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Author: Harlan Coben / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      10.12.2010 23:22
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      Tell No One? Tell everyone!

      After hearing excellent things about Harlan Coben's books I decided to buy a second hand copy of Tell No One from Amazon Marketplace. I thought at £1.82 I really couldn't go wrong and even if I hated it, it wouldn't really matter. The book was published in 2001 and was his first stand alone novel since his creation of his popular Myron Bolitar series. It went on to become his bestselling novel and was made into a French film by director, Guillaume Canet. The story The story begins with David and Elizabeth Beck, a young married couple, travelling to Lake Charmaine in Pennsylvania, a place they have visited since they knew each other as children. The romantic breaks ends with Elizabeth's kidnapping and murder and David being left for dead in the lake. Eight years after her body was found, Elizabeth's murderer is in jail on death row but David can't move on and thinks about her every day. When David receives an email from an unknown address on their anniversary, containing information that only he and Elizabeth knew, as well as a link to a video feed that would only be live for a minute at 'kiss time' - again a term that only Elizabeth would know. The video reveals a live image of an older Elizabeth who tells David, simply, "I'm sorry". Is it a practical joke or is Elizabeth still alive? As David digs deeper into the mystery surrounding the night at the Lake it appears that someone is trying just as hard to keep the past covered up and David begins to fear for his own life. He ends up on the run, accused of her murder with only the assistance of Elizabeth's father, his sister's lover and a drug-dealer who owes him after he saved his child's life. The characters The main character is clearly David and I found him a likeable protagonist. The story is told from David's point of view and a reader you find that you start thinking from his perspective although we never know everything about him. He has spent 8 years mourning his dead wife in a state of misery never moving on, however, when questions arise about his wife's murder he proactively looks to solve it once and for all, not caring who he comes up against. He is a doctor who genuinely cares about his patients, especially TJ and his father Tyrese who feature throughout the book. He has good relationships with his sister Linda and her partner Shauna who is one of the only other characters explored in detail throughout the book. She is a high profile model with powerful contacts and one of the people that David feels that he can trust. Hoyt Parker, Elizabeth's father, is a retired Police Officer who has always grieved for his daughter and perhaps blamed David for what happened to her. As the plot develops, it becomes obvious that Hoyt harbours a dark secret and more information than he lets on about the circumstances surrounding his daughter's death. Elizabeth really only appears in the book at the beginning before her murder. However, her character is explored throughout the book as David tries to uncover what happened to her and why. When some photos appear of Elizabeth covered in bruises from 8 years ago and David starts to look in her diary, it seems that he does not know everything about his wife's life and that she may have been keeping secrets of her own. What is obvious throughout the book, however, is that David and Elizabeth loved each other deeply and that he will do anything to find out what happened. Was it any good? The book was every bit as gripping as people say it is and reviews tell me! I stayed up until 2am the first night and spent the whole next day finishing it off so it took less than two days to read and probably about 4 hours into. It really is page turning stuff! The storyline was complex with intertwining storylines but written in a way that was reader-friendly for anyone from teens to an older audience, without being trashy. The author describes the relationships in the book beautifully and pulls you into the story from the very start. Before I read the book I had heard that it was full of twists and turns which I love in a novel. However, this meant that I was looking out for them the whole way through and wasn't particularly surprised when certain revelations were made. I was actually quite disappointed that I knew what had happened to Elizabeth before the end as I would have preferred the suspense to continue until the final pages, although the final twist did make up for it slightly! It was an exciting ending because although the twist was a small thing in regards to the whole story, everything you thought through the book sort of changes in a second. However, no more secrets and a fairly happy ending - that's all I want in a book! Price and availability I bought the book second hand for £1.82 from Amazon Marketplace and it is available for next to nothing on there and Ebay. It is available online but in most cases, it will take 1-2 weeks to be dispatched and in many cases is out of stock and being reprinted. Amazon £4.60 Out of stock Play.com £5.00 Shipped within 1-2 weeks WH Smith £7.02 Shipped within 1-2 weeks Waterstone's £7.99 Limited availability I would advise buying from Ebay either new or second hand as availability is better. Would I recommend? Yes! I think this is an enjoyable, suspenseful book which would keep the reader entertained and gripped throughout. It's definitely the type of book that you can't put down and would keep you up all night. It would appeal to anyone who enjoys a good mystery as it really has you speculating. Due to the nature of the content, I wouldn't recommend the book to anyone under the age of about 16 but I think it would appeal to any other age group. This is the first Harlan Coben book that I've read and since finishing it I've already ordered three more! It's one of the best books in its genre that I've read in a long time and I would not hesitate to recommend. However, I would suggest not reading too far into it or many other reviews because this did ruin it for me in a way. A great 4/5! Tell No One? Doubt it. Tell everyone about this book - I think they would like it!

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        30.07.2010 13:29
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        Tell No One by Harlan Coben - 2 words: Read It!

