“Harlan Coban returns with the sequel to his first young adult novel "Shelter," which continues Mickey Bolitar's adventures with the Abeona Shelter, a secret group dedicated to rescue children that traces all the way back to the Holocaust. Back is his unofficial team in the form of the hyperactive sidekick Spoon, the mysterious Goth chick with a mystery of her own in the form of Ema, and Rachel, one of the most popular girls at school.
Unfortunately for Rachel, she is front and center in this volume's mystery. It all starts when she is hit with a grazing shot to the head and her mother is murdered. As Mickey and his friends dig deeper and deeper into what probably happened, they find that there are no easy answers and the usual assumption can sometimes lead you down the wrong road.
Mickey is also dealing with the further mystery of his father's death. Thanks to some information from the Bat Lady, a mysterious woman who seems to be the leader of the Abeola Shelter, that indicates that his father might not have actually died in a car accident as everyone had expected. Ema, in particular, seems to have an interesting knack for finding some great information to help Mickey out in this area.
The ongoing feud between the town's police chief and his Uncle Myron Bolitar, who is the star of Coben's adult novels, continues to bleed down into Mickey's life as he tries to settle into his new school and attempts to make the basketball team putting him in direct conflict with the son of the police chief.
This was definitely a quick read, though probably more suspense than mystery. I definitely couldn't put it down. It was the same problem I had with "Shelter." I am really thinking that I have to jump into Myron's tales with Coben's adult novels. ”