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Tell No One [Paperback]

Harlan Coben
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easily Read, Though No Great Surprises Jan. 24 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Tell No-One", first published in 2001, is Harlan Coben's eighth book - though is his first not to feature Myron Bolitar. Instead, the book's hero is David Beck. He'd known his wife, Elizabeth, from childhood - they'd met when they were seven, had their first kiss at twelve underneath a tree at Lake Charmaine and married at twenty-five. (Lake Charmaine was once a kids' summer camp, and is now owned by David's grandfather). After their first kiss, they carved their initials on the accompanying tree and, being a very cheesy couple, returned every year to add another notch beneath them. However, the evening they add their thirteenth notch, the couple are attacked - David is left for dead, while Elizabeth is abducted. Three days later, Elizabeth's body is found and is later identified by her father - from the signature branding, it seems the couple had been attacked by the serial killer Elroy "KillRoy" Kellerton.

Time moves on, though David remains single and never properly gets over Elizabeth's death. Eight years later, he's working as a paediatrician, with the majority of his patients on Medicaid. Unfortunately, events are about to bring what happened at Lake Charmaine back to the surface. The first thing provides possibly the biggest shock of them all - an email from Elizabeth, containing phrases only she should've known. The same afternoon, David is contacted by the local Sheriff about two bodies that have just been found near the lake. A baseball bat buried with them has blood traces on it that matches David's blood group - B positive. However, while it's not entirely clear what part - if any - these men played in the attack on David and Elizabeth, things aren't about to get any better.

Obviously, David finds this all very unsettling.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An author worth following July 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the third Coben novel I've read. All were enjoyable, but each is dragged down by Coben's penchant for complex plots that often veer into the unbelievable. He also has an unfortunate tendency to carry some characters from one novel to another. This is particularly grueling because Coben's characters aren't well developed to begin with.
All that said and done, Coben is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
His plots, as stretched as they become, have a glow of craftsmanship to them. They definitely do propel you through the story. The characters, flat as they often are, still have enough heft to keep your interest.
In short, Coben and in this case "Tell No One" are just plain fun reads. They will keep your interest. I intend to pursue all of Coben's novels, not only because they are fun reading, but because this writer has a future and could indeed turn out to be one of the best suspense novelists of all time. It's kind of fun to watch his growth.
Jerry
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1.0 out of 5 stars Myron fans, beware! May 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you enjoyed Coben's Myron Bolitar novels and are expecting great things from this novel, don't read it! I love the Myron series and I have never been more disappointed in a book as I was in this one.
One of the things that I enjoyed so much about the Myron books was the witty dialogue and likeable characters (like Win and Esperanza). In this book, Coben tried to be too serious so the dialogue was very sappy and unoriginal (the same goes for the characters). The readers are also treated to the main character's constant running social commentary on the lower class and how some criminals are just misunderstood. "Don't judge a book by its cover" stuff.
Another problem that made me uninterested in all the characters was the fact that the good guys are ridiculously good (the main character, his wife, and his sister ALL work for the poor), the bad guys are ridiculously evil (the evil billionaire and his unbelieveably sadistic hitman), and, in classic Harlan Coben style, the cops investigating are all dumb, bull-headed creeps who, if they were any worse, would be wearing swastikas on their arms. Oh yeah, and I forgot the "look at me, I'm so politically correct" lesbian couple, the typical boisterous defense attorney, and the drug dealer with the heart of gold.
If you're a Harlan Coben fan, stick to his Myron Bolitar novels. This is like a Myron book without any witty dialogue, likeable characters, or interesting plot developments. Coben's best work is clearly behind him unless he resurrects Myron, I don't think it's going to get better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harlan Coben's best work... March 4 2004
Format:Hardcover
Harlan Coben pens perhaps his best novel to date in "Tell No One". After having read "No Second chance" - his latest, I was eager to read something else by the talented writer. I was drawn to this book after hearing a few friends tell me that this is his best work and that movie rights had been bought for the story. The talk was not just hype, Coben writes a masterfully suspenseful edge-of-your-seat thriller. It is a fast-paced story that manages to keep you intrigued and guessing for all of its 300+ pages. Let me tell you a few things that may help you make up your own mind about "Tell No One":
Coben grabs your attention from the very first page. You learn in the first chapter that 8 years ago Dr. David Beck was celebrating the anniversary of his wife and his first kiss when she is kidnapped and a few days later found dead. During the kidnapping David is beaten and left for dead. Flash forward to present day - after 8 years something happens to shift the reality of what may have really happened that night. Is his wife really dead? The reader is hooked and the story does let go until the thrilling (and surprising) conclusion.
Coben combines characters that are cops, FBI, drug dealers, and mafia hitmen and does it all masterfully. Pick this book up and you likely won't be able to put it back down until it's over. It's a very entertaining read by a very talented author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining thriller
Story flows very easily - you can't put it down at the end.

Also the story doesn't let you go the first day after you finished reading.
Published 6 months ago by Goos83
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...
I like this author and I've come to expect entertaining thrillers from him. And, this novel did not disappoint! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pat the cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Weekend Get Away.
I am not much of a Coben fan. I've only read one of his other books and it was so cheezy and awful I swore I would never read another. So I came to this novel skeptical. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2012 by J Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Film Noir
Coben wrote this before 9/11. Some of the prose is very thin - descriptions of action are flat. Lee Child, for instance, writes amazing action sequences (the hard-boiled and... Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2012 by R. Widdowson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE HARLAN COBEN
Excellent - very good, lots of twists and turns. I have read most of Harlan Coben's books and can't say I have read one I didn't like.
Published on Sept. 1 2010 by CH
5.0 out of 5 stars COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN
I had heard a lot about this book and ordered it online. Once I received it I couldn't put it down.

The author gets you right from the first page. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2009 by S. Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars First Coben Read
This was my first Harlan Coben novel and I enjoyed it enough to read it in three days. If I didn't have to sleep, eat and go to work in between, I likely would have read it one... Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2006 by R. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T START THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO
I finished this, my first Harlan Coben book, in less than 48 hours. Once I started it, that's all I wanted to do, solve the mystery. I read 10-12 books a month, mainly mysteries. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by lovz2read
5.0 out of 5 stars No One? Tell Everyone!
This was my first Coben book and I've been a fan of his since. Highly recommend this read as a fast paced, twist and turn read. I never saw the ending coming!
Published on June 23 2004 by Dianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting with many wild twists
I was hestitant when starting this book, however, it proved to be very exciting. 'Tell No One' has many twists and turns and the ending is just as exciting. Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by G Smith
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