Sunday, March 22, 2015

(21)The Stranger by Harlan Coben


In just a few minutes Adam Price's normal suburban life is rocked to it's core.  He is at the draft for his son's Lacrosse league when a stranger approaches him to tell him that his wife faked her pregnancy two years ago.  The "Stranger" knew enough details to make Adam question if he was telling the truth.  Adam takes the time to think through how to approach Corinne.  The implication that she lied to him two years ago could have major ramifications on their marriage and their perfect suburban life.   And then Corinne just disappears leaving Adam and their two sons reeling.  Adam starts digging around and discovers that "The Stranger" hasn't just destroyed his life, but others as well.  When the police come knocking on his door because someone else tied to "The Stranger" was murdered Adam begins to realize what fear can be.  Will they be able to find the stranger before it is too late for Corinne?  And what will happen to Adam and Corinne's marriage when she does return?  Will they be able to get past this?

Harlan Coben has been writing books for decades now and I love that he never seems to run out of fresh material.  I wasn't sure which direction he was going to take Adam Price and "The Stranger", but it was a thrilling ride.  I could tell that Adam was a good guy, but even good guys can be pushed to a breaking point.  There are some other dynamics at play in this book, the pressures of suburban life can be greater than people can imagine and it is almost shocking at everything that gets revealed about some suburban inhabitants. Greed being number one on the list.  While the ending was not what I had hoped for Adam and his family, but it wasn't completely unexpected.

Bottom line, even after all these years, Harlan Coben knows how to hook his readers and keep them hooked through the very last page.

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