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Tell No One by Harlan Coben

Tell No One (2001)

by Harlan Coben

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Tell No One by Harlan Coben; (3 1/2*)

Dr. David Beck and his wife Elizabeth have a tradition that they have observed since their childhood days. Each year on the anniversary of carving their initials into a tree they return to the tree. During one of these trips as a married couple when they go back to the wooded lake, Beck is beaten up and Elizabeth vanishes.
Eight years pass. Elizabeth's body has been found, her murderer has been jailed, and Beck has tried to get on with his life. However he just can't seem to get past the events of that night. Making it all the more difficult, Beck begins to get emails from an anonymous sender who seems to know things that only Elizabeth could know. As he begins to attempt to locate her he finds out that the police have uncovered evidence that Beck might have had something to do with Elizabeth's death. And they are not the only ones who are coming after him. But he finds ways to keep searching.
This is the first Coben novel that I have read and I enjoyed it. It grabbed my attention from the beginning and held on right through to the end. The book kept me guessing and I never really got a handle on solving the mystery of the dead/missing wife nor the killer. It is a suspenseful thriller that kept me on my toes. ( )
  rainpebble | Aug 23, 2015 |
Agree with Floratina's review of this book. Too unbelievable really even for an action/Mystery/Thriller book. It is the first Harlan Coben book that I have read and I would be slow to read another. It is fast paced, almost too fast and the plot gets too intricate. A twist at the end is nice but trying to put in 3 or 4 is over kill and loses effect.

The Tyrese story line is lame also and as for the character who has lived in the wild for 30 years and sees everything!!!!! The book is a quick read and unfortunately not very memorable. ( )
  Fergus_Cooper | May 19, 2015 |

Harlan Coben had been recommended to me a number of times. I know quite a lot of people who buy all his new books blindly. Needless to say, this made me curious, so I got this book and wanted to see for myself if he really is that good...

It was OK. The story is a bit unbelievable, as David and his wife have the perfect relationship. And when I say perfect, I really mean perfect. Couldn't find a single flaw in it. This explains of course why, eight years after she disappeared, he is still willing to risk his life for her. The story is fast-paced, and it's an easy read. But I wasn't completely blown away by Harlan Coben's book. ( )
1 vote Floratina | Jan 4, 2015 |
This is the first Harlan Coben book I have read and I definitely plan to read more.
Talk about a page turner...it had me saying "Just one more chapter," and some days/nights I couldn't even stop with just one more, no matter how late it was getting or what else I had to do.
I enjoyed the New Jersey/NYC setting (that I've heard he also uses in some of his other books) as a fellow NJ resident myself (like the author).
The are so many plot twists that even if you think you have figured out the main mystery there are other things going on which keep you guessing. Some reviewers have said that this made the book unrealistic or unbelievable. So many things kept creeping up that you didn't expect. But I was just fine with getting completely absorbed in the plot (with all it's many twists) until everything is revealed, bit by bit, right up until the end. ( )
  KimDV | Nov 24, 2014 |

Eight years ago David Beck was knocked unconscious and left for dead,
and his wife Elizabeth was kidnapped and murdered.

Dr Beck re-lived the horror of what happened that day every day of his life. Then one afternoon, he receives an anonymous email telling him to log on to a certain website. The screen opens on to a web cam - and it is Elizabeth's image he sees.

As Beck tries to find out if Elizabeth is truly alive, and what
really happened the night she disappeared, the FBI are trying to pin
Elizabeth's murder on him. And everyone he turns to seems to end up

Well, my third Coben book in a couple of months and whilst not the greatest thing I've ever read in my life, it's far from the worst either. A slightly implausible plot, which I'm not going to disect. Face it with all fiction you need to suspend belief, so hey just go with it.
Was I entertained? Yes.
Did I want to discover how it all panned out, and by definition keep my head stuck in it, oblivious to the pre-Christmas chaos around me? Yes.

3 from 5, and 1 book closer to catching back up with my wife!

Purchased a few years ago, from a charity shop - judging by the sticky label on the back.
Hey, I do buy new sometimes!
( )
  col2910 | Apr 17, 2014 |
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David Beck has rebuilt his life since his wife's murder eight years ago, finishing medical school and establishing himself as a pediatrician, but he's never forgotten the woman he fell in love with in second grade. And when a mysterious e-mail arrives on the anniversary of their first kiss, with a message and an image that leads him to wonder whether Elizabeth might still be alive, Beck will stop at nothing to find the truth that's eluded him for so many years. A powerful billionaire is equally determined to make sure his role in her disappearance never comes to light, even if it means destroying an innocent man.

In David Beck, Harlan Coben, the author of the popular series starring sports agent Myron Bolitar (Darkest Fear et al.) has created a protagonist who shares many of Bolitar's best qualities--he's a decent, generous, gentle guy whose loyalty to those he loves is unquestionable. So when he discovers that people he was close to may be responsible not only for Elizabeth's murder but also the "accidental" death of his father, Beck's sense of betrayal is as understandable to the reader as his uncharacteristically violent reaction. Coben is a skillful storyteller with a gift for creating likable characters caught up in circumstances that illuminate their complex emotional lives and deep humanity. This should be the thriller that breaks this talented writer out of the mystery genre and earns him the recognition he deserves. --Jane Adams

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For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive. Everyone tells him it's time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible--that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive. Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn't. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope. But already Beck is being hunted down. He's headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret--and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.… (more)

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