Who Else Writes Like Harlan Coben?

A Listmania! list by James N Simpson (Gold Coast, QLD Australia)
The list author says: "Harlan coben, you've read one of his books and want to read another, pretty soon you've read them all even the stuff under his previous publishers such as Play Dead. But it's pretty hard to describe just what sort of genre a Harlan Coben sort of novel is.

I guess basically it's a thriller, written through the eyes of an everyday sort of person (who could easily be you the reader) who suddenly has an event occur where they are going to be tested to limits they prevously had never known they had. The what would you do if faced with this situation is something you as a reader reading this type of book often ask.

But the question you normally ask to those of us who work in a library is usally simply, "I really like Harlan Coben, who else writes like him?"

Well this is what I usually tell people.

Note - I'm mostly talking about the independent storyline novels (not the Myron Bolitar ones, not that they aren't fun too though and I've included a few authors at the end of the list for those fans)."
Play Dead
1.  Play Dead by Harlan Coben
The list author says:
  "When this list was first created Play Dead was a rare expensive hard to find debut novel by Coben which many people had never heard of.  Now thankfully, it has been republished, the only remaining not yet mass published old novel by Coben is Miracle Cure.  Anyway back to the list."
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No Time for Goodbye
2.  No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
The list author says:
  "Interestingly enough Linwood Barclay also first became big with his character series novels before becoming even bigger with his Coben style masterpieces such as No Time for Goodbye and Too Close to Home. Of the Coben style authors he along with James Siegel would be my favourite!"
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Detour And Derailed
3.  Detour And Derailed by James Siegel
The list author says:
  "James Siegel has certainly written some Coben style masterpieces.  The two in this collection are in my opinion his best.  I cannot recommend any book more than Derailed to anyone looking for an on the edge of your seat can't put down thriller! Short chapters also make this masterpiece as with detour a breeze to quickly get to the end."
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Caught Stealing: A Novel
4.  Caught Stealing: A Novel by Charlie Huston
The list author says:
  "Same style as Coben but with a lot more violence thrown in.  If you are not opposed to the violence you're in for a great read with this and other following novels in this series. Plus as well as being like Coben's indenpendent storyline fiction, the main character could have been a sporting hero if it weren't for the injury (sound familar to somebody?)."
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Switchback
5.  Switchback by Matthew Klein
The list author says:
  "Switchback is Klein's first novel which has not had anywhere near the success of the later written Con Ed (also published as Conned).  Conned is great too but if you want a Coben style storyline check out Switchback!"
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Relentless
6.  Relentless by Simon Kernick
The list author says:
  "Simon Kernick is very Coben in style but probably a few books off being quite up to the high benchmark quality of other authors on this page.  In this novel a father playing with his kids receives a phone call from his former best friend who he hears being murdered but just as he is blurts out his address to the killer. His friend's house is less than 15 minutes away. What to do, what to do?"
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Killer Instinct
7.  Killer Instinct by Joseph Finder
The list author says:
  "Finder is another Coben style writer but set in the business world.  Along with this book, Company Man and Paranoia are his best books."
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Panic
8.  Panic by Jeff Abbott
The list author says:
  "Abbott's novels vary dramatically quality wise and by subject matter.  Panic however is a Coben style novel worth checking out!"
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Danger Zone
9.  Danger Zone by Shirley Palmer
The list author says:
  "Palmer proved to be a one hit wonder with this great Harlan Coben style debut thriller.  Although her work after this isn't worth picking up, you won't be doing yourself a favour by missing out on Danger Zone!"
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THE HUSBAND
10.  THE HUSBAND by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "Koontz doens't normally write in Coben style and to be honest this is no Koontz mastepiece.  You'll find the really good Koontz stuff in his own style, but the husband is a Harlan Coben style written adventure."
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The Death List
11.  The Death List by Paul Johnston
The list author says:
  "If you like Coben but want a bit more violence thrown in for good measure, check out Johnston's The Death List."
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[Large Print Edition] Lifeguard by James Patterson & Andrew Cross
12.  [Large Print Edition] Lifeguard by James Patterson & Andrew Cross by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "James Patterson novels have long lost their masterpiece after masterpice status.  There's in fact many poorly written novels under his name these days but the Lifeguard wasn't bad at all, and when it came out unlike his other stuff, was written Coben style.  In all likelihood it probably wasn't written by Patterson at all, but his name is on the cover, as is Andrew Gross."
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Three Weeks to Say Goodbye
13.  Three Weeks to Say Goodbye by C. J. Box
The list author says:
  "C.J. Box does't normally write Harlan Coben style novels but he did with the sensational Three Weeks to Say Goodbye about a couple whose adopted baby girl is going to be taken from them by an evil judge who is the biological grandfather of the baby."
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Never Tell a Lie: A Novel of Suspense
14.  Never Tell a Lie: A Novel of Suspense by Hallie Ephron
The list author says:
  "Ephron's style is a bit slower paced than the other authors on this page, pace wise like authors such as Bernard Taylor.  However we still have the Coben style average person suddenly comfronted with a situation where they will have to question everything they know about themselves and more importantly thought they knew about their partner."
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Killer Material: A Mystery
15.  Killer Material: A Mystery by Dan Barton
The list author says:
  "Biff Kincaid is to the comedy world what Myron Bolitar is to the sports community.  Like Myron he also solves murders and serious crimes happening in his world, which for Biff is comedy clubs.  This is the first novel in that great series."
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Bermuda Schwartz (Zack Chasteen Series)
16.  Bermuda Schwartz (Zack Chasteen Series) by Bob Morris
The list author says:
  "Bob Morris' Zack Chasteen series is very similar to the Myron Bolitar series."
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