Friday, May 2, 2008

April #10


Author: Harlan Coben

Publisher: Dutton

Copyright: 2008

ISBN: 978-0-525-95060-8

Series or stand-alone: Stand-alone

Setting: Glen Rock, NJ

1st Sentence:
Marianne nursed her third shot of Cuervo, marveling at her endless capacity to destroy any good in her pathetic life, when the man next to her shouted, "Listen up, sweetcakes: Creationism and evolution are totally compatible."


This was a great story, as usual, but with many characters to keep track of. In the end, they all fit together, but I found myself flipping back to remind me who was who.

The main story focuses on Mike and Tia Baye who are struggling to deal with their 16-year-old Adam's behavior after a friend commits suicide. A main component to the story is the weighing between a child's right to privacy and a parent's right to know. How far, as a parent, should you go to protect your child?

SPOILER ALERT: This plays a key part in the book and even my husband, who is a police officer, was not entirely aware. Scary, scary! Lock up your children, I say!

I've enjoyed every single stand-alone written by Coben and I look forward to the next. Unfortunately, I've had no desire to read the Myron Bolitar series so I'll just wait patiently until the next stand-alone comes along.


Kristie said...

I am reading this one right now and am enjoying it. It is my first Harlan Coben, but I have high hopes for it after reading a lot of great reviews.

lorisreadingcorner said...

I've always been a HUGE Harlan Coben fan. This is defnitely one of his top three!

Liz said...

I'm reading this right now, as well, and am thoroughly enjoying it, too. I'm entering some of yyour other reviews on my holds list at the library -- great recs!

I recently finished a new mystery called "Some Kind of Angel." This is a really fast-paced, on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller book, with two new crime-fighters, a forensic doctor and an investigative journalist. They're out to stop the terrorist before he can wreak havoc and massacre thousands in D.C. on the 4th of July. (I've been in DC on the 4th of July -- a terrorist can certainly do some damage!) This one has some unique characters and plot.

Shannon said...

I hope you enjoy it.

I agree. I've always been a huge Coben fan myself.

Great to hear. And I'll look into the book you've recommended. Sounds like my cuppa.