Major conclusions drawn on thin evidence. A corrupt cop that gets away with it. and a killer that confesses for no reason. Got through most of it at double speed. I love Brick, but he didn't fit here.
Definitely among the top 20 (I really do listen to a lot of books)... an entertaining "read", the type that makes you think about choices you make, people's pasts.
it is similar to other Harlan Coben books -- you can tell it's his for certain -- but not an overplayed story. I felt like the suspense was close to a David Baldacci in a way!
Harlan Coben is one of those authors that consistently delivers. If you like one of his novels, you'll like the others. Stay Close has a flow that lends itself well to audiobook format. It's exciting enough to keep you guessing, but doesn't overdo it with so many details that you lose track of the characters, key clues and or plot elements if you're listening while driving or doing chores. It does become a bit annoying in sections where Coben falls into repetitive allusions as he tries to hammer home certain characters' motivations, flaws or histories. You feel like saying "yeah, yeah, I get it already...."
I usually figure out "who done it," but this one had me right up until just before the reveal. Good surprise.
You feel like he is a cop from Atlantic City telling you the story even though it's third-person narrative.
Not really an inspirational kind of book. Just entertaining.
Worth a credit for sure.
As in his earlier novels, things from the past come back to haunt the protagonists. "Stay Close" lacks the realism of prior works like "Tell No One", though. Killing couple Ken & Barbie were just a bit over the top, I thought.
Another brilliant performance by - in my opinion - the best male reader in audio books. Hats off to Scott Brick - again.
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