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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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    Amber Chula Vista, CA, United States 05-10-05
    Amber Chula Vista, CA, United States 05-10-05
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    "Exciting!"

    This is the 2nd book I have come across from this author. I physically read "Just One Look". I have never read a book before that kept me so on the edge. Until this one.
    This story starts out interesting and just keeps getting better and better. I like reaching parts of suspense, but I get dismayed about how some authors keep them going too long. If an author can't get their timing right, it loses the magic. This author has great timing and the situations that are causing the suspense are not ridiculously added to this story just for that purpose.
    I am almost finished listening to this story, but I wanted to make sure that there was a review written for this book. I just want to keep listening to it. I don't want to turn the story off. I want to sit in my car after I get home and keep listening. I am extremely impressed with this author. I promise you won't be disappointed.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 08-31-07
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 08-31-07 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Liked it a lot"

    There are a number of ways you could criticize this book. It had too many twists to make it believable. Many of the setups were too contrived. Some of the characters were very stereotypical. I don't care. It was an enjoyable listen and there were enough clues to get you into the right ballpark as you tried to figure out what was going to happen next. The narration was also excellent. I look forward to more colloborations between this author and narrator.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Bethany darby, PA, USA 05-06-05
    Bethany darby, PA, USA 05-06-05
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    "Coben and Brick....How could you not listen?!!"

    I was going to buy the written version of this book because it included a short story featuring Myron Bolitar, a fun character of Mr. Coben, but when I saw that it was read by SCOTT BRICK, I just had to have the audio version! ( I think Scott
    Brick could make multiplication tables interesting.) Coupled with Coben's plot weaving, I found it to be a compelling read. If you have read Coben before, don't be surprised if your "AHA" is not as pronounced, as in say, TELL NO ONE, but I still recommend it. If you never read Coben, and like mystery, then I think you're in for a treat, and if you never listened to a book read by Scott Brick, well then ,rather than a treat, for you I think this will be a true delicacy. ENJOY!!!!
    PS: I only gave four stars because, I did figure out most of it.

    35 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Crusader Palm Springs, CA, United States 03-21-12
    Crusader Palm Springs, CA, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Coben's best standalone story to date!"

    While I love all of his standalone books that I have read (listened to) to date, this one is the best thus far. The chemistry of the characters is amazing. This is a very mysterious and adventurous novel and it has more twists and turns than one's small intestine! Not one dull moment in this story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Lithonia, GA, USA 02-19-08
    Matthew Lithonia, GA, USA 02-19-08
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    "Solid as a Brick"

    This book is filled with well developed characters whose arrays of virtues and flaws makes you both cheer them and scold them. The story evolves at a pace that is never too hurried or too slow. I mostly listen while commuting. I was so enthralled on one commute that I truly did not remember driving home. Please also note that Scott Brick's narration is often flawless. This performance does not disappoint. His juggling of so many voices often makes me think he must be afflicted (or blessed) with a multiple personality disorder. He is that good.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Ortonville, MI, USA 05-18-05
    William Ortonville, MI, USA 05-18-05
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    "The Innocent"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Bountiful, UT, United States 05-08-05
    Julie Bountiful, UT, United States 05-08-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Very good listen"

    Although this book starts out slow, it quickly gets very exciting. Harlan Coben books are full of unexpected twists, and this book is no exception. It keeps you guessing to the very end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Boerne, TX, United States 06-21-12
    Gregory Boerne, TX, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Thanks to Scott Brick.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    When I search for audio book, I usually look for books read by Scott Brick, Dick Hill or James Daniels.
    Scott Brick would keep you on the edge of your seat narrating the phone book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Lane CoveAustralia 07-10-06
    Jill Lane CoveAustralia 07-10-06
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    "I'm Guilty!"

    Guilty of being sucked in from the start and seldom turning off my ipod. This grabbed my attention and never let go, despite its length. Scott Brick now feels like an old friend and it is a pleasure listening to anything that he narrates. There were a couple of scenes that were emotional by themselves, but with his added compassion and understanding of the characters, I was actually almost moved to tears, which makes me feel quite silly, but also is a testament to how deeply the characters are developed and how we get to know them and feel for them.
    In addition, I am most certainly not good at predicting what will happen or who the "bad guy" is, but the ending made my mouth drop and a little gasp escaped me. All this while at the gym.

    Most definitely and very highly recommended!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mercedes del Castillo 09-30-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    From the start, this audio book sounded promissing and as the mysteries unfolded I found myself looking forward to my exercise sessions so I could find out what was happening next. The narrator was excellent and the suspense kept me interested nearly all the way. The plot lost it a little right at the end but not too much.

    I love reading books but have used sudiobooks for the last 18 months as an incentive to do exercise (it works!) but had been dissapointed with the experience of listening to some of the books either because they are not really suitable for audio or because of the narrator. This book restored my faith. Happy listening !

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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