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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.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2012
ISBN: 9780525952275
Branch Call Number: M COB
Characteristics: 387 p. ;,24 cm


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Sep 04, 2015

I liked the basic premise of the book but not some of the details that the author added to the plot (e.g.: the killers). However, the writing was good, fast-paced, and the book was entertaining

eringate Nov 29, 2014

This is my 3rd Harlan Coben novel and will likely be my last. I found the writing extremely slow paced and the dialogue 'eye-rolling' inducing. Quite honestly, I couldn't even finish this one it was so bad.

The first Coben novel I read was 'Six Years'. It was nicely paced, had some surprising twists and the ending left you satisfied. I next dove into 'No Second Chance'. I quickly realized that it had the same "voice" as Six Years and the only difference were the character's names and the location. I decided to give this author one last shot; hoping that it was just a fluke.

2 chapters into it, I knew I would not be able to finish it and made the decision right then and there not to return to this author.

Dec 06, 2013

Not a Simon Bolivar novel. Graphic violence in parts but a good read. He always writes a fast paced, on the go, let's race to the end story. Seveteen years ago this mom was a stripper and her past has become her present

CoeryT Oct 02, 2013


JCLColleenO May 09, 2013

This was also my first Harlan Coben book, so I didn't know what to expect. I really enjoyed it, & am looking forward to reading other Coben books. I liked the storyline, it kept me engaged & had lots of twists.

Feb 19, 2013

This is the first Coben book for me & I thought it was fantastic! Didn't want to put it down. Lots going on but the twists made the ending unpredictable. Excited to read his earlier works.

Feb 08, 2013

This was for me an absolutely fantastic book. The plot dragged me along, unable to put the book down. I wanted to look at the conclusion to end the suspense; however, I resisted this and continued on the roller coaster ride of suspense and unknown. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a really exciting mystery/thriller.

Aug 24, 2012

Disappointing, more like a slasher movie then a good story.

Aug 20, 2012

The premise of the mystery & the cast of characters are good but the dialogue & narrative are strangely flat. It feels like Coben was just going through the motions, using tired descriptions & cliched dialogue. If you've read some of his others, you know he can do better.

champ08 Aug 07, 2012

I have read most of this authors previous books and I think this is his worst thus far. The plot was ok although a bit over the top - definitely without the great twists of the previous books and some of the characters were uninteresting/hard to relate to. Hopefully this book was a fluke and his next book is much more interesting as he is a really great author. New readers: Tell No One and Gone For Good were excellent books - read those before writing the author off for good.

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