Tell No One by Harlan Coben
Published by Dell on October 21, 2009 (originally published 2001)
Genre(s): fiction, crime, mystery, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 386
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For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.
Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible — that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.
Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.
But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret — and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.
When I’m in the mood for a solid mystery/thriller, Harlan Coben is one of my go to authors. And as expected, Tell No One delivered!
“Memories, you see, hurt. The good ones most of all.”
Not only does Tell No One have a fast paced, tightly woven plot, it also has a core cast of characters that a reader can really root for. It offers an exciting and entertaining thriller that is so easy to get swept up in and miss all the clues the author has planted. But they’re there; if you really pay attention this is a mystery you can solve if that’s your thing. If not, it’s just as much fun to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Along with creating twisty rollercoaster rides of stories, one of Coben’s strengths is drawing out main characters that are complex and endearing. Many of the side characters are caricatures, but those who are the true focus of the story really come alive. And I thoroughly enjoyed joining them on this adventure to discover the truth.
I know this is an older book, but Tell No One is one of those stories I could easily see being turned into a movie, especially since that seems to be the thing to do these days. (I’d definitely watch that movie!) Recommended for anyone looking for a page turning crime thriller.