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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; American First edition (April 29 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525947299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525947295
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,272,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R.T. Fireman on May 3 2003
Format: Hardcover
I had heard alot about Harlan Coben, but No Second Chance was my first read, and now I feel foolish for waiting so long. I wish I could divulge some plot elements, for they are brilliant, but let me say simply that this book has a fantastically constructed serpentine plot. Reminds me of being on Space Mountain, a great roller coaster where you always think you know the next exciting twist and turn, never do, and then wonder of course why didnt I think of that.
Dr. Marc Seidman, Coben's lead character, is a good guy with just enough hint of darkness to make him interesting. And the characters surrounding him all seem to be hiding some deep dark secret, though discerning which do and what they are is part of what makes this novel a great read. And I also like Coben's eye for detail and description-it is at the same time vivid yet well researched and accurate. One can actually painlessly learn something from a Harlan Coben book.
This was the best money Ive spent in a long time, and now Im off to order the rest of Coben's book. Read it, you won't regret it. Yeah Harlan!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AceofHearts on April 1 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Marc Seidman has been shot, his wife murdered and his baby daughter kidnapped. When Marc is finally ready to go home from the hospital his wealthy, priggish father-in-law summons him to see the ransom note.

Seidman goes against instructions and involves the police and things go terribly wrong. Marc soon finds himself turned upside down in an attempt to try and find his daughter.

Just when you think you have it figured out the story hits another bump and twist and you start all over. A great set of twists and turns where nothing is as it seems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bill runyon on April 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
A very entertaining mystery/novel, where the narrator is shot
in the first sentence of the book, and he thereafter is occupied with only one thought, that of getting back his kidnapped child.
But the incident where he was shot also resulted in the death
of his wife, and the police, lacking other suspects, focuses on
the husband, a successful doctor, and the family and the police
have a difficult time working together to try to recover the
daughter.
Most worrisome is that no ransom demand is made right away, and
the daughter is not found or heard from. So there is considerable anguish and worry. Then when a ransom demand is finally made, it is made to the child's grandfather, and although he has money, he isn't very close to the husband, and
he definitely doesn't trust the police, either local or federal.
Unhappily, after the ransom of $2 million is paid, nothing more
is heard, and the daughter is gone. Time goes by, so it is
generally assumed the little girl has been killed, and life,
somehow, goes on for these people.
Then, after a year-and-a-half, another ransom demand is made,
and this time the father and grandfather are determined to make
sure they find out if the girl is alive, and, if so, to get her
back.
A lot of fascinating detail here, and this is generally a readable book, but there are some flaws in logic that will jar
some readers. There are a handful of places were any genuine
mystery reader will have to pause and ask: "Is that really what
that character would do?" "Would that really be the next step?"
The flaws and jumps in logic are distracting, and they prevent
this from being a "best" book in this category.
But, nonetheless, there is a surprising ending that is well done, and this is a worthwhile read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam T. Mark on Oct. 7 2003
Format: Hardcover
Interesting characters and story twists. I thought the ending was a bit disappointing though. Some characters that are introduced right in the climactic moments turn out to be very important, and you kind of ask yourself where these people came from... Anyway, this book's not bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Cooper on July 20 2003
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying: Harlan Coben is my favorite mystery author. And I read a lot of mysteries, so that's saying a lot. Coben can really twist a plot, and everything he's written has been an absolute page-turner...
Well, at least until now.
"No Second Chance," although not bad, didn't effect me like his others. I put it down a number of times, which was strange. I plowed through all his previous books in a couple of sittings--they never lasted me longer than two days, no matter how hard I fought to slow down and savor them. But that feeling wasn't there this time.
My major gripe with the book was the lack of a strong hook. Again, it's odd saying that considering how brilliant the opening line was, and how every other book Coben's written glued me to page from the get-go. But my interest in "No Second Chance" was minimal until about the second half of the book. That's a long time to wait, especially for him, but I had faith in Coben, so I stuck with it.
Next in line, the pacing wasn't strong here. There were times when the book dragged. Coben--dragged. Those words sound so incompatible that I hate to say them. But there it is.
A major disappointment, too, was that I guessed about 90% of the ending. Coben's finales are usually knock-outs, but this one was a bit predictable. Sure, I didn't get a few of the details right, but I prefer to be thoroughly stumped. I love thinking I know exactly what happened, only to get to the end and realize I had it all wrong. In other words: I love to guess, but if I'm right, it's a little disappointing.
Lastly (and this is a complaint I've had about all his stand-alones), the main character was very forgettable. Nothing about him stood out.
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