Is 'Gone for Good' based on book? Netflix French series is inspired by Harlan Coben's novel

Is 'Gone for Good' based on book? Netflix French series is inspired by Harlan Coben's novel
A still from 'Gone for Good' (Netflix)

Netflix does everything in its capacity to treat viewers with mouth-watering content and engaging stories. One of the biggest plus points of the streaming platform is the reach and the promise to showcase talent worldwide.

The streaming service promised to work on the originals from other parts of the world as well and as of now, it is doing pretty well. Shows like ‘Lupin’, ‘Elite’, ‘Who Killed Sara?’ and ‘Dark’ have been some of the most popular shows on Netflix and every single of them is a non-English-language series. The streaming giant is expanding its international catalog by adding another French series titled ‘Gone for Good’.



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The show is set in the beautiful city of Paris and revolves around a man named Guillaume Lucchesi. He has been through a lot of heartbreaks and lost two of his loved ones. Ten years later, he has finally started to move on because of his girlfriend Judith. However, everything comes crashing down when his girlfriend gets suddenly disappeared from his mother’s funeral. The hunt for his girlfriend will turn crazier when he’ll get to know a lot of secrets that have been hidden for so long.

The premise of the Netflix show looks really intriguing and seems to be similar to a book. Is ‘Gone of Good based on a book? Let’s find out.


Nailia Harzoune as Judith in 'Gone for Good' (Netflix)


Is ‘Gone for Good based on a novel?

The answer is plain and simple YES. The upcoming French thriller series is based on a novel of the same name, written by the American crime writer Harlan Coben. The book was published in 2002 and garnered universal acclaim.

The novel focuses on Will Klein and how his life changes when a young woman, once he loved, was found raped and murdered in her family's basement.  The prime suspect is none other than Will’s older brother Ken. With the evidence against him, Ken vanishes. Now, eleven years have passed and Will, who always knew in his heart that his brother is innocent, has found out that his brother is alive.

On the other hand, Will’s girlfriend suddenly disappears, leaving behind compelling evidence that she was not the person Will thought she was. In the process, Will is pulled into a violent mystery, haunted by signs that Ken is trying to contact him after all these years. As soon as he comes closer to solving the mystery, he unravels the truth about his brother, his lover, and even himself.


A still from the French miniseries 'Gone for Good' (Netflix)


The book is filled with so many twists and turns that will keep the readers at the edge of their seats. The book has a rating of 4.1 on Goodreads.


Who is Harlan Coben?

Coben is one of the most influential crime novelists in the world and started writing at the age of 26. He has won an Edgar Award, a Shamus Award, and an Anthony Award during his career. His novel ‘Hold Tight’, released on April 15, 2008, was his first book to debut at number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Jury President Harlan Coben attends the Launch of the Official Competition and "The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair" screening during the 1st Cannes International Series Festival at Palais des Festivals on April 7, 2018, in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)


‘Gone for Good’ is the second book by Coben that is being adapted into a TV series by Netflix. His 2015 novel ‘The Stranger’ also premiered on the streaming platform in 2020 and became a massive success.

‘Gone for Good’ premieres exclusively on Netflix on Friday, August 13.


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