As a fan of Harlan Coben s books ( Tell No One being the most memorable ) although by far not my favourite author, i read this book which was his first ever, a long time ago much before this new edition came out. Word of advice, although myself i liked it, do not make this your first Harlan Coben book as the author himself suggested. Bear in mind that this novel was written by an inexperienced, very young Coben and although new edition with nice cover etc, the original text with all its flaws that the experieced reader will have a hard time keeping count of, has not been edited at all.
Ok, the book is pure fiction at its best in the sense that the plot borders on the unbelievable. But hey, we know it is fiction and that is why fiction is so beautiful cause it leaves the mundane reality shut off for a while. Without giving anything from the plot away, the story is about a young, wealthy, popular couple that have everything going for them. And they are very much in love. But while on the perfect honeymoon in Australia, the paradise turns to hell all of a sudden.... just with one ring of the phone.
A real page turner in the classic sense. I doubt if there is a single page in this book where something important does not happen. So much so that once you begin it you will want to finish it in the least time possible, as with each page you turn the mystery continues to thicken. There is excellent dialogue all throughout the book, written in a simple and very pleasant way and the characters are wonderfully described. A hell of a jigsaw puzzle to solve, so do yourself a favour and dont try to play detective on this one. Seeing that this was HC s debut novel, one must be more lenient with it than with his current books . Although frankly i m worried that he is short of ideas at the moment to have to resort to his old, unsuccesful books.