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Tell No One: A Novel by Harlan Coben
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Tell No One: A Novel (original 2001; edition 2009)

by Harlan Coben (Author)

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Fiction. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. HTML: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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Title:Tell No One: A Novel
Authors:Harlan Coben (Author)
Info:Dell (2009), Edition: First Edition, 384 pages
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Tell No One by Harlan Coben (2001)

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3.5/5
This book is widely considered the perfect introduction into Harlan Coben's work. and I have to agree, for better and for worse.
The author is very good at giving interesting, and relevant, information to the reader on a steady pace, which is something essential for the criminal thriller genre. So the story stays very fresh throughout the whole book. There are no points in which something interesting isn't being revealed or about to be, making for a great page turner.
It also helps that Coben is not one of those authors who are obsessed with sex and use it to make the characters feel "evil and gritty". They feel like real people, even if slightly shallow at times.
The book also shows the biggest problem with Coben's work: the build-up goes way too hard and the conclusion is short and ends up feeling rushed. All the important plot threads are concluded, which is not something that can be said about all books in the genre, but a more well-paced conclusion would make the story more satisfying.

All-in-all, it's a short, fun and well-written story. Serves both as good weekend read and as an introduction to Harlan Coben's work, which improved as he gained experience. ( )
  tuskactfour | Jun 26, 2024 |
Great read! Coben always keeps you guessing… ( )
  tinsfam | Mar 11, 2024 |
I loved this book. It was very hard to put down and the characters I thought were very well written. There was non-stop action throughout and it was hard to predict what would happen next. I will surely be reading more books by this author. ( )
  thatnerd | Mar 2, 2024 |
Story: 6.5 / 10
Characters: 7
Setting: 7
Prose: 4 ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
Good Film =/= Good Book

I got halfway through this before giving up as it's just unpleasant to read/ listen to from the topic, to the not so great writing, and the OK narration.

I feel rather like I did when reading the Codename Villanelle books after watching Killing Eve -- truly blown away with what scriptwriters, directors, and actors can do with rather meh source material. Also reminiscent of the CV books, but not translated into other media is the snide conservatism and white patriarchal undertones that infuse the writing.

My experience continues to tell me that good books often make bad movies, while bad books can be made into far better media.

If you want trashy airport thriller crack on, but if you want an actually weighty action thriller I would say watch the French movie instead. ( )
  RatGrrrl | Dec 20, 2023 |
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"Small said, "But what about when we are dead and gone, will you love me then, does love go on?" Large held Small snug as they looked out at the night, at the moon in the dark and the stars, how they shine and glow, some of the stars died a long time ago. Still they shine in the evening skies, for you see, Small, love like starlight never dies . . ." -Debi Gliori, No Matter What (Bloomsbury Publishing)
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In loving memory of my niece, Gabi Cohen, 1997-2000, Our wonderful little Myszka . . .
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Fiction. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. HTML: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.

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