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No Second Chance Unknown Binding – 1 Jan 2003

4.5 out of 5 stars 232 customer reviews

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Penguin Highbridge (Aud) (Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073669353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786555093
  • ASIN: 0786555092
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)

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No Second Chance is yet another of Harlan Coben's terrifying explorations of the worst of fears--Marc Seidman wakes in hospital after narrowly surviving a shooting in which his wife died and their baby daughter went missing. The handover of a ransom from his rich in-laws goes wrong and Seidman realises that he is not only without wife and daughter--and the sister who may have been an accomplice--but he is also the principal suspect. The reader knows even more than Seidman just how much jeopardy he is in--Coben does a brilliantly disturbing job of introducing us to a pair of psychotics who are in charge of the ransom plot and who plan to take Seidman and his in-laws for another ride into insecurity and hell. Marc turns to the one person he thinks can help him--the ex-girlfriend who still has a place in his heart and used to be a senior Federal agent. The problem is that Rachel comes with baggage, and enemies, all of her own...

This is an impressive book about suspicion and how easy it is to make the wrong guesses; it is a triumph of misdirection. It also has that particular Coben touch--people are capable of behaving worse than you can possibly imagine, but also of acts of surprising grace. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Harlan's tour (27-30th May) was a great success. EVENTSHarlan's evening talkand signing at OTTAKAR'S PUTNEY was attended by around 50 people, and OTTAKAR'S MILTON KEYNES attended by almost 100 people. He also completed two busy lunchtime signings at WHSMITH in NOTTINGHAM and MURDER ONE both of which attracted around 50 people. Harlan also signed stock at CRIME IN STORE. MEDIATHE GUARDIAN lead review on 14/6/03Review in SUNDAY TELEGRAPH on 10/8/03Review in TIME OUT 'Page-turning tension make this one of the top thrillers of the summer.' IRISH INDEPENDENT 'Coben is surely one of the best crime writers around,notable for constistently good characterisation and tight plotting. A real page turner, No Second Chance will delight new readers and give old hands a familiar sense of renewed pleasure.'WATERSTONE'S ENIGMA, Jude Davies 'his best yet' MORNING STAR, Mat Coward 'No Second Chance has a terrific opening.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'a first class thriller' iloveamystery.com 'a swift and satisfying read' Mark Campbell, CRIME TIME Profile interview in THE TIMES MAGAZINE by Paul Connolly on 7/6/03. Harlan has been interviewed for RELAXWITHABOOK.COM to be used as an interactive clip in-store at Sainsburys. He has also been interviewed by BBC RADIO HEREFORD & WORCESTER, BBC RADIO NEWCASTLE, BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM, MOD FOCUS magazine CRIME TIME are dedicating issue 36 (July/August) to Harlan, featuring an interview by Matt Levy and an interview will be featured in VERDICT magazine More reviews have appeared in THE MIRROR, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, RADIO CLYDE, Sky Digital Text, Essex Magazine & Anglian Life, CAMBRIDGESHIRE JOURNAL, NORFOLK JOURNAL, SUFFOLK JOURNAL, PRIZES GALORE, PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH, STANSTEAD OBSERVER, SAFFRON WALDEN OBSERVER, HERTS & ESSEX OBSERVER, DUNMOW OBSERVER, GOOD BOOK GUIDE, SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE, BOURNEMOUTH DAILY ECHO, YORK EVENING PRESS, GLASGOW HERALD, DOMINIONPOST (NEW ZEALAND) and PRIZES GALORE. TRADE PRESS/EVENTSA full-page profile interview with Harlan ran in THE BOOKSELLER on 14th Feb. Whilst he was in theUK he met customers from BCA and Cork in Nottingham and joined a group of key accounts customers to a Springsteen gig at Crystal Palace. THUMPING GOOD READ COVERAGEDAILY TELEGRAPH, 'A WRITERS LIFE'DAILY MAIL - piece about the awardsPUBLISHING NEWS - piece about awardsLINCOLNSHIRE ECHO - review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"No Second Chance" is the warning on the ransom note Dr Marc Seidman was left following the shooting at his home, that left him injured, his wife dead and his daughter kidnapped. So after the ransom 'exchange' is messed up, and the killer/kidnapper gets away, these words echo in Dr Seidmans mind. However his whole life now revolves around finding his baby daughter.
No second chance is a real edge of your seat thriller, with twists & turns. The characters are brilliant, you can almost feel their distinct, vulnerable and dangerous personalities fill the room you are reading in.
Coben has a gift of making his writing 'visual' you really can see events unfold around you. He makes the people and situations very real. No Second Chance benefits from that gift.
This book is a real page turner. Enjoy!
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By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2004
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If you like a good thriller then this book should be high on your to-be-read list.
