Stay Close, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The brilliant SUNDAY TIMES bestseller from 'one of America's masters of the hook, the twist and the surprise ending' LITERARY REVIEW A suburban wife and mother of two - with a dark and dangerous past.

A promising photographer who now panders to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. A detective who can't let go of a cold case ...Three ordinary people, who discover that when the past refuses to stay buried, the American dream can be a nightmare ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781409117223



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A comfortable read with just enough thrills, twists and wit to lift it above the average but not enough quite frankly to bring it up to Coben's usual standard. An easy stroll through American suburbia that detours into the hidden and often sordid underbelly of the mom and apple pie families and lifestyle. Harlan Coben would never mix metaphors however as egregiously as I just have. Megan seems to be living the American dream of a happy marriage, a loving husband and a comfortable life - but she's bored and misses her days as a stripper consorting with low-lives in a seedy Atlantic City club. Her husband Dave has no idea of her past and Megan thinks she has escaped that life until she is contacted by a woman she used to work with, Ray was a rising name in the world of photo-journalism but now he masquerades as a paparazzi, pretending to photograph the celebrity-obsessed or those wanting to impress. Like Megan, who was his girlfriend at the time, his glory days were spent in Atlantic City and the two of them were lovers. Finally there's Lieutenant Jack Bloom, a policeman who is obsessed with a cold case - the disappearance of a family man from a strip club in Atlantic City - and that's the point of intersection for the three main characters. It appears a murder has occurred in Atlantic City every Mardi Gras for the last 17 years, and it seems as though hidden secrets are about to be revealed, including Megan and Ray's involvement in murder. The story does not have too many surprises and is a reasonable stand-alone: it is not quite up to his usual high standard but still a lot better than most other writers at their best - Coben is always a delight.

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This is an ok book, 3 separate stories that come together Ray Levine is a photographer, Megan is a house wife with a past, Broome the policeman These 3 are loosely linked, when a rich playboy goes missing, Broome starts investigating but also so does some people hired by his Dad. People turn up dead there are a few twists and turns. There has been other murders during the Mardi Gras festival more closely. I kind of guessed near the end who was responsible for these crimes.

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