When basketball player David Baskin disappears on honeymoon and a mutilated body, assumed to be his, is discovered, his ex-model wife, Laura, is plagued by questions and doubts. Then a total unknown startles the basketball world with a style of play exactly like Baskin's. As Laura begins to uncover a conspiracy, she risks her life and those around her to uncover the truth before it destroys everyone involved.
©1990 Harlan Coben (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
The book was ok but like a Barbara Cartland novel. I like Harlan Coban but this one just isn't up to the same standard as his other books.
I loved the way the story kept me guessing until the end
The part where Laura realised that David was not her brother after all.
The character Stan and the way in which an experience affected his personality and his life.
Play Dead is an apt title.
Harlen Coben seems to have the knack of always managing to get his reader engaged and his stories never fail to deliver.
I nearly gave up! I am a Coben fan and love his style, however he defintely improved on this earlier work. An OK tale, but I got how much the characters loved each other after 10mins - I didn't need many hours of reiteration. So wait for the abridged version.
I'm a big fan of Harlan Coben but after having attempted to plough through the first four hours of this novel I'm tempted to delete every book of his from my library.
It's difficult to believe that this was ever published and it's a shameful attempt to cash in on his many fans.
The plot is ludicrous from the start, the characters are one dimensional and totally unbelievable and the dialogue is dreadful. When I heard this line, spoken by a major character not by a hormonal teenager, I decided that enough was enough.
'She had the nicest breasts he had ever seen; large, round, firm. Mr Happy felt like a block of lead between his legs'
Mr Coben should be ashamed of himself.
Please please do not buy this book. It is terrible. Apparently it was his first book..how it got him published, I will never know. Hackneyed phrases, trite cliches...'they made love furiously', 'I will love you for ever, I will never leave you'....absolute garbage! Like a poorly written Harlequin Romance. The plot is as weak as the prose and quite frankly as 'dull as dishwater' ...oops, perhaps the cliches have worn off! Read Coben's 'Gone for Good' or 'The Woods'..much better.
"Wow, a real edge of your seat, nail biter."
One of the best Harlen Coben books to date, although lacking Myron Bolitar and co. Totally gripping and engaging plot with twists and turns like an Oxfordshire B road. Sometimes truly wondered if it was possible to resolve this seemingly bizarre series of events into a coherent whole.
My only criticism was that one of the characters bore a distinct resemblance to Win Lockwood and this was, I thought, a bit lazy although may have been a nod on Harlan Coben's part towards his more popular character.
I think any fan of Harlan Coben willl love this book. I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but stayed up 'til 3.00am to hear the ending - virtually nothing keeps me awake past 11.00pm :)
"Harlan does it again"
This is another fantastic book by this brilliant author. I read one of the first books and was hooked from the first page, and this is no different. The narrator is also excellent and keeps the atmosphere going all the way through the book with voices and expressions. I would recommend to any that is a fan of this author to purchase this book, you won't be disappointed, but anyone wanting to try a Harlan Coben for the first time... this would be a great start.
This was my first Harlen Coben read, and i was sorely disappointed. Almost made me never to pick up another book by this author, luckily its the only bad one i've come across!
"CLEVER BUT CONTRIVED"
A good book but it becomes increasingly implausible.
In the end, I found myself unable to believe any of the characters and not really caring about them.
Not the author's best book (in fact one of the poorest)
"tedious silly and badly read/edited"
I got this because I enjoyed Tell No-one so much. Big mistake. I stuck it out to the end, having bought it, but it constantly annoyed me with it's bad writing, eg. 'descriptions' of women which simply referred to how staggeringly beautiful they all were, it's totally daft plot, and also, the reader took no pause for breath between scenes; although this may have been the way it was edited, it made it very confusing. A waste of time.
I actually enjoyed this book from the point of view of guessing what will happen next. I have not read many of his books, but the ones I did listen to I really did enjoy. I did wonder why the narrator was male?
A long, but gripping story. I liked the characters so much I didnt want it to stop I wanted to follow their life further on after the climax. (nearly gave the game away then) What I really liked is that I kept changing my mind about who the killer was, it really kept me guessing until almost the end. Classic Harlan Coben.
"Disappointing for Coben"
I usually love Harlen Coben's tight plots and layered story line but to put it politely this is far fetched nonsense ! Won't give anything away but put away any idea that this storyline is in any way believable and if you have nothing else to listen to take a large pinch of salt. Way beyond dramatic licence in my opinion.
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