Megan is a suburban soccer mom who walked on the wild side once upon a time. Now she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at the age of 40 he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo, pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Broome is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case - a local husband and father who disappeared 17 years ago - and spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man’s family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up at any moment to step into them.
Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American dream - the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest façades - they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.
Master of domestic suspense Harlan Coben delivers his trademark combination of page-turning thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities.
©2012 Harlan Coben (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I hate to write a bad review, especially after all the work that must go into writing a novel. However, when I think of an author writing drivel like this, and an audience that seems to drink it up, I can't help but reflect upon the amount of time and energy that is wasted, and the mental flatulation that is the result.
"Why did the author write this book?" I kept asking myself.
After I was done reading, my conclusion was that: the author wrote this book, because he set out to write a book.
He may have started out with: a murder mystery, a sleazy strip joint and bar, a weak detective, a soccer mom who longs for the seedy underground, and a wrongly convicted man who still blames himself after 17 years of incarceration(huh?). No thanks, don't want to visit, and certainly do not want to live here.
The premise, without giving much away, is a really enjoyable (but not) serial killer who gets away with murder, until they 'figure it out'. The 'humanity' is present in this novel, but it is a dark and ugly one, without the 'nobility' that takes us out of the morass and makes life worth living.
I cannot recommend this book.
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