Tell No One by Harlan Coben

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A gloriously exciting yarn whose spell will end the moment you turn the last page.


For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

Everyone tells him it's time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible -- that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn't. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.

But already Beck is being hunted down. He's headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret -- and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

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About Harlan Coben

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Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Stay Close, Live Wire, Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight, as well as the Myron Bolitar series and, more recently, a series aimed at young adults featuring Myron’s nephew, Mickey Bolitar. The winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, he lives in New Jersey.
Published October 21, 2009 by Dell. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

A gloriously exciting yarn whose spell will end the moment you turn the last page.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average

Every writer likes to stretch his legs, and here Coben, author of seven acclaimed Myron Bolitar mysteries (Darkest Fear, etc.), stretches his...This thriller, Coben's first non-Bolitar novel, is a breezy enough read, but it's not up to snuff.

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Reviewed by Amy Reither on May 12 2012

Full of heartbreak, romance, thrills, mystery, unique relatable characters, and twists, ‘Tell No One,’ is a gripping and delightful read about the power of love and loss.

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The Bookbag

on Sep 08 2012

Tell No One dishes up torsional drama from the first page and then latterly, with the initial murder out of the way...Coben goes about introducing us to an eclectic procession of goodies and baddies.

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Teen Ink


I like how he made real life incidents that happen almost everyday into a story that millions read. I love the thrill and excitement and fast paced reading of this novel.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Cornish on Feb 07 2010

I simply could not put this down and it kept me guessing right until the end...Harlan Coben is the master of plots and sub-plots which all link together but not before plenty of twists to keep you gripped.

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Gather Books

Above average
on May 04 2009

Tell No One gripped my attention early on and then slowed up a little bit before grabbing me by the throat and refusing to ease up. I found this novel quite enjoyable.

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