Stay Close Hardcover – Mar 20 2012
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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 the bestselling author of eighteen novels, including The Woods, Promise Me, and The Innocent, and is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards. He lives in New Jersey with his family. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.See all Product Description
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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.
The story has some unrealistic moments & while motives are explained it just does not grab the same attention.
I can see where after a number of novels following the same characters an author would tire or run out of ideas for the same characters. It's hard to vie with yourself once you've done something that attracted such acclaim & so many fans, but to write something that is so not up to par is disappointing for fans & I wonder, for the author as well?
I believe this is the weakest of Coben's `stand-alone' novels to date. I can see shades of "Tell No One"; "Gone for Good"; "No Second Chance" & "Just One Look"... all of which I would rate higher than this one. The same theme seems to appear throughout all these novels, not surprising after reworking the same theme the author runs out of steam. Unfortunately, for fans, it gets tired & ho-hum.
Even with a satisfying ending it's only ok & it just can't compete with Myron & Win. Not even close.
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Great fir a fast read, a page turner. Maybe not history making but great plot and character development. A master of crime fictionPublished 18 months ago by Jimmy
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.Published 20 months ago by W. Dumas
Already interesting 3 stars only, could be easely 4 because I have not finish yet. Still reading and the novel is well writtin.Published on Aug. 25 2013 by Lefebvre Jean-Pierre
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.Published on Aug. 16 2013 by Sharon Raycraft