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Coincidence (2001)

by David Ambrose

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i much liked the first section, george's perspective. then larry's, too. was suspicious of it turning into a 'secret window' split personality story, but then thought otherwise. simply enjoyed the evilness of larry. i didn't sleep the well the night after i started the book. the next day, david and the computer were introduced. since i'm on a mystery roll right now, i didn't enjoy the questioning-reality thing, so i skipped through the book, which i rarely do, normally i'd quit reading, and just read the last ten pages. so it was a split personality. doesn't make me like the book more, because the movie 'secret window' already scared me shitless. ( )
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"It started with my father's death. At least, that was how it seemed at the time. Now, looking back, I realize how impossible it is to be sure where anything really begins; or, for that matter, where, or even whether, it has ended."

You think about an old friend you haven't seen in a while — and he calls you out of the blue. You meet a stranger who knows your cousin — who lives on the far side of the world. You hear a phrase spoken on the radio — just as you read it in the book in front of you. Most of us dismiss such odd, everyday occurrences as insignificant. But writer George Daly can't help wondering what lies behind them.

A quiet man living in New York City with his art dealer wife, Sara, George has never had anything truly unusual happen to him. So when he starts researching the phenomenon of coincidence for his next book, he regards his investigation as a purely academic exercise — until he discovers his family's hidden link to a dazzling theatrical couple of the 1950s and the twin brother he never knew he had.

Larry Hart, a charming but unscrupulous man, is at first as astonished as George to meet his double. He quickly finds a way to turn this strange occurrence to his advantage, plunging George into a nightmare of deception and betrayal that threatens both his sanity and his life.

Yet the true nature of what has happened threatens the survival of both men. And when its shocking implications are revealed, Larry and George find themselves locked in a deadly confrontation — one with a stunning and unexpected conclusion.

Based on the author's own experience and study of the subject, Coincidence is a breathtaking metaphysical thriller that confronts us with the astounding mysteries lying just below the surface of our daily lives.

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A wrong number here, a case of mistaken identity there, a chance meeting with a stranger who knows your best friend. Most people dismiss such things as trivial, unimportant. Mere coincidence. Or could there be a hidden pattern in these seemingly random events? George Daly's life has been as unremarkable as most people's, until the day he finds himself going through his dead father's possessions. He discovers a photograph of himself as a boy, but he has no memory of where it was taken, nor does he recognize the people with him. As he investigates further, he experiences an increasingly bizarre chain of coincidences that soon threaten to unravel his whole world. Before long he finds himself fighting for his sanity and even his survival.

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