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.
I love Coben books. But this was not in anyway as good as any of his other books. Don't waste your money - there are better picks. Try The Lifeboat.....excellent read.
Intense, spellbinding, addictive.
Brick is an awesome reader/narrator...he keeps the listener's ateention with great voice inflection...
How and when the investigator learned the killer's identification.
An awesome book.
I chose this one in spite of the narrator. Can't stand Scott Brick. His overblown style is like beating your head against a wall. It feels so good when it stops.
"She PLACED.....her SHOE.....on her....LEFT foot."
Sounds like the announcer for a three-ring circus.
Coben is an erratic writer. Some books...not so good. Some great. This is one of the great ones.
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
This isn't about the psychology of suburban living... it's a run-of-the-mill serial killer story and it's not that good. Boring book, poor story development.
Never again will I purchase a book, even by a favorite author, before listening to the sample of the narration. In this book I get so disgusted with the narration that I lose the drift of the story and I won't make myself finish listening. I really don't even know if it is a book I would enjoy or recommend or not it just sounds sad, sad, sad. The cracks in the sidewalk are sad, the furnace is sad, the dress is sad...I'm sad just thinking of the purchase price.