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
The bestselling author of "The Stranger "and "Missing You "takes readers on a roller coaster ride from "quiet domesticity to sheer terror"* in this heart-stopping novel of suspense... 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 he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as 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. *"South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
About the Author
Harlan Coben is the international bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels, including the #1 "New York Times" bestsellers "Missing You," "Six Years," "Stay Close," " Live Wire," "Caught," " Long Lost," and "Hold Tight," as well as the popular Myron Bolitar series, and, more recently, a series aimed at young adults featuring Myron's nephew, Mickey Bolitar. The winner of the Edgar(R), Shamus, and Anthony awards, he lives in New Jersey.