“Home,” the 11th book in the Myron Bolitar Series, focuses on the kidnapping of two young boys.
“I liked the idea of having a missing kid who, after 10 years gone, comes back,” Coben said.
“But what if it was two kids? And what if only one of them came back?” he added. “Imagine both families. One has the joy of the return versus the horror of still not knowing what’s happened.”
Coben has 70 million books in print and is published in 43 languages.
He said he tries to write what he calls “novels of immersion” — stories that make people on vacation stay in their hotel rooms, reading, because they’ve got to know what happens next.
“At the end of ‘Home,’” he said, “I want to maybe make you shed a tear or two.”
Coben’s writing routine is not to have one.
He writes at different places around Bergen County, including a supermarket in Woodcliff Lake, various Starbucks cafes, and the Ridgewood, Englewood, Wyckoff, and Waldwick libraries.
“I use a place until it’s not working anymore,” he said. “Then I go someplace else.”
Rarely does he stay in one spot more than a few days in a row.
“I also write in trains, planes, and automobiles,” Coben said. “I write anyplace and every place. Some people like to have the same spot, wake up the same time, have the same cup of coffee. Not me.”
Coben lives in the village with his wife, Dr. Anne Armstrong-Cohen, a pediatrician. The couple has four children.
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