Synopses & Reviews
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.
"[A] masterful stand-alone…. Coben writes with wit and irony, and his flair for exposing the frail balance point between order and chaos in our lives has never been stronger than in this suspenseful outing.”
–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. A plot layered with twists, action, and a scandalous history will have his many fans flying through this new offering. Coben devotees have come to expect certain thrills, and they will not be disappointed."
"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 miss Stay 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." 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.”
“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
“Relying more on psychological terror than gratuitous violence, Coben makes the normal terrifying…In Hold Tight, [he] surpasses even his own best work."
"The thrill-a-minute action zooms on sharp, slippery twists and turns in a white-knuckle race from start to finish."
"With Caught, Harlan Coben knocked another one out of the park!"
-New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson
"Caught is dark-hearted, quintessential Coben, and his character Wendy Tynes is completely driven to make things right. This novel is psychologically twisted, fascinating, and guaranteed to make you both look over your shoulder and sign up with the good guys."
-New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice
"Quite simply, Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. His books have it all: nail-biting suspense, roller-coaster plots, relevant social issues, and pitch-perfect characters. Most important to me, his stories have a lot of heart. He writes about men-and women-you know, people who could be your neighbors, your friends, your family."
-New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah
"A Tilt-A-Whirl of a story....Buckle up and prepare for whiplash."
“Packs a lot of surprises.” People
“The story is intense, the characters are interesting, and the writing is magnificent.” The Huffington Post
The past never truly fades away.…
Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but now he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as paparazzo. Broome is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case.
Three people living lives they never wanted are hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect. 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.
About the Author
Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one previous novels, including the popular Myron Bolitar series. Seconds Away, his second novel for young adults, was published in September 2012. The winner of the Edgar®, Shamus, and Anthony awards, he lives in New Jersey.