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Stay Close [Hardcover]

Harlan Coben
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March 20 2012

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.

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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."

“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.”

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Stay Close April 9 2012
By L. D. Godfrey TOP 500 REVIEWER
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While I can't say I am Harlen Coben's biggest fan, I have read many of his novels.Some I liked,others,not so much. His latest novel `Stay Close' fell into the latter category.The plot seemed very similar to some of his other novels.You have a main character or in this case two main characters that have been dealt raw deals by life. You have Ray, life has managed to grind him into the ground,and you have Meagan/Cassie who has managed to beat life,and has achieved every little girl's dream; husband,kids and the white picket fence.Then comes the event,be it person, place, or thing that forces these two back to the beginning,to face their past,and their choices.I like to connect with something in a novel,the characters,their plight,the plot,something.I found the characters flat, just words on a page,I felt no emotion for them or the plot,good or bad.While there are sections in this book where you can plainly see why Coben deserves his reputation for a suspense writer there just is not enough of them for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars stay close. May 21 2014
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I liked his previous books better. While this was good, it took me a long time to get "into"it. Hopefully, the next one will be better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To read this book = heaven!!! April 10 2014
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This author, Harlan Coben, is a new wonderful discovery. I so love this book that I've now chosen quite a few books of this author which are now on my Wish List. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a suspense novel with a lot of psycology and is written with humour. (Please excuse my wordings - I am French Canadian.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eminently Readable But Not Coben's Best Dec 19 2013
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I generally enjoy Harlan Coben's books, but it is a while since I read one which did not concern Myron Bolitar and friends so I was keen to see how this measured up. In many ways it is up to standard since it is eminently reasonable, proceeds at a good pace and has quite an interesting plot.

I did not feel it was quite up to the best of Coben's work though. Most of his stories are somewhat unbelievable if you dissect them and one has to suspend disbelief to some extent. However, I would say that Stay Close was rather more farfetched than most and did rely on an improbable basis to the whole thing. The main characters do not really come across as credible - we have Ray, who was so damaged by a failed love affair 17 years earlier that he has spent the intervening years falling apart. Megan aka Cassie loved working in the clubs, but has happily changed her profession and settled down to being a successful hockey mom. Coben's cast have always been eccentric in the extreme but generally did ring true.

The other issue I had was that this comes across as rather melodramatic, particularly towards the end with all sorts of heart searching by the leading figures. I cannot remember this as a feature of Coben's past books. However, I am probably being rather harsh overall and this is certainly a reasonable read, although probably not one which the reader will recall much of a few months on and certainly not this author's best work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read Aug. 16 2013
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Coben has always been a favourite author but some of his books seemed to lack his original brilliance at the genre. This book, in my opinion, puts him back up on the pedestal.
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