The Stranger

  • by Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Harlan Coben delivers his most shocking thriller yet, proving that a well-placed lie can help build a wonderful life - and a secret has the same explosive power to destroy it.
The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar or a parking lot or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.
Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.
Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne's deception and realizes that if he doesn't make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he's stumbled into will not only ruin lives - it will end them.


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What a disappointment....Semi Spoilers

Wow. Harlan Coben, Please rethink your book a year commitment as you are running out of ideas. You are becoming the M Night Shyamalan of the publishing industry. Stop trying to invoke shock and work on your writing proficiency. People pay good money for your titles based on your previous works, and now its just getting shameful. Here are some suggestions.
1. A seasoned middle aged lawyer should not be told that 'find my iPhone' exists by his teenage son. You would think that his profession would require the use of this on a regular basis.
2. Avoid explaining through the dialogue what, to the general public, are very basic scenarios. it's a 3rd person narrative. use it. The dialogue ends up sounding wooden and ridiculous.
3. When multiple people are killed(3?) and your protagonist is hit over the head with a bat in one event, maybe explain how this is not a big story and how said protagonist can carry on with no repercussions. ie..questioning, hospital, anything?
4. When you are getting tired in the evening. take a break. don't try to cram in the last few chapters just to meet deadline.

on the plus side, i noticed that this book didn't go with the over dramatic Scott Brick. I have recently thought that maybe Brick himself was part of the reason for the deterioration of the Coben novels lately (and it may certainly contribute) but even a reasonable effort by George Newbern couldn't pull this one out of the rubble.

Definitely not worth the credit.
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- Big jim Picotto "Say something about yourself!"

"Well, Mr. Secret Revealer!"

This is it...the last time I fall for a decent review of a book by Harlan Coben, I promise myself.

I dunno, maybe it's my fault that I cannot overlook dialogue that's apparently important to the story, in which one character cries out to The Stranger, "Well, Mr. SECRET REVEALER!!" It reminded me of comic lines by the buffoonish Ben Stiller character to straight-faced Vince Vaughan, in the film, Dodgeball. Here, I also laughed, so hard i swallowed drink down the windpipe. And choked.... Then gave up on another self-inflicted stomach punch in reading a silly Coben book.

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- W Perry Hall ""There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio