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 kept us guessing but often the dialogue "I said nothing" "she said nothing" , a lot of intersection, and repetition, became tedious and spoiled the flow.
Not sure if I want to try this author again
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
First you have to totally suspend belief in the story line. It is VERY lame, but it is still interesting to listen to. Some of the characters got on my very last nerve. Lucy is the main one I did not like. I could not connect with her at all. I very much like the defense attorney, "Flair". He was an interesting and engaging character - good lawyer. The main character is "Cope" and I liked him very much. He is the county prosecutor and an excellent lawyer. I also liked Cope's investigator, Muze or Muse. She is a great character. The beautiful Indian woman who "works" at the Indian Restaurant and another beautiful private detective used by Cope (her name is Shaka or something like that) are two more of my favorite characters. This story is centered around four teenagers who went into the woods - two bodies were found buried and two bodies were never found. One of the ones not found was Cope's sister and the other a male teenager. Did the missing teenagers die? If so, where are their bodies? The other story going on is the trial of two wealthy white frat boys charged with the rape of a 16 year old black drug using, prostitute, stripper and single mother. Cope is the prosecutor and is strong in his belief that the young woman was raped. He is trying the case while dealing with new developments in the twenty year old case of the teenagers who went into the woods. Maybe Cope should have left the dead in peace. The reader is excellent. Enjoy, but be prepared for a really far fetched plot and a sickening Lucy.
It kept your attention and was a goose chase that was wild but not too crazy. Lots of memory issues, not flash backs, the truth was hidden.
Was surprised about the way it ended but not like some of it was not comming. You could see it to a degree, but not so much that you knew exactly who and why right away.
He has issues doing women charaters, not the best but was okay overall.
No it was closed. The only thing it could follow up with was the guy in jail, and that would be a pre-qual to this book, which would be cool.
This was a quick summer read, not a lot of mental issues, no major thought required.
I read a number of his books and I must say that this is the most gripping and the most moving that I have ever read. This is the kind of book that you sit in the driveway and listen to and make everybody wait for dinner
I think Mr Coben is obsessed with lost love and beautiful women! It is a little tiring. I have listened to three of his books and now I think I am done. While the convolutions of the story can be interesting, his constant focus on the women he has loved and lost is repetitious and boring. Really? They cannot all be beautiful and unavailable all the time! That is until, the end of the story when he gets the lost love of his life.....
"Scott Brick could read us ANY story and make us love it. He is incredibly gifted; the many voices, the timbre of his voice,lolli"
This was a terrific book! Complex characters and their interplay with one another make this mystery a total winner. Scott Brick's narration is flawless. He is so good at bring the story and the characters to life that it is like watching a movie. He and Coben are an A-plus team!! More of both of these guys please! Oh, and hold onto your seat for the surprise ending!
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