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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  121,729 ratings  ·  5,449 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.
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Dell Publishing Company (first published June 19th 2001)
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Patrick This is the best Harlan Coben book, and I have read them all. It is a mystery/thriller. While some of his books have a romance in them, wand this one …moreThis is the best Harlan Coben book, and I have read them all. It is a mystery/thriller. While some of his books have a romance in them, wand this one does, I would never consider them a romantic suspense.(less)

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Emily May
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to all the people who commented on my review of Fool Me Once and told me I should have been reading this one instead - you were absolutely right!

I thought this was a great thriller. The exciting premise hooked me instantly, and a combination of fast-pacing, twists, and character dynamics kept me interested until the very last page. I now see why Coben is such a well-loved writer; Tell No One is an addictive wild ride that keeps opening up more and more questions until, suddenly, it all
The Burning Rose (Jess)
5/5 stars.
Harlan Coben strikes again.
This book teaches us the power of love. Sometimes I tend to believe that there is no such thing as "true love." Maybe not, maybe yes. I don't know. But what are books for? For experiencing things that you do not experience in your reality. I'm experiencing another person's reality. And in this book, the love between Beck and Elizabeth was outstanding. Despite the difficulty, despite the shit the world offers us, this little magic called "love", still remains
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OH MY LORD! Coben delivers again!! I'm always left in awe after reading one of his mysteries and this time I was thrown all over the place!

This is truly a spine tingling, fast paced, game changing novel. It was such a page turner that I stayed up late to finish it, I just had to know what happened!

This book is awesome. It begins with Beck and his wife at the lake for their anniversary. The night begins nicely for the couple until Elizabeth's scream pierces the air and Beck is attacked. When he w
Nicholas Sparks
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Jan 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Beck and his wife Elizabeth make their annual stop at Lake Charmaine where they carve a notch into a tree where they first kissed years ago. Later they swim in the lake and make love. Beck stays in the lake while Elizabeth swims ashore. Beck then hears a car door slam, he hears Elizabeth scream, and he sees her disappear into the semi-darkness of the night. When he quickly swims back to shore and climbs onto the dock he is hit a few times with a baseball bat and falls back into the water. He is ...more
Em Lost In Books
This kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it. A clear 4 star but once I finished and thought about it few things really irked me like why it all come out eight years later or why someone with latest technology at their disposal was outsmarted by someone working in third world. I know it is a matter of interest but David behaved foolishly initially. So a 3 star rating instead of 4.
Oh no! I've just rated a Harlan Coben book only three stars! I found it hard to give time to this book as it's a busy time of year and a busy household. Of course this has nothing to do with the book. I liked this one, didn't love it, and only really wanted to see what happened. I didn't love the ending, there was so much going on. Maybe I had to think too hard! I still think he's an amazing writer. Can't love them all, huh?!

I really do like his work: "We all do it. If you cross the street to a
With Coben, it's very hard to review a book without mentioning spoilers. If I wrote what I want to write, my review would look like a heavily redacted top secret file. So, I will just hit on some key points:

- Coben does it again! Very mysterious and entertaining. If you like other Coben, you will lime this.
- Sometimes confusing. Not to bad, just part of all the twists and turns Coben always throws in.
- Great characters. Not too complex, in fact they are basically caricatures, but really fun to
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-horror
“The sun was now in its death throes, bruising the sky a coiling purple and orange.”

This book is unbelievably awesome. First of all, I'd like to say that I had avoided reading it for too long until I had a chance to try it, then I couldn't putting it down even I had a lot of work this week. Tell No One has a straightforward narration. We believed wholeheatedly about what the author tried to tell, but after that, he revealed a distrustful evidence making us reconsider our thought again and a
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars. By far one of the best thrillers I’ve read. It was twisted and complicated but it all made sense. Very well thought out and written, it had a little of everything. It’s my first book by Harlan Coben and I wIll be reading more of his books. *read the authors note, it was really great.
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
Sumit RK
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
As a mystery thriller,Tell No One delivers nonstop from start to the end. Right from the impactful start, there is never a dull moment in the story. The protagonist, Beck and the rest of characters (along with a string of bad guys) are mostly well written. Coben keeps the story fast paced while introducing new twists & turns at regular intervals that keeps you hooked right till the end (like a good thriller should).

What I really didn’t like was the climax. During the long winded final act, th
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, favorites
4.95 stars! So good. And I will explain my ridiculous rating too.

I don't think I've ever read a book that left me guessing so much. Literally to the last page. Any book that can stump me like that is a winner in my book. It was so full of suspense and twists and turns, one of the best thrillers I've read. It would make a great movie too.

