I Will Find You by Harlan Coben

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I Will Find You is a thriller by Harlan Coben that tells the story of David Burroughs, a man serving a life sentence for murdering his son. His wife divorced him, and he has broken all contact with everyone in his life. Five years into his sentence, he receives a visit from his sister-in-law, Rachel, who brings a photo of a boy who looks just like his son. This event triggers a never-ending thrill ride of action that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

Book review of I Will Find You

The premise of the story revolves around David Burroughs, a man serving life in prison for the murder of his three-year-old son. David maintains his innocence, and his sister-in-law and former close friend, Rachel, visit him with a photo of a boy who looks identical to his son. This leads David to escape from prison in a desperate attempt to uncover the truth about what happened to his son.

The story is full of twists and turns that keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Just when the reader thinks they have it all figured out, another twist comes along. The hunt for the truth about David’s son, the manhunt for David, and his attempts to evade the police and FBI all add to the sense of urgency and danger in the story.

The character development of David and Rachel is excellent. The reader gets to see both characters develop and overcome obstacle after obstacle. The story also explores the theme of love and the choices people make in its name. Coben portrays the shades of gray where essentially good people are forced to do bad things, and the consequences of those actions.

The mystery surrounding David’s son, the boy in the photo, and the hunt for the truth about what happened to him, are fascinating. The plot twists, especially the final reveals, are quite over the top and may stretch the credibility of some readers. The chapters set in prison, especially those detailing David’s escape against all odds, are exhilarating.

Another issue with the story is the characters of FBI agents Max and Sarah. Their dialogues are cringe-worthy and feel like they are trying too hard to be a comedy duo instead of a pair of FBI agents taking things seriously. Their characters and dialogue are a total miss for the story, and they put a damper on things.

Nevertheless, the entertainment factor of the story is what matters most, and I Will Find You most definitely delivers on that count. The story is a perfect recipe for an action slash crime thriller, and Coben delivers on all fronts. The story feels like a Hollywood action movie, and the entertainment value is high.

Final verdict:

In conclusion, I Will Find You is another gripping, action-packed, and simply excellent crime thriller by Harlan Coben. It is a rollercoaster ride of a story that will keep the reader entertained from start to finish. If you like your thrillers on the fast and exhilarating side, this is the book for you. The story may be over the top, but the entertainment factor is high, and it is a must-read for fans of the thriller genre.

Our Score


  • Gripping storyline: The premise of the book is absolutely fascinating and keeps the reader hooked from start to finish. The story is fast-paced and filled with action and suspense, making it a thrilling read.
  • Multi-dimensional characters: The characters in the book are well-developed and have multiple layers, making them feel like real people rather than just fictional creations. They have their own motivations and desires, which adds depth to the story.
  • Thought-provoking themes: The book touches on themes like justice, love, and the human condition, which are explored in a nuanced and thought-provoking way. This gives the story more depth and makes it more than just a simple action thriller.


  • Over-the-top plot twists: Some of the plot twists in the book are a bit too far-fetched and may stretch the reader’s suspension of disbelief. This may make the story feel unrealistic and take away from the enjoyment of the book.
  • Unrealistic portrayal of FBI agents: The behavior and dialogue of the FBI agents in the book may feel unrealistic and cheesy, which can detract from the serious tone of the story.
  • Cliched elements: Some elements of the story may feel cliched, such as the innocent man in prison trope, which has been used in many other crime thrillers before. This may make the story feel less fresh and original.
I Will Find YouPublisher ‏ : ‎ Grand Central Publishing (March 14, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1538748363
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1538748367
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.1 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.35 x 1.35 x 9.3 inches

About Article Author

Ethan Davis

Ethan Davis combines his passion for literature with another of his great hobbies: climbing. There is never a mountain high enough for him... nor a book he doesn't want to read, especially if it's a good crime thriller.
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