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Stay Close | [Harlan Coben]

Stay Close

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    JC mississauga, Ontario, Canada 04-19-12
    JC mississauga, Ontario, Canada 04-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Stay close to your TV don't plug in your iPhone!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    In the very backwoods of middle earth somewhere, there must be a Golom who might think this 'a treasure'.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    The fact that I was conned into buying it by mindless pleb reviews - 'the best I've read' obviously never got beyond the back of a cereal box.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sadly, he was breathing, best for all if the tape was blank and we could have got our money back. Shouldn't give up his day job!


    What character would you cut from Stay Close?

    Are you kidding me? I would depth charge the whole enchilada. There is no plot and these aren't characters - they are cocaine raves. It upsets me that I wasted my money on drivel - but never fear, I won't stay close to another Coben reverie.


    Any additional comments?

    I am on to Mr. Coben - he has obviously retired and is outsourcing his writing beyond the shores of North America, probably cyberspace. I am seriously thinking of giving up my membership if this is the best Audible can muster.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 04-17-12
    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I just can't finish it right now"

    I was liking this book, enthralled by both the story and the narration. Then, the female lead finally did something so stupid, I had to put the book down. She hadn't been too bright throughout the book, causing much of the action by her own selfish inaction. As the tension builds, she does one more stupid thing, putting everything in danger. I couldn't stand it any more.

    I will probably go back and finish the book, the story was good, even though I was rolling my eyes at this woman. The author could have given her a little more awareness of things beyond herself. But that would have shortened the book dramatically. I am disappointed.

    The narration however, was riveting. Scott Brick has a great voice, soothing, yet interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R 04-16-12
    R 04-16-12

    52 year old male masters degree small business owner

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    "Slow Start - Good Finish"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had to force myself to keep going


    Would you recommend Stay Close to your friends? Why or why not?

    not unless they were out of better choices


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes - he is the master


    Could you see Stay Close being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arlette 04-09-12
    Arlette 04-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read !"
    Would you listen to Stay Close again? Why?

    Coben has been one of my favorite writers and I love he way he intertwines characters from other stories. Good mystery and quite enjoyable.Scott Brick is by far the BEST narrator and is one reason I will download a book if he is the narrator. I agree with a previous reviewer, what is all this


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Flaherty CA United States 04-03-12
    R. Flaherty CA United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2007

    Naval Air Corps - (DC3, C118, P2V Neptune) 1965 - 1970

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    "Coben takes you to the Dark Side on this one."

    I am a fan of Harlan Coben. However, this story's plot seems a teensy on the Dark Side. Scott Brick has a style ??? no matter what he is narrating; a overly dramatic New York/Jersey accent. It???s hard to get into the story???s character because it always Scott Brick. That said, this story does take place in ??? New Jersey, so, perhaps Scott was a natural choice for this book. Over all, I liked the way he read this book. Harlan Coben, takes his fans on a different ride ??? far away from the Myron Bolitar series. Over all, I would recommend the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 04-20-12
    Patrick 04-20-12
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    "wait for it....wait for it...."
    What did you like best about Stay Close? What did you like least?

    it seemed like it took fooooooorever for Mr. Coben to develope this story, way too much time to state the obvious


    Would you recommend Stay Close to your friends? Why or why not?

    eh.....maybe not


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    excellent performer, always like his feel for the subject


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Norwegian kebler Minneapolis, MN 04-16-12
    Norwegian kebler Minneapolis, MN 04-16-12 Member Since 2007

    Norwegian kebler

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    "Not the best Harlan Coben book, but OK"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The tempo of the book was actually a little show and the characters were not as likable as previous books.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick has a very distinct way of reading books.


    Do you think Stay Close needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I think this book is fine on it's own.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Doyle Phoenix, AZ United States 04-12-12
    Heather Doyle Phoenix, AZ United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Scott Brick!"

    I chose this book because of the narrator. I became familiar with Scott Brick through the Baldacci books. This started slow for me, but turned out to be quite enjoyable!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen K. 03-31-12
    Gwen K. 03-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "love coben, but not this book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Harlan Coben is usually laugh out loud funny and there are moments when his language is delightful. I just didn't like the story. None of the characters appealed, were at all deep, or drawn so that we took a deep interest.


    What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    less gruesome


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    yes. I usually consider any book he narrates, but somehow he is awkward or maybe his emphasis in this reading is just not believable. sometimes I would just groan at his emphasis.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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