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Tell No One
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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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 had a really tough time putting this book down for interruptions (slee ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Don't really know what to say about this one. Characters are decent, the plot is solid, the writing is ehhh, and the whole pace of the book is fast and somewhat entertaining. This is by no means a bad book and also not a terrible one, but the many coincidences and the whole idea of characters being soul mates, ripped apart by cruel life was not going to sell it for me. Fine for a Lifetime B movie but not for me.
There were a whole lot of twists in this one. It goes from surprising to sh ...more
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
Tell No One is a wham-bam page-turner that grabs hold of yo ...more
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
First of all, it is my first book I've ever read in English and it is therefore the reason why I can't be critical about the language used by writer. However, other things can be spotted out, such as an extremely fascinating plot that grabs your attention from the first pages. What's more, you can't even predict what happens next and it always keeps you thrilled. On the whole, if crime-fiction is your cup of tea, don't hesitate to read this book.
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
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.