Murder, kidnapping, betrayal, action, intrigue, big-bucks, conspiracy, old friendships renewed - it's all there. Guaranteed to keep you enthuasiastically turning the pages right to the end - you won't want to put it down.
The plot starts with the shooting of Marc and his wife. As he wakes in hospital he finds his wife is dead and their 6-month old daughter missing. A ransom drop goes badly wrong and hope is lost...or is it? Eighteen months later there is a renewed demand...a second chance. Is she alive or dead? Have the ransom demands come from the real kidnappers? Who were the shooters? Why do the Feds suspect Marc and an old flame of orchestrating the whole thing? Who can be trusted?
This is the first of Coben's books that I've read...and it certainly won't be the last.
If you enjoy this book you may also enjoy the medical thrillers by Robin Cook or the books of Tami Hoag.
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The book opens with an attention grabbing account by the protagonist, Dr Marc Seidman, describing his reaction to being almost fatally shot. From here we are soon thrust into emotional turmoil as Marc finds out that his wife is dead and 6 month old daughter is missing. With this set-up its all systems go for a fast paced thriller to unfold.
When the ransom note is received from the kidnappers, he is warned not to notify the authorities and that he would be given “no second chance” if he didn’t comply. Adding pressure to Marc is the realisation that the police may actually consider him a suspect in his wife’s murder and daughter’s abduction.
I think the supporting characters are a strong point of the book, too. The introduction of former FBI agent / former girlfriend Rachel Mills injects real confusion into the story as she brings along a secret past and raises all sorts of suspicions. Then there are the kidnappers, an odd couple of the truly unhinged variety that make you wonder how they’ve stayed free for so long. But the most memorable of the supporting characters is Verne, the scene stealing, gun loving redneck, who is quite willing to tell it like it is and blow the consequences.
Harlan Coben has once again stepped up and delivered an excellent thriller filled with an array of twists, poignant moments and cold, calculating killers. Although I’m desperately hanging out for another Myron Bolitar book, I’ll still be satisfied to read more books like this.
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No Second Chance tells the thrilling story of Dr Marc Seidman, who wakes up in hospital to discover his wife was brutally murdered and his daughter has been missing for the past 10 days. He responds to a ransom note but is caught out when he gets the police involved, and is told there is no second chance. But nearly two years later, he is given a second opportunity to put right what he messed up the first time
This book is interesting, well-written and very dynamic; the characters are developed and interesting. This book is action-packed and fast-paced but sometimes reads like a movie yet to be made, full of dramatic fast editing.
All in all, a great thriller to sit down for a few days with
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By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2004
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Oh, wow! Where have they been hiding this author. I am a lover of the thriller genre and I thought I knew them all - those writers who have you burning the midnight oil. I had never heard of Harlan Coben. I awoke at 4.30 the other morning, picked the book up from my bedside table and read for an hour before going back to sleep. I've never done that before with any book. Now I am rationing myself. I don't want it to end, although I have bought/ordered five more of his books in the last week. Why is he not better known?
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If you ever want a distraction from the mundane trappings of modern life, here is the ideal book to whisk you away to another world. It is not a fantasy, a romance or comedy, but instead a fast-paced absorbing thriller. It is however, far above average, and incredibly involving. I admit, I was a little unsure on receiving the book as to whether it would hold my attention, but the book contains some beautifully observed moments. Instead of dragging us through the details of a grisly ordeal, it relates the story to us in a number of ways. The mixture of third-person story-telling and first person narrative gives this book an edge above others of this genre. But I stress again, it is the nuances, the details of thoughts and emotions, usually in the narrative, that delivers the books weighty punch. A story told to you that reminds you of some point in your life is always more compelling, and this doesn't disappoint.
The basic plot, which I won't spoil, is full of enough twists and turns to keep you guessing all the way, and is a little more thought out than the majority of best sellers.A man in his thirties is largely pre-occupied with his career, and it takes a tragedy to really see where his life is going.
There is nothing profound here, just good story telling.
Highly recommended for an absorbing read.
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