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Over-egged page turner
on 4 December 2014
I read this because it is one of the recommended titles in the excellent mystery anthology "Books To Die For", where well-known writers say why a certain crime/mystery title has influenced them so much. If you've not seen it, check it out.
That said, "Tell No One" didn't particularly do it for me. It's a fast enough page turner, but the plot is one of those over-egged stories which start with an interesting enough premise and then spiral out of control with unbelievable backstories and plotlines that are both a little hard to follow and more than a little unlikely. I always feel a writer is cheating us when they take this approach, as they've started with a situation that readers could initially identify with in terms of "what would I do?" or "how would I feel?" in similar circumstances, before taking us on the most unbelievable of adventures.
Coben is clearly a prolific and much-rated writer, but this one is a bit of an also-ran for me, unfortunately. No doubt there are loads of much better books out there waiting to be discovered.