Stay Close by Harlan Coben

62%

18 Critic Reviews

routine thriller in which you can tell for miles in advance who’s disposable and who’s slated for survival, marked by the virtual absence of the baroque plot twists fans of Coben...expect as their due.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The past never truly fades away.…



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.
 

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 March 20, 2012 by Signet. 399 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Stay Close
All: 18 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Below average
Feb 05 2012

routine thriller in which you can tell for miles in advance who’s disposable and who’s slated for survival, marked by the virtual absence of the baroque plot twists fans of Coben...expect as their due.

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Dear Author

Excellent
Reviewed by Jia on Mar 29 2012

There could have been a good book somewhere in all this, but the major flaws with the romance and worldbuilding prevented me from seeing it.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

The narration hums and dances and sings like nothing he has done before, and his characters are so real this time around that they almost seem to rise off the printed page.

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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on May 31 2012

The descriptions of torture here seem like an unnecessarily cheap device for a writer who can do much better.

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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on May 31 2012

The descriptions of torture here seem like an unnecessarily cheap device for a writer who can do much better.

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Express

Below average
Reviewed by Jake Kerridge on Mar 25 2012

Coben’s...witticisms...are not sharp enough to make up for a workaday plot and Stay Close feels like a stroll in excellent company along an uninspiring route.

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Express

Below average
Reviewed by Jake Kerridge

Coben’s sub-Chandler witticisms are not sharp enough to make up for a workaday plot and Stay Close feels like a stroll in excellent company along an uninspiring route.

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Tampa Bay Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Oline Cogdil on Apr 29 2012

In Stay Close, Coben again shows his acumen for delving into our most intimate fears as he moves his story from quiet domesticity to sheer terror — all while keeping us highly entertained.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy Gilson

He saves the best for last: The finale is surprising and satisfying.

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Read This!

Excellent
Reviewed by Kim

With Stay Close Harlan Coben has once again written a novel that is difficult to put down until you have gotten to the very last page.

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Shades of Sentience

Below average
Reviewed by Katharine Stubbs

If you’re already a Coben fan, you may be as disappointed as I was. I hope you’re not – it’s always sad when a book disappoints, and I hope I’m one of the few.

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Detroit News / AP

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Apr 28 2012

The mystery itself is challenging, and when everything explodes, the payoff is glorious. "Stay Close" is a perfect example of a master at the top of his game.

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MysteriesEtc

Good
Mar 25 2012

The story is filled with twists and turns and interesting characters... Excellent book, very well written and I am looking forward to reading more Harlan Coben.

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My Reading Room

Good
Reviewed by Crystal on May 18 2012

Stay Close had it all for me. Interesting characters, breakneck plot with great twists and an ending that was just amazing to me. I should have seen it coming but I didn't. Excellent book

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The Mystery Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Sharon on Mar 30 2012

It’s a hard book to put down, and once you start, you’ll be racing to the end. Aside from skillful plotting and taut pacing, Coben’s skill as a writer really shines through in his characters

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Read. Breathe. Relax.

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Apr 05 2012

In a sea of sequels, instalove and crazy love trinagles, A Temptation of Angels is a breath of fresh air.

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Tara Sharp

Good
Reviewed by Cels Jansink on May 16 2012

give Stay Close a go. It’s certainly one heck of a thrill ride.

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Petrona Book Reviews Blog

Below average
May 07 2012

it’s hard to care about the participants or to become involved in their dilemmas. Stay Close is a book to pass the time rather than one to cancel any appointments for.

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