Harlan Coben’s The Five came to my attention by O.T. Fagbenle, you may recognize his name Hulu Original Series The Handmaid’s Tale, he plays Luke in the series. I enjoyed this British TV show that focuses around the disappearance of Jesse, a five year old little boy, twenty-two years ago. The Five are composed of Jesse’s older brother Mark and his friends Danny (O.T. Fagbenle), Slade, and Pru who were thought to be some of the last people to see Jesse. With the fifth person being Jesse himself.
Twenty-two years later the four remaining kids, now adults, have remained somewhat close. We find out during the course of the series that Danny’s father was the lead detective on the case and there may have been questions around his work on the case. Ultimately Danny’s father who is suffering from Alzheimer's, in a lucid moment, suggest that evidence was missing from the case file because he was protecting Danny.
The story opens up with Danny, now a detective himself for Wentbridge Police, working a crime scene of a completely unrelated case (which was very interesting, interesting how? Think walking humans, held against their will, on dog leashes and with collars), and running DNA tests on evidence found at several different crime scene. The results are shocking and bring back a lot of old friends into the fold to get to the bottom of what happened to little Jesse twenty-two years ago.
The series has 10 episodes that are roughly 44mins each on Netflix. I enjoyed this series and would recommend giving it a go, if you are looking for a new show or series to binge.
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