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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  37,085 ratings  ·  2,316 reviews
Harlan Coben follows four consecutive #1 "New York Times" bestsellers with a stand-alone thriller in the vein of his beloved breakout novels "Caught" and "Hold Tight."

Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she's got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a tal
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Published April 1st 2012 by Penguin Group USA, Inc (first published March 20th 2012)
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Mr C at his good, but not best. Still enjoyable though. There were some funny one liners which I did not note down as this was an audio read. This still is not the best format for me, very easily distracted. I found it was not as exciting as many of his others, the ending waned and I was losing interest.

Quite a generic tale of lies, deceit and a missing person or two. Megan has fled from a dangerous scenario and we witness the nearly 20 year finale to the unfolding of the sordid tale.

Loved the
James Thane
I first tumbled to Harlan Coben very early in his career when a friend recommended the first or second book in his Myron Bolitar series. I enjoyed the Bolitar books and found Myron to be an unusual but engaging protagonist who almost always found himself in the midst of an interesting plot.

After writing a number of these books, Coben began writing stand-alone thrillers, and I followed dutifully along. Some of these books I liked a lot; others I thought did not work as well, usually because the
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Seventeen years ago, in Atlantic City, Stewart Green disappeared, an event which profoundly affected the lives of several people: Green's wife was devastated and the lead cop in the investigation, Detective Broom - who befriended Mrs. Green - is still obsessed with the case; Cassie, an entertainer at a club named La Crème who was involved with Green, gave up her old life, changed her name to Megan, and became a suburban wife and mother; and Ray Levine, Cassie's boyfriend at the time, became an a
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has probably been the weakest of the Coben thrillers that I’ve read, but like all of his other books is the interesting characters that help drive the plot.

The story follows Megan a suburban soccer mum, Ray a talented photographer and Broome a detective that is obsessed with a cold case from Seventeen years ago.
As the story unfolds its apparent that secrets from the past can’t be kept hidden forever...

Out of the three main characters I found Megan’s backstory t
“The past is never where you think you left it.”

----Katherine Anne Porter

Harlan Coben, an international bestselling author, has penned a gripping crime thriller, Stay Close that revolves around three characters, one who has hid her past but now it is threatening to wipe out her perfect life, the other laments on his broken heart and the reasons behind it and barely manages to make his ends meet and the last one has become a maniac upon investigating the case of a missing man that
Apr 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The worst crime novel I've read in years, and I've read a great many.

First off, the writing is so incredibly cornball that I had a minor following on twitter just tweeting the worst examples of it and making fun of them.*

Secondly, If you think you know who did it like 1/4 of the way in, you're right but the author adds an extra cup of cheesy pathos to the motive that undermines the only thing that was even mildly interesting about the killer.

Thirdly, the characters are flat and somewhat silly
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think that I have read a Harlen Coben before, although I may be wrong, but I am going to make an effort to read more of him, not because I particularly enjoyed this one, I didn’t, but I have a sneaking suspicion this is not him at his best.

The story line itself is not bad at all. Three people all with a hidden past. Megan is the typical suburban mum but used to be a stripper. Ray used to be a respected photographer but is now reduced to posing as a paparazzi for celebrity exp
I was disappointed in this book when compared to many of his past books, which I have greatly enjoyed. It felt as if the book had been rushed and put together quickly. I did not feel it had the depth and strong plot as I would expect from this author.
Andrew Montooth
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to his website, Harlan Coben has 50 million books in print worldwide, making him the most underappreciated author of our time. If readers truly appreciated the man, he’d have four or five times that many books in print. Until now I was one of those who did not appreciate him. My wife recommended his books to me several times over the years. So did a friend of mine. For one reason or another, I never read one until just now. I’m a convert. I get why he does so well despite having half o ...more
Amy Lignor
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a surprise to lead off a review by saying this author has done it once again. A truly fascinating tale of suspense that delves into the lives of three people who thought they knew what they wanted. Alas, they just can’t quite seem to find a way to forget the incredibly dark past they’ve left behind.

