course Myron can not say no now, so puts his sport agency on hold and sets off with his friend Win who also like Myron can beat anyone in hand to hand combat and has numerous contacts, but unlike Myron is rich, very rich. You don't really get to know much about Win in this novel as previously said you really need to have read One False Move first or maybe some of the others in the series. Anyway all indications are that the marrow donor is a sick serial killer who likes to torment the victim's family forever after he has committed the crime. Myron knows he must find him no matter what the cost.
Make sure you have read his other novel with the same four key characters as this novel, Fade Away first as if you read this one before reading Fade Away then you will know how Fade Away is obviously going to turn out. Not knowing the Myron Bolitar books were a series when I got this book I made the mistake of reading it first which kind of ruined my Fade Away reading experience.
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