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Tell No One

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  50,671 ratings  ·  2,388 reviews
For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

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
Paperback, 370 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Dell (first published July 5th 2000)
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Nicholas Sparks
When a man receives a mysterious email from his deceased wife, he sets out on a quest for answers. One of the all-time great thrillers.
Kemper
Dr. David Beck and his wife Elizabeth are the kind of couple that is so perfect that most of us would hate them. They met when they were little kids and they’ve been in love ever since. They’ve got cute little code phrases like ‘kiss time’ that marks their first smooch, which they know to the minute, of course.

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
Kp
I had never read anything by Harlan Coben and had heard he was a good mystery/suspense writer. I disagree. This book was horrible. I almost gave it NO stars, BUT, to my own discredit, I WAS sucked in to the plot and kind of wanted to keep reading it. However, all along, I noticed the bad writing, the improbable plot twists which never seemed to end, and the completely contrived situations to help set up those plot twists. For example, having Dr. Beck take care of and befriend a black thug drug d...more
Jonetta
I’m a fan of Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series and decided that I’d start this book without reading the synopsis. It was selected as the book for group discussion in one of my groups and was highly touted. The book was that much more exciting because I didn’t know what it was about and read the prologue with no clue as to where it was going. Here’s what I’ll say about it so you can have a similar experience if you choose.

I had a really tough time putting this book down for interruptions (slee...more
Jen
This is an absolutely first for me--I read this book in one sitting. Literally. I started it after dinner and DID NOT put the book down. 4 1/2 hours and 339 pages later, I finished the book. Talk about a page turner! All that being said, why only 3 stars? The truth is, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. It's a thriller--loads of suspense and plot twists--bucket loads of plot twists. Normally I love that, but this had so much, by the end it was almost getting to be too much. Anothe...more
Teresa
Se este livro fosse comida seria um bitoque.
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
AnnaMay
Once again, I was trying to broaden my horizons and decided to try this 'suspense/thriller' book someone recommended.

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
Anna
Sep 07, 2010 Anna rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: 2010, bookcrossing
One star as I managed to finish this.

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
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Above average mystery suspense. It kept my interest.

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
Dana
David Beck lost the love of his life 8 years ago in a kidnapping and murder. He can not move on from that horrifying night. Two murdered men are found near the lake where his wife was abducted. Then Beck gets an e-mail to watch a webcam. He sees his wife. What is going on?

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
Susan
Wow. Harlan Coben leaves his series for this book and breaks new ground which I sure hope he plans on continuing. Dr. David Beck's childhood sweetheart and wife is murdered 8 years ago and while his life has gone on, the hole her death created has only widened. And then the past connects to the present and the story is full of tightly connected twists and turns with a plot so complicated that I'll be thinking about this story for weeks. It's one of the very best things I've read in a long, long...more
Valerie
I have never read a bad Harlan Coban book! He is an amazing author, I can never put his books down. I am SO excited they are planning to do a television show with his Myron character. I can't wait!
Kirsty Darbyshire

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
Book'd
Jul 26, 2013 Book'd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Book'd by: Coben Books
Its been eight years. David Beck is a widower mourning the loss of his wife and childhood-love, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was kidnapped and brutally murdered for reasons known to no one.
A pediatrician by profession, Beck has busied his life with kids and their medical issues. Until this morning when he receives an anonymous email that upturned his life. The email is coded with words and signs that only himself and Elizabeth had known. The email is signed - Tell No One

Does that mean it is Elizabeth af...more
Kim
Fantastic. Read this in about three hours, wasn't bored for even a second. Anyone who knows me well knows two things about me: I hate mysteries and I really hate being scared. Thankfully, this book was not scary or overly graphic. Creepy in some parts, yes...but I'll still sleep tonight. And the mystery aspect was handled in a way that I never got frustrated and flipped to the back of the book to see what the heck was going on. The story moved along at a brisk jog--and holy plot twists, Batman!-...more
محمد مختار
رواية كويسة, شديدة التشويق هتصدمك العقدة فى أول الرواية وهتنتهى نهاية مقنعة وشبه صادمة

بتحكى عن واحد مراتو ميتة بقالها ثماني سنوات وفجأة بيلاقى رسالة على الإيميل بتقولو ان مراتك عايشة وبيشوف فيديو ليها وبتذكر حاجات محدش غيرو هو ومراتو عارفينها

بس زى ما فى فيلم عربى قديم فى فيلم أمريكانى قديم بيحتوى على جميع العوامل التجارية: قصة حب من أيام المدرسة, واحد اسود بيتاجر فى المخدرات وعاوز يسبها عشان يربى ابنو
الدكتور الأبيض الكويس, رجل الأعمال الأبيض الغنى الفاسد اللى عندو ابن مدلع هو سبب المصايب

أنصح بقر...more
Manugw
NOT WORTH READING

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
Martin



Tell No One: Novel into Film


I found a copy of this in the informal circulating library--leave a book, take a book--in the basement of our building, and temporarily put aside Baudolino to read it over the holidays because the French thriller adapted from it was one of the two best movies I saw last year and I'm always curious about the process of adaptation to the screen. What was retained from the original novel? What was changed? How does the impact of the two compare?

The biggest change, obv...more
Bandit
Harlan Coben writes undeniably formulaic thrillers, but his formula is unique to him and it works. When I'm in the mood for a quick fun read, Coben's books always do the trick. He's also (I've been noticing) shockingly romantic for a thriller writer, every one of his books I've read so far has a really strong love story at its heart which serves as the motivator for his characters, regular everyday kind of folks, to perform the herculean tasks and feats of solving crimes and going up against tou...more
Dipanjan
Harlan Coben, known for his series about the sports agent Myron Bolitar, has spun a yarn of a fantastic thriller in his stand alone novel “Tell No One”. Be prepared to go for ride of twists and turns in the fast-paced plot. From the first line till the last, you will continue to race through and you will definitely find yourself asking for a day of leave to finish this book. Therefore, I recommend that you start this on a Friday evening.

Tell No One is a wham-bam page-turner that grabs hold of yo...more
Scott
I read Tell No One by Harlan Coben for my book club. I probably would have never picked this book up if it wasn't for the club, but i'm glad i did. It was a good, easy summer read when i have been very sick and was just what i needed. There are some obvious problems to the book, mainly hugely non-plausible events happening throughout, and very convenient deus ex machina occurring multiple times during the novel, but i really didn't care. It's a mainstream thriller, of course it is going to have...more
kensou09
After eight years after the death of his wife, David Beck receives a note from someone...someone who knows him to well.
His wife is alive. And he's been warned to tell no one.

Of all the authors of page-turning suspense novels; no one makes me turn pages faster than Harlan Corban. He consistently gives his readers a rollicking ride and `Tell No One' is no exception - it's full of hairpin turns and twists of plot.
Unfortunately, in this case, a few too many twists.
I enjoy reading Harlan Corban and I...more
Mark
Maybe 3.5. Just finished and it's all backy-forthy.

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
Kasia
First Coben book that I've read. It's really good - fast paced, with lots of twists and turns and snappy dialogs. The mystery was compelling, intricate and to me totally unpredictable.

It's just that once you start reading Harlan Cobens books you notice the pattern; and then the whole surprise element is gone.

Still on it's own this book was great, actually it'd been turned into a movie.
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My first book by Harlan Coben and I loved it the plot kept me interested till the end although I didnt like the twist right at the end ie the actually secret Beck was carried I don't think fitting it in at the end didn't match with other parts of the story even so fantasic book and a new author to add to my fav's list. I'll be reading many more of his <3
Rob T
Oct 12, 2008 Rob T rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rob by: Daniel Muskovitz
A solid thriller, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I have some books of the genre. The first-person narrator has an obnoxious, cliche-filled style, and the last paragraph of the book introduces a completely unbelievable twist that serves to undermine the whole plot of the book and what little credibility it had.
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kolibri
This was my second Harlan Coben book. I read The Woods about two years ago and liked it. Coben is a master of unforeseen plots. I decided to read another and a friend recommended Tell No One, stating this was the best Coben book.

David Beck and his wife Elisabeth celebrate the anniversary of their first kiss by carving lines in a tree for every year they have been together since their first kiss at age 12. At their 13th anniversary hey drive to the lake where this tree stands and after carving de...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 23, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I tried this because it was on the Ultimate Reading List for Suspense, and that's the only reason I gave it over fifty pages, because the writing here, oh, it is painful in a way that I can't believe this is just a weak book for this author, but the work of a hack. No sappy cliche is left unwritten. There are popular thriller writers who can boast strong prose--Dean Koontz and Dennis Lehane spring to mind. Coben is evidently not one of them. The way he bounces between first and third person and...more
Lindsey
Excellent book. I read this in under 6 hours and I enjoyed every minute of it. After 10 pages I looked to my husband and said "A book should not take 50 or a 100 pages to get interesting, it should catch your attention within the first 5 pages." I then held up my hands and said "Thank you book angels for sending me an interesting book....FINALLY!

Beck is a doctors whose wife died 8 years ago after a horrific murder on a lake where they use to visit every year for their anniversary. After years o...more
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