I usually try to stay off the bandwagon, but Harlan Coben kept popping up on my recommendation list (even though it's not an author I would normally listen to) and the reviews were very good. So I decided to give it a try. The story was good and it was well told. There were just enough twists to keep me entertained. The characters were believable. The ending was surprising but not over the top. Overall a good experience. I would listen to more from this author.
I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.
I'll get right to the point. This book is WI--worth it! A great book to listen to if you are in a rut, and want to imagine your everyday life getting shaken up.
In Stay Close, Harlan Coben asks the question "can people change?" and "how much of your past do tell your close friends and lovers and family members?" If you have a dark past, should you tell your family? When?
The answer is: When your past comes home, shadows your family, and threatens their lives.
This story examines trust, and the devotion of family. The publisher calls the genre domestic suspense--describing how Coben sets the drama squarely into a setting most middle class Americans can understand.
The narration flows well and clearly characterizes all of the cast members. I highly recommend this book.
Stay Close is on par with Harlan Coben's other stand alone novels. It was engaging and the story line continued to move through out the entire book. I'm not sure why there are some reviewers who seemed to hate Scott Brick's narration. I have listened to probably 30 books narrated by Scott and he does a great job through all of them.
Yes! I seek out books by certain authors and narrators - this one qualified on both counts, and I wasn't disappointed.
Story was paced well, kept me involved start to finish
Scott Brick did his usual GREAT job - I enjoyed this book all the more thanks to his performance.
The perfect combination of a great story and great narration. This review is being written by Platinum subscriber since 2001 and an owner and listener to more than 400 audiobooks. I often base my selections on narrators and purchased Stay Close specifically because Scott Brick was narrating. Scott Brick is the best male narrator in the business and 2nd only to Susan Erickson overall. He can make a mediocre story entertaining, but when he reads a perfect story like Stay Close, its difficult to stop listening. The reviews that I read giving him a 1 star rating have to have been written by audiobook neophytes who should be embarrassed to review any book.
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If you've gotten this far, then you know the basic premise of the book. I've told several friends to read it, because it's the best thought-out time travel book I've read. Every time I had a questions during the book, like "how would that work?" or "what if...?" it was answered in the book almost as soon as the question popped into my mind. I did think the book dragged just a little in the middle, but it picked back up again shortly. And I loved the ending. If time travel were really possible, then this would be how it could work and what the consequences would be. Definitely put this one on your "to read" list, you won't be disappointed. And don't be put off by the length, the only issue is that you won't get much sleep because you won't want to turn it off!
The narration was overly dramatic and painful to listen to. Very staccato, as though nearly every word was followed by a period or worse, an exclamation point. The writing was at times eye-rolling with the corny one-liners and metaphors. I didn't find any of the characters likable. The ending was too drawn out with much "tell me what really happened" and no one could say what really happened without going into all their thoughts and feelings and baggage from the past.
Not at all. I've enjoyed other Harlan Coben books and other books in this genre.
The mother-in-law seemed to be thrown in for no good reason. No one would think she had anything to do with anything, and alas, she didn't.
Father-husband-technologist and bibliophile, I get through about 3 books per week. I love a good suspenseful thriller and really enjoy widening my mental horizons.
Yes, I've always been a fan of Scott Brick's style. Perhaps it's not for everyone, but I love that each "reading" is a "performance." The story is a who-done-it with lost love, a psycho-killer Ken & Barbie (almost the evil-comic relief of the story), and real people with real flaws. I read several audiobooks a week and found this to be one of my recent favorites. Great plot and a great performance!
Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!
The last review I wrote was of Michael Connelly's "The Poet" (1996). I like Connelly well enough, but I've grown frustrated that he doesn't develop his women characters well. They are strong, but one dimensional. I keep thinking, "Why would she do that? Does she think beyond the fight? Does she ever look less-than-sexy?"
Harlan Coben, on the other hand, does a great job creating strong women who have reasons for what they do, doubts, courage, and aren't model thin cookie cut outs. I liked soccer mom Megan Pierce, who has an exciting, hidden past but now juggles kids' schedules, errands and games, two teenagers whose hormonal surges run their mouths, a beloved mother-in-law with dementia, and a husband who feels so lucky that Megan loves him he never questions her past too deeply. Megan's past doesn't 'come back to haunt her' like a bad cliche - she's bored and decides to visit Atlantic City, and she's recognized by an old friend.
Ray Levine, a former war photojournalist who's deeply and unapologetically frequently at the bottom of a bottle of Jack Daniels, is back in Atlantic City. Ray works as a paparazzi for hire, bolstering the egos of wanna-be's at the cost of his own. It's soul-sucking work, but it keeps him in his basement apartment and booze.
Detective Jack Broome can't let go of the case of a man who disappeared years ago - especially when Carlton Flynn disappears 17 years to the day later. Broome's tenacious and complex. This is a 'stand alone' book, but "Stay Close" would be a good start to a Broome series.
Atlantic City, in all it's cheap, skee ball playing, gambling, dive bar and Girls! Girls! Girls! live show pathos, is a friend and a foil for Broome, Ray, and Megan.
I liked the book because it's a thinker (and not just a puzzler about 'who dunnit'), not a formulaic mystery/suspense.
Scott Brick is a good narrator. It's always clear what character he's in.
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I've been a long-time fan of Harlan Coben who has written great characters and intriguing plot lines. The same can be said for this book except that at least fifty percent of the rumination by the main characters could have been deleted causing a seventy-five percent improvement in the narrative.
Scott Brick reads every part with maximum angst. The middle-aged navel gazing and Brick's one note performance, became so irritating that I stopped listening at the beginning of the second part and skipped to the last chapter to find out if the plot resolved as I predicted. It did.