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.
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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.
The narrator makes the main character sound like a creepy whiny stalker the whole time, so I couldn't believe that the girl would actually be in love with him. The plot line was predictable, and left me underwhelmed. Jake made stupid choices and took a very long time to come to conclusions when in most of the situations, if wasn't stupid, he'd have gotten answers right away. I wouldn't recommend this if you tend to figure things out in mysteries on your own before it's revealed at the end.
Not crafted to the standard I normally expect from Harlan Coben. Too many holes in the plot - the whole thing just became more and more unlikely. In the end I couldn't care less what happened to whom - I just wanted it to stop.
Not really. This story line was weakened by the reader and the extra/ repeated dialog.
I like it the least
I would, but only to see if he sounds that love sick in other written works. At times I found myself saying, " OMG, Git over it and move on!" His character was such a wimp.
I wanted to hear how it would end, but never thought it would. There seemed to be so much extra stuff that really had no supportive reason