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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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    David Acre 04-04-12
    David Acre 04-04-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Why all the Scott Brick haters?"

    Stay Close is on par with Harlan Coben's other stand alone novels. It was engaging and the story line continued to move through out the entire book. I'm not sure why there are some reviewers who seemed to hate Scott Brick's narration. I have listened to probably 30 books narrated by Scott and he does a great job through all of them.

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    january huntersville, NC, United States 10-20-12
    january huntersville, NC, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Harlan Coben virgin"

    I usually try to stay off the bandwagon, but Harlan Coben kept popping up on my recommendation list (even though it's not an author I would normally listen to) and the reviews were very good. So I decided to give it a try. The story was good and it was well told. There were just enough twists to keep me entertained. The characters were believable. The ending was surprising but not over the top. Overall a good experience. I would listen to more from this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 10-09-12
    Michele 10-09-12 Member Since 2001

    I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.

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    "Domestic suspense at its best"

    I'll get right to the point. This book is WI--worth it! A great book to listen to if you are in a rut, and want to imagine your everyday life getting shaken up.

    In Stay Close, Harlan Coben asks the question "can people change?" and "how much of your past do tell your close friends and lovers and family members?" If you have a dark past, should you tell your family? When?

    The answer is: When your past comes home, shadows your family, and threatens their lives.

    This story examines trust, and the devotion of family. The publisher calls the genre domestic suspense--describing how Coben sets the drama squarely into a setting most middle class Americans can understand.

    The narration flows well and clearly characterizes all of the cast members. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Story & Narration were both great"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I seek out books by certain authors and narrators - this one qualified on both counts, and I wasn't disappointed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story was paced well, kept me involved start to finish


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

    Scott Brick did his usual GREAT job - I enjoyed this book all the more thanks to his performance.


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Barry United States 03-24-12
    Barry United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Audio Books Do Not Get Better Than This"

    The perfect combination of a great story and great narration. This review is being written by Platinum subscriber since 2001 and an owner and listener to more than 400 audiobooks. I often base my selections on narrators and purchased Stay Close specifically because Scott Brick was narrating. Scott Brick is the best male narrator in the business and 2nd only to Susan Erickson overall. He can make a mediocre story entertaining, but when he reads a perfect story like Stay Close, its difficult to stop listening. The reviews that I read giving him a 1 star rating have to have been written by audiobook neophytes who should be embarrassed to review any book.

    41 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Twin Cities, MN 04-18-12
    Amazon Customer Twin Cities, MN 04-18-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Wow! One of the Best Books I've Listened To"

    If you've gotten this far, then you know the basic premise of the book. I've told several friends to read it, because it's the best thought-out time travel book I've read. Every time I had a questions during the book, like "how would that work?" or "what if...?" it was answered in the book almost as soon as the question popped into my mind. I did think the book dragged just a little in the middle, but it picked back up again shortly. And I loved the ending. If time travel were really possible, then this would be how it could work and what the consequences would be. Definitely put this one on your "to read" list, you won't be disappointed. And don't be put off by the length, the only issue is that you won't get much sleep because you won't want to turn it off!

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-13-12
    Debra Colorado Springs, CO, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Listen to a sample first"
    What disappointed you about Stay Close?

    The narration was overly dramatic and painful to listen to. Very staccato, as though nearly every word was followed by a period or worse, an exclamation point. The writing was at times eye-rolling with the corny one-liners and metaphors. I didn't find any of the characters likable. The ending was too drawn out with much "tell me what really happened" and no one could say what really happened without going into all their thoughts and feelings and baggage from the past.


    Has Stay Close turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I've enjoyed other Harlan Coben books and other books in this genre.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Almost anyone.


    What character would you cut from Stay Close?

    The mother-in-law seemed to be thrown in for no good reason. No one would think she had anything to do with anything, and alas, she didn't.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    TEDDET Skaneateles, NY USA 03-23-12
    TEDDET Skaneateles, NY USA 03-23-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Harlan Coben and Scott Brick? A perfect match!"

    Yes, I've always been a fan of Scott Brick's style. Perhaps it's not for everyone, but I love that each "reading" is a "performance." The story is a who-done-it with lost love, a psycho-killer Ken & Barbie (almost the evil-comic relief of the story), and real people with real flaws. I read several audiobooks a week and found this to be one of my recent favorites. Great plot and a great performance!

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie 03-28-12
    Bobbie 03-28-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Coben disappoints"

    I've been a long-time fan of Harlan Coben who has written great characters and intriguing plot lines. The same can be said for this book except that at least fifty percent of the rumination by the main characters could have been deleted causing a seventy-five percent improvement in the narrative.

    Scott Brick reads every part with maximum angst. The middle-aged navel gazing and Brick's one note performance, became so irritating that I stopped listening at the beginning of the second part and skipped to the last chapter to find out if the plot resolved as I predicted. It did.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 10-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent book!"

    An ex prostitute has to face her past, come clean with the police, and puts herself in grave danger while trying to hang on to her new life that she has built with a man and children she loves. Cassie loves Dave, Cassie loves Ray, Cassie loves her kids and Cassie just may have some answers to a series of serial killings out there that Det Broom has been trying to solve for 17 years.
    This book has characters you can't get enough of, brought to life by Scott Brick, whos narration hits the nail on the head with all their emotions and voices, putting you in the middle of each ones dilemmas. Barbie and Ken have a major part in this book, and watch out for the spine tingles those two provide, not pleasant either.
    The novel is nonstop horror, suspense, love, mystery, crime, and misery. Will keep you up late cause you won't want to take the earbuds out and give it a rest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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