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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (479 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"[A] masterful stand-alone…. Coben writes with wit and irony"Publishers Weekly (starred review)


"[A] tour-de-force stand-alone…. [with] some of the most shocking action scenes in current crime fiction."
Booklist, starred review


"[Coben] engages readers from the first page." -Library Journal


"A solid mystery from a powerful writer." -San Jose Mercury News


"A superb stand-along thriller."-Mystery Tribune


"Harlan Coben has long been one of today’s top thriller writers, for his gripping, thought-provoking standalones as well as his Myron Bolitar novels. In Stay Close, he masterfully portrays the violent intersection of several lives, overshadowed by past events….Don’t missSTAY CLOSE, a stupendous read."
--Bookloons.com



“When you read a Coben novel you are absorbed by it. His writing draws you into the world he has created and you get to know the characters totally…. [Stay Close] is intense, the characters are interesting, and the writing is magnificent. Coben's talent is in high gear as he takes his readers to the magical world of Atlantic City, a place where dreams either come true or die."

-Jackie K. Cooper, The Huffington Post


“The narration hums and dances and sings like nothing [Coben] has done before, and his characters are so real this time around that they almost seem to rise off the printed page.”

-Bookreporter.com

About the Author

Harlan Coben is an international No. 1 bestselling thriller author. He is the winner of the EDGAR, SHAMUS and ANTHONY AWARDS - the first writer to receive all three. His books are published in 40 languages, with over 47 million copies in print worldwide. www.harlancoben.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Harlan Coben is the bestselling author of sixteen previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Long Lost" and "Hold Tight." Winner of the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award, Coben lives in New Jersey with his family.







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Customer Reviews

This book just didn't have that 'can't put this down' feeling.
MED
It had a great story line and plenty of twists and turns.= The book very quickly and held me in suspense until the very end.
C. Linton
The two main characters were totally unbelievable and unlikeable and his story much too farfetched.
CLTEEPLE@AOL.COM

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

110 of 123 people found the following review helpful By MED on March 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I usually love Coben - the Myron Bolitar books are must reading for me. His stand alone novels have always been winners as well. This book just didn't have that 'can't put this down' feeling.

The story is a simple one - two people affected by an event in the past are on a collision course with the truth. Ray is a down and out photographer who can't get the images of one night seventeen years ago out of his mind. Megan is a soccer mom with a secret past.

When an Atlantic City man goes missing the pattern is just too familiar. The police link the current case to a man who went missing seventeen years before. Following the clues brings together a group of people who share a shady lifestyle and personal secrets.

There were some cliche characters and the writing lacked the snappy, crisp dialogue I have come to expect from Coben. I thought the story bogged down at times.

Just ok.
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123 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gallagher HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I had pre-ordered this for my Kindle several months ago, and I had cleared the deck of my reading material two days before the release as, after all, I didn't want to be in the middle of reading something when it was released.

It was more than well-worth the wait, and probably one of the better Harlan Coben books I have read.

Coben does his usual job with his non-Myron Bolitar series with twists and turns, several things going on at once, then weaving it all into one big plot line: just when you think you have it figured out he hits you with a baseball bat, takes a hard right turn, and brings in a new plot twist that you didn't see coming that leave you with an "a-ha" moment.

One thing that makes Coben stand out (to me at least) is how he can quickly get you into the head of not only the main character, but the supporting cast as well. I don't know how he does it, but you can personally relate to most of the characters as some type of vision of yourself, or extensions of the circle of friends and acquaintances you have in your life.

Kindle purists will probably slam this book for being priced more than $9.99, but believe me when I tell you that you will get more than $9.99 worth of value with this book - I certainly did. Coben has solidified his mastery of the mystery and thriller genre with this title, and I would absolutely love to see more of these standalone thrillers than a continuation of the Bolitar series!
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88 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Jack Bauer on March 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a long-time Harlan Coben fan, I eagerly awaited this book. Sadly it was a huge disappointment. His books have always hooked me right from page one and that didn't happen this time. I found the characters unlikable. Why would an ex-stripper who has pulled herself up out of that hard life find herself missing that? I could not bring myself to care about Megan or root for her in any way. A few times I swore I couldn't read any more but I struggled to stay with it - hoping it would pick up and he would give us some of the old Harlan. But finally I gave up - something I rarely do - especially after spending $15 for the Kindle edition. I just couldn't make myself read any more. I hope Mr. Coben tries again as he has always been my favorite author. Sadly this book just didn't measure up for me.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
With the exception of Miracle Cure, I've read all of Coben's adult audience books and enjoyed them all, albeit some more than others. This string of praise-worthy books has come to an end for me with Stay Close.

I won't provide a plot summary as this can be gotten from the Amazon Book Description above. I'll just say that Coben's latest standalone, which is set primarily in Atlantic City and the Pines Barrens in New Jersey, involves the violent intersection of several lives that are overshadowed by past events. Broadly speaking, this plot concept has been used by Coben in several of his other books and, though no longer very original, he succeeded in executing them quite well in the past. Unfortunately, in my opinion, Coben's ability to execute his plot concept in Stay Close left me pretty unfulfilled.

Overall, I consider Stay Close to be just an okay read -- at best. What makes me judge this book as "okay" (and not worse) is attributable to Coben's narrative skills and plot pacing, which kept me turning the pages at a brisk pace from beginning to end. Coben gets a lot credit from me on this point because I felt Stay Close had little else that deserves strong praise. In particular, I felt the plot execution lacked credibility and much excitement, and the characters were mostly thinly developed, unlikable, and failed to make me care what happens to them. And, while on the subject of characters, Coben's Ken and Barbie-like team of professional thugs came across to me as laughable and ridiculous and, as a consequence, unthreatening.

If you've been a long-time, loyal Coben fan you're likely going to want to read this book regardless of my review and other reviews giving Stay Close a three star rating or lower.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By CLTEEPLE@AOL.COM on April 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nope, just cannot recommend this Coben. Absolutely and thoroughly disappointed and I was waiting on tenderhooks for the day I could download onto my Kindle Fire. The two main characters were totally unbelievable and unlikeable and his story much too farfetched. Hopefully, Coben hasn't fallen into that trap that far too many authors who rise to the top fall into: they think they can publish anything because their publisher tells them they can. However, it just ain't so because those of us who demand a good story will simply move on to the next new author, i.e. read Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott.
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