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Tell No One

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  69,296 Ratings  ·  3,028 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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Nicholas Sparks
Jun 21, 2012 Nicholas Sparks 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.
Mandy Blair Crider
Feb 07, 2016 Mandy Blair Crider 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.

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 wakes he is told his wife is..... Dead
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 23, 2010 Kp 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
Apr 04, 2015 Carol 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.
Apr 10, 2015 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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
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
Feb 11, 2016 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't say enough about his books. This certainly didn't disappoint! Couldn't keep up with everything there were so many twists & turns...

Highly recommend!
Feb 14, 2009 Jen rated it liked it
This is an absolutely first for me--I read this book in one sitting. Literally. I started it after dinner and DID NOT put the book down. 4 1/2 hours and 339 pages later, I finished the book. Talk about a page turner! All that being said, why only 3 stars? The truth is, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. It's a thriller--loads of suspense and plot twists--bucket loads of plot twists. Normally I love that, but this had so much, by the end it was almost getting to be too much. Anothe ...more
Corey Tardif
Apr 10, 2015 Corey Tardif 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
Love Fool
Jan 27, 2015 Love Fool 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
May 13, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-15
Great Book!
Sep 07, 2010 Anna 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
Sep 15, 2008 Eve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a real page turner. I just felt so let down at the end. It was like...all this build up and it could've been beautiful...but it was just short of perfection. That's my take, anyhow.
Sep 12, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-inglaterra
Se este livro fosse comida seria um bitoque.
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
Jan 08, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Wow. Harlan Coben leaves his series for this book and breaks new ground which I sure hope he plans on continuing. Dr. David Beck's childhood sweetheart and wife is murdered 8 years ago and while his life has gone on, the hole her death created has only widened. And then the past connects to the present and the story is full of tightly connected twists and turns with a plot so complicated that I'll be thinking about this story for weeks. It's one of the very best things I've read in a long, long ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, thriller
Whew! I think my heart beat is slowing down now. This was my first Coben book and it was quite the thriller! The plot twisted so many times that I was constantly off balance. Just couldn't put this down until I read the last page.
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Above average mystery suspense. It kept my interest.

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
Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
I'm quitting this with less than 40 pages to go. I just do not CARE how they're going to best the bad guy. I hate Coben's writing style. HATE it. I hate the way his characters act pseudo-clever and the way they're purposely evasive so the conversations have to go on longer than necessary. The plot wasn't even very interesting. I'm still counting this as read. The only reason I picked it up was for a challenge. I can't believe I made it this far.
Nov 23, 2009 AnnaMay rated it did not like it
Once again, I was trying to broaden my horizons and decided to try this 'suspense/thriller' book someone recommended.

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
Apr 17, 2015 خلود rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مذهلة جداً جداً جداً
رواية من أجمل ما قرأت !
أحداث غير متوقعة أبداً
رغم أني شعرت بالقرف من بعض الأحداث الفرعية !!!
إلا أن هذا لم يمنعني من التصفيق وبشدة

و لا أستطع أن أصف حجم سعادتي حين وجدت أن هارلان كوبن لديه العديد من الروايات الأخرى

أنا وجدت كنزاً * من الذهول * ! ووجدت كاتباً أستطيع أن أضمه لقائمة كُتّابي المفضلين


أنصح بها و بشدّه
Jun 15, 2011 Manugw rated it did not like it

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
Jan 21, 2016 Mark rated it it was ok
Maybe 3.5. Just finished and it's all backy-forthy.

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
Feb 13, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it
David Beck lost the love of his life 8 years ago in a kidnapping and murder. He can not move on from that horrifying night. Two murdered men are found near the lake where his wife was abducted. Then Beck gets an e-mail to watch a webcam. He sees his wife. What is going on?

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
Dec 15, 2015 LATOYA SAUNDERS rated it really liked it
The protagonist's honesty about race and poverty are refreshing. The world is so politically correct now, it's nice to have someone say what we all sometimes think.
The rest of the characters feel a little cliche though.
Though this book is leaps and bounds better than Coben's first 2 the plot is very similar to his later book '6 years.'
May 09, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing
I have never read a bad Harlan Coban book! He is an amazing author, I can never put his books down. I am SO excited they are planning to do a television show with his Myron character. I can't wait!
Kirsty Darbyshire

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,

Jul 26, 2013 Book'd rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Book'd by: Coben Books
Its been eight years. David Beck is a widower mourning the loss of his wife and childhood-love, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was kidnapped and brutally murdered for reasons known to no one.
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
Jul 28, 2013 Bandit rated it liked it
Harlan Coben writes undeniably formulaic thrillers, but his formula is unique to him and it works. When I'm in the mood for a quick fun read, Coben's books always do the trick. He's also (I've been noticing) shockingly romantic for a thriller writer, every one of his books I've read so far has a really strong love story at its heart which serves as the motivator for his characters, regular everyday kind of folks, to perform the herculean tasks and feats of solving crimes and going up against tou ...more
Jan 09, 2016 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, fiction, crime
An extremely well plotted thriller that kept me up so I could rush through to the very end. It's definetly amongst the best pop corn reads I have in a very long time. A doctor is mourning the violent death at the hands of a serial killer 8 years ago when he receives a mysterious email. It all unfolds, careens and in fact a couple of times it does a double loop.
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