In the novel, Gone For Good, author Harlan Coben starts the story off with Will’s mother lying in her death bed. His mother leans over and tells Will that his brother Ken is still alive, and with that a few minutes later, his mother passes away. Will is in shock because he has not seen his brother in 10 years. 10 years ago, Will’s ex-girlfriend/neighbor passed away and Ken was the prime suspect. When police started asking questions to Ken, he disappeared and was never seen. Now with this new information of his brother, Will starts researching and finds more information about his brother. In his mother’s room, he finds a picture of his brother at a ski resort. Will is in shock that his brother is actually still alive and goes out to find him. Through series of different obstacles getting in his way and with the help from his friends, Will eventually finds Ken. Alone together, Will asks Ken if he murdered his ex-girlfriend. Without fully answering the question, Ken replies, “You I’ve hurt the most,” then disappears again. I don’t want to say too much without giving away the ending, but Will finds out that his brother Ken has taken something from him. Ken took something that was of great importance to Will and his ex-girlfriend. Will eventually finds out what he has taken and with the help of his friend, gets what Ken has taken back.
1. If you found out that someone very important in your life has taken something of great value of yours, as Ken did to his brother, how would you encounter them?
2. Family seems to be a main concept in the novel. Will’s brother betrayed him, but he still set out to find him to know the truth and to see him because he loved him. Would you be able to forgive family if they have done something to hurt you? Why or why not?