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Everyone tells him it's time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. ...more
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This is truly a spine tingling, fast paced, game changing novel. It was such a page turner that I stayed up late to finish it, I just had to know what happened!
This book is awesome. It begins with Beck and his wife at the lake for their anniversary. The night begins nicely for the couple until Elizabeth's scream pierces the air and Beck is attacked. When he w ...more
So when a super happy couple like this has an anniversary to celebrate, they wouldn’t think of doing anything as pedestrian as maybe going out for a nice dinner with a couple of cocktails ...more
I really do like his work: "We all do it. If you cross the street to a ...more
I had a really tough time putting this book down for interruptions (slee ...more
I don't think I've ever read a book that left me guessing so much. Literally to the last page. Any book that can stump me like that is a winner in my book. It was so full of suspense and twists and turns, one of the best thrillers I've read. It would make a great movie too.
I just can't believe no one fact checked the historical reference to the architect Stanford White! (Not a spoiler). Its inaccuracy bothered me a little bit and ...more
Seriously, Harlan Coben is a talented mystery and thriller writer. He knows h ...more
One thing I like about Harlan Coben is his books aren't really bloody, gory or overly graphic like some other mystery writers, just full of nail biting suspense! Some nights t ...more
Coben's books seem popular, so I thought I'd give it a try, in the never ending search for nice thrillers and detectives....
Dr David Beck tries to figure out what happened 8 years ago, when his wife and love from his childhood was killed. Or was she..?
I read it to the end, but at some point there came a strong feeling of BS. Now let me try to get a few hiccups why:
* computer surveillance. This was supposedly happening with dial-up and in 2001 or earlier. So n ...more
O bife é razoavelmente tenro, embora com alguns nervos e gorduras, (enredo funcional, mas sem originalidade);
O ovo está perfeitamente estrelado, com a parte branca bem passada e a amarela cremosa para molhar o pão, (bom equilíbrio entre descrições e diálogos);
As batatas, embora um pouco oleosas, estão douradinhas, (personagens insípidas mas bem comportadas).
Esperava mais deste cozinheiro, cujo “Desaparecido Para Sempre “considerei um prato de alta coz ...more
I loved the Tyree parts. He was a black drug dealer. His was the best part of the story but only a small part. I was intrigued with Eric Wu. I had not read about a thug with his talents before.
My problem was the author using slight of hand or gimmicks rather than substantive suspense. Examples follow.
1. A few times conversations were drawn out to delay suspense for a couple of minutes. It was artificial. For example, A has a question ...more
I can't believe I have never picked up a Harlan Coben book before but thanks to a recommendation, I have fixed that problem. HOLY SHIT! That was fast paced action with killer suspense to top it.
It got me guessing what was happening and I am pretty good at cracking a case but I was heavily sidelined by the last page. His writing style is simple and plot-driven, which makes it easy for the reader to just get lost in the mystery. It would have ...more
Okay, I'll admit, it was a page turner. My curiosity got me. That's not enough for me to consider a book 'good', though.
I really was turned off by the gory torture scenes. After the first one, I could tell when one was coming and simply skipped over that chapter/those pages. It made for a very quick read. Really dumb.
I didn't like how everything was all wrapped up so nicely in the ...more
رواية من أجمل ما قرأت !
أحداث غير متوقعة أبداً
رغم أني شعرت بالقرف من بعض الأحداث الفرعية !!!
إلا أن هذا لم يمنعني من التصفيق وبشدة
و لا أستطع أن أصف حجم سعادتي حين وجدت أن هارلان كوبن لديه العديد من الروايات الأخرى
أنا وجدت كنزاً * من الذهول * ! ووجدت كاتباً أستطيع أن أضمه لقائمة كُتّابي المفضلين
أنصح بها و بشدّه
Dr Beck, a physician, witness the kidnapping and subsequent dissapearance of his wife during a romantic date in a secluded place called Lake Chermaine. This is the place where they kissed for the first time and hides secrets that only both of them know. Eight years later, Dr Beck gets an e-mail with an indication that his wife may still be alive and the story begins to unfold
Though this book could be placed into the mystery and thriller genre I can affirm that it is only an atte ...more
The beginning and middle were top notch thriller material. Likable characters (though I liked the non-narrator characters better than the narrator), love-to-hate-em villains, smooth writing, brisk pace. There are lots of plot twists, and these are what eventually become the problem. As Coben tries to wrangle all of these twists and turns into a plausible ending, the story begins to fizzle. You could possibly argue David Beck is an unreliable na ...more
The FBI are trying to pin her murder on David. The facts of her case just don't add up. There are so many twists and turns. Just when you feel you have it figured out another turn in the story occurs. The bodies start piling up ...more
The rest of the characters feel a little cliche though.
Though this book is leaps and bounds better than Coben's first 2 the plot is very similar to his later book '6 years.'
Before I read this book I'd heard that the ending was a bit odd and I've read advice to stop reading a few pages before the end which seemed like very very odd advice for a mystery. It's also impossible advice to follow. As I neared the end of this book I found myself thinking "Well that's not as bad an ending as I'd expected" and I just had one unresolved question that I wanted to read on and answer. But it's the answer to that unresolved question that's the weird thing at the end of the book,...more
Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first aut ...more