Thursday, March 26, 2015

Harlan Coben's THE STRANGER, a review


I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from the publisher. To be honest, I'd never read a book by Harlan Coben, though I have seen him at various mystery cons.

At any one time, I'm usually reading 3 books--often it is a bookd that I received from a publisher or publicist wanting a review. Sometimes I enjoy reading the book, with others, not so much.

Once I got started on this one, I couldn't stop. After the first few pages, I just had to know what was going to happen next.

The story centers on Adam Price, a rather ordinary man who has a happy marriage and two young sons and life is good. Or at least it was until a stranger tells Adam a secret about his wife. At first Adam doesn't believe it, then after some research he realizes the secret is true, but not the reason behind it.

When Adam's wife disappears, leaving only a cryptic message, he begins investigating with a fervor.

The reader is let in on the fact that other people have learned secrets about loved ones, some with disastrous results. Why is this happening? How did the stranger find out these secrets? What is the motive behind revealing them?

Nothing is quite what you might suspect, but what happens will keep you turning pages just as I did.

If you love a thrilling and suspenseful read, this one is for you.

Marilyn

3 comments:

John M. Wills said...

Good review, makes me want to read it.

lindamethorne said...

It does sound interesting and the way you reviewed it adds to the suspense. Especially when you say that things are not as they seem.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I did enjoy it a lot. Scary.