Play Dead

Play Dead

by Harlan Coben
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Play Dead by Harlan Coben

The worlds of celebrity and sports are brilliantly dissected and turned upside down in #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben’s debut thriller.

Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim—and never returned.

Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years—while on the court at Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451231741
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 79,907
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Harlan Coben is the bestselling author of eighteen novels, including The Woods, Promise Me, and The Innocent, and is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards. He lives in New Jersey with his family.


Ridgewood, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

January 4, 1962

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey


B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984

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Play Dead 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 384 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great bedtime reading...but I do skip over extensive descriptive passages.
Kay-Z More than 1 year ago
Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. He wrote that you should not read this book if you haven't read any of his others first, and he's sure right about that. The plot is okay, but it isn't very well written and the ebook version is messed up. Don't spend your money on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good for travel reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like to 'escape into a book' from page one and this book definitely did that - as it is the very first book by this author that i have read - and now i am hooked!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evidently, this was one of the first books (if not THE first) written by Harlan Coban......and it reads as well as all his other excellent mysteries with a twist. (Only thing that could have been done was to have a professional editor,who has no reservations about WHOM she/he edits(!),edit the book so some of the FEW bumps got ironed out.....but this was against Coban's stated premise of leaving his youthful, earlier work of writing "stand as is.".).
Refill More than 1 year ago
Harlan Coben said of his first novel, "Play Dead", "I'm hard on it, but aren't we all hard on our early stuff?" Yes, Mr. Coben, but most people's early stuff isn't as good as your first published novel. "Play Dead" packs a punch full of twists and turns, and what is great is that even though I figured out one of the big twists about halfway through the back (by time it was revealed, I knew it was coming), there were others waiting for me that I did not expect leading to a satisfying conclusion that may have benefited by being a page or two longer. In fact, the copy I ready had nearly 550 enjoyable pages. I've read and will be re-reading the Coben backs I've previously read, and it amazes me what a talent he was even by his first novel. I would love to see an outline of this and other books by this author to see just how it's done with so many unexpected events taking place in his stories. So what didn't I like? Some of the dialogue. Coben often includes what I consider to be pointless conversation that shows how people talk to each other in their normal conversation, but for someone it often doesn't sound all that genuine to me. If it is genuine dialogue that people use, then maybe I need to be around people more (this is entirely possible!) This dialogue issue may not be a big deal when the Sheriff of an Australia town is conversing with a hotel owner, but when it happens between Laura and David, the two main characters, it very much so matters. As you can probably tell, though, this is nowhere near enough to not recommend this book and let you know how much I enjoyed almost every second of it. Definitely well worth playing along with this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast read with enough twists to keep it interesting. Worth your time to read.
goodrichmd1 More than 1 year ago
Filled with twists and turns making it a very good read
Guest More than 1 year ago
Time we had Myron back , and for my money having more of Win is very welcomeHowever I sense Harlan Coben is hoping Myrona nd Win have "fallen out"/ drifted apart so he does not have to write another one soon
emanonHW More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Harlan Cobens' books & have enjoyed them.This one ,his first novel that he admits he wrote twenty years ago is not nearly up to his standards. If you read this as your first Coben experience do not judge it but read on. This book is just all over the place and it is frustrating even to believe all the plots..Just give him a pass and move on .....
AtlantaMike More than 1 year ago
Yes, I read the first page before I bought it. But, like probably a lot of you I said, "Hey, it's Harlan Coben, it's got to be good." Unfortunately, it's not. After plodding halfway through I realized I just could not read another page. It really bugs me when authors take advantage of a good reputation to slip one of their rejected stories out to us (a la Stuart Woods). Stuff like this will make us start asking for refunds. BTW, the review policy made me pick at least one star.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I wouldn't say that it was one of my favorites but it was definitely worth reading. It was a little bland in places and could have used a little more creativity. All in all I would give the book three stars.
RickIsWright More than 1 year ago
Too many "?" (question mark punctuation characters) litter the sentences of the book. It's like walking down a clear path when suddenly out of nowhere, an obstacle pops up and causes you to stumble. You just get irritated. Unfortunately, there is no way to know this in advance. For this alone, I give two stars.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Folks, heed the Coben disclaimer in the front of this book, even if you already have read his other books. The only reason this gets 2stars is because Harlen Coban has become a great writer since this attempt. This work should not have been published!
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Major disappointment!
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booklover71 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! He has become my favorite author!!
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This was the first of his books i read i thought it was great had to keep reading then look for more
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I understand it is his first one, it just doesn't connrct with me. Im 15 and a die hard coben fan ever since I read Live Wire and the 2 Mickey Bolitar novels. I couldn't bring myself to get into it. He even says as an authors note in the copy I have, " if this is your first book of mine, return it. I was young and naiive."
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