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“Quite simply, Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. His books have it all.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah
Praise for Stay Close:
“Packs a lot of surprises.”—People (4 stars)
“The story is intense, the characters are interesting, and the writing is magnificent.”—The Huffington Post
“When everything explodes, the payoff is glorious. Stay Close is a perfect example of a master at the top of his game.”—The Associated Press
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing! Best book I've read in a while, it's a hard one to put down, and it has lots of twists and turns.Published 13 days ago by Charles Rodriguez
I think I say this every time I read one of his books: Harlan Coben is easily one of my favorite mystery/suspense authors. Read morePublished 23 days ago by PagesofComfort
I've recent gotten hooked on Harlan's books. If you've ever been in the Tri-State area you'll be able to literally visualize all the scenes the characters take you to. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AM
As a Coben fan, I could not get through this book. I have relished his Myron Bollitar series and most of his other standalone mysteries, but this one just didn't have it for me.Published 2 months ago by Lucky Mom
A little predictable. Normally love Coben's books, but this one was just okay. Never really got what Ken and Barbie were to.Published 2 months ago by K. Bouldin
As always, Coben's books are rich in subplots and don't need to rely on flowery prose to set the scenes. Issues were minor.Published 2 months ago by William S.