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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

First but not my last!

This was my first Harlan Coben novel. I came across it as a B&N Bargain Book and so glad I did! I am officially putting all of his books on my list. The story itself was interesting but there was never a dull moment. Not once did I get bored. I was constantly on the edg...
This was my first Harlan Coben novel. I came across it as a B&N Bargain Book and so glad I did! I am officially putting all of his books on my list. The story itself was interesting but there was never a dull moment. Not once did I get bored. I was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next all the way to the very end, even when I thought there was nothing else to surprise me with. The characters were all likeable but flawed making them very real and easy to relate to. I can always tell when I love a book if I can't leave it alone. I got through 1/2 the book on the first day & finished it up a few days later. Even during favorite tv shows I would find myself sneaking in some reading because I just couldn't stop! Loved it & can't wait to read more by Harlan!

posted by JerseyAngel on April 24, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Not This Time

Harlan's books have always been part Andrew Vachss wannabee with a suburban New Jersey twist. His heroes are not tough guys but jewish lawyers and he usually writes so dynamically well you buy all the coincidences and last minute appearances to get to some rather remark...
Harlan's books have always been part Andrew Vachss wannabee with a suburban New Jersey twist. His heroes are not tough guys but jewish lawyers and he usually writes so dynamically well you buy all the coincidences and last minute appearances to get to some rather remarkable conclusions. I've loved all his previous work. Not this time. This time you can see the end coming real early on. I won't spoil it but if you've read Harlan before you will be very surprised when you guess correctly and he does NOT whisk the answer away like a magician. Worse, the 'hero' of this tale is just a bit too much of an Alan Alda lefty for me to buy as a real he man whenever Harland decides he should have backbone. Worse, the man is hardly above being a total fraud and hypocrite, often resorting in his own investigations into twenty year old misdeeds to tactics exactly the same as those he abhores in those he is attempting to prosecute. I found this comparison both ridiculous, typically hypocritical and awful writing construction. In short the main character is an unsympathetic hypocrite who does one thing to those he chooses to prosecute but sees no problem in employing their scorched earth tactics for his OWN ends. And this time, his use of characters from previous novels seems too much a throwaway practice. I didn't give him one star because I love all his previous work and I couldn't ever give him NO stars because, quite frankly, we are not offered that choice.

posted by Anonymous on August 8, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2007

    Not This Time

    Harlan's books have always been part Andrew Vachss wannabee with a suburban New Jersey twist. His heroes are not tough guys but jewish lawyers and he usually writes so dynamically well you buy all the coincidences and last minute appearances to get to some rather remarkable conclusions. I've loved all his previous work. Not this time. This time you can see the end coming real early on. I won't spoil it but if you've read Harlan before you will be very surprised when you guess correctly and he does NOT whisk the answer away like a magician. Worse, the 'hero' of this tale is just a bit too much of an Alan Alda lefty for me to buy as a real he man whenever Harland decides he should have backbone. Worse, the man is hardly above being a total fraud and hypocrite, often resorting in his own investigations into twenty year old misdeeds to tactics exactly the same as those he abhores in those he is attempting to prosecute. I found this comparison both ridiculous, typically hypocritical and awful writing construction. In short the main character is an unsympathetic hypocrite who does one thing to those he chooses to prosecute but sees no problem in employing their scorched earth tactics for his OWN ends. And this time, his use of characters from previous novels seems too much a throwaway practice. I didn't give him one star because I love all his previous work and I couldn't ever give him NO stars because, quite frankly, we are not offered that choice.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Thunder

    They Just Raided. I Wont Allow It For Awhile.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2011

    Ok Mystery

    This book definately keeps you guessing & wondering. But I've found that this author writes the same kind of storyline but with different characters with each book. I think I'll find other mystery authors to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    I love Harlan Coben as an author but this book was not very good. The story had a lot of potential but there were way too many twists and then it ends kind of abruptly. I also didn't like the main character much. I couldn't relate to his playing the devil's advocate on issues. I wouldn't waste your time on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    Not Harlan Coben's best

    Harlan Coben can do much better than The Woods. This is a mediocre book, at best. If I had not known Coben wrote this book, I would have thought it was written by a first time author, and not a very good one at that. The dialog was elementary and the story lines were less than compelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    Needs to stick to original ideas

    Very disappointed in this book. Must have run out of original ideas or he wouldn't have used the Duke LaCrosse team tragedy as part of this book. Will not buy his books in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2007

    very disappointed

    I also look forward to Harlan Coben's books and I was also disappointed. I liked the characters, but thought the book was very easy to put down, unlike all the other ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    I have read all the Coben books and this was probably the least suspensful of the bunch and the least entertaining. I have come to expect both excitement, entertainment and humor from Coben, they are not here. The plot is thin and how in the world people could remain hidden during a multipule murder investigation only to resurface decades later is beyond me! I guess if you have nothing better to do on the beach this summer it might be worth reading. I would like to see more Myron books with more Winn development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2007

    Pretty weak

    I normally love Coben's books, but this one had so many plot twists and turns that it was just annoying. Don't waste your money.

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