From Publishers Weekly
At the start of this disappointing stand-alone from bestseller Coben (Promise Me
), Paul "Cope" Copeland, acting county prosecutor for Essex County, N.J., and Lucy Gold, his long-lost summer camp love, are still haunted by a fateful night, decades earlier, when their nighttime tryst allowed some younger campers, including Cope's sister, to venture into the nearby forest, where they apparently fell victim to the Summer Slasher, a serial killer. Cope's intense focus on a high-profile rape prosecution of some wealthy college students shifts after one of the Slasher's victims, whose body was never found, turns up as a recent corpse in Manhattan, casting doubt on the official theory of the old case. Cope's own actions on that night again come under scrutiny, even as the highly placed fathers of the men he's prosecuting work to unearth as many skeletons as possible to pressure him into dropping the rape case. Less than compelling characters fail to compensate for a host of implausibilities. Hopefully, Coben will return to form with his next book. (Apr.)
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Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist - luring you in on the first page, only to shock you on the last Dan Brown His thrillers come with the guarantee of a great read and a twist in the tale EVENING TELEGRAPH Harlan Coben specialises in rousing the snake that lurks in the perfectly cut grass of American suburbia ... Coben makes you care about them but never neglects a plot that is full of his trademark shocks SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Cements his reputation as a top-class mystery writer INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY A cracking thriller that whizzes along at top speed DAILY EXPRESS
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