Megan is a suburban soccer mom who, once upon a time, walked on the wild side. 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 pause-resistant thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities.
©2012 Harlan Coben (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I will always listen to a book performed by Scott Brick, but doubt that I'd use a credit to buy another from Harlan Coben.
This is another stellar performance by Scott Brick. I have listened to several of his other performances and when I see a book that is highly rated AND see that he is the narrator, I usually jump on board.
God, I hope not.
This is one of those books that, after getting to the end, makes you say "That's it?"
I almost abandoned the book after about 3 hours, because the character development was horrible. I didn't care about anyone or make any connections to them whatsoever. I finished it because I thought it would eventually get better, and Scott Brick was doing a brilliant job of trying to carry the book through to the end.
kept me glued to my ear phones. Great characters and interesting story lines which keep you guessing
Detective Broome is relentless!
Scott keeps you engaged in the story by his magnificent story telling.
loved the ending, never saw it coming!
It seemed very disjointed---no good transition between character's stories and I normally like Coben's books...
I love Brick's voice and presentation, but again, found the story difficult to follow
One of the best books I have listened to. I love Scott Brick, but didn't know the author. The book is well written, characters deep and believable. I certainly recommend this to anyone, the story is great, you get lost in it, will defo get more of his books.
Scott Brick brings out the emotions of the characters, he does it with so effortlessness that I cannot imagine anyone else reading this book.
I heard it in three sittings - and that was only because my phones battery ran out one of the times.
Lot a hoopla about this one, but I have no idea why. Even Scott Brick couldn't save this story. It wandered around, to and fro, this and that, to the point one no one longer cared. Not really. Enjoyed Scott's reading, but not too much else.
Major conclusions drawn on thin evidence. A corrupt cop that gets away with it. and a killer that confesses for no reason. Got through most of it at double speed. I love Brick, but he didn't fit here.
Definitely among the top 20 (I really do listen to a lot of books)... an entertaining "read", the type that makes you think about choices you make, people's pasts.
it is similar to other Harlan Coben books -- you can tell it's his for certain -- but not an overplayed story. I felt like the suspense was close to a David Baldacci in a way!
Harlan Coben is one of those authors that consistently delivers. If you like one of his novels, you'll like the others. Stay Close has a flow that lends itself well to audiobook format. It's exciting enough to keep you guessing, but doesn't overdo it with so many details that you lose track of the characters, key clues and or plot elements if you're listening while driving or doing chores. It does become a bit annoying in sections where Coben falls into repetitive allusions as he tries to hammer home certain characters' motivations, flaws or histories. You feel like saying "yeah, yeah, I get it already...."
I usually figure out "who done it," but this one had me right up until just before the reveal. Good surprise.
You feel like he is a cop from Atlantic City telling you the story even though it's third-person narrative.
Not really an inspirational kind of book. Just entertaining.
Worth a credit for sure.
As in his earlier novels, things from the past come back to haunt the protagonists. "Stay Close" lacks the realism of prior works like "Tell No One", though. Killing couple Ken & Barbie were just a bit over the top, I thought.
Another brilliant performance by - in my opinion - the best male reader in audio books. Hats off to Scott Brick - again.
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