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
"[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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Normally, I would return a book like this prior to finishing. But I had to finish this tripe just to warn others. Cliche dialogue, unbelievable plot, unlikeable characters, and so on. I cannot stress enough how poorly written this is. My experience with Corban is "tell no one". A decent book written in the first person. Judging by this book, Corban is unable to write in third person. Utter rubbish. And lastly, I'm tired of Scott brick getting heaps of praise. His over dramatic acting probably contributed to the distaste for this novel. i know I may be getting over the top with my criticism of this book, but it is well deserved. Don't waste a credit.
The only thing good about this audio book is Scott Brick - there is a plot so bad I saw the ending 1 hour into the listen, and thought "oh no, he wouldn't do that" but he did.
Coben has changed his stye. In "No Second Chance" and this book he overdoses on hackneyed cliches and metaphors and too many subplots.From now on if there is not a Bolitar in the book, I'll pass.
Not Harlan's best writing. I'll admit, there were times where I kept listening because I was excited to see where the plot twist was headed. It was written pretty well with many different characters and plot lines intertwining. I enjoyed the process of "unwrapping" the story, much like a present. However, I felt it often times moved slowly.
In my opinion, the story was just too hard to believe and too convoluted for my taste. There were times when I really just wanted the story to get moving. I felt the author focused on a lot of irrelevant details regarding the characters. He'd introduce a character, spend what I felt was an eternity on unrelated minute details regarding said character, and then move on to the next character, only to do it all over again with that character. Honestly, there were times where I found myself zoning out during these introductions and recalls, only to snap out of it and not feel like going back to see what I missed. Another annoyance to me was, when all said and done, everything was wrapped up in a neat little bow. I have to roll my eyes when stories like this, where all these characters from different locals, are so entwined, only to have everything fall into place just in time.
The narration was great. I enjoy Scott Brick and the books he voices. Where some think he's being too dramatic, I find that I lose myself more in the story when the other "performs" the book rather than simply reading it.
I have listened to a lot of Harlan Cobens books and this had his usual twists and turns that made you guess at the stories next move, but I don't think it was one of his best ones. It was entertaining and enjoyable, as are all of his books, but I was hoping for a little more.
I think i had high expectations for this book. It was pretty good but not awesome. For my first Coben book i'm not too excited to try another. The plot seemed a little dull to me. but generally entertaining for my long commute to work.
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.
After enjoying Coben's No Second Chance, I decided to try some of his other works.
In the first hour of The Innocent, there seemed to be nothing but wailing and whining about a tragic accident and the murder conviction that so unfairly had come of it. However, just as I was about to open the lid of the clinker bin, the author finished setting up, a plot materialized, and I was hooked.
There are a few consistency goofs (even in New Jersey, a shotgun is not a rifle) but on the whole the story is well crafted. Characters, action, and description are nicely balanced. Scott Brick does his usual terrific job of reading.
While some of the twists and turns were predictable, and others were a little implausible, The Innocent provides quite an enjoyable ride.
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.
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.
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