Harlan Coben is my favorite American author of detective novels, and I have been reading his work for years.
Plot elements are similar to his past works, like the location between NY, Atlantic City and Jersey suburbs, as well as the pretty dame in distress, the heartbroken gentlemen, the persistent detective, and the serial killer.
The whole story begins when an unknown person attacks a paparazzi photographer and snatches his camera containing a very important photograph. The story follows two decades of cold case files from missing people in Atlantic City, led by detective Broom and his associate Erin Anderson. The only links between the cases is that they happened every single year during a Mardi Gras celebration. The story also unveils the double life of a dedicated soccer mom, Megan Pierce (or Cassie - the name from her former life).
At that point any similarity with other Coben books is done. This book holds a fairly uncertain ending to it, and that is the beauty of all Coben’s novels. I can gladly recommend this book to all who enjoy tense and simple dialogues written in a masterful way by one of the best modern fiction novelist in the USA.
— Aleksandra, JFK New York
#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben proves that the past never truly fades away as the American dream becomes a nightmare in this shocking thriller.
Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but now finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo. Broome is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case.
Three people living lives they never wanted are hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect. And as each confronts the dark side of the American dream—the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades—they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.
About the Author
With more than seventy million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels, including the Myron Bolitar series and a series aimed at young adults featuring Myron's newphew, Mickey Bolitar. His books are published in forty-three languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries. The winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, he lives in New Jersey.
Praise for Stay Close
“Funnier and darker than many Coben thrillers, and packs a lot of surprises.”—People (4 Stars)
“When everything explodes, the payoff is glorious. Stay Close is a perfect example of a master at the top of his game.”—Associated Press
“The story is intense, the characters are interesting, and the writing is magnificent.”—The Huffington Post
“Coben again shows his acumen for delving into our most intimate fears as he moves his engrossing story from quiet domesticity to sheer terror.”—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“With Mr. Coben’s combination of thrills and intelligence, he leads readers into the ‘dark side’ of life and delivers his trademark style of exhilarating and captivating writing in a true novel of suspense.”—Suspense Magazine
“Masterful...Coben writes with wit and irony, and his flair for exposing the frail balance point between order and chaos in our lives has never been stronger than in this suspenseful outing.”—Publishers Weekly(starred review)
“[A] tour-de-force...giv[es] the reader a steady steam of jolts and sinking feelings...Satisfying on every level.”—Booklist (starred review)