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Stay Close (edition 2012)

by Harlan Coben

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Title:Stay Close
Authors:Harlan Coben
Info:Dutton Adult (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:2012
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The more I read Harlan Coben's books - particularly the later, stand-alone ones, the more of a fan I become. Here we have the traditional respectable-married-woman-with-sordid-past (and most of his novels have one) but in this case, it's stated up front, so you know the mystery must lie elsewhere.

I am in awe of the way each chapter manages to squeeze in a shock, and the way suspense is ramped up to such a degree towards the finish that I found myself feverishly reading it on a night time car journey by the light of my phone (I wasn't driving btw). When you break it down into its constituent parts, the plot consisted of a small number of people who between them held knowledge which would unlock a mystery, and during the course of the novel all of them had to meet up at separate times and be persuaded to share that information. Simple as. But crikey, what a fiendishly complicated job it must have been to keep track of who knew what at any given time. And then there's the constant witticisms. You come to expect it in a Harlan Coben novel, and however irritating it might be at times, I know I would miss them if they weren't there. "Everyone is a wiseass" observes a character at one point and I had to smile. In these books, they certainly are. ( )
  jayne_charles | Sep 2, 2016 |
I do love a good "who-dun-it" and Coben delivered a great one once again. I had no idea who the "who" in the "dun-it" was until it was revealed at the end. Coben is nothing if not consistent. His books are very fast reads and he does a great job of dovetailing all the characters back into the main story line. There are no holes in the story or inconsistencies that make a lot of thriller/mysteries fall apart. Very entertaining. Definitely recommend. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
Harlan Coben introduces us to Detective Jack Broome of the Atlantic City police force. Broome has been troubled by an unsolved murder of Steward Green that occurred seventeen years ago leaving a wife and two children who cannot find closure because the body was never found. Now with a more recent case involving a lot of blood and no corpse, Broome begins to find similarities with other past unsolved cases.

The suspense and mystery increase as Broome finds that a missing piece of the puzzle has returned to Atlantic City after seventeen years. Megan Pierce a happily married woman with two children living in northern New Jersey has returned to Atlantic City on an impulse where seventeen years ago she led a fast paced life as a stripper and was a former girlfriend of Steward Green. Megan tries to find some closure herself, but can she keep her husband Dave from finding out her life with him was all built on lies.

As soon as you think you know who did it, he flips it and make it to a different character. I would recommend this book if you like suspense, excitement, and you want to a page turner. This book is all of that and more. 4 stars for an entertaining and enjoyable read. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Harlan Coben introduces us to Detective Jack Broome of the Atlantic City police force. Broome has been troubled by an unsolved murder of Steward Green that occurred seventeen years ago leaving a wife and two children who cannot find closure because the body was never found. Now with a more recent case involving a lot of blood and no corpse, Broome begins to find similarities with other past unsolved cases.

The suspense and mystery increase as Broome finds that a missing piece of the puzzle has returned to Atlantic City after seventeen years. Megan Pierce a happily married woman with two children living in northern New Jersey has returned to Atlantic City on an impulse where seventeen years ago she led a fast paced life as a stripper and was a former girlfriend of Steward Green. Megan tries to find some closure herself, but can she keep her husband Dave from finding out her life with him was all built on lies.

As soon as you think you know who did it, he flips it and make it to a different character. I would recommend this book if you like suspense, excitement, and you want to a page turner. This book is all of that and more. 4 stars for an entertaining and enjoyable read. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Nekad je najbolje ne otvarati vrata proslosti jer onda krene lavina nezavrsenih stvari koja nas satare.Megan je htjela da ponovo postane Kesi,ali to je probudilo stare duhove,ali su zato godinama nerazrijesena ubistva dobila epilog...Cobein ostaje vijeran sebi ( )
  ceca78 | Apr 10, 2016 |
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Well now everything dies, baby that's a fact. But maybe everything that dies, someday comes back. - Bruce Springsteen, "Atlantic City"
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This one is for Aunt Diane and Uncle Norman Reiter and Aunt Hene and Uncle Marty Kromberg, with love and gratitude.
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Harlan Coben follows four consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers with a stand-alone thriller in the vein of his beloved breakout novels Caught and Hold Tight.

Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she's got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at age forty he finds himself in a dead- end job posing as a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Jack is a detective who can't let go of a cold case-a local husband and father disappeared seventeen years ago, and Jack spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man's family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up any moment to step into them.

Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American Dream- the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades- they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.

With his trademark combination of page-turning thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities, Harlan Coben delivers a thriller that cements his status as the master of domestic suspense.

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Three people--a suburban housewife, a talented documentary photographer, and a detective--living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede ... and that desperation and hunger can lurk behind even the prettiest facades.… (more)

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