If you didn’t read my original post about how much I love Harlan Coben, I’m going to say it one more time. I love Harlan Coben’s books!! Go out and read all of them. You won’t be sorry. I promise. Okay, now that’s out of my system onto the update.


The original observations are listed in black and what I discovered from reading the book is written in red.


1. I think that his life is all a lie and that’s why it’s going to shatter because he wants to remain a “married father of two”. I think I’m partially right and partially wrong. First of all, there is one lie that effects Adam’s life, but it does shatter his whole world.

2. The story will be how he built his life and why it had to shatter. Once again, I’m going to say I’m half right and half wrong. It is about his life and why it had to shatter, but I thought it would be because he DID something in his past. He really didn’t do anything, but he wanted to and that’s why it changed everything.

3. There will be tons of twists and turns. **The author does it all the time in all of his stories, so it’s more than a guess. But for this book, you get a hint of it when he uses contradictory words, like shatter, caring, content. I think it’s a lull to make us believe that Adam’s life was/is ordinary, when there’s a bigger story, possibly a lie that Adam has hidden from everybody. Yep, like I thought and expected, there were a ton of twists and turns. In fact, there were so many that at times I couldn’t breathe.

If you’re thinking of reading the book, here’s the blurb from Harlan Coben’s website:

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.

**On Goodreads, the book has a 4 1/2 star rating. Personally, I give it a five!