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Harlan Coben’s Shelter Ending Explained: Abeona, Mickey’s Dad, Bat Lady, Dylan Shakes & More  


Still pondering the Shelter finale? We straighten out its twists and turns. Spoilers.

Harlan Coben Shelter Ema Mickey Spoon
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Warning: contains major plot spoilers for Harlan Coben’s Shelter

Harlan Coben’s Shelter, now out in full on Prime Video, really bought in to Mickey’s dad’s mantra that “you can’t get a hit if you don’t swing the bat”. For eight episodes, it swung its bat wildly in every direction, spinning it crazily overhead and sweeping it low in circles, possibly while wearing a blindfold. If there was a hit to get, Shelter swung for it – and with some success. 

It was the story of Mickey Bolitar, a bereaved teen who investigated the disappearance of a fellow high school student but discovered a great deal more. Adapted from Harlan Coben’s YA spin-off to his mega-successful Myron Bolitar series, the thriller veered hugely in tone (pairing real-life holocaust atrocity and child abuse with teen comedy felt tasteless at best) but its red herrings, cliff-hangers, twists and charismatic cast certainly kept you watching. 

Now that the finale has aired, let’s pick over the bones of just what on Earth was going on. Spoilers!

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