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 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.
52 year old male masters degree small business owner
I had to force myself to keep going
not unless they were out of better choices
yes - he is the master
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
Naval Air Corps - (DC3, C118, P2V Neptune) 1965 - 1970
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.
it seemed like it took fooooooorever for Mr. Coben to develope this story, way too much time to state the obvious
excellent performer, always like his feel for the subject
The tempo of the book was actually a little show and the characters were not as likable as previous books.
Scott Brick has a very distinct way of reading books.
No, I think this book is fine on it's own.
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!!
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.
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.
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