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The Innocent

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  18,214 Ratings  ·  1,088 Reviews
A gripping new thriller from Harlan Coben, author of the instant New York Times bestsellers Just One Look, No Second Chance, and Tell No One.

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Published April 21st 2005 by Penguin Audio (first published 2005)
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Mandy Blair Crider
Seriously best Harlan Coben novel ever! Loved this book! Classic Coben, twists and turns and will leave you guessing until the last page! Highly recommend. Awesome book :)
Sep 27, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a fast-paced, intelligent thriller
This was my first Harlan Coben thriller and one of my two favourites. (I have now read them all except one of the out-of-print ones). I won't rehash the plot, you can get that elsewhere. What I will say is that I love the way in which Coben keeps up the momentum.

Unlike some authors, he doesn't save up his twists for the end, he scatters them liberally throughout the book. Nearly every chapter ends with a surprise, keeping the reader waiting until he returns to it later. He uses this cliff-hanger
Sep 04, 2013 Ware rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You are Harlan Coben and you are a writer. You are tired of your series character and you have a contract to deliver a book. You decide to write a stand alone book about a guy who can't become a lawyer because he killed some guy at a fraternity party. So your character becomes a paralegal whose practice is only eclipsed by Danny Devito playing Deck Shifflet, the "paralawyer" in The Rainmaker.

You aren't a lawyer so you don't know how utterly improbable this is. Your character marries a wonderful
Janie Johnson
Sep 17, 2013 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
This was my first book read by this author and I gotta say I was not disappointed. I loved the whole plot and idea of the story. We start out with our main character Matt and see how he nearly destroys his life as a young man and we watch how he tries to make something better of himself despite the odds. And then he gets thrown into a whole new mystery.

There is a big cast of characters and it takes a bit to familiarize yourself with all of them. But once you do they begin to unfold a bit more be
Mar 05, 2016 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, a fast-paced edge of your seat thriller by Coben!

The Innocent is about an ex-con named Matt Hunter who accidentally killed a man while trying to break up a fight. Now many years later he's released from prison and starting a new life, working as a paralegal at a law firm, he marries the love of his life, Olivia, and they're expecting their first child. But he finds out later that his wife doesn't seem to be exactly who she says she is, he receives a strange video on his cell phone o
Jayne Charles
Hmmm. Not a bad book by any means, but having got to the end I'm still not one hundred percent clear on what happened. There were an awful lot of people, an awful lot of interwoven motives, and the result was like a seriously bad knot on my six year old's shoelaces that I can't seem to unpick. Also, I had difficulty swallowing the central change-of-identity...the complete personality and life change felt unlikely, somehow. On the other hand, Coben writes extremely well - the book is easy to read ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to sum up exactly how I feel about this book. I had been hearing for months about how amazing Harlan Coben is, and I was able to get my hands on this novel at a used book sale. So I bought it and I really enjoyed it, for the most part. The novel follows a man named Matt Hunter. He's had a rough past, even spending some time in prison. And one day, all of a sudden his world begins to fall apart. He gets a text message of a video of what appears to be his wife, in a hotel room with anoth ...more
Matt Hunter is doing fine until he accidentally kills a fellow college student during a drunken brawl and goes to prison for 4 years. Now, 9 years after his release Matt is happily married to Olivia, expecting a baby, working as a paralegal, and looking to buy a house in his New Jersey home town. He's also a big support to his sister-in-law Marsha and his nephews since his brother recently died.

And then Matt's life starts to unravel. A mysterious nun - with ties to Las Vegas - is murdered, and
Sep 14, 2007 Deborah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Coben is my new summer love. I've been reading everything I can get as my brain-candy whilst getting ready for a temporary move to the west coast. This particular book does what the best of Coben's do: create a sympathetic, sometimes stupid, good-hearted, slightly damaged hero who only survives because he has some seriously smart, devoted, interesting friends! Will rate it when I finish.

Okay, I'm done. And I'm disappointed! I just hate it when white guys write these decent thrillers where the ba
Winter Sophia Rose
Riveting, Funny, Complex With Twists & Turns! An Excellent Read! I Loved It!
This is the first book I have read by Harlen Coben. I saw it the library and it looked pretty interesting. Matt Hunter is on his way back to college when the unthinkable happens, he gets in a fight and ends up killing a boy. The story picks up 9 years later. Matt is married to Olivia, he is working as a "paralegal" at his brother's law firm, and is about to be a father. Things couldn't be any better for him right now. Until one day after his wife leaves for a business trip, he gets a strange mes ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Chanelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*spoilers* Read this in one day, which I wouldn't recommend. I had to finish it for book club! My head is still spinning trying to untangle the web and keep all the characters straight. Obviously written by a guy, with the storyline being about a hooker in Vegas, a macho frat house fight, and the clue to the unravelling is the serial number on the deceased woman's breast implants. I was on board with the whole story, until the end when you find out who Olivia's daughter is that she gave up for a ...more
Vannetta Chapman
Jul 11, 2015 Vannetta Chapman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harlan Coben writes a great mystery.

