Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wo ...more
Can you keep a secret? Not if The Stranger is nearby....
There is a man, who refers to himself as The Stranger, traveling the country revealing everyone's darkest secrets. The consequences can destroy families.
The focus is on Adam and his wife Corinne. The stranger approaches Adam one evening to reveal a s ...more
The Line –“Feeding teenage boys was like filling a bathtub with a grapefruit spoon.”
The Sinker – ”The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.”
If that isn’t an in ...more
Adam Price has a good life with his wife, Corinne, and their two sons in a wealthy New Jersey town. One day a stranger approaches him in a bar and says Corrine faked a pregnancy a few years earlier. The news devastates Adam. He investigates and confronts Corinne, who then disappears.
Meanwhile, we see the stranger approach others and share more devastating secrets. Wh ...more
Our protagonist is a New Jersey lawyer named Adam Price. He and his wife, Corinne, are living the American dream with excellent jobs, a very nice, comfortable home, and ...more
Harlan Coben is a favorite author of mine. I was really looking forward to this book.
The book was even better than what I had hoped for!! I only started reading his books a year or so ago and I am so happy I found him.
I would suggest starting this book if you have a bit of time on your hands as it's very hard to put down once you start. Just when I thought I figured out where the plot was going I was surprised again. Fast-paced and easy to read but with fantastic twists and turns.
I have been a fan of Harlan Coben for a very long time. I have read almost every book that he has published and I have been lucky enough to meet him twice. I am always eager to get my hands on any new book that has his name on the cover. I realize that I expect a lot out of a Harlan Coben book. I not only expect not only to be entertained but to be completely sucked into the story having no idea what twists will happen next. This bo ...more
I am a big fan of Harlan Coben, so I was anxious to listen to this book. Now, the premise of this book is that a stranger shows up in town, tells you a secret about your family member and then disappears. And he does this over and over again. For example, Adam Price learns that his wife of 18 years faked a pregnancy two years previously. Ok, I can understand why he would be upset. But I had trouble with the idea that she would bother. I could have bought into it if she had done it to hook him in ...more
This quote from dialogue between a victim and the titular character bears repeating: "Well, Mr. Secret Revealer!!!! ."
This is not a line in a romantic comedy nor a line offering comic/satiric relief in an otherwise serious novel. No. Instead, and I am not joking, this line is a direct quote taken from serious dialogue in what was intended to be a suspenseful scene.
I acknowledge I'm partly to blame for my inability to overlook scat left floating in the pool of ...more
How would you react if you were sitting there, minding your own business, and then someone aka "The Stranger" sits down next to you and says something that will dramatically change your life and make you q ...more
With “The Stranger” I was utterly hooked. I read it all yesterday, a one sitting read (well interspersed with real life stuff like feeding th ...more
Out of nowhere a "stranger" approaches Adam Price and tells him about a devastating secret that his wife, Corinne, has kept from him. Then all hell breaks loose. First his wife takes off and a lot of surprises follow. Interesting is all the characters in the book trying to maintain the "American Dream".
Although not Coben's best, it ...more
Meh. Just too typical and over stocked with the all too common over-stretched ending.
In particular a main character is referred to as "The Stranger" which struck me as rather silly. I kept thinking of stranger danger and the shadow knows. Pretty much only read the dialog the last quarter of the book in a quest for closure. It left me feeling as lukewarm as this review and obviously outside of the pack with my rating.
He is the master of the twist that you didn't see coming I think he is a very highly talented author that keeps up the pace.
What we have ...more
Someone, a stranger, approaches Adam Price and tells him something provocative about his wife, Corinne...a secret she's kept from him. And so begins a story of deception, mystery and conspiracies that escalate dangerously.
I was immediately drawn into this story, even though much of what we know about all the players is learned after the initial conflict. Determining who's lying, telling the truth or just being deceptive was made much more difficult until I co ...more
The Stranger begins with a beckoning premise. What if someone is privy to that stored information? Just how far would the concentric circles from the thrown stone extend?
Harlan Coben presents the supposition of how safe is safe? Technology allows us access to gazillions of bits of information. Social media spreads nuggets of background i ...more
I’ve read quite a few Coben thrillers over the years and have found the quality to be variable: from the excellent Tell No One to the dire The Woods. I’d picked this one up cheaply some while ago and was prepared to ditch it if it didn’t ...more
Adam Price was minding his own business, waiting for the results to see if his son had made the team, enjoying a beer when he heard a quiet voice in his ear – astounded he turned around. The stranger had news to impart; shocking words which were destined to shatter the family unit he was secure in – had been secure in for many years. His wife Corinne, sons Ryan and Thomas and he were extremely happy with their lives; was it all about to come to an end?
Adam was sure what he’d been told wasn’ ...more
Adam Price, attorney, has a beautiful wife, Corinne, and two sons (Thomas and Ryan) who excel on the Lacrosse field and off. He has a good thing going. Until he doesn’t. The Stranger brings it all to a crashing end when he reveals Corinne’s well-kept secret.
In this cat and mouse tale, Adam’s low-key reaction regarding his missing wife seems discordant, but, in the end, perhaps his lack of concern speaks to the crux of Corinne’s deception. And, as is often the way with fanatics, The Str ...more
In fact, the dropping of the 5-star rating was decided somewhere around the 80% mark; all the loose ends were tied up neatly by the end, as far as I could tell, but somehow the final package wasn't quite as satisfying (o ...more
Adam Price, husband and father of two sons - Ryan and Thomas - attends the youth lacrosse team draft in his New Jersey town to make sure Thomas makes it onto the premier team. Just before the draft begins a young man - who identifies himself as 'the stranger' - tells Adam that his wife Corinne faked her recent pregnancy and miscarriage. Shocked, Adam finds proof and - when Corinne returns from a teacher conference in Atlantic City - confronts her. Corinne basically admits the deception and asks ...more
While this certainly wasn't one of his best books that I've read, it certainly doesn't disappoint.
With his usual style he draws you in with solid characters and story lines that keep you guessing and wanting to know more. The pace is perfect, never dragging on, sharing just ...more
Although not my favorite COBEN novel. (the Myron Bolitar series remains top dog for me...pun intended) this super fast-paced and engaging mystery was entertaining and filled with a multitude of surprising secrets!
I find myself at that place again: the one where I look for that perfect ratio balance between readability and memorability ( is that even a word?!).
This was 5 star readability but will I recall much of it a month from now? Doubt it. It was formulaic in that most comforting of ways- one I often seek after a tough work week- where I do everything the author is wanting me to do..I ask myself the right questions at the right points in the book, I puzzle over the whodunnit, ...more
This was another excellent mystery from the master storyteller Harlan Coben. The Stranger is a spooky character who goes around wrecking people's lives by telling them secrets about their loved ones. Who is he and why does he do this? ...more
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Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first aut ...more