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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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    John Madeira Beach, FL, United States 05-13-12
    John Madeira Beach, FL, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not too Close"

    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.

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    David United States 05-11-12
    David United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Too much tortured thought amongst the participants"

    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.

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    Andrea Louisville, KY, United States 05-10-12
    Andrea Louisville, KY, United States 05-10-12
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    "One of my faves - and I listen to a lot of books!"
    Where does Stay Close rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Stay Close to and why?

    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!


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    C. Pandapas Marblehead, MA 05-09-12
    C. Pandapas Marblehead, MA 05-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Meets Expectations For A Good Mystery"
    What did you like best about Stay Close? What did you like least?

    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...."


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I usually figure out "who done it," but this one had me right up until just before the reveal. Good surprise.


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

    You feel like he is a cop from Atlantic City telling you the story even though it's third-person narrative.


    Did Stay Close inspire you to do anything?

    Not really an inspirational kind of book. Just entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a credit for sure.

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    C. Kuschel-Toerber Frankfurt, Hessen 05-08-12
    C. Kuschel-Toerber Frankfurt, Hessen 05-08-12 Member Since 2006

    Christian Kuschel

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    "In the tradition of earlier stand-alone novels"
    Where does Stay Close rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    Another brilliant performance by - in my opinion - the best male reader in audio books. Hats off to Scott Brick - again.


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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

    wolaf

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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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