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Publisher's Summary

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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Surprisingly entertaining

What made the experience of listening to Stay Close the most enjoyable?

The story kept me intrigued and kept me guessing. I couldn't wait to find out how all the pieces fit together.

What did you like best about this story?

The character development was thorough. The reader had a smooth pleasant voice.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when the two women fight to the death. It was equally tough to listen to because I could visualize it.

Any additional comments?

Overall, this is a good listen. If you like a good thriller, you won't be disappointed.

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Gripping.

Would you consider the audio edition of Stay Close to be better than the print version?

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

Anything done by narrator Scott Brick always bring the novel much more alive and real. He is absolutely brilliant.

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  • Ken
  • Kihei, HI, USA
  • 02-11-13

Excellent Quirky Characters, a Good Read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend because of the interesting characters and excellent narration. The dialogues are fresh and entertaining. Momentum builds throughout and the pace really quickens in the final two hours.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I empathized with the Cassie/Megan, and the dilemma she faced stepping into her past while trying to keep it from destroying her current life.

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

Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators and conveys tension, uncertainty, conviction or joy, delivering what each scene demands. You identify with the characters as they struggle through their introspections as they piece together the clues of the mystery. The character's internal monologues express their feelings as well as their thoughts.

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

The scenes when Ken and Barbie are stalking Cassie/Megan are well written/voiced and full of tension.

Any additional comments?

"Stay Close" has complex characters and dialogue, intrigue and mystery, a solid 4, but just misses the mark of a truly excellent, can't-put-it-down storyline. I was more interested by how characters acted/interacted than what they did. It would make a great episode of an hour-long detective show but doesn't have enough substance for a 2-hour movie.

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Well worth the listen!

This kept the suspense all the way to the surprising end. Scott Brick is a wonderful narrator, and the story kept me on the edge of my seat during the entire narration.

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Very good story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great book but the story is complex with a lot going on

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

This is my first

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really but I enjoyed the story

Any additional comments?

Defenetly worth listening to

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Good mystery that kept me listening.

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

This was a great listen. I am giving it a 4 out of 5 rating.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the twist and turns that the story took. This is the first Harlan Coben book that I have read and I am definitely going to read more.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Scott Brick's performance made the characters very believable.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Many twists and turns.

Any additional comments?

Overall very enjoyable and I would recommend to any one who enjoys a good mystery.

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  • Rhona
  • BILLINGS, MT, United States
  • 01-26-13

Good, easy read

What made the experience of listening to Stay Close the most enjoyable?

I've yet to be disappointed with a Coben novel and this is no different. I do prefer the Myron Bolitar books still but this one is a nice, easy read.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I wouldn't say edge of my seat, but definitely wanting more. There were times that I sat in my car to finish a scene before I could turn it off.

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  • Debbie
  • Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States
  • 01-26-13

So Disappointing

I'm a long-time fan of Harlan Coben and always get his books as soon as they come out. This is the first book of his that I haven't liked. It's not like one of his normal books. I quit listening halfway through, I just couldn't force myself to stay with it. The narrator is fine, but the book just didn't have the depth & plot that his books always have. This one seemed too rushed. I'm still a fan of Coben, just not of this book.


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  • Sharon
  • United States
  • 01-07-13

Great Book!

Would you consider the audio edition of Stay Close to be better than the print version?

Definately, I love Scott Brick. He always does an excellent job with the narration. I could listen to anything that he reads.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Lots of twists and turns.

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  • Beth
  • Antlers, OK, United States
  • 01-02-13

Causes and Effects

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

Top 10

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, lots of danger and psychos

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Clear voice. Each character unique voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Surprise ending and the creeps got what they deserved.

Any additional comments?

Outward appearances are deceptive but it's the heart that matters.