Stay Close

  • by Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Megan is a suburban soccer mom who, once upon a time, walked on the wild side. Now she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at the age of 40 he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo, pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Broome is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case—a local husband and father who disappeared 17 years ago—and spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man’s family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up at any moment to step into them.
Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. 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 façades—they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.
Master of domestic suspense Harlan Coben delivers his trademark combination of pause-resistant thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities.

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Many Secrets

At the beginning I thought, Good Grief, Scott Brick sounds like he's reading Edgar Allan Poe with some sort of funeral dirge in the background. I didnt know how long I could stick with that then finally his pitch and cadence changed. This book has lots of twists and turns and everyone has many secrets. I have not read anything by this author before and in some respects it is like reading Poe with a splash here and there of De Sade. Ken and Barbie just scared my socks off!!! And as far as I am concerned, Mr. Coben could have made them a somewhat less warped since the rest of the characters have enough depth to them to please anyone. The plot was extremely well crafted and held my attention,however, if mixing sadistic horror and suspense is the norm for Mr. Coben, I dont believe I will be back for more. If you like that combination then this will be a winner for you. I gave it high ratings strictly for the complexity of the plot. Scott, I am a big fan of your work but the cryptkeeper does not become you! :o)
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- NOKWISA

I Had a Hard Time Finishing

What made the experience of listening to Stay Close the most enjoyable?

I always enjoy Coben books and was looking forward to his newest book.


What didn???t you like about Scott Brick???s performance?

He is too dramatic about everything. About 2 hours from the end of this book I almost gave up and quit listening. We have listened to many books by Brick, however, this is the first one I almost could not make it through. I agree with some of the other reviews, too much of the narration is over the top.


Any additional comments?

This is not one of my favorite Harlan Coben books. I will read the next, but it may be the last if it isn't better.

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- Janet

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-20-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio