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Stay Close [Paperback]

Harlan Coben
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Book Description

Oct 2012

Megan once 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. Broome is a detective who can't let go of a cold case - a local husband and father disappeared seventeen years ago, and Broome 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. As the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat...

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.; First Printing edition (Oct 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0451238567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451238566
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US. He is now global bestseller with his mix of powerful stand-alone thrillers and Myron Bolitar crime novels. He has appeared in the bestseller lists of The Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

Here are the Myron Bolitar novels in series order:

Deal Breaker
Drop Shot
Fade Away
Back Spin
One False Move
The Final Detail
Darkest Fear
Promise Me
Long Lost

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[An] atmospheric, tense and constantly twisting novel. The perfect introduction to the brilliance of US crime master Coben. (HEAT)

Harlan Coben specialises in rousing the snake that lurks in the perfectly cut grass of American suburbia. STAY CLOSE brings the secrets and lives of three people into collision. Coben makes you care about them but never neglects a plot that is full of his trademark shocks. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Coben weaves together the different strands of the narrative skillfully, with plenty of twists and shocks to keep interest piqued... compelling reading, gaining in suspense as the novel draws to its unexpected conclusion (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)

For quite some time, Harlan Coben has been considered one of the master storytellers of the American crime genre, with an infallible hotline to readers' requirements. The solidarity of his unerring grasp of narrative is once again demonstrated in Stay Close... Further proof that Harlan Coben - let's face it - can do no wrong (GOOD BOOK GUIDE 2013-06-01)

A stroll in excellent company (SUNDAY EXPRESS)

A classy thriller (BELLA)

In all of his writing he brings a unique voice to stories that entertain and enthrall the reader . . . The story is intense, the characters are interesting, and the writing is magnificent. Coben's talent is in high gear (HUFFINGTON POST) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The brilliant new thriller from 'one of America's masters of the hook, the twist and the surprise ending' Literary Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, At Best! 11 April 2012
By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
With the exception of Miracle Cure, I've read all of Coben's adult audience books and enjoyed them all, albeit some more than others. This string of praise-worthy books has come to an end for me with Stay Close.

I won't provide a plot summary as this can be gotten from the Amazon Book Description above. I'll just say that Coben's latest standalone, which is set primarily in Atlantic City and the Pine Barrens in New Jersey, involves the violent intersection of several lives that are overshadowed by past events. Broadly speaking, this plot concept has been used by Coben in several of his other books and, though no longer very original, he succeeded in executing them quite well in the past. Unfortunately, in my opinion, Coben's ability to execute his plot concept in Stay Close left me pretty unfulfilled.

Overall, I consider Stay Close to be just an okay read -- at best. What makes me judge this book as "okay" (and not worse) is attributable to Coben's narrative skills and plot pacing, which kept me turning the pages at a brisk pace from beginning to end. Coben gets a lot credit from me on this point because I felt Stay Close had little else that deserves strong praise. In particular, I felt the plot execution lacked credibility and much excitement, and the characters were mostly thinly developed, unlikable, and failed to make me care what happens to them. And, while on the subject of characters, Coben's Ken and Barbie-like team of professional thugs came across to me as laughable and ridiculous and, as a consequence, unthreatening.

If you've been a long-time, loyal Coben fan you're likely going to want to read this book regardless of my review and other reviews giving Stay Close a three star rating or lower.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stay away 2 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What a pity, what a missed opportunity. A stand alone Harlan Coben book would usually signal a good read, unfortunately this book does not even come close to the previous Coben books I have read - Tell No One remains his best in my opinion. The dialogue is poor and unbelievable and so are the various scenarios, for example the way people remember exactly what happened 17 years ago. I got the feeling that this was an old draft that should have been re-worked before being published. When he is on form Coben is hard to beat, he is way off form with this though.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A let down from a usually enjoyable author ... 10 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
I have always been a big fan of Harlan Coben - both his standalone thrillers and in particular his Myron Bolitar series - as he always offered great characters, action, thrills and wit, but his latest offerings are not quite hitting the mark.

