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Ex fashion model and successful business woman Laura Ayars' perfect world is shattered at a time that should have been the happiest of her life. On her honeymoon, her sports superstar husband goes for a swim - and never returns. But what has happened to David - can he really be dead? Whilst struggling to cope with her almost overwhelming grief, Laura is plagued by questions and doubts. Was it an accident? Or suicide? Or is it some terrible, ill-judged hoax?

As events begin to unfold, Laura starts to question David's mysterious disappearance. She begins to uncover a conspiracy that reaches deep into the past and is now slowly beginning to destroy everyone involved. Someone will do anything to keep Laura away from the awful truth - and she has no idea who she can trust.

©2010 Harlan Coben (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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This is not a patch on his later books, but a beginning to be sure!

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  • john
  • 04-10-2017

What just happened ?

An extremely unbelievable story line,painfully obvious (shock) and bad characters !!! How did I even finish it,sorry but it's really that bad,

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  • Patrick
  • 22-06-2014

What a disappointment!

What would have made Play Dead better?

The fact that Harlan Coban explains at the start that this is a book that he wrote when he was 20 and asks not to be judged on it should be warning enough to people to avoid this title.

What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

He is an author I generally enjoy but this is a truly infantile storyline and predictable from 5 minutes listening.

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

The reader does his best but there is not a lot you can do with this story

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disbelief that Harlan Coben had actually published it and then anger that I'd wasted my money on it.

Any additional comments?

Avoid this title!

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  • Brian
  • 22-02-2020

Who knew Violins could've so interesting.

This was a great story. I guess, steeped in some history where you learn a lot about things you know nothing about. Loved it. It had been in my list for years and I just decided, ahh what the hell. It was very well read by the narrator and had some great twists and turns throughout.

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  • Sarah
  • 01-02-2018

Twists and surprises

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Really interesting twists, the only thing is they didn't explain in any way one vital part of the story (cant say as I don't want to spoil it)

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  • frank
  • 15-08-2015

Play Dead

loved it very good and a few good twists as you go along some you can giuess and some that you cant

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  • David
  • 04-03-2011

Disappointing

I have listened to 5/6 of Harlan Coben's novels (the first couple of the Myron Bolitar series being certainly his best) and this sadly fell significantly below a consistently high standard. The narration is excellent, however the book lacks pace, the plot is beyond obvious and lacks any kind of suspense. This book feels like a short story that has been padded out with unnecessary detail to fill up the pages. This is the first book I've felt compelled to review and out of some 30 downloads, is the only book I've listened to at 2x pace on the iPhone to finish it off quicker (sadly once I've started I won't walk away from a book) I would recommend using your credits on a more deserving book.

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  • Jo W.
  • 21-11-2010

Wow, it's a mystery...

You wouldn't guess where this is going... is it possible?? Listen and decide for yourself!

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  • michelle naylor
  • 05-10-2021

Twenty years ago…

I read this book 20years ago but when it’s being read to you it takes on a whole new book feel! I’ve always loved Harlan Coben but when it’s narrated by the wonderful Scott Brick it takes it to another level! Brilliant book brilliant narration!

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  • T Harrington
  • 12-05-2021

brilliant

loved it, struggled to put it down. would definitely recommend to anyone who loves books and has day day free, lots of twists and turns

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  • Maz 1066
  • 06-11-2020

Meaty story

I love this author. This book had a few mediocre reviews. I don’t understand why, I loved it and couldn’t put it down.

So many twists and turns, thoroughly enjoyed it. Narrated well and edge of the seat story until killer revealed.

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