to my Christian reader fans: there is situational adult content, but nothing explicit.
May 02, 2009 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Harlan Coben confuses me, and not in necessarily a good way. I was concurrently reading two of his books Drop Shot, one of a series of books revolving around sports agent Myron Bolitar and The Innocent one of his random books of violence and mayhem. I personally am having a hard time finishing The Innocent,I keep putting it aside for other books. It's not that it's bad it's just that once the big secrets were revealed the book ceased to be interesting to me. I guess I'm glad I only paid 75 cents ...more
Tom Swift
Mar 23, 2016 Tom Swift rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, that was a great book. I read it in one day. I have only read one other book by Coben. Great thriller. Highly recommend.
Dec 28, 2014 ☮Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 500-plus-pages
Very good mystery, good plotline, and characters who you have to feel for. Good guy gets into a bit of bad luck and meets many bad people. Some even who would appear good are really bad. All the while the reader doesn't know what to believe or what's going to happen next. Hooks, twists, and turns abound. The action is emotion-packed and non-stop, to the point that none of the main characters get any sleep for days, and therefore neither do readers trying to reach resolution.
Cátia Santos
Apr 15, 2014 Cátia Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harlan Coben é mestre em voltas e reviravoltas e, uma vez mais, esta característica ficou vincada neste livro. Com personagens fortes e um enredo bem construído, assistimos à vida de Matt Hunter, um ex-condenado que cometeu homicídio involuntário, e à sua reintegração na sociedade. Mas uma série de acontecimentos e crimes vão persegui-lo, bem como abalar a relação com a sua mulher, Olivia. Confesso que o final foi um pouco rebuscado, mas muita ação e suspense até à última página.
Sonia Cristina
Jan 04, 2015 Sonia Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: português, 2015
Já há muito tempo que não lia um livro de Harlan Coben e não pude deixar de me sentir surpreendida com o seu talento para... bem, surpreender. Mais uma história muito bem construída, onde o início não revela nada do que se vai passar e é impossível tecer conjeturas, até um final com revelações surpreendentes.
Jun 18, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Those who like Harlan Coben, seem to like him a lot. The Innocent was my first Coben book and while I didn’t love it, it did deliver enough curious twists and sympathetic characters to keep my interest.

The difficulty in writing about a suspense thriller is trying to avoid giving away too many important plot points. Briefly, The Innocent concerns Matt Hunter an ex-con (but only marginally because his crime was more accident than premeditated) who has returned to his home town (after serving his s
Apr 03, 2007 Carly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Da Vinci Code
I bought this book by Harlan Coben after spotting it in a used bookstore and literally not being able to put it down during the ten minutes I was in there. I was with someone who clearly wanted to leave, and I didn't want to leave the book, so I bought it. I usually hate adult books and this really wasn't much of an exception.

It has a really gripping opening and Coben maintains that pace for the entirety of the book, so it's truly a page-turner and I never really wanted to stop reading it, but
Sep 05, 2011 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this nearly as much as Gone For Good which is a little strange since in some ways it's almost the same book. I've read two Coben books now and seen one movie based on one and all three of them use the same basic plot device. It's gotten old. Also, this one took a lot more time for me to sort out the plot twists - the moments that were supposed to blow your mind didn't do it for me because I kept having to think back about what character did what. I think the problem is there were t ...more
Thea Jones
Feb 28, 2014 Thea Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Oh my where do I start? First off I need to say if your not reading Harlan Coben books start reading him. His books just get better and better. I love his Myron Bolitar series they are so good but his stand alone book are even better.

In this novel "The Innocent" there were so many twist and turns I had a hard time understanding what was happening. The book started out with one situation then in next chapter went into a hole different set of characters then again into the next chapter I didn't qu
Melissa Namba
Jun 17, 2012 Melissa Namba rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another airplane book. Less interesting than Tell No One. You really don't need any sort of attention span to get through a book like this because you can miss stuff and still know whats going on. You could probably just turn random amounts of pages and still know what is going on. This book is one of those more plot driven than character driven books (which can be OK) but doesn't offer anything else besides a plot and a cursory look at each of the characters. Would I recommend this book to ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book, Matt Hunter is travelling back to Uni with a friend they decide to stop off to see a friend then end up having a drink and staying A fight breaks out with Matt's friend and another guy Matt steps in and the outcome is the death of another youth. Matt goes to prison serves his time and joins a law firm on release, falls in love gets married and 'lives happily ever after' of course not it's a thriller after all. Some things were pretty predictable but not everything. All in all ...more
Mais um excelente livro de Harlan Coben, não me canso de agradecer a hora em que comprei o 1º livro dele e assim descobri mais um excelente escritor de policiais e mistério.
Muitas personagens mas todas bem delineadas e com o seu papel importante na história, como vamos descobrindo ao longo da leitura. O livro está cheio de twists, mesmo até às últimas páginas, quando achamos que nada mais vai acontecer ou nos pode surpreender, lá o autor saca + um coelho da cartola.
Óptimos momentos com este livr
Strawberry Fields
Jul 13, 2015 Strawberry Fields rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Harlan Coben. I have not read nearly enough of his books yet. There are so many I can't wait to get to all of them.

This is a story about a man. He was brought up in somewhat privilege. He has a good family, values, education, and morals. One night, everything changes. His best friend is being attacked in a bar. Matt jumps in to rescue his friend. Others start attacking Matt. The next thing Matt knows is that his hands around another man's neck. The sidewalk is slippery with ice. They both
Stephen Clynes
Oct 13, 2014 Stephen Clynes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matt Hunter got into a fight and ended up serving 4 years in jail. But his bad luck does not end there as this thriller reveals.

I really enjoyed reading The Innocent which is all about people trying to recover from bad luck. They try to move on from the bad things that have happened but it is a struggle. Harlan gives you the full story with lots of atmosphere and social commentary. His characterization is spot on and you very quickly develop an empahty for Matt. You learn about all the character
Jul 22, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was my second Harlan Coben book and the second time he completely surprised me. Definitely a great read!
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
The mystery aspect of this story was excellent. In some ways one of his better plots. Another good fast read.
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With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last seven consecutive novels, MISSING YOU, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe.

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