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  1. Kat’s Review of The Stranger by Harlan Coben

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    Synopsis: 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... 

    Kat’s Rating: 4/5

    Kat’s Review: I’ve only read a couple of Harlan Coben’s books but was looking forward to this as the synopsis sounded very intriguing. Adam Price is a normal guy and within the blink of an eye a complete stranger turns everything upside down. Within the first few chapters I was completely drawn into the story and my mind was buzzing with questions. Why would a stranger approach Adam and tell him a secret that could potentially ruin his whole life. Well thankfully Adam has the same questions and he starts to do his own investigating into the Strangers statement.

    The story unfolds with The Stranger making even more elaborate statements to other people and before long the plot has more than one thread, and certainly more than one victim. I liked reading about Adam and found myself compelled to carry on, even though at times some of the things were verging on the incredulous! The suspense is ratcheted up enough to hold your interest and the pace was pretty good too so all in all it was a very easy read.

    Although I certainly enjoyed this book, I wouldn’t say it had a lasting impression on me. It still merits a 4 star rating but I found that it was one of those books you could take or leave depending on your mood. I have read a couple of other books by Coben and thoroughly enjoyed them so will continue to read his work, and hopefully catch up on the Myron Bolitar series, of which I am a huge fan!

  2. Kat's Review of Gone for Good by Harlan Coben

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    Harlan Coben Gone For Good
    My Rating: 4/5

     I have read one of Harlan Coben's stand alone novels, albeit some time ago, and am slowly working my way through his back catalogue. In this book we meet Will Klein and I found that it didn't take long for me to like him. What also became apparent pretty quickly was that Will Klein is an ordinary bloke. He isn't somebody who can ruthlessly take down bad guys and he isn't a brooding lead character that has an issue with authority. In other words, a welcome change from the ordinary leading male cop type character!

    The story itself is quite interesting and before long you realise that the disappearance of Will's girlfriend is far from ordinary. There is also the added plot thread that includes the disappearance of Wills brother who is trhe main suspect in the murder of Julie Miller 11 years prior.

    One of the things that really struck me with the Myron Bolitar series of books was the great characters, this book was no different. Will Klein's friend Squares is a brilliant added character and I found that I would have like to have actually seen more of him in the book. Even with that as a negative this book was still an absolutely brilliant read.

    Towards the end I found myself reading even quicker and I must say that the last few chapters had many twists and surprises in store which I absolutely loved. All in all it was another winner from Harlan Coben.

  3. Kat's Review of Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

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    Harlan Coben Dealbreaker
    My Rating: 4/5

    I have read one of Harlan Coben's stand alone novels, albeit some time ago, and wanted to start at the beginning of his very popular series of books featuring Myron Bolitar. When I started this book, it didn't take me more than a few chapters to fall head over heels for the character Myron. One of the reasons for this is the element of his character that is witty and sarcastic, always a winning combination for me.

    In addition to Myron we meet his friend and sidekick Win Lockwood and his work colleague Esperenza. All of them seem to make an extraordinary yet very believable group of friends. Their relationships throughout the book had me smirking at some of the more sarcastic comments they make to each other.

    With the added benefit of really gelling with the characters we see the story start to unfold with Myron's star client Christian Steel. The story itself is quite complex and there are a lot of plot threads that we pick up along the way. What I loved was the endless possibilities this story threw up and that I was actually none the wiser towards the second half of the book.

    The one element that I didn't like and I don't know why, was the one involving Myron's ex Jessica. Maybe it was because I just didn't like the character but I was irritated by how flawless and beautiful she was meant to be. Overall and by the end of the book I had warmed a little to her, although in all honesty not that much! I was pleased with the ending and thought it was all wrapped up nicely with enough intrigue for me to wonder what is next for Myron and Win. Will look forward to reading the next instalment! The fact that this book was first published in 1995 and there are now another 9 books to be read doesn't put me off; it makes me wish I could read faster!