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Megan is a suburban soccer mom who, once upon a time, walked on the wild side. Now she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at the age of 40 he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo, pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Broome is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case—a local husband and father who disappeared 17 years ago—and spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man’s family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up at any moment to step into them.

Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American dream—the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest façades—they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.

Master of domestic suspense Harlan Coben delivers his trademark combination of pause-resistant thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities.

©2012 Harlan Coben (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Eugene
  • PASADENA, CA, United States
  • 05-23-12

Stay Close is a perfect title for this mystery!

What did you love best about Stay Close?

kept me glued to my ear phones. Great characters and interesting story lines which keep you guessing

Who was your favorite character and why?

Detective Broome is relentless!

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Scott keeps you engaged in the story by his magnificent story telling.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

loved the ending, never saw it coming!

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Scott Brick was very good as usual

I wish I could say the same for the novel. It was preductable and sophomoric - below Coben's past efforts. Disappointing.

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A disappointment

What disappointed you about Stay Close?

It seemed very disjointed---no good transition between character's stories and I normally like Coben's books...

What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

See above

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I love Brick's voice and presentation, but again, found the story difficult to follow

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stay Close?

Uncertain.

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  • Sia
  • Nivaa, Denmark
  • 05-18-12

Great fast paced book

Where does Stay Close rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best books I have listened to. I love Scott Brick, but didn't know the author. The book is well written, characters deep and believable. I certainly recommend this to anyone, the story is great, you get lost in it, will defo get more of his books.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Scott Brick brings out the emotions of the characters, he does it with so effortlessness that I cannot imagine anyone else reading this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I heard it in three sittings - and that was only because my phones battery ran out one of the times.

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  • John
  • Madeira Beach, FL, United States
  • 05-13-12

Not too Close

Lot a hoopla about this one, but I have no idea why. Even Scott Brick couldn't save this story. It wandered around, to and fro, this and that, to the point one no one longer cared. Not really. Enjoyed Scott's reading, but not too much else.

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  • David
  • United States
  • 05-11-12

Too much tortured thought amongst the participants

Major conclusions drawn on thin evidence. A corrupt cop that gets away with it. and a killer that confesses for no reason. Got through most of it at double speed. I love Brick, but he didn't fit here.

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  • Andrea
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 05-10-12

One of my faves - and I listen to a lot of books!

Where does Stay Close rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely among the top 20 (I really do listen to a lot of books)... an entertaining "read", the type that makes you think about choices you make, people's pasts.

What other book might you compare Stay Close to and why?

it is similar to other Harlan Coben books -- you can tell it's his for certain -- but not an overplayed story. I felt like the suspense was close to a David Baldacci in a way!

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Meets Expectations For A Good Mystery

What did you like best about Stay Close? What did you like least?

Harlan Coben is one of those authors that consistently delivers. If you like one of his novels, you'll like the others. Stay Close has a flow that lends itself well to audiobook format. It's exciting enough to keep you guessing, but doesn't overdo it with so many details that you lose track of the characters, key clues and or plot elements if you're listening while driving or doing chores. It does become a bit annoying in sections where Coben falls into repetitive allusions as he tries to hammer home certain characters' motivations, flaws or histories. You feel like saying "yeah, yeah, I get it already...."

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I usually figure out "who done it," but this one had me right up until just before the reveal. Good surprise.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

You feel like he is a cop from Atlantic City telling you the story even though it's third-person narrative.

Did Stay Close inspire you to do anything?

Not really an inspirational kind of book. Just entertaining.

Any additional comments?

Worth a credit for sure.

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In the tradition of earlier stand-alone novels

Where does Stay Close rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As in his earlier novels, things from the past come back to haunt the protagonists. "Stay Close" lacks the realism of prior works like "Tell No One", though. Killing couple Ken & Barbie were just a bit over the top, I thought.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Another brilliant performance by - in my opinion - the best male reader in audio books. Hats off to Scott Brick - again.

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  • Kathryn
  • Baxter, MN, United States
  • 05-07-12

Took a while..

I am a Harlan Coben fan although I have not read anything of his is quite awhile ( actually read!), his writing going into another direction than what I was interested in. At the begiining of this book, I had a hard time getting into it. I found it too 'wordy', too descriptive and made me wonder if I had missed a book. I didn't give up on it. I was tired of wasting credits. I stuck with it because I am a Scott Brick fan. I'm glad I did. It was a good listen. Kept you going after awhile wanting to know more about the lives of the characters. The desciptions that I had thought too much, became necessary to know the people involved, the story in itself.. Detective Broome is an extremely likeable character. I'm glad I kept listening and glad I picked a Harlan Coben book again. This audio is well worth it.