The Stranger by Harlan Coben

The #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense delivers a shocking 22571540thriller that proves that a well-placed lie can help build a comfortable life—and a secret has the same explosive power to destroy it.

Harlan Coben’s seven consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers feature unrivaled depths of emotion combined with cutting-edge suspense plots that keep millions of readers turning pages deep into the night. In The Stranger, married parents Adam and Hannah confront the shocking secret on which their marriage is built—leaving Adam wondering whether he ever truly knew Hannah at all. –

Has Harlan Coben ever written a bad book?  Admittedly, I’ve only read about 98% of them but, personally, his books have always grabbed me from the first page, the journey full of twists, turns, and misdirection and, just when I think I have it all figured out, I’m proven wrong.  Wide awake in the middle of the night, I picked up where I’d left off and, although I grew tired, fought sleep and finished this book at 4am.  And it was entirely worth the loss of sleep.

This book has many layers and subplots that are seamlessly and masterfully woven into the storyline, making it near impossible to put down.  The characters are well-rounded and seemed to come alive for me.

One thing that didn’t ring true for me was the relationship between Adam and Hannah.  At times, he seemed resentful of the direction their married life had taken, but at others, he acted as if he couldn’t live without her, although it certainly didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this book.

If you’re a Coben fan, don’t miss this one.  If you’re contemplating reading Coben, this is a good place to start, but I always recommend his Myron Bolitar books (my personal favs) as well.  The Stranger is scheduled for publication March 24, 2015.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.


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