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Stay Close Hardcover – 20 Mar 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 199 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books; First Printing edition (20 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952275
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,099,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Harlan Coben:

"Nobody writes them better than Coben."
-Associated Press

"Harlan Coben's family thrillers touch us where we live."
-"The South Florida Sun-Sentinel"

"Fiction reading doesn't get much better than this."
-"The Huffington Post" on "Caught"

"Coben is one of the best authors around at writing page-turning suspense."
-"Chicago Sun-Times"

"Coben has perfected the ability to keep numerous balls in the air, plot threads twisting at once, the readers knowing they will all converge at some point, the suspense lying in just how the author will manage it."
-"The Daily Beast on Live Wire"

"Packs a lot of surprises."--"People "(4 Stars)

"The story is intense, the characters are interesting, and the writing is magnificent."--"The Huffington Post
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"When everything explodes, the payoff is glorious. "Stay Close" is a perfect example of a master at the top of his game."--The Associated Press

"Coben is simply one of the all-time greats."--"New York Times" bestselling author Gillian Flynn
"Quite simply, Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. His books have it all."--"New York Times" Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah
Praise for "Stay Close"
"Packs a lot of surprises."--"People "(4 stars)
"The story is intense, the characters are interesting, and the writing is magnificent."--The Huffington Post
"When everything explodes, the payoff is glorious. "Stay Close "is a perfect example of a master at the top of his game."--The Associated Press


"Packs a lot of surprises."--"People "(4 Stars)
"The story is intense, the characters are interesting, and the writing is magnificent."--"The Huffington Post
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"When everything explodes, the payoff is glorious. "Stay Close" is a perfect example of a master at the top of his game."--The Associated Press

Packs a lot of surprises. "People "(4 Stars)
The story is intense, the characters are interesting, and the writing is magnificent. "The Huffington Post
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When everything explodes, the payoff is glorious. "Stay Close" is a perfect example of a master at the top of his game. The Associated Press" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The international No. 1 bestseller returns with a gripping new standalone thriller. Unabridged edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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