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Written by Harlan Coben

Narrated by Scott Brick

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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About this audiobook

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 forty 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 seventeen 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 page-turning thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities.

Praise for the narration of Stay Close by Harlan Coben, performed by Scott Brick:

"Scott Brick crafts characters not so much by shaping each individual voice with different accents but by expressions and tones that convey strong emotions. And the emotions are far ranging. Empathy, psychotic behavior, and frantic helplessness all figure into the narration as much as the plot. It's a diverse group tied to the crimes: a crooked cop haunted by his conscience, two young psychopathic killers without remorse, old lovers who are trying to escape their past and confront their present. Brick's narration is crucial as the solution is unearthed." © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

LanguageEnglish
Release dateMar 20, 2012
ISBN9781441895400
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Rating: 3.3511029411764706 out of 5 stars
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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    Not Mr C's best. Still, it's barely enjoyable. For some reason, this stand alone novel did not impress. I plodded through the plot and barely kept up with the implausible characters. I skipped about two hours of it in the middle of the listen and I don't believe that I missed much. I'm a Harlen Coben fan but I was disappointed with this book.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    I always enjoy his books!
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Exciting! Lots of twists
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    After reading others reviews about this book, I was expecting to be disappointed. Overall, I wasn't. As always, the content, twist and turns were excellent.

    Megan has been keeping a secret from her husband, and family for almost twenty years... In her previous life, she was a stripper in Atlantic City. But, seventeen years ago, one of her clients was murdered...and she fled, fearing that she would be implicated for the murder, or her boyfriend would be.

    But now, seventeen years later, another man has gone missing...and Megan feels the need to go back and do the right thing. However, once she's back in Atlantic City, she's not sure returning was the right the right thing after all...lives are in danger, including her own...

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Harlan Coben introduces us to Detective Jack Broome of the Atlantic City police force. Broome has been troubled by an unsolved murder of Steward Green that occurred seventeen years ago leaving a wife and two children who cannot find closure because the body was never found. Now with a more recent case involving a lot of blood and no corpse, Broome begins to find similarities with other past unsolved cases.

    The suspense and mystery increase as Broome finds that a missing piece of the puzzle has returned to Atlantic City after seventeen years. Megan Pierce a happily married woman with two children living in northern New Jersey has returned to Atlantic City on an impulse where seventeen years ago she led a fast paced life as a stripper and was a former girlfriend of Steward Green. Megan tries to find some closure herself, but can she keep her husband Dave from finding out her life with him was all built on lies.

    As soon as you think you know who did it, he flips it and make it to a different character. I would recommend this book if you like suspense, excitement, and you want to a page turner. This book is all of that and more. 4 stars for an entertaining and enjoyable read.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Ehn. Predictable.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    More of Coben's fairly standard suspense fare although without the presence of Myron Bolitar. (I kind of missed him!) This one deals with a former stripper gone straight and a series of killings of men that happened at the same time each year. I listened to the audio book and found it a very good way to make the miles pass more quickly. Try it; you'll like it.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    The story was good, but there was too much back-story. I wound up skipping several paragraphs at a stretch. An example is when a policemen is going to tell a father that the body of his grown son has been found, first you have two and a half pages of the father remembering watching a basketball game with his son. If you had read the previous 330 pages you already knew how he felt about his son. It's really difficult to build suspense with those lengthy digressions.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    My first time reading (listening to) a book by this author. Awesome writing, I loved the metaphors and similes the author uses in his descriptions of people, settings, etc. Great characters, great plot! But maybe the best part about this audio book, was the narrator! It's so wonderful when a narrator reads with such passion. It was a JOY to listen to!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    The book and Netflix show are quite different. Overall the book was good and provided some more info and insight into the characters but I liked the ending of the show better.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    I enjoyed the flow of the plot, but i was not glued to it.
    Most of the characters are relatable and it has a some nice (a bit expected) twists.
    Overall, an enjoyable experience :)
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Fleshed-out characters, interesting plot, good narrator. Listened to it over the course of two hikes, made foot pain fade out :)
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Good enough to keep you interested when your brain is tired.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I found it to be a good and typical Harlan Coben book, fast paced, interesting characters.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    A comfortable read with just enough thrills, twists and wit to lift it above the average but not enough quite frankly to bring it up to Coben's usual standard. An easy stroll through American suburbia that detours into the hidden and often sordid underbelly of the mom and apple pie families and lifestyle. Harlan Coben would never mix metaphors however as egregiously as I just have. Megan seems to be living the American dream of a happy marriage, a loving husband and a comfortable life - but she's bored and misses her days as a stripper consorting with low-lives in a seedy Atlantic City club. Her husband Dave has no idea of her past and Megan thinks she has escaped that life until she is contacted by a woman she used to work with, Ray was a rising name in the world of photo-journalism but now he masquerades as a paparazzi, pretending to photograph the celebrity-obsessed or those wanting to impress. Like Megan, who was his girlfriend at the time, his glory days were spent in Atlantic City and the two of them were lovers. Finally there's Lieutenant Jack Bloom, a policeman who is obsessed with a cold case - the disappearance of a family man from a strip club in Atlantic City - and that's the point of intersection for the three main characters. It appears a murder has occurred in Atlantic City every Mardi Gras for the last 17 years, and it seems as though hidden secrets are about to be revealed, including Megan and Ray's involvement in murder. The story does not have too many surprises and is a reasonable stand-alone: it is not quite up to his usual high standard but still a lot better than most other writers at their best - Coben is always a delight.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    So, normally, I like Harlen Coben as an audio read in the car, to help keep me company while driving (and with my hands on the steering wheel, I can't bit my nails.) However, two things happened this time. Early into the book, my car CD player got cranky and stopped working. This was not a hardship because I took the book inside, and then the second "thing" occurred - I had to start packing our library for our move at the end of February. So win! I finished up the book while emptying 7 bookcases. As to the story, a pretty good one. I liked the characters this time round and there were a couple of interesting twists and diversions. I didn't form speculations as to "who done it" because my mind wandered recalling the plots of books I was packing. But, I still followed closely enough to this one to give it a thumbs up.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Maybe a testament to how good this book is: although I've been going through turmoil lately, I was able to read this book. Most of us find it difficult to concentrate on a book during bad times. But in this case, I could.Typical of a Harlan Coben novel, STAY CLOSE doesn't make the reader wait long for suspense. It's a simpler story than his usually are, though. His five-star books are more complex.