Will has tried to get on with his life in the intervening years. He has a beautiful new girlfriend, Sheila, and a job working with the homeless. But when his mother reveals on her deathbed that Ken is still alive, and shortly afterwards Sheila disappears, the cracks start to show in his landscape again. But it is only when he finds that Sheila herself is wanted for a savage double-murder that his life actually starts to fall apart...
©2002 Harlan Coben; (P)2002 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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"OK but not outstanding"
I loved the first third of this book. It caught my imagination and I found myself wanting to listen late into the night to find out what happened. The narrator was pretty good too, not over-doing the accents, and making the main "bad guy" really quite creepy. I was really looking forward to the anticipated slow-burn climax which left me surprised. Sadly I began to find myself rolling my eyes at the overly soppy, frankly cringe-making romance which made up a significant part of the middle and last third. I also found the main character very irritating towards the end of the novel; their constant references to themselves being a weak, spineless individual didn't endear them to me at all by the end, I found myself nodding and agreeing with them, growling at my speakers " yes, I know you are about as much use as a chocolate teapot, I don't need you to tell me so... again". The climax was just too convenient. It felt a little bit like the author was trying to smash five different storylines into one novel and in doing so, left it all a bit muddled, unsubstantiated and... well, just convenient. Like the "long lost cousin from Outer Mongolia" appearing in the last chapter of a cheap airport read and explaining away all the strange happenings. After the hugely promising start, I was left feeling dissatisfied and irritated. It's put me off other Harlan Coben books if I'm honest as I don't want to be left feeling let down again!
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