I am a Harlan Coben fan although I have not read anything of his is quite awhile ( actually read!), his writing going into another direction than what I was interested in. At the begiining of this book, I had a hard time getting into it. I found it too 'wordy', too descriptive and made me wonder if I had missed a book. I didn't give up on it. I was tired of wasting credits. I stuck with it because I am a Scott Brick fan. I'm glad I did. It was a good listen. Kept you going after awhile wanting to know more about the lives of the characters. The desciptions that I had thought too much, became necessary to know the people involved, the story in itself.. Detective Broome is an extremely likeable character. I'm glad I kept listening and glad I picked a Harlan Coben book again. This audio is well worth it.
I am a fan of Harlan Coben's standalone books - I have never read a Bolitar novel. Unfortunately, his first three or four standalone books that I listened to were so good, they have spoiled me and everything of his has been downhill ever since. Stay Close falls into this category. Anyone who is a fan of Coben's novels knows that he has the ability to finish a book with the most mind-blowing of plot twists. Once, even though I had been conditioned to expect this twist and was looking for it and had even thought that novel was going to be a letdown, the twist blindsided me like a truck. Unfortunately, while a very good crime thriller, Stay Away did not blow me away in that sense. Because I am looking for a twist, I have come to look at and analyze just about every plausible character as being the key to a plot twist. When you do that, you can't help but figure out what the twist is and who it will involve. That being said, this novel is a well developed and engrossing story. I finished this audiobook in less than a week. I given it four stars because of the story - five stars for performance because it is read by my clear favorite narrator, Scott Brick - but, the lack of having my mind blown, won't let me rate it a five. His first few standalone novels shine too brightly for this book to receive that honor.
Some authors you can tell they do extraordinary research have extensive backdrops and scenery for their stories. Harlan Coben is the kind of guy you give him 5 or 6 characters and say tell me a story and he will spin a tale that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Back and forth with the plot and all the info is there for you to figure it out you just dont see it coming until the end. Great book.
Scott Brick makes the audio version entertaining as usual.
This was a good story, well read by Brick. I always like the Myron bolitar books most but this was good. Just not great, I guess I struggled to care about any of the cast.
He is one of the best. He always does believeable voices.
No, I was ale to listen a little bit each day. It was easy to put down. It was good but not great.
Love all Harlan Coben books. Do wish there had been more about New Jersey but this was as good as his others. I also love his Myron Bolitar books and I enjoy Scott Brick as a narrator. Well done and highly recommended book.
So slow - painful - characters are not interesting and the author trys to make it more suspensful than it is.
I'm going back to true crime
I was so sad I wasted a credit on this, but didn't want to waste my money so I listened to the whole thing
Sure! Shared it with my husband as soon as I was done!!
As usual with this author ... It was the ending! Never fails to surprise me!
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I admire Harlan Coben as the father of the Myron Bolitar novels. I am in love with Myron Bolitar and consider the repeat characters (Myron's parents, business partners, for example) to be among the best drawn of any series I've read. Additionally, I was always taken on an emotional roller coaster ride by Coben in the Bolitar books.
But this story comes nowhere near that level of excellence.
It is an OK story. I figured out "who dunnit" at the beginning of the book, but I didn't care. I had no investment in either the heroine (Megan) or the detective (Broome) or the old lover (Ray) or the killer. I was somewhat interested in Barbie and Ken - those characters went farthest towards engaging me.
It may not be fair to compare this book to the Myron Bolitar books, but I have to. That is the standard Coben has set.
And I strongly object to the publisher's comments:
"Master of domestic suspense Harlan Coben delivers his trademark
combination of pause-resistant thrills and unrivaled insight ..."
This was NOT Coben's trademark at all.
I suggest you spend your money on a different book.
I have enjoyed most of Harlan Coben's books, but this is deefinitely not one of his finst hours. OK, but out of touch with his other stuff, and a bit (lot!) unreal.
Love, love, love Harlan Coben. He has always been one author you could depend on for an excellent story line, fantastic characters and plenty of twists and turns in the plot. "Stay Close" flopped. The premise of this mystery is of an ex-stripper turned soccer mom. A crime took place and Megan goes back to her roots and finds herself involved than she anticipated.
Problem on my part is I didn't really care about the characters. Megan was boring. She was a boring mom, boring wife and a boring stripper. Her husband is boring. The detective is unlikable. The two serial killers are unbelievably creepy with a love for Jesus thrown in for good measure. What the heck? If Mr. Coben's name wasn't written on the jacket I would swear I was reading one of those "I-publish-8-books-a-year-and-none-of-them-are-worth-reading" writers. I managed to finish as I was hoping it would get better. Unfortunately it didn't. Very disappointed, Mr. Coben. Usually you don't resort to the sleezy scripts so prevalent with others in your field.