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Like Harlan Coben's other recent novels of suspense, The Innocent starts in the green suburbs of New Jersey and takes us off into the dark heart of the secrets and lies that often lie at the centre of American life. Matt has rebuilt his life after a brawl that left him serving four years hard time for manslaughter. He has clawed back some of the dreams of his young manhood--in particular, Olivia, the girl he met once, dreamed of and then found again. Now someone is sending him phone images of Olivia, in a blonde wig, with another man... Local cop Loren is trying to find out who smothered a teacher at the local convent, and why the dead nun had breast implants; over-the-hill stripper Kimmy is visited by the daughter of a long-dead friend...
This is a plot as well constructed as a good watch, yet as unpredictable as a fairground ride, but what gives Coben's books their unique quality is the fact that his writing always has heart. We care about even the most minor and venal of his characters, because Coben knows that often, what divides heroism from crime is the consequences of one bad day. ---Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"What Coben does best is take readers into his characters' hearts and minds. His protagonists are just common folks, minding their own business when--bam!--they are drawn into a terrifying world of sordid crimes and mayhem."--USA Today
"Coben does for thrillers what Hitchcock did for the movies."--South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Ranks as one of his most exciting."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
What Coben does best is take readers into his characters hearts and minds. His protagonists are just common folks, minding their own business when bam! they are drawn into a terrifying world of sordid crimes and mayhem. USA Today
Coben does for thrillers what Hitchcock did for the movies. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Ranks as one of his most exciting. The Philadelphia Inquirer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Now that I have discovered Coben, unfortuanately for my bank balance, I am going to have to get some more!
I really enjoyed this 9/10
`THE INNOCENT' is non-stop action and will have you turning the pages so quickly your fingers will burn. Every character is strong and well developed and the story is thoroughly engrossing. So you may be wondering why with all of this high praise did I only give it 4 stars? Well, while I knew to expect Coben's signature twist at the end, I thought that maybe there was just one twist to many in this ending. Just as in Coben's previous thriller `JUST ONE LOOK' I thought that the ending got a little complicated, but overall I loved this book just as I do all books Harlan Coben. I am sure that you will not be disappointed with this latest by Coben whether you are a long time fan or a first time reader, 4 ½ stars!
Of course I was hooked very quickly and it struck me how well the story was constructed. As the plot thickened, the various strands started to come into focus and slowly but surely started to intertwine. The characters were interesting and I became hooked on them as well. Even the lesser players were sharply defined and realistic characters. Eventually I did go back to my Kindle's menu and noticed the author. That was my little mystery solved. Of course it was a Coben book!
I'm not going to say anything more really about this book. Harlan Coben's books get more reviews than a new Beatles album would, so there's enough to go at there. All I'll say is that in every respect, it's up to his usual exemplary standards.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read but not an all time great. A little bit more predictable than I expected and also some holes in the story. The ending also is too neatly wrapped up. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The only problem is you won't want to put it down! Such a gripping easy read it always goes so fast. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emma D.
Great plot. Couldn't put this book down. Good and unexpected conclusion.Published 2 months ago by Mrs. M. Halpin
Another great page turner, lots of twists and turns couldn't put this down, well done Harlen CobenPublished 2 months ago by Susan J Robinson
Intriguing, superb writing, couldn't put the book down. A reading must. Highly recommended. Can't wait to read his next book.Published 2 months ago by customer