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Overview

Harlan Coben follows four consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers with a stand-alone thriller in the vein of his beloved breakout novels Caught and Hold Tight.

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 age forty he finds himself in a dead- end job posing as a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Jack is a detective who can't let go of a cold case-a local husband and father disappeared seventeen years ago, and Jack 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 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 doesn't recede. 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 facades- they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.

With his trademark combination of page-turning thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities, Harlan Coben delivers a thriller that cements his status as the master of domestic suspense.

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Edgar-winner Coben (Caught) continues to mine rich veins of terror in his New Jersey novels of domestic suspense, exploring both the reality and the ideal of family ties and the ease with which evil can destroy both. In this masterful stand-alone, three people are haunted by the disappearance of Stewart Green 17 years earlier in Atlantic City: photographer Ray Levine; housewife Megan Pierce; and Detective Broome, who investigated the disappearance and befriended Green’s wife and kids. The disappearance of Carlton Flynn on February 18, the same date Green went missing, helps reignite the smoldering case, pointing the way to other victims and a strange pattern. Flynn’s case also results in a pair of preppie, very scary sadists calling themselves Ken and Barbie entering the scene. Coben writes with wit and irony, and his flair for exposing the frail balance point between order and chaos in our lives has never been stronger than in this suspenseful outing. 5-city author tour. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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The past comes knocking for a former stripper who thought she'd said goodbye to all that in an altogether less-successful distaff reworking of The Innocent (2005). In some ways, the life Megan Pierce left behind when she stopped giving lap dances and calling herself Cassie was perfect: exciting, glamorous and anything but routine. If only her abusive client Stewart Green hadn't vanished under circumstances that strongly suggested a violent end, Megan would never have taken a powder, ultimately trading Atlantic City's La Crème nightclub for the American dream with a lawyer husband, two perfect children and every appliance of the upscale suburban lifestyle. One day, however, Megan--motivated solely, it seems, by the need to kick-start the plot--decides to drop in at La Crème. Her sudden reappearance, together with her old colleague Lorraine Griggs' sighting of somebody who looks a lot like Stewart and the remarkably similar disappearance exactly 17 years later of construction heir Carlton Flynn, sets in motion a new chain of violence and threatens to reveal all of Megan's carefully hidden secrets. Eventually she reconnects with her old flame Ray Levine, a photographer who has hit the skids big time, and tells what she knows to Det. Broome of Atlantic City Homicide. But both men's most protective instincts are challenged by a pair of wholesome killers calling themselves Barbie and Ken--and by the fact that Broome's own boss is working against him.

A proficient but routine thriller in which you can tell for miles in advance who's disposable and who's slated for survival, marked by the virtual absence of the baroque plot twists fans of Coben (Live Wire, 2011, etc.) expect as their due.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525952275
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one previous novels, including the popular Myron Bolitar series. The winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, he lives in New Jersey.

Biography

Harlan Coben may be the only mystery writer to have inspired the dubious endorsement, "Raymond Chandler meets Bridget Jones" (as the Chicago Tribune wrote about Darkest Fear). But it's not hard to see what the critic means: Coben knows how to create a good chase, but he is also adept at generating laughs along the way. His books often start with a few pieces of bad news and end with the closet door flung open to reveal a few skeletons.

Debuting in 1995, the series that cemented Coben's reputation revolves around Myron Bolitar, a wisecracking sports agent who always finds himself getting into trouble, via his clients or his own past. What's endearing about these books is Coben's willingness to have fun as he spins a story. He might poke fun the yuppie wardrobe of Bolitar's partner, Win, or his gal Friday (and sometime female wrestler), Big Cyndi's, tendency to wear "more makeup than the cast of Cats." There's a slight boys' club air to the series, but it's more frat house than locker room -- or more appropriately, rec room, since Bolitar finds himself still living at his parents' in his early 30s.

Sports-averse readers should not avoid the Bolitar books; in the end, sports play only a peripheral role in the story, which is primarily about the mystery. Given this, it's not surprising that Coben has called William Goldman's Marathon Man one of his favorite thrillers and has cited Philip Roth and Alfred Hitchcock as influences.

And yes, there's certainly life beyond Bolitar! Coben has crafted a number of superb stand-alone thrillers filled with tortuous twists and turns and peopled with characters you can't help but root for. In a 2001 interview, the author stated, "I love a book that sneaks up behind you at the end and slaps you in the back of the head." Ultimately, that describes everything in Harlan Coben's oeuvre.

Good To Know

Coben has four children with wife Anne, his sweetheart since age 20.

Coben advises aspiring writers thusly: "Write. Don't take classes. Don't join workshops. Don't listen to me," he told the Charlotte Austin Review. "Just write. Oh, and cut. Cut a lot. You're probably not editing yourself enough. Then rewrite. Then rewrite again. Repeat. Like with shampooing."

Coben says his mother was his best literary inspiration in an interview with the Page One literary newsletter. "We'd go to the old Barnes & Noble in Manhattan (back then, if you can believe this, I think there was only one) and spend the entire day. We didn't have much money back then and we almost never bought toys -- but we were always allowed to get whatever books we wanted."

In our interview, Coben shared more fun facts:

"I once worked as a tour guide in the Costa del Sol of Spain."

"I pretty much only wear Lilly Pulitzer ties because my best friend owns the company."

