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
I would not listen to the same story again, but may listen to other stories by Coben.
Not many, but I would compare it to the Duke University Rape Trial.
Scott Brick just has that type of voice that brings all of the necessary emotion to the subject. When he yells, you want to yell, when he suffers, you do too.
I was put off a little by the old "poverty or race card" attitude embedded in the story. Justice works for some and not for others. It is just a crap shoot.
I really enjoyed the book, but it does have a tired aspect to the trial story. The rest was really convoluted but interesting and unique. I mean the author threw in everything including the kitchen sink.
Love books, listen to 3-4 books a week, thriller and true crimes favorite.
I'm a quarter the way through this book and I've spent more time hitting the 30 sec forward button. Coben does over explain or goes into side thoughts often but most times I can stomach it, this book, I can't. if he goes into any more side thoughts I'm going to lose it.
narrator gets a bit dramatic at times, if he lighten up on mean voice or desperate parts, it be easier to enjoy, most times I like Scott Brick.
one star, wait for big sale on this
Not buy it!
It is a confusing tale that is hard to keep up with.
Scott Brick was the only good thing about this book.
I hope not. That didn't work well for Lee Child.
I couldn't find anything else I liked at the time because my library was pretty full, so I took a chance on this book. Bad mistake. Some of you may be able to follow it better. I only listen when I am in the car driving so it gets a little dis-jointed.
A lifetime of multiple coverup's threaded together into a story that is both sad and redeeming. Sad because of the choices made by so many that lead to stunted lives, and redeeming in that there are still persistent truthseekers among us. Keeps you thinking about choices and consequences long after you've finished the last page.
Did not like main character. Used his power for personal reasons, like so many politicians today. Didn't get all the way through the book because I found the story to be implausible. The narrator also had odd halting voice.
No. I am a fan of Harlan Coben and the narrator Scott Brick. My poor review has nothing to do with either of them but instead the audio quality. Its as if it was recorded using a tin can and a string making it hard to listen to. I quit after 3 minutes and plan on using audibles return policy.
Interesting and complex plot. Book is too long. Much of the excess is the narrator talking to himself trying to figure out his feelings. Boring and over dramatic. Author also spends time developing concepts of wisdom concerning Russian Jewish mob culture. Which might be worth something to think about until you see it is the advice of some of the story's worst liars and murderers.
Harlan Coben and a good story with a many twists and turns. I was casually listening, so didn't really see the end twist coming in this one. Scott Brick's narration is his usual. If you like him (and I do) you will like this one. The glaring negative is the sound quality. Did you guys record this on a 1970 portable cassette tape machine?
Sound engineers, you might want to test the quality of your capture early on. Any teen with an iPhone could have made a better quality recording than this. That aside, it is a good tale that is generally believable. Scott Brick does his usual good job.
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