The Stranger Harlan Coben

513IcJoXoIL._AC_US160_.jpgPub: Orion

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, Corrine, 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 Corrine’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…

What would you do if you were told of a secret concerning a close member of your family?

Adam Price had such a dilemma, when a Stranger in a bar tells him that his wife had a secret.

After confronting her, Adam’s life spirals into something that he would never expect. With blackmail and eventually murder, he is thrown into a world that is totally conflicting to his middle-class lifestyle.

While this book kept me hooked and is one I read in just a few hours, I kind of lost interest with the general plot. The Stranger, a man called Chris, has his reasons for revealing other peoples secrets, and with a ‘gang’ of technical brains, he is hired by person(s) unknown to dish the dirt on Adam’s wife Corinne. Having found out what the secret is and the reasons behind it, left me feeling  a bit flat.

Heavily character based, the two I did like were Ryan and Thomas. I got kind of emotionally involved with them and I think Coben did too.

I loved the concept of a stranger telling random people things that could cause emotional upheaval, but I really wanted this tale to go in a different direction. Although I really liked it, it didn’t really ‘do it’ for me.

3*/5

 

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