I just can't believe no one fact checked the historical reference to the architect Stanford White! (Not a spoiler). Its inaccuracy bothered me a little bit and
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This was my 1st HC novel which made me seek out and read the rest of his books. Great suspense and a fast read! Highly recommend.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Tell No One, Harlan Coben
Tell No One is a thriller novel by American writer Harlan Coben, published in 2001. 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. A message has a
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, audiobooks
I would like to know - Are all Coben's books this good??!

Tell No One was right up my street. I loved everything about this page turner - the characters, the clever plot, the twists... I call that AWESOMENESS!

I listened to the audio book and normally, I only listen to audiobooks when running or walking. With this one, I just couldn't stop (no, I didn't do more running), but I listened to it at home, which only shows how much I enjoyed it. The narrator did a great job, making my audio experience v
Dr. David Beck receives mysterious emails eight years after his long time childhood friend, and wife for six months was taken. The 13th ring around a heart with their names in against the tree, was the last time they would celebrate a love that started out just about their first year together in school. It was impossible for him to get over the events and move on with his life.

He had no other choice but to sleuth his way to the truth of what happened that night in the lake when Elizabeth disapp
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Angie by: Carolyn Rowell
Another 5 star read...Man I've been lucky lately:)

A friend who first turned me on to Harlan Coben recommended this as her favorite of his. Tell No One was another page turner for me...suspense, turns, twists with humor, drama, and the unexpected. Loved the cast of characters who were anything but one-dimensional. I was totally sucked into this book and bummed when I had to get back to the real world. Highly recommended!
Geza Tatrallyay
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is not Coben's best; perhaps one of his subcontracted works, Still, I kept reading because I didn't really know what was going on and there was enough sustained tension.

Kim Dyer
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy hell, this was the craziest rollercoaster ride of a read I’ve EVER been on- I had somehow never heard of this author before and now I want to read every book he’s published. From the get go this book grabbed me and I actually felt like I was on the fastest rollercoaster ever and wasn’t able to get off. I couldn’t put this book down and it stressed me out to no end but in the best way possible. There were so many twists and turns and I basically just held on and read as quickly as possible t ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The pacing in this book makes for a brilliant mystery thriller - no time for unnecessary information or wordy explanations, it's a real rollercoaster ride!
I can't say that anything about this felt genuine or that I particularly cared about any of the characters, it's just not that kind of book.
What kept me hooked was the craft of the mystery and all the mini-reveals that evolved in an exciting and punchy way.
I was a little disappointed with the ending as it didn't really add up but it didn't spo
Aj the Ravenous Reader
My second Harlan Coben novel and sure enough, I wasn't disappointed. It was fast paced, gripping, and entertaining. That's what I really enjoy in his books, how they're written intensely and at the same time wittily. The humor always gets me and I always admire such a skill from an author, when they could make you laugh while under pressure. Lol.

Admittedly, I find the plot pretty formulaic because I find quite a lot of similarities with that of Six Years. Professional and upstanding guy suddenly
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holy ¢%*\! This book completely blew me away, one twist after another! I can certainly understand why it got such a buzz when it was released. For those who haven't read Harlan Coben yet, I think that Tell No One is a good one to start out with. Each page and chapter of the book just keep you guessing up until the very end.

One thing I like about Harlan Coben is his books aren't really bloody, gory or overly graphic like some other mystery writers, just full of nail biting suspense! Some nights t
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are page turners and there are page turners with cherries on top. This has a cherry on top.
Eight years ago Dr. David Beck is devastated when his lovely young wife is abducted and then murdered. Eight years on David still has not come to terms with his lose but is getting by the best he can. Out of know where he gets a cryptic email with information that only his wife could know. He logs on and gets the shock of his life when he sees a live stream with his dead wife, who looks very much ali
Love Fool
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. 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. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible- that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

Seriously, Harlan Coben is a talented mystery and thriller writer. He knows h
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 ⭐

The story started off pretty well. The first 3/4th or so gets a big big 👍 . First few pages sucked me right into the plot- what happened that night!

Its about a grieving husband Dr.Beck whose wife was brutally murdered 8 years ago. But, then strange things start happening one after the other which makes him question everything that happened on that fateful night .

Story is fast paced and very addictive. I enjoyed the writing style which is direct and to the point. Its always
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
Seriously fuck this book it's so convoluted. Just read my spoiler section that took 2 hours to write because I was trying to figure out how the plot points connected. This isn't the type of mystery that you the reader is trying to figure out it's more going along with mystery as the characters are finding out. I really like some of the side characters like Tyrese' Eric, Shauna, and t
Sep 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2010
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
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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 first aut

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