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Play Dead by Harlan Coben
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Aug 11, 2011

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Harlan Coben wrote this book about 20 years ago and has only just published it - He also writes a foreword explaining that this book is far from his best work and is flawed. Why he felt the need to wait so long to publish it or to all but appologize for it in his introduction I don't know. Whilst not being in the same league as some of his best work this book deserves to be ranked alongside if not amoung some of Coben's other books. The storyline is traditional Coben where he takes a normal family living an average lifestyle and within the first few pages completely turns this on its head and doesn't let you go until the final twist has been revealed. And like some of his other work there is twist after twist throughout the second part of the book and every chapter throws up something new. One of the twists was quite obvious from early on in the book but once you get to the last chapter and the final twist is revealed you realise that this twist was supposed to be so blindingly obvious. In his introduction Coben also explains that since writting this book he has borrowed charcters and plotas from this stroy to feed into other books he has written and regular readers of Coben will no doubt see the similarities to 'Tell No One', 'No Second Chance' and his Myron Bolitar series. There were aspects of this story that I did find just too far fecthed but it was by no means lacking Coben's usual pace and his ability to make a gripping thriller out of an ordinary family is something yet to be imitated succesfully by other writters.

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