For Paul Copeland, the county prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey, mourning the loss of his sister has only recently begun to subside. Cope, as he is known, is now dealing with raising his six-year-old daughter as a single father after his wife has died of cancer. Balancing family life and a rapidly ascending career as a prosecutor distracts him from his past traumas, but only for so long. When a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the prosecutor's family are threatened.
Is this homicide victim one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Could his sister be alive? Cope has to confront so much he left behind that summer 20 years ago: his first love, Lucy; his mother, who abandoned the family; and the secrets that his Russian parents might have been hiding even from their own children. Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to the light.
©2007 Harlan Coben; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
The story was ok, not one of Coben's best, but the narration was a total snooze. Truly, I fell asleep every time I listened to this. Scott Brick droned on and on. I couldn't listen to it when I was driving! It did the trick for getting me to sleep each night, though.
Coben's characters had potential, but I had to suspend disbelief a bit. Could anyone get into college, yet alone become a university professor, with an assumed identity? Could a private investigative agency cause as much havoc as the one in this story? As with many of Coben's stories, logic was stretched in an entertaining and engaging way.
Pick up this listen if you are looking for the perfect replacement for sleeping pills. It works, and you won't be groggy in the morning!
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
Great characters, twists and turns, a complex mystery, love story ... this book has it all. The narration was just average.
My first discovery of Harlen Coben. Stands out from many mystery writers, and I have read hundreds. I will definitely look for more work from this author. Even the parts I thought were predictable turned out to have great twists. And it all tied together logically.
Mystery stories in general will never be classed as great literature, but if you want to be engaged for hours in a detailed drama with plenty of surprises, then this is a great purchase. The reader, Scott Brick, is also excellent. Definitely diverting entertainment.
I gave this 4 out of 5 stars because the first 80% of the book was interesting. The last 20% was just too bizarre.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I listened to this years back on Audible and still remember the plot and clever banter. That alone reminds me of how much I enjoyed this novel.
But today my bar is set far higher. I am spoiled over the sophistication and brilliant writing of mystery authors on a different plain than Coben and Baldacci. Please don't miss understand, there are novels by these men I thoroughly enjoy, The Woods among them. But thanks to Audible I have read and listened to the entire avaible works of Jo Nesbo, Jusse Alders-Olsen, A.W. Gray and others. I mention this because if you like Harlen Coben, you will worship the above mentioned authors.
Scott Brick is great here as always.
Is this worth a credit? Yes, but only after you treat yourself to a Department Q, Harry Hole or Bino Phillips novel.
I enjoyed this mystery / courtroom drama. The main character, Cope, is a DA trying a fraternity rape case. At the same time, people connected to the case are looking Cope's past for skeletons, and the murder of his sister at summer camp with him 20 years ago comes to light again. The novel did a good job moving between the stories. I found myself caring about the main character, and engaged in the plot. This novel fell short in two ways for me. One, I did not love Scott Brick's narration. I have enjoyed him in the past, but Brick is best when the book is a first person narrative from start to end. This switches off from Cope at times, and the narrator's voice does not change enough from character to character. He also overdid the emotion at times. Still, he has an engaging voice and is easy to listen to. My other criticism is the ending. It was so far fetched that the ending was just too much. Until the ending, though, I was enjoying this quite a bit, and I rate this as an above average mystery.
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