Audio Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

Posted May 22, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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Audio Review: The Stranger by Harlan CobenThe Stranger by Harlan Coben
Published by Brilliance Audio on March 24, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hours, 51 minutes
Source: Publisher
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.


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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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About Harlan Coben

With over 50 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last six consecutive novels, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His first Young Adult novel SHELTER was just released in paperback, and the second in the Mickey Bolitar series, SECONDS AWAY, was released on September 18th. His books are published in 41 languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

Winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – international bestselling author Harlan Coben’s critically-acclaimed novels have been called “ingenious” (New York Times), “poignant and insightful” (Los Angeles Times), “consistently entertaining” (Houston Chronicle), “superb” (Chicago Tribune) and “must reading” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

In his first books, Coben immersed himself in the exploits of sports agent Myron Bolitar. Critics loved the series, saying, “You race to turn pages…both suspenseful and often surprisingly funny” (People). After seven books Coben wanted to try something different. “I came up with a great idea that simply would not work for Myron,” says Coben. The result was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller TELL NO ONE, which became the most decorated thriller of 2001 – nominated for an Edgar, an Anthony, a Macavity, a Nero, and a Barry; winner of the Audie Award for Best Audio Mystery/Suspense Book (read by Steven Weber); and a #1 hardcover book on the Book Sense 76 list. Coben followed the success of TELL NO ONE with the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers GONE FOR GOOD (2002), NO SECOND CHANCE (2003), and JUST ONE LOOK (2004) and THE INNOCENT (2005). Bookspan, recognizing Coben’s broad international appeal, named NO SECOND CHANCE its first ever International Book of the Month in 2003 – the Main Selection in 15 different countries.

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4 responses to “Audio Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

  1. Starting strong and finishing weak seems to be a common trait of Harlan Coben’s books. I think it’s because he is better at the plot-as-deception-or-maze than he is at getting under the skin of his characters. He has pieces on a chessboard rather than people.

    • I’ve read his Myron Bolitar series and about five of his standalones. This is my first experience with a less than satisfying ending. I must admit, though, I’m a big fan of those twisty endings of his.