Ray Levine was once a talented documentary photographer, but upon reaching middle-age he finds himself at a job posing as a paparazzo, chasing celebrity parents and kids around, taking
Bill Garrison
Has Coben Formula Gone Stale? I think it has. This book is still enjoyable, but all too familiar.

I fell in love with Harlan Coben after reading NO SECOND CHANCE, GONE FOR GOOD, and THE INNOCENT in the span of a couple of weeks. I loved his characters, his originality, his plot twists, his humor, his villains. Basically, I couldn't get enough of Coben. I still enjoy his novels, still make them a priority, but his latest, STAY CLOSE, seems a little stale. He's gone to the well once too
Frances Plino
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Harlan Coben is one of my all time favourite authors and I wasn’t disappointed by Stay Close.

We have the usual mix of damaged characters, who are never quite what they seem, and an ending that I simply didn’t see coming at all.

One of the damaged is Megan, seemingly happily married with a loving husband and family. But seventeen years ago Megan used to live on the wild side and is now finding her longed for domesticity stifling. Taking a trip into her past connects her with a series
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the surface Megan is the typical suburban wife and mother. Living in a beautiful house with her loving husband and two children, her life behind the picket fence appears picture perfect. But Megan has a secret. Seventeen years ago she fled Atlantic City and her old life. A life in which she was called Cassie and worked as a dancer in a seedy place called La Crème. And although she knows she should be grateful that she had a chance to leave her old life behind and start a fresh one, part of he ...more
Mahoghani 23
17 years ago, Stuart Green disappeared. The one thing detective Broom understands is Stuart visited La Crem, a strip club, on a continual basis. He's had this case since day 1 and will not give up on finding Stuart. Meghan, formerly Cassie's, used to strip iat La Crem and date Stuart. The night Stuart disappeared, Cassie found him in the park, badly beaten and near death. She left the life of a stripper and made a new one where she's married with two kids but missing her old life in comparison t ...more
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I like Harlan Coben's novels, having read nearly all of them. But Stay Close was one of the worst of his books, along the same line as those two earlier novels that he reissued after making it big. I even turned back to the first few pages to see if it was an earlier effort of his, but no, I am sorry to say, he wrote this book after all those other wonderful novels he is known for. Could have fooled me.

Stay Close is about three people who are haunted by the past, both desiring and fe
Gill Chedgey
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stay Close

As a keen reader of crime and thriller fiction you’d think a new Harlan Coben, and a hardback at that, to read and review would make me think it was my birthday, wouldn’t you? Tell the truth I was indifferent! I’ve only read one of his books previously and I found the twists and turns of the plot very clever but too complicated to make it a satisfying read. It didn’t resonate with me at all.
I’m delighted to say that I simply couldn’t put this book down. I loved it.
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this author only a couple of years ago and have since enjoyed quite a few of his books.
While this one wasn't my favorite it was an enjoyable read.

This book is about three people with huge secrets that no one knows or would suspect. Megan is a soccer mom with a secret wild past. Ray was once talented documentary photographer, but now poses as a paparazzo. Lastly Detective Broome with an obsession to a cold case.

This book definitely shows that no matter how we try to hi
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Well in the end not a bad book, but not as good as I’m used to when it comes to Coben. Usually there is a lot of twist and turns and you really can’t trust anyone, but this book it was all too easy straight through. Not enough red herrings. And Ken and Barbie? Christ, a psycho couple, how many times hasn’t I read something similar before…
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I like this author and have read many of his books. I listened to the audio and I loved the narration by Scott Brick. So already, when this began, I was liking it.

