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The Innocent | [Harlan Coben]

The Innocent

Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.
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Publisher's Summary

Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.

Now, nine years after his release from prison, his innocence long forgotten, he's an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. With his wife Olivia pregnant, and the two of them closing on a house in his hometown, things are looking up. Until the day Matt gets a shocking, inexplicable video call from Olivia's phone. And in an instant, the unraveling begins.

A mysterious man who begins tailing Matt turns up dead. A beloved nun is murdered. And local and federal authorities, including homicide investigator Loren Muse, a childhood schoolmate of Matt's with a troubled past of her own, see all signs pointing to a former criminal with one murder already under his belt...Matt Hunter. Unwilling to lose everything for a second time, Matt and Olivia are forced outside the law in a desperate attempt to save their future together.

An electrifying thrill-ride of a novel that peeks behind the white picket fences of suburbia, The Innocent is at once a twisting, turning, emotionally-charged story and a compelling tale of the choices we make and the repercussions that never leave us.

©2005 Harlan Coben; (P)2005 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"[Coben's] best book to date." (Publishers Weekly)
"As usual with Coben, an intriguing start, hinging on one out-of-whack technological trick, hurtles into a fast-paced hunter-and-hunted drama. First-rate." (Booklist)

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    elsa welsa 08-27-05
    elsa welsa 08-27-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Elsa"

    I too thought this was quite a convoluted story with no depth to the characters. How many enemies can you have? For how many reasons? Then the ending was too neatly packaged together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 06-02-05
    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 06-02-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent mystery novel"

    Great story. Excellent narration. Lots of plot twists. This was my first Harlan Coben novel. I discovered this author by accident while reading reviews right here on Audible. Since this book was narrated by Scott Brick I decided to give it a shot. Glad I did! Five stars.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sal BROOKLYN, NY, USA 05-16-05
    Sal BROOKLYN, NY, USA 05-16-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Intricate fun"

    The first half is slow, meticulous development leading to a non-stop second-half roller coaster ride. Definitely worth the buildup. After I finished it, I relistened to it immediately to better appreciate the skill of the author and the detail of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lois Wausau, WI USA 05-06-05
    Lois Wausau, WI USA 05-06-05 Member Since 2003

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    "Very Disappointing..."

    I was really looking forward to an exciting listening experience; previous Coben books are some of my favorites. The Innocent, though, is too long and convoluted. The characters aren't well developed and the plot is confusing as well as same-old same-old. I listened to the unabridged edition; perhaps the abridged edition would make more sense.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret El Cerrito, CA, USA 11-02-05
    Margaret El Cerrito, CA, USA 11-02-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Same Same, but not different"

    If it hadn't been for Scott Brick's reading, this might have been a 2-star listen for me. Although I am typically a fan, *The Innocent* didn't do it for me. Some of the characters were one-dimensional cliches, and there were too many implausible coincidences. The protagonist seems so dopy that I didn't care that much what happened to him or his wife. I couldn't wait to get through with it to move on to something more engaging.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Wallingford, CT, USA 05-17-05
    Ron Wallingford, CT, USA 05-17-05
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    "Becoming My Most-Awaited-Next-Book Author"

    This is the second book by Harlan Coben that I have reviewed because it is again a thoroughly enjoyable book. The story and plot hook you right away, and it moves fast and fluidly. I loved the main character Matt, felt for him and his situation, and rooted for him throughout. If you enjoy books where the protagonist is a good man stuck in a bad situation, where everyone is out to get him, and you want him to get out o.k., this is one for you. Very fast-paced, and Scott Brick again is note-perfect. Highly recommended!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James 05-15-05
    James 05-15-05 Member Since 2005
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    "The Innocent"

    This has plot twist that will keep the you guessing until the end.

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    Eddie Topanga, CA, United States 06-27-05
    Eddie Topanga, CA, United States 06-27-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Fantastic"

    This book kept me riveted to my Otis device. It is without a doubt the best that I have listened to in the over 50 books I have listened to this year. Scott Brick is great. This plot kept me quessing all the way.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 03-02-14
    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Could not put this down."

    I read this in under 2 days. Great character development. Great plot. Exciting,suspenseful, drama, emotion; it has it all. Scot Brick does a great job. I wonder why I just read it as the book is almost 10 years old. It is interesting to see how far technology has come in so short of time.

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    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 11-11-13
    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 11-11-13 Member Since 2012

    Reading, for me, is one of life's greatest pleasures. I love discovering new authors. My favorite genre is suspense/mystery fiction.

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    "Starts strong, finishes weak"

    Coben is one of my favorite authors. I've read and re-read most because I enjoyed them so much, getting lost in his wonderful stories and captivated by his characters. This started out like so many other Coben gems, strong and riveting right out of the gate. But it all started getting convoluted mid-way and by the end, the bad guys (and there were many of them) were ensnared in a complicated web that I no longer cared very much about. You see, most of the baddies were people we either never got to know at all, or were only vague shadows hanging out in the outer peripheries of the plot. Unlike most Coben villains, they didn't make the flesh crawl because they were strangers to the reader. And that was the fatal flaw in this story. I cared about a few of the characters but only slightly.

    If you're a Coben fan, as I am, probably nothing I say will dissuade you from spending a credit or even real money on this book. Heck, Scott Brick is narrating so it's worth the price of admission, right?. But I thought it only right to prepare you for the inevitable disappointment. Even Coben, master of the thriller genre, is entitled to an occasional blunder, right? Well, this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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