None of the characters in Stay Close are particularly interesting or sympathetic so I found myself really not caring what happened to any of them - and two of them (I won't give anything away) were so cliched it became almost laughable. Usually the plot builds and builds - previously often to the point that I've had many a late night just to finish the story, I'm that hooked! - but not the case here. There were no urgent page turning moments, and nothing to particularly keep me interested other than a stubborness to hang on til the end, hoping something was going to happen. Sadly I got over halfway through and realised there was in fact no big bang moment, no crescendo, no sudden unleashing of the surprises and reveals. The only element that could perhaps be perceived as a twist of any sort to the story line started to become so blindingly obvious it's almost not a spoiler to say anything here .... but I won't :-)

I will probably still buy his next book - he has earnt that with his previous offerings - but it feels like he's going the way of many authors (James Patterson to name one) who seem to be churning out a formulaic story just to keep the publishers happy/the money rolling in.

If you are new to this author I would urge you to give him a second chance and try out some of his earlier novels. And let's hope he was just having an off day with this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars STAY AWAY from STAY CLOSE 28 July 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Sorry Harlan but this is unbelievably formulaic!
How such an average novel could come from the pen of somebody who brought us "Tell No One" beggars belief and frankly, I think your public deserves better.
The plot is pedestrian and has zero grip. It is populated by characters that are quite unbelievable and about whom I for one, couldn't care less and all in all, It left me feeling sad that you have descended to pushing out this bilge.
Doubtless you will make good money from it but whatever happend to pride in your work?
At your best, you are literature's Hitchcock - at your worst, you make Mickey Spillane look like Dickens!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tangled Web 2 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and unlike most of Harlan Coben's books, I hadn't guessed whodunnit until the closing pages.

We are introduced to Megan, who is a happily married housewife with perfect husband and family. I found her a believable character and wanted to read this as quickly as possible to find out how it all panned out.

Megan has a secret past, which comes back to bite her. She worked as a dancer in a men's club, forged some strong bonds there and when the going gets tough, she finds herself back there in a race against time to solve the secrets of the past.

A series of unsolved murders spanning many years are suddenly connected and it all points to the men's club in Atlanta, where Megan worked many years earlier, as being the catlyst and as a gritty detective investigates the case, Megan is pulled back to her lost world and a race against time for the killer to be apprehended before Megan's family life falls apart as she's sucked into events during the investigation.

Detective Broom is the lead investigator and I found myself hoping against hope that he would solve the case before anything happened to divide Megan from her family.

This book is the usual Coben page turner with lots of action and twists and turns to keep the reader guessing leaving them keen to reach the last one as soon as possible to find out how it all works out.

I found the characters believable, some I disliked intensely and I warmed to Megan as the book progressed as we found out more about her past.

She showed a caring side as she dealt with her mother in law's health problems and anyone with a family member with either dementia or Alzheimers could relate to the problems she faced with that.

There's some violence and unpleasantness along the way and I think this book appeals to both sexes, probably male readers will be more taken by the action and the ladies by what happens to Megan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
Haven't read the book yet but I know I will enjoy it. I was very happy with the selection of books available and the delivery speed was excellent.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Genders
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay Close by Harlan COBEN
Once I got into in to it
I could not put it down. Lots of twist and turns, really enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Lynda Wilby
4.0 out of 5 stars Three and a half stars - but I'm being generous!
I picked this up at the library. What’s that saying again – ‘Never judge a book by its cover’? Well, I did. The title was Stay Close. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Helen Laycock
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
All Harlan Coben book are brilliant but it is the first time I have down loaded on kindle and I am very pleased. It only took a second
Published 2 months ago by linda may aitchison
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay close
As usual, harlan has delivered an outstanding story with all the perfect twists, turns, mystery and intrigue of his previous work.
Published 3 months ago by easy on going and fun for hours.......
1.0 out of 5 stars In my kindle bin
I love HC and have read all of his books. I am so disappointed with this book. Like another reviewer I got part way through and came on here to find out if it is just me. Its not. Read more
Published 3 months ago by IneyP
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
Really enjoyed this book. Exciting but some parts were a bit predictable. With books however, I think its the personal preference of the reader
Published 4 months ago by Carmen Mccormick
5.0 out of 5 stars Another blinder!
Read all of his books in order and this is another one that keeps you guessing until the end. Brilliant!
Published 4 months ago by Mrs T Heard
5.0 out of 5 stars stay close Harlan Coben
A good writer that kept me wondering who and where the murder will strike next .right until the very end
Published 4 months ago by david card
4.0 out of 5 stars This will make me read more Harlan Coben
Borrowed this from a friend and had low expectations as suspense/crime books not my thing really. But surprised to find I got hooked and couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by pritchins
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