Excellent! the best book of 2008 by far. A thriller beyond imagination, that might even happen in our own backyard!! Characters are well developed, the good guys are truly good,loyal and perfection itself. the "bad" guys are tough, ugly and meet all expectations. With everyone, good and/or bad, their lives are all entwined to bring this novel to the most thrilling, unexpected end.
Three cheers to Halan Coben. and three cheers to your best Narrator, Scott Brick.
This is my 1st Coben book and wow I couldnt stop listening. The title is perfect as you hold tight as the story unfolds. 5 stars for sure!
Perhaps not being a parent made this story easier for me to bear, to not internalize the story so deeply. There is much sadness and fear and existential angst in this book. It's a story about every day people coping with every day stuff. There is a twist thrown in with the murderer but aside from that, the conflicts and questions are those that we all deal with - how many secrets are there between those who love each other, how much love is too much and how far do you let things drift before you lose touch altogether. It's about parents and children, teachers and students, husbands and wives, friends and siblings.
And yet, as difficult as all this sounds, I still am glad that I read the book. It made me think about a lot of those questions. I liked the people and related to them. I've only read a couple of Coben stories before which were lighter fare and I think he's a very talented author.
The main downside with this recording is the narrator who reminded me of no one so much as Charleton Heston at his most overwrought, perhaps as Moses handing down the tablets. I don't like to be unkind but wow, Scott Brick wrings every sentence out, stamping down hard on every phrase, up and down like riding a horse with a really jarring trot. It's so bad that it becomes almost comical and is completely unsuitable for this story. However, the story was so gripping that I stuck with it. Not sure that I can actually recommend this particular recording but the book is great.
Scott's performance as usual is annoyiing with the way his voice is always so sing-song. Every sentence the tone goes up and then down - it sounds like a soap opera and is distracting from the story since it doesn't track with what is important in the text.
Another perfect book by one of my all-time favorite authors, Harlan Coben. I was sad Coben's latest book did not include my fictional dream man, Myron Bolitar, however, this unsettling story made up for it, hitting very close to home. As the young mom of a teenage daughter, I was profoundly disturbed by the hauntingly realistic themes. 'Would you want your parents to know all that about you?'" Technology and our children can be dangerous and scary. I highly recommend this book.
This was the first Harlen Coben book I've tried, and I found it exciting and intricately plotted. You're never quite sure what path he'd going to lead you down next! The characters all come across as real people, complete with foibles and inconsistancies. Highly recommended!
I have listened to every one of Mr. Cobens books and I thought this one was wonderful as usual. He keeps you going until the end and then there is always a twist that you would have never thought. That's what keeps me waiting for the next one. So, please don't make us wait too long. Thanks so much for keeping your fans entertained. This one is well worth the read and wait. I also hope there will be more Myron Bolitar.............
I have been an Audible customer for quite a few years now - I have purchased and listened to well over a hundred books. Harlen Coben is one of my favorite authors. But his publisher should have known better than to hire Scott Brick to narrate his book. I couldn't listen to more than an hour of this overly, intensely, continuously dramatic reading. It wore me out, ticked me off, and made me forget to listen to the story. I'll never download another Scott Brick narration. I'm sorry I wasted the credit on this one. Two stars because Coben is such a great writer. I'm off to buy the paperback.
You'll need a scorecard to keep track of the story lines in this book. Great advice on raising teens mixed with another of Harlens' really bad guys. And you have to listen to Scott Brick...for a long, long time.
I enjoyed this book, not as much as The Woods, but still very good. However, Scott Brick has to be the most annoying narrator I have encountered. His whole read was over the top. Doesn't he know the suspense and thrills are in the words not how he says them? I would definitely read more Coban but never another read by Brick.