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by Harlan Coben

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Stay Close
by Author Name Harlan Coben

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List Price:26.99
Format: Hardback, 240 x 160 x 35mm, 400pp
Publication date: 29 Mar 2012
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
ISBN-13: 9781409112556


Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she's got two kids, a perfect husband, a house with a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at the age of forty he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Broome is a detective who can't let go of a cold case - a local husband and father who disappeared seventeen years ago - and spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man's family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up any moment to step into them. Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realisation that they may not want to forget the past at all.And as each confronts the dark side of the American Dream - the boredom of suburban life, the thrill of temptation, the desperation that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades - they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper thin as a heartbeat...


Harlan Coben specialises in rousing the snake that lurks in the perfectly cut grass of American suburbia. STAY CLOSE brings the secrets and lives of three people into collision. Coben makes you care about them but never neglects a plot that is full of his trademark shocks. SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "A stroll in excellent company" -- Jake Kerridge Sunday Express "A classy thriller" Bella '"Tense and tightly plotted... a master of thrillers."' SHORTLIST '"[An] atmospheric, tense and constantly twisting novel. The perfect introduction to the brilliance of US crime master Coben."' -- Boyd Hilton HEAT 'A masterful stand-alone... Coben writes with wit and irony, and his flair for exposing the frail balance point between order and chaos in our lives has never been stronger than in this suspenseful outing' Publishers Weekly 'A tour-de-force stand-alone... with some of the most shocking action scenes in current crime fiction' Booklist "Harlan Coben's latest thriller is typically engrossing" Star 'Coben engages readers from the first page. A plot layered with twists, action, and a scandalous history will have his many fans flying through this new offering. Coben devotees have come to expect certain thrills, and they will not be disappointed' Library Journal 'The narration hums and dances and sings like nothing he has done before, and his characters are so real this time around that they almost seem to rise off the printed page' 'In all of his writing he brings a unique voice to stories that entertain and enthrall the reader ... The story is intense, the characters are interesting, and the writing is magnificent. Coben's talent is in high gear' Huffington Post