- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (June 19 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553528653
- ISBN-13: 978-0553528657
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3.1 x 18 cm
- Shipping Weight: 163 g
- Average Customer Review: 311 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,470,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tell No One Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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“Suspense at its finest...” —Jeffrey Deaver
“A can’t-put-it-down page-turner...”—Lisa Scottoline
“Non-stop action with plot twists galore...”—Phillip Margolin
“A thriller of runaway tension...”—Iris Johansen
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tes, 5 hrs. 15 min.
Performance by Steven Weber
She was his great love, the woman hed adored since they were children. But a few months into their marriage, Elizabeth Beck was abducted, then found dead in a ditch, the brutalized victim of a serial killer. Not even the killers capture and conviction could bring comfort to her devastated husband, Dr. David Beck.
Now, eight years later, Becks life is ripped apart once again, this time by a mysterious e-mail suggesting that Elizabeth may still be alive. It could be just a cruel joke, but Beck, still grieving, cannot abandon hope. The trail to the truth is filled with treachery, and Beck uncovers one terrible deed after another, some recent, some stretching back to before Elizabeths abduction. Whats the most frightening of all is that the trail leads directly to him, setting him up as the prime suspect in the crimes.
Now, as Beck eludes the police, he must find his hidden ene
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Coben was able to get me to care about the characters. Not just the main characters but almost all of them. I appreciate it when an author cares enough to give the people in his novel some back story so I can see them as more than caricatures. The best part is that you don't realize he's doing it. There is never a lull in the action while he develops the backstory. Everything flows remarkably well.
The most compelling aspect of this story is it's unpredictability. I always thought I knew where the story was going and I was always wrong. I love that in a novel and Tell No One does it wonderfully. It's packed with action, suspense, a great love story and a healthy dose of mystery.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone. It's the perfect lazy weekend novel because you won't want to stop reading once you start.
So wrote Harlan Coben in his very enjoyable book with a theme of vengeance and revenge. At center point in this novel is Doctor David Beck. A man of medicine and a man that does not believe in the modern day psycho babble nonsense concerning such things as closure. For David Beck, time does not heal all wounds. First his father died twelve years ago in what could have been a simple traffic accident or a suicide. Then, eight short years ago, his wife was murdered.
The fact that he was powerless to stop it, dropped by blows to the head that cracked his skull does not alleviate his pain and his guilt over her murder. They were at the family retreat and she was grabbed, he was brutally assaulted and pushed off the dock to drown in the lake. The fact that he survived was a medical miracle and something that he has never accepted. He misses her tremendously every single day of his life.
Despite the fact that everyone had told him to move on, he can't. And as it comes time to mark their anniversary, he is reminded how much he misses her. Then, he gets a strange e-mail with a message containing a phrase that only the two of them shared. No one else could possible know the phrase or what it means. Then, he gets a second message a day later and is soon directed to a web cam that for a moment, somewhere in the world, shows her. Or someone that looks amazingly like her.
He begins a frantic search, turning to his friends and family. At the same time, someone is searching for him and to find out what he knows about happened eight years ago. And they will stop at absolutely nothing to get the answers they seek to end the problem once and for all.
This is a very enjoyable novel and primarily action oriented. There is some character development on a rather limited scale, but the focus is on a man running for his life from events beyond his control. Sure it has been done before but this one is better than most. This good read novel keeps the reader turning the page and is full of numerous false clues and detours until one reaches a very surprising ending.
The novel, "Tell No One" by Harlan Coben, is a somewhat dis-jointed novel about a husband who loses his wife while on a getaway with her at a family cabin. He is attacked and left for dead, and when he recovers, he discovers his wife is taken.
Eight years later, having long believed that his wife is dead, he receives a strange Email that suggests that she is anything but. Before long, the story delves into a tale of deceit, murder, corruption which ultimately leads the husband into a world that put his life in great peril.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
It is, but the novel, written partially in the first person, partially in the third, reads more like a screenplay than a novel. The characters are shallow, with little or no development which often leaves the reader feeling indifferent about the situations they are placed in. Coben's ability to depict some of the graphic acts taken on various characters throughout the novel read more like a "how-to" manual than descriptive narrative, leaving the reader feeling grossed out and unsettled (which may be the desired effect), but his inability to translate that method of storytelling to the thoughts and motivations of his characters again leave the reader feeling unsympathetic to the plight of the victims.
To his credit, this story moves quickly, and does not drone on with the exposition so many writers of this genre employ, placing and presenting background for the situations and events in a way that can often bore the reader, or be insulting to their intelligence, but I think this novel could have used a little character expositon to give them depth and belivability.
For those looking for an incredible, unbelievable story that they can escape into for a few hours, this novel is probably for you. However, do not expect it to be a great literary work-its not. Its very predictable, relying on graphic violence to fill the void of genuine suspense. If you are looking for a more intense novel in this genre, try Thomas Harris's "Lecter" novels. They hit the mark far more solidly than this effort.
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