The story was intricate with many red herrings. I thought I had this one all figured out in the beginning, but I was wrong. The characters were all likable. Sometimes...too much so, but the pace was nice which didn't allow me much time to dwell on that. And again, the narrator was one of my favorites, so all in all, this was a fun lis
Jun 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Harlan Coben’s stand-alone books often present us with people who are not what they seem. Mostly ordinary people who have a past life, past events that they wish to hide from in their current normal lives.
That certainly goes for Megan Pierce, soccer-Mom, satisfied wife of Dave and mother of Kaylee and Jordan, living the good life in suburban NJ. But 17 years ago, Megan was known as Cassie, a strip-dancer in Atlantic City, where she left abruptly – leaving behind a boyfriend, still reeling from
Joseph Cognard
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second Harlan Coben book I read in a row. Second time I loved the books writing, second time loved the writing styles and the characters, second time that I was not totally happy with the story/ending. First time I felt the story was really misleading, this time it was just that I kind of figured most of it out early and then nothing compelled me to change my mind. The only thing I didn't quite figure out was really poorly explained by the author which annoyed me a little. I read things to figur ...more
Lisa Reads & Reviews

Not having read many crime novels, I cannot comment on Stay Close in relation to Coben's other works, or to other novels in the genre. What I noticed was a well executed start, intriguing plot, and enough tension to keep me up at night reading "one more chapter" well past a reasonable midnight hour.

Call me dense, but I did not guess the doer of this whodunit. The plot twist was fun. Didn't like Ken and Barbie characters (yes, that was their nicknames), but who would? I enjoyed the introspection of t
Evangeline Jennings
Stay Close is the latest of Harlan Coben's standalone thrillers. It thrilled me slightly less than The Little Mermaid ride at Disneyland.

A lot of people get killed. Nobody really cares. Least of all this reader.

The "twist" is obvious. The killer is neither here nor there. And the "freaky" terror couple are as scary as those gay hitmen from that old Bond movie. They remind me of nothing so much as rejects from an old Modesty Blaise novel.

If you told me Harlan Coben dictated Stay Clo
Quintin Zimmermann
The ingredients of unsympathetic protagonists and an uninspiring plot results in an insipid thriller.

My recommendation: Stay far...
Amanda McGill
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I haven't read many of Harlan Coben's stand alone novels, but it's a bit sad to find that his stand alones aren't nearly as amazing as his Myron Bolitar series. Maybe it's just the novels that I've been reading?

I found that this novel had too many moving parts and characters to watch out for. Megan has run away from her past and so far has succeeded with a loving husband and 2 children. However it looks like the past is coming back to haunt her when a body is discovered that follows
Terri Lynn
Megan left her wild life as "Cassie" abruptly 17 years ago after finding the abusive married man she danced for at an Atlantic City club La Creme dead out in a remote spot where she was to meet her photojournalist boyfriend Ray and worried either Ray had killed him for abusing her or else she would be arrested for it. Scared straight, she fled, went back to her real name, and got married to a gullible young lawyer. She is now a soccer mom to a preteen son (sweet boy) and a 15-year old bitch bull ...more
This was a good serial killer mystery with several different past and current stories coming together. The main investigative detectives were interesting enough, however, the story is based more around the backstories surrounding the suspects. Because of a current missing persons/possible murder and an old missing persons case with a similar MO, a group of old friends, that back in the day ran together in the fast lane of sex and drugs, find themselves drawn into the investigation. The Atlantic ...more
Paul Pessolano
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Stay Close” by Harlan Coben, published by Dutton.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Ken and Barbie are not who you think they are.

Ray Levine is in a dead end job even though he is a highly skilled photojournalist. He is haunted by Cassie, who he fell in love with and lost. He is also haunted by a murder.

Ken and Barbie are dangerous.

Cassie, Now Megan, has left behind her life as a stripper, and has entered the world of the upper middle class. S
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Megan, your typical soccer mom but she has a secret past. Ray, once a famous photojournalist, now works for rich parents that want to give their children a look into celebrity life, and Broome, a detective, who can't shake a case that has haunted him for too many years to count.

In a blink of an eye all three are facing the "case" that they haven't been able shake no matter how far they have ran.

Coben weaves a tail with twist and turns, taking us to the belly of Atlantic City, where everyone is
Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me guessing till the end and I still didn't figure it out till I had to read it on the pages. I stayed up and cuddled in bed with my dogs, reading this like I was studying for my finals in college. I'm not going to write the summary of the book because I'm an idiot and will give something away but I will say just read it. And, you're welcome.
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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.

Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the fi
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