This book is a mish mash of teenage unrequited love except the protagonist is not a teenager. The narration is so breathy and dramatic it actually underscores the flaws in the story. By the time we weave to the end we actually hope the "hero" fails and, that the long lost Natalie stays lost. Further very little hangs together in this book or makes sense.
After the third or fourth beating I wondered how Jake was still vertical or why he just did not find a new girlfriend. In this case, his persistence was not noble just annoying. Usually I love Harlon Coben;s books--for their humor, surprise endings, and semi believable characters. Nothing redeeming in this one.
other Harlan Coben books....
I've listened to others narrated by Scott....nothing this horrible
all of them
I normally don't write reviews unless the listen has knocked my socks off but this was so painful it forced me to write in hopes that no one else would waste a credit on it. I have not listened to Harlan Coben so I should start there...this was the most trite, cliche driven, confused, unlikeable characters...crazy bad narration - bad, bad, bad
Drawn out, idiot main character who irritated the heck outa me. I found myself thinking "just kill him already". The story was silly and sappy. Scott ( who I typically love) sounded whinny and needy.
I am a Harlen Coben fan but when Coben is bad he is very bad.The characters are so over written and over acted that I may actually be over Harlan and Scott Brick.
More than likely I will continue to be a fan BUT I will not be one of the first to buy his next book. I will wait for 500+ reviews.
The premise was great but the overall story arc needs to be fleshed out. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because its a good start but I feel like Harlen phoned it in. If things get easier ask yourself have I gotten better or just lazy.The book is too predictable and simple. He paints a picture by numbers and calls it art.Go back and flesh out the story, minimized the forced drama.
People who are into the beach novels of Patterson and who ever. Cookie cutter books where the actions of the protagonist make no senses except to move the story along to the desired length so that the author can get paid.
The protagonist is just stupid. Let me say that again. Stupid. 6'5" and a former bouncer, a Phd at a college with no knowledge about the law. Accidentally takes action against a bad guy and kills him, but feels bad about it. The plot was too predictable.
He did ok, but the material didn't help.
The best friend.
Just give me a better story. Don't keep delaying the talking to the police and letting the bad guys catch you in a bad position. No one would do that. It is just to much formula going on here.
Say something about yourself!
The story was very convoluted and far fetched, it seemed to drag on and on about the main character broken heart.
The ending was so predictable.
Scott Brick performance was amazing as always.
The best friend, it was just to coincidental and unbelievable that he was involved in the same organization.
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.
Harlan Coben always spins a good tale, and I want you to know that I recommend this book, it's just that I felt kind of smacked in the head by dear Harlan. This is over the top, and talk about trying to force puzzle pieces in where they don't belong... As I listened I kept saying to myself--here's where the music swells and this happens--and sure enough, it happened. Then I'd say: the only things that could make this more stupid is if this happened--and then sure enough, it would happen. No surprises. Well, it was a surprise that I wasn't surprised. "Tell No One" is not going to happen twice.
I think a super successful writer must get to the point where he knows what ever he writes will be a best seller, and some things are not as important as they used to be. I saw it happen to Dean Koontz in a big way. Writing for friends--using their names and homes so they can say,"Hey, Frank--this is me!" But those aren't the people paying for these books. I'm paying. I want the writer to write for me.
I think he had a wager with fellow writers to make as many ridiculous "smile" metaphors as possible, and to have the most predictable ending ever--what every TV writer and book writer have ever done (except for the big fire to sort things out at the end). He gave away the entire plot with the "the doctor was his MOTHER" re-played joke, and I could see a writing group chewing on that one and laughing--at me. The ending Itself was so sappy it made me almost physically ill.
His research wasn't up to par, either, and there were a few statements made by characters that they wouldn't have known--or maybe he put that in to make me feel smart.
Just a start.
Wish I could get the ending out of my head, but I'm afraid that bell can't be un-barfed.
I really enjoyed this book. The story is creative and well written. This book kept me questioning what was real and what wasn't. Jake, Natalie, and the creative retreat were great story elements.
I enjoy Harlan Coben's books and have read several in paper & ink format. I have also listened to quite a few audio books, but this is the first for this author. I found the performance somewhat annoying. I understand the character's emotional state, but the performance was moderately to extremely whiny and I found it off putting. It took away from the excitement of the story, in my opinion.
I do not like Scott Brick's narrations. He overdoes it. Almost sounds like he's making fun of the text with his dramatizations. He does character voices fine. Often, if I see he's the reader, I avoid the book but I really like Harlan Coben books.Please