I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Stranger by Harlan Coben
Published by Brilliance Audio on March 24, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 9 hours, 51 minutes
Audio | Goodreads
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, Corinne, 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 Corinne's deception, and he 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.
Someone, a stranger, approaches Adam Price and tells him something provocative about his wife, Corinne…a secret she’s kept from him. And so begins a story of deception, mystery and conspiracies that escalate dangerously.
I was immediately drawn into this story, even though much of what we know about all the players is learned after the initial conflict. Determining who’s lying, telling the truth or just being deceptive was made much more difficult until I could burrow under their skin and public veneers and try to make sense of it all. It’s one of the more complex stories I’ve read by Coben and it kept me enthralled through the end.
Speaking of endings…it’s the sole weakness. It didn’t live up to the strength of what came before it and I just didn’t like it. It wasn’t a terrible finish, just not one of the finest. To say more would be unfair. However, my strong rating is testament to how much I enjoyed the reading experience overall. And, George Newbern delivers a strong performance, especially with his interpretation of the main character, Adam Price.
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