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No Second Chance

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Best Friend to the Rescue, Old Flame to Assist

Dr. Marc Siedman is shot, and nearly murdered, his wife is murdered and his 6 month old daughter, Tara, is missing. Marc recovers from his physical wounds, but not the emotional one of losing his daughter. The police, unfortunately, like him for the murder, and think ...
Dr. Marc Siedman is shot, and nearly murdered, his wife is murdered and his 6 month old daughter, Tara, is missing. Marc recovers from his physical wounds, but not the emotional one of losing his daughter. The police, unfortunately, like him for the murder, and think he set the whole thing up. Lenny, Marc's best friend (from childhood), and bulldog lawyer comes to the rescue. Rachel, an old flame of Marc's winds up helping him follow the money. The author manages to mix in mental illness in an interesting light, the white slave trade and some of the factors which support it, he helps bust up the redneck stereotype, and helps us consider what a best friend will do and how it will affect us. Very well woven, and a big plus to this author. I've read other of his books, but not any of the ones in the recommend list (but I will very likely go buy and read them!)

posted by Mika_Starwalker on March 27, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing and Average

I found this book overly contrived. I also found it overly descriptive and forced. Didn't like the jumps from 1st person to 3rd person throughout the book either. I think I would have liked it better if it was all in 3rd. I had the 'who's' pretty much figured out...
I found this book overly contrived. I also found it overly descriptive and forced. Didn't like the jumps from 1st person to 3rd person throughout the book either. I think I would have liked it better if it was all in 3rd. I had the 'who's' pretty much figured out about a 1/4 of the way into it, and was so very close in the 'whys'. As I got to the end of the book I discovered that I really didn't care anymore about the doc's plight. I didn't like Dr. Marc. I felt nothing for him as a grieving father. He came off as arrogant and unsympathic to me. The villans on the other hand I liked a lot more. I also enjoyed secondary character Verne so much more than the doc. I wish the secondary characters & villans were more fleshed out. This was my first Coben novel, and I've been told that 'Tell No One' and 'Gone for Good' are better, so I'll read those and see if it's just this book I didn't really like, or if it's Coben's style. This book, though, I wouldn't recommend.

posted by Anonymous on July 8, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    Disappointing and Average

    I found this book overly contrived. I also found it overly descriptive and forced. Didn't like the jumps from 1st person to 3rd person throughout the book either. I think I would have liked it better if it was all in 3rd. I had the 'who's' pretty much figured out about a 1/4 of the way into it, and was so very close in the 'whys'. As I got to the end of the book I discovered that I really didn't care anymore about the doc's plight. I didn't like Dr. Marc. I felt nothing for him as a grieving father. He came off as arrogant and unsympathic to me. The villans on the other hand I liked a lot more. I also enjoyed secondary character Verne so much more than the doc. I wish the secondary characters & villans were more fleshed out. This was my first Coben novel, and I've been told that 'Tell No One' and 'Gone for Good' are better, so I'll read those and see if it's just this book I didn't really like, or if it's Coben's style. This book, though, I wouldn't recommend.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    Not his best

    This was my fourth Coben book. I think after "Gone for Good" and "The Woods" I got spoiled. The story line was not believeable. I like a story where there is some realism to it. Also, it was not your usual Coben thriller. I predicted the ending. I am really surpised by how many people enjoyed it. I will continue to read Coben books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2005

    NO CHANCE

    I loved Coben's previous two books Tell No One and Gone For Good - which surpassed his earlier hardboiled Myron Bolitar books and made him the hottest breakthrough novelist in years. He was like the next John Grisham - an exciting new author of sexy, intelligent suspense stories that kept you guessing and turning the pages. A breath of fresh air in the stale crime thriller genre. No Second Chance is the same kind of book as the earlier two - exactly the same - and a big disappointment. Now that Coben's found a winning formula he's beginning to write his books to order - just like Grisham. The problem is that publishers put pressure on successful authors to write the same kind of book. Every time. So the product fits a mould in the market-place. Again we have a doctor struggling to rebuild his life after his wife has been killed and someone close to him has disappeared. If you haven't read Tell No One or Gone For Good, then I'm sure you'll like No Second Chance. But at the third chance it all sounds samey and predictable. Coben needs to find a new direction before he becomes just another 'brand name' author.

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