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Audiobook Review: Seconds Away by Harlan Coben

I recently reviewed Shelter by Harlan Coben, the first book in the Mickey Bolitar series of young adult novels by my favorite author. Next up is Seconds Away, the second book in this series. As with the first, I opted to listen to the audiobook version. Read on for my thoughts on this novel.

Below is the official synopsis for Seconds Away:

When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends – sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon – find themselves at the center of a murder mystery involving their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter and the Butcher of Lodz, he needs to figure out what happened to Rachel – no matter what it takes.

Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves. But how can he protect them when he’s not even sure who – or what – he’s protecting them from?

This book picks up where the first one left off, providing readers with a compelling story that will have you listening on the edge of your seat. The narrator who did the first book is back again, and he’s just as enjoyable to listen to this time around. His voice is youthful, making him the perfect fit for this young adult novel.

I really have no complaints about this audiobook. At seven hours and forty-one minutes, it’s slightly longer than its predecessor. The story is tight, with solid character development. Harlan Coben’s humor is as enjoyable as ever. And Seconds Away was a joy to listen to, from start to finish. If you’re interested in getting this audiobook along with the other two in the series, you can do so here. Happy listening!

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