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2.0 out of 5 stars Flaws and All, 22 July 2010
This review is from: Play Dead (Paperback)
In the introduction the author makes it clear that this book was written by him many years ago, before he found commercial success, and is published unchanged "Flaws and All" so there is an indication, if you read the introduction before buying, that this is not likely to be as polished as his later work. Whether it was really worth publishing is arguable. Whilst there are the signs of his later work in this book, they are only signs and I did not find this as well put together as his other books, with flimsy plot, and poor characterisations of some of the main characters. Recent Harlen Coben books do tend to have some quite unusual plots - pushing credubility - but with excellent story telling and interesting characters, in my view, he usually gets away with it - in Play Dead I found the plot much too unbelievable and character motivations suspect, and without the redeeming features of his later work. The relationship between Stan and Gloria is one of the better strands of the story, but does not go as far as it could. I finished reading this but would not recommend it to fans of his later work.
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