No sooner had supermodel Laura Ayers and Celtics star David Baskin said "I do" than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia's Great Barrier Reed, David went out for a swim-and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura's search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirt...more
This is his debut, and it was so cool! I think he's a legend, you could tell he was green just from simple things like lots of parenthesis and a large use of italics, but suspense, entertainment and style is t ...more
This was Coben's first novel and it reads like his most recent. I've never been so entranced in a novel as I was with this one. The story was freaking fantastic. Laura and David on their honeymoon and then David dies?!
Then the spider web starts to unravel... Laura finds things out that were supposed to be hidden forever but two can't ke ...more
I will definitely be reading more Coben in the future.
It is kitschy, very predictable, with un interesting caracters. And yes, it might be interesting if you are deep, deep into the person of Coben and his development. But I am not. I am into his books which I mostly enjoy a lot, but not this one.
I feel cheeted and it's is a shame the p ...more
Our reading group selected this book a few months ago despite its opening disclaimer from Coben.
It does feel quite an immature work, with implausible characters and plot and yet it is possible to see that despite this that it did show promise.
It is my first encounter with Harlan Coben's writing and I'm not put off by it. I look forward to reading his later, more polished works and I am glad that he did include that disclaimer about its roughness.
If nothing else, it kept me entertained for a co ...more
I have read many of Coben's more recent works and enjoyed them quite a bi ...more
I got in about 40 pages and realized I was wasting my time. Too much exposition (like pages and pages at times about characters I had yet to connect with) so I stopped and that's one of the best services you can do for yourself when you have too many books and not enough time.
Nobody is going to punish you.
Or will they ...more
Ayars have decided to get married and are on their honeymoon
in Australia. For some unknown reason David fakes his death
in a drowning accident.Laura turns to Terry Conroy or TC
a Boston detective and David's best friend for help. Laura
discovers on her own that a bunch of weird things have happened
including the disappearance of one half million dollars from
David's bank. Now she no longer trusts TC and her family is
also acting strange. M ...more
Love how he weaved details of lust, romance, funny and touching moments into his story. True, it may be abit confusing at first as the story kept alternating between the past and present but you will get used to it eventually. His way of writing ma ...more
Laura and David Baskin are very much in love and enjoying their honeymoon on the coast of Australia, when David goes for a swim and drowns.
Laura is devastated. She has no idea that David's death is linked to a series of events that took place more than thirty years previously, but when she discovers one of David's bank accounts ...more
Same page turning plot Harlan is famous for, though a little far fetched. It's the characters that are lacking. The dream couple are the most perfect people who have ever walked the earth since Jesus Christ. The villain is unexpected but overly simple. But even with its flaws PLAY DEAD is still better t ...more
I don't fault Coben for this book, but I do think his editors needed to help him tighten up this text. I didn't finish this book, but I will continue to read others of his. He is a true entertainer.
(Sorry Harlan Coben!!!!)
He acknowledges all this in the forward so believe him and read something later if he is new to you. Otherwise, read it so you can see how much he's improved since this book!
The novel itself i ...more
Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first aut ...more