I hadn't planned to review this but when I saw it on the Essentials list I had to. If I'd heard the words "I said nothing" one more time I would have vomited. The book is long and I didn't like any of the characters - they are all jerks or sad sacks, no one to really root for. Coben is a decent but not great mystery writer and this was only mediocre. Too many twists and turns and then I guessed the "surprise" ending long before it was revealed. I kept at it just to get to the end, but it was torture at times and I could hardly wait to get on to another story.
I bought this thinking it was science fiction but instead got political propaganda. Terrible writing and the delivery is often flawed; given other reviews I've read about the terrible punctuation, I think the reader was doing the best he could with bad material. Lots of wasted time while teeth are brushed, food is cooked, clothes are washed. The first part of the story was good and engaging but it really gets bogged down for the final third - I only finished because I hate not finishing a book. Don't waste your time.
This is the second Harlan Coben novel I've listened to and in both novels (The Woods) Coben continually uses the phrase "I said nothing." Can't he do better than that? The story is interesting but his writing is so terrible I found myself constantly rolling my eyes. I'll never read another book by this guy if I can help it.
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