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Stay Close Audiobook

Stay Close

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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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    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 05-07-12
    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Took a while.."

    I am a Harlan Coben fan although I have not read anything of his is quite awhile ( actually read!), his writing going into another direction than what I was interested in. At the begiining of this book, I had a hard time getting into it. I found it too 'wordy', too descriptive and made me wonder if I had missed a book. I didn't give up on it. I was tired of wasting credits. I stuck with it because I am a Scott Brick fan. I'm glad I did. It was a good listen. Kept you going after awhile wanting to know more about the lives of the characters. The desciptions that I had thought too much, became necessary to know the people involved, the story in itself.. Detective Broome is an extremely likeable character. I'm glad I kept listening and glad I picked a Harlan Coben book again. This audio is well worth it.

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    FinanceBuzz Loganville, GA 05-05-12
    FinanceBuzz Loganville, GA 05-05-12 Member Since 2015

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    "A very good standalone Coben book"

    I am a fan of Harlan Coben's standalone books - I have never read a Bolitar novel. Unfortunately, his first three or four standalone books that I listened to were so good, they have spoiled me and everything of his has been downhill ever since. Stay Close falls into this category. Anyone who is a fan of Coben's novels knows that he has the ability to finish a book with the most mind-blowing of plot twists. Once, even though I had been conditioned to expect this twist and was looking for it and had even thought that novel was going to be a letdown, the twist blindsided me like a truck. Unfortunately, while a very good crime thriller, Stay Away did not blow me away in that sense. Because I am looking for a twist, I have come to look at and analyze just about every plausible character as being the key to a plot twist. When you do that, you can't help but figure out what the twist is and who it will involve. That being said, this novel is a well developed and engrossing story. I finished this audiobook in less than a week. I given it four stars because of the story - five stars for performance because it is read by my clear favorite narrator, Scott Brick - but, the lack of having my mind blown, won't let me rate it a five. His first few standalone novels shine too brightly for this book to receive that honor.

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    Robert SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 05-04-12
    Robert SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great storyteller!"

    Some authors you can tell they do extraordinary research have extensive backdrops and scenery for their stories. Harlan Coben is the kind of guy you give him 5 or 6 characters and say tell me a story and he will spin a tale that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Back and forth with the plot and all the info is there for you to figure it out you just dont see it coming until the end. Great book.

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    Paul Montgomery, IL, United States 04-30-12
    Paul Montgomery, IL, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Coben does suspense well"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stay Close to be better than the print version?

    Scott Brick makes the audio version entertaining as usual.


    If you???ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

    This was a good story, well read by Brick. I always like the Myron bolitar books most but this was good. Just not great, I guess I struggled to care about any of the cast.


    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    He is one of the best. He always does believeable voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I was ale to listen a little bit each day. It was easy to put down. It was good but not great.


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    rebecca 04-24-12
    rebecca 04-24-12
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    "Great listen - easy to follow,captivating story"

    Love all Harlan Coben books. Do wish there had been more about New Jersey but this was as good as his others. I also love his Myron Bolitar books and I enjoy Scott Brick as a narrator. Well done and highly recommended book.

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    Laura Durand, WI, United States 04-24-12
    Laura Durand, WI, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2011

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    "The last hour is great but it's torture getting th"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    So slow - painful - characters are not interesting and the author trys to make it more suspensful than it is.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm going back to true crime


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was so sad I wasted a credit on this, but didn't want to waste my money so I listened to the whole thing


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aatkins21 Havasu2012 04-22-12
    Aatkins21 Havasu2012 04-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I really loved this story!!!"
    Would you listen to Stay Close again? Why?

    Sure! Shared it with my husband as soon as I was done!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay Close?

    As usual with this author ... It was the ending! Never fails to surprise me!


    Any additional comments?

    Yes

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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-18-12
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Not Coben's Trademark Excellence"

    I admire Harlan Coben as the father of the Myron Bolitar novels. I am in love with Myron Bolitar and consider the repeat characters (Myron's parents, business partners, for example) to be among the best drawn of any series I've read. Additionally, I was always taken on an emotional roller coaster ride by Coben in the Bolitar books.

    But this story comes nowhere near that level of excellence.

    It is an OK story. I figured out "who dunnit" at the beginning of the book, but I didn't care. I had no investment in either the heroine (Megan) or the detective (Broome) or the old lover (Ray) or the killer. I was somewhat interested in Barbie and Ken - those characters went farthest towards engaging me.

    It may not be fair to compare this book to the Myron Bolitar books, but I have to. That is the standard Coben has set.

    And I strongly object to the publisher's comments:
    "Master of domestic suspense Harlan Coben delivers his trademark
    combination of pause-resistant thrills and unrivaled insight ..."

    This was NOT Coben's trademark at all.

    I suggest you spend your money on a different book.

    1 of 2 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Egon Wayne, NJ 04-13-12
    Egon Wayne, NJ 04-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not one of Coben's best"

    I have enjoyed most of Harlan Coben's books, but this is deefinitely not one of his finst hours. OK, but out of touch with his other stuff, and a bit (lot!) unreal.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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