The international number-one best-selling author of Tell No One and Six Years is back with a thriller that grips and twists and turns - and, just when you're not expecting it, twists once again.
©2016 Harlan Coben (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
I have been listening to audiobooks for years, probably back when it was a bit dorky. That's what happens when you spend too long in the car....this is one of the best.
The narration was done very well and was easy to listen to. Harlen Coben has, once again written an excellent book.
As you follow the story it proceeds the way you would expect. The characters are introduced very well as the background is built, progressing through a number of varying options. When the end finally arrives a hole new slant which is completely out of left field knocked you over.
It was a slow start for me to connect to the main character but as the story progressed and deepened the connection grew. Great twist at the end. I loved the final chapter bringing tears to my eyes. It was a different story line by Harlan and maybe that's why it took a bit to get used to. Writers change writers explore writers surprise. Well worth the read.
I had high hopes but this book read like an over-acted, cliched daytime soap-opera. If that's what you're into, you'll love it.
I listened on double speed just to get to the end quicker, and it wasn't worth persevering.
First listen to Harlan Coben and I was pretty impressed. The story line was gripping with lots of twists and turns. Performance was good as well, talented narrator of wide and varied character portrayals.
"Another unbelievable female hero"
The story line is quite good but unfortunately the author has done what seems like every other author of late has done - gone for a story that has the main character as a super woman. The flood of books with female characters that are penned as invincible heroes while still exhibiting the purest of female qualities is just plain tedious and starting to become rather predictable if not intellectually painful. Bottom line - the main (unbelievable) character got in the way of what could have been a decent original plot.
"Unraveling instead of reveling"
The first female main character in a Harlan Coben is a bit of a cheat, apart from being described as female all else in her life is basically a male action hero prototype, military helicopter pilot, ptsd, gun fanatic, ace shooter and a loner that asks for no help and explains very little.
She is frequently complimented on her beauty but she shows no interest in any of the male characters except for a very brief description of how she met her husband.
Do not expect to discover, or figure out the secret because you do not have all the cards Mr Coben is holding the entire deck. The other thing this is not even remotely is a procedural, it has the most ridiculous lineup of suspects in a precinct I have ever experienced in writing or movie, very much unacceptable at his level of writing or writer.
If you read it fast and ask no questions or think for too long you may get some enjoyment out of this story otherwise not good enough.
"Not Quite the Real Deal"
Although I haven't read many of Coben’s previous books I was interested to see what he would make of this one with a female lead. In truth the book kept me entertained throughout and it had many of the touches I’d liked from my previous experiences of the author. The twisting plot relying mainly on the tension of possible violence rather than the graphic description of it and the paranoia of not knowing who to trust were fairly well done.
The main problem I had was the lead character, Maya. First let me say I have absolutely no issue with casting a female lead as a helicopter gunship pilot! When you look at inspirational real-life figures such as Vernice Armour it’s obvious that this is a character type that’s real, contemporary and so very well worth exploring. All that should have made Maya a genuinely stand out lead for the story. So maybe I was expecting too much but Maya didn’t quite add up to me. It felt as if Coben had created this female lead character but didn’t want to go so far out of his comfort zone that she had to act much differently to many of his male leads.
When you see and listen to people like Vernice Armour it’s clear she is first and foremost a woman. Yes, she’s an incredible human being of immense character and as a woman she has succeeded in not one but two male-dominated worlds. The thing is she didn’t do it by becoming just like a man. This is a hard distinction to make but it’s the best I can do to describe it. Maya just didn’t resonate with me.
That aside, the book did keep me entertained well enough. After all there are enough male characters out there that I happily follow for whom you do have to give a little shall we say in order to believe them!
My enjoyment was in no small part due to the high quality narration by January LaVoy. I used to prefer my thrillers narrated by men, I liked my tough guys to sound suitably “crunchy” but narrators like LaVoy and the likes of Lucy Price-Lewis and Lisa Coleman carry a story supremely well with a deft subtlety that I have genuinely come to enjoy.
So, an eye-opening book and one I enjoyed reading but my struggles to “get” the lead character took some of the enjoyment away and have left me unable to give this one a genuinely ringing endorsement.
"A wonderful twisting plot"
Maya enters your world and you follow her as she investigates the death of her husband and sister with a conclusion I genuinely didn't see coming.
"An outstanding piece of fiction"
Coben is impressive at his best but he completely outdoes himself with this work of art. The twists keep you guessing and the narrative is compelling. Furthermore, the narrator does superb characterisation that brings the story to life. A must read and surely this will become a movie.
Thoroughly enjoyed this easy to listen to story. I confess to not enjoying female narrators usually , but this lady was exceptional. Yes I worked out some of the twist but it didnt take away from my enjoyment.
"Oh the twists and turns"
Shocker central, it was definitely surprising lots more than i expected. A page turner and certainly beautiful.
"Thoroughly enjoyed it"
wasn't sure weather or not to purchase this book, but I'm glad I did. it was a little back and forth in the beginning whilst you find your bearings with the characters, although this because addictive and I was unable to brake free from it. finished it in a couple of days.
good story, great characters and an unpredictable climax.
"A good read / listen"
Another great Harlen Coben, loved the twist! Narration was pretty good too. Definitely recommend this book.
"Harlan does it again!"
Since reading my first Harlan Coben book, I've been hooked! With some of his books having humor, fear, anxiety and loads of other emotions you find that you're gripped from the start, and this is no different. This book is full of twists and turns, you think you know whats happened then at the end your floored by one of the best plot twist I've read. This is well worth a listen or read, but if your like me and reading is difficult to do while working, then audible is the answer. Go for it, you won't be disappointment.
"Not usual Harlan Coben"
She reads well in a way that makes no difference whether she is a man or a woman
Up to a point
I was disappointed. I usually like HC's books a lot but I could not care about this woman. I don't like characters who continually refuse to answer others' questions or explain themselves. I did enjoy the reference to Win Lockwood from the Myron Bolitar books
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