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    1. Hometown:
      Ridgewood, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 4, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984
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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    I have been a huge fan of Harlen Coben and pre-ordered this book

    I have been a huge fan of Harlen Coben and pre-ordered this book in January. I was so excited when it was released but I have to say that I am stil reading it. In the past, I have read his books in 1 or 2 days; however, this book is beyond boring. The characters are uninteresting, and the story is moving way too slow. So far, it has been very disappointing and I'm sorry I paid as much as I did for the Nook version. :-(

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    More Myron Bolitar PLEASE!!!!!!!

    Mr. Coben,
    WHY are you holding out on one of the best series ever?? Myron Bolitar or course!! Forget the "stand alone" novels and give your adoring public just what we adore you for...... Myron, Win, Big Cindi, Esperanza................ These are novels that made us cry, laugh, made us guess and made us love Harlen Coben. Why so few and so long drawn out inbetween books? I along with many of your fans can't get get enough of the Bolitar searies. Other dear reader friends........ You feel the same way?! Please let Mr Coben and his publishets know. MYRON WIN MYRON WIN MYRON WIN
    Please, A loyal reader: DIANE DIAMONDU

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

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    Really enjoyed it. Would recommend for a great weekend read

    Really enjoyed it. Would recommend for a great weekend read

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    I'm still struggling to get through this and Harlan Coben is not

    I'm still struggling to get through this and Harlan Coben is not just one of my favorite authors - he is my favorite author whom I have recommended to dozens of people. But this book doesn't seem like it's written by the same author. I have no empathy for any of the characters - something that Harlan has managed to instill in me through each and every chapter of his previous books. With Mr. Coben's sophisticated sense of humor, maybe this book is categorized as a mystery because the mystery lies in who wrote this book?

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    I have read and loved all of Harlan Coben's books, and was looki

    I have read and loved all of Harlan Coben's books, and was looking forward to reading this one but, unfortunately, ended up very dissapointed for the first time. All of the characters were one-dementional, cliche, and boring. The story moved slowly, without his signature twists and wit, especially the less-than-shocking ending, which I found even difficult to make it all the way through. This book did not seem to be written by the same author as all of his other great mysteries.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Disappointment

    Harlon Coben is one of my favorite authors and I have read most of his books. This was a real let down. It was superficial, trite and I suspect a ghost writer did the collaboration. I WOULD NOT suggest purchasing this one!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

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    I have recently become a Harlan Coben fan. Stay Close is one of

    I have recently become a Harlan Coben fan. Stay Close is one of the best yet! It has you guessing throughout the end and what an ending! It has so many twists and turns and edge of your seat suspense! There is one scene in particular involving a knife(I dare not give anything away), it was written so well that I could visualize it my mind's eye! This is a must read!!

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Disappointed

    First off I am a HUGE Harlen Coben fan. I have read everything he has written and have turned everyone I know into a fan as well. That being said, this book was a huge disappointment. The story line just kind of drug on and I never connected with the characters or the story. If this is your first Harlen Coben book try any of his others first. I can't wait for his next book and hope this was a fluke.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Coben wrote this..

    Die hard coben fan here , this book is cluttered akward and not his style. I read a lot and was very dissapointed i preorded ,lost patience half way through started another book. Hope he finds his muse and comes back as the writer he is capable of being. Aurelia

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    This book was an easy read....almost too easy. I love his Myron

    This book was an easy read....almost too easy. I love his Myron Bolitor character but in this book I really found myself not really liking any of the characters or caring what happened. I did like Loren Muse coming in at the end and recalling some of Mr. Coben's finer works.

    Still a decent read....more of a Patterson feeling to it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    BORING--BORING.

    I am a Harlan Coben fan but what happened here?? The plot does not flow. The disjointed sequence of events is not interesting,merely confusing and frustrating. I am trying to finish the last few chapters, but it is a struggle!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    I love Harlen Coben books, but NOT this one! I actually told my

    I love Harlen Coben books, but NOT this one! I actually told my husband, after finishing it, that I don't think Coben wrote this book. It read like a publisher said, "OK, Harlen, we need to push out another book real quick, and since you're busy, I'll have someone write it for you, trying to write like you." The book was so boring and stale, it actually made me angry!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    Seriously? That was the 'twist/shocker' of the story? Is that

    Seriously? That was the 'twist/shocker' of the story? Is that the best he could come up with? Even at the character's worst moments, the actions described in the book were not even remotely believable. Incredulous. An inane storyline. Obviously trying to meet a publisher's deadline. Several typographical errors that spellcheck wouldn't catch. A fan of Coben's earlier works; interest has been waning as of late. This book sealed the deal.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Sweetstar

    Hi! I heard u need some help. What do ya need?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Good read but pay attention to details!

    Typical Harlan Coben with characters that are believable. Hard to put down, even when you finish it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

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    My first Harlan Coben book. Very good. I'll have to check out hi

    My first Harlan Coben book. Very good. I'll have to check out his other stuff.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Great Read

    as always another great read by Harlan Coben. One of my favorite authors!! Couldn't put this one down. Grabs you from the first page!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    The CLOSE

    This book seems like its a good book by its title

    1 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Enjoyed this one, although not as much as I've enjoyed some of h

    Enjoyed this one, although not as much as I've enjoyed some of his others - especially his Myron Bolitar series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

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