Mystery, suspense and quirky new friends are all in store for Mickey Bolitar as he tries to start his sophomore year in high school as just a normal guy. His life up until now has been anything but normal. He had travelled the world with his parents, who were international aid workers (or so he thought), but now, after witnessing his dad’s death and dealing with his mother’s drug addiction, Mickey is trying for some kind of typical suburban life, and maybe even a spot on the school basketball team. However, his new girlfriend Ashley disappears right after he starts dating her. Then there is the Bat Lady, the scary, witchy old woman in the creepy old house (every self-respecting town has one, right?), who says Mickey’s dad is very much alive. Wait…what? Mickey clearly has more than one mystery to resolve with his cohorts, an emo Goth girl named, okay, Ema, and a geeky outcast named Spoon (long story). Oh and there is Rachel, the adorable cheerleader who may or may not find herself dancing in a disreputable night club in a desperate attempt to rescue Ashley. It’s a lot to take in, but author Harlan Coben pulls it all together in an edge-of-your-seat, action-packed, yet humorous novel. The best part is that there are two more Mickey Bolitar books in the series, so after reading Shelter you can jump right in to Seconds Away and Found. Prepare to binge read!