        **Introduction** I have quite a voracious appetite when it comes to books and reading and can quite happily sit in the same spot for hours on end lapping up page after page of an all-encompassing read. Over the years I have worked my way through every release of my favourite authors and am often faced with the dilemma of having nothing new to read. In extreme cases I will return to books already read but for the most part I usually end up waiting for an announcement of a new release from one of my favourites or, as is the case with this book - Tell No One by Harlan Coben - reading it purely based on a recommendation. To be honest I had never heard of Harlan Coben, Horror is my normal genre of book that I like to read but I often venture into the realm of the 'Thriller' when needs dictate. Judging by the reviews this book has already received and the praise the author has had lauded on him on Amazon I feel as though I'm joining this particular party late, but better late than never eh? **Plot Outline** Tell No One was published back in 2001 and from reading the information from inside the book's cover appears to be the authors 7th published release. The story begins in the past with an introduction to David Beck as he and his wife Elizabeth are making their annual anniversary trip to his deceased grandfather's property set alongside a picturesque lake in a quiet secluded area. David and Elizabeth were childhood sweethearts and inseparable from an early age, clearly in love and celebrating a special point in their lives the annual trip to the lake is one that they cherish. The 13th visit to the lake is when something terrible happens though to the couple and in a horrific act of violence Elizabeth is abducted and later found dead whilst David is knocked unconscious and left to drown... These events happened 8 years ago, and switching to the present day David is trying to get on with his life the best he can. Now a qualified Doctor specialising in paediatrics David has a small network of family and friends who support him and he enjoys his work with children. All this changes though when David receives an Email from an anonymous source with what appears to be real-time footage of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to his deceased wife. Not sure what to think David wonders if it's all just a sick joke but when the mysterious woman mouths the words "I'm Sorry" he knows it is her. But how? How can Elizabeth be alive when her body was found and her murder linked a convicted serial killer? Is it all some elaborate set up? But for what reason?... Tell No One has the answers and to reveal anymore of the story would be spoiling the chance to read this for yourself. By doing so you will find out what really happened all those years ago at the lake and why since that life-changing event Dr David Beck has been the subject of a covert monitoring operation with his every move being watched. **Opinion** I read this book from cover to cover in 7 hours - all 346 pages of it. That should give an indication as to just how good this was, apart from a couple of breaks where I reluctantly put the book down I sat transfixed following the story of David and Elizabeth and joining them on every twist and turn. Harlan Coben has managed to put together a taut thriller with Tell No One that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until you reach the blistering end, from the first page I was hooked and *had* to know what was happening. I was reminded throughout the book of the TV Drama serial 24 as the pacing in this is very similar in feel, you are fed bites of information in short, snappy intervals and as the story is told in the first and third person perspective you find out things the same time as David and are able to pick up additional information from the other characters who all play a major part in the plot. There are intriguing sub-stories which all connect to the main story-arc and shocking discoveries are made as you get further into the book - a good thriller should keep you guessing and second-guessing yourself and this book more than manages that. I made assumptions early on which proved to be incorrect and sort-of-stumbled onto the real reasons and revelations quite by chance but as this is the first Coben book that I have read I cannot say if this is typical for the author. What I did notice from the opening few pages is how Coben sets out the narrative into short, snappy sentences. The flow of the book really benefits from this as you do not get bogged down with too many superfluous detail and irrelevances, no wasted time is spent on unnecessary distractions and everything you are told you need to know. I could throw many empty plaudits at this book; 'page-turner', 'roller coaster ride', 'white-knuckle read' etc and whilst they would most certainly apply its only when you get to the end of the story that you realise just how good Tell No One actually is, a thriller should be thrilling and I have to give credit to Harlan Coben - this book *is* thrilling. You can probably tell by now that I loved this book and in all honesty I feel like a child in a sweetshop at the moment as I have all the other Harlan Cobens books ahead of me to choose from. Ardent readers will know the feeling you get when you discover a new author and the rush of excitement you get when you start on page 1 of a new find, Tell No One has set a high precedent as far as I'm concerned and if Cobens other books are half as good as this then I am for a real treat over the coming months. I have already ordered another 2 books by the author and I hope this review will go some way in persuading other new readers into his world, Tell No one is a standalone novel and the characters feature in this book only so new readers can certainly start their voyage of discovery here. The cover price of this book is £7.99 but I paid £4.17 from Amazon and there are cheaper options from Market Place if you want to pick up a bargain as well as numerous used copies on EBay. I like 'new' books so am quite selective but even at just over £4.00 I consider this to be money well spent. At 346 pages the book makes for a quick read it you're anything like me but doesn't feel rushed or lacking in detail but do be warned that once you get past page 1 you may not be able to put it down until you reach the end. Tell No One? I'm on a mission to tell *everyone* about this book, read it, I'm sure you wont be disappointed. 5/5 dooyoo stars from me and highly recommended. Thanks for reading my review.

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          03.07.2009 17:24

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          One of the best books i have ever read

          This was the book that first got me reading Harlan Coben. The story is that David Becks wife was abducted 6 years ago, to never be seen again Suddenly 2 people die close to where his wife went missing. Beck then receives an email telling him to log onto a web site, and when he does he sees a picture of his wife taken recently. David Becks world comes crashing down around him. To tell you any more may spoil the book for you. When i began to read this book i did not realise what i was getting into. I honestly could not put the book down. Harlan coben with this book gets you right from page one and there is no letting go. The book is fast moving and the story has been put together extremely well. You can not wait to find out what happens on the next page. I finished this book in 2 days which is something i very rarely manage to achieve. Some books can be a bit too gruesome at times but Coben shows his class by not having to go down that route to provide a great story. The only down side is that i have not found another Harlan Coben book yet to match this one.

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          03.03.2009 20:26
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          Unputdownable thriller!

          I was recently introduced to Harlan Coben's novels and it's been a long time since I found an author can hold me from the first page and keep me gripped right through the book - at last I have found one! I have read around 5 of his books so far and eagerly scour Ebay etc to buy all his novels as I know ive got to read them all now! Tell No One is the last one I read and is the story of Dr David Beck and his wife Elizabeth who met and fell in love as kids, got married and return each anniversary to the tree where they shared their first kiss, to carve another notch on the tree. Now that's all a bit sickly sweet isn't it, but suddenly whilst celebrating their 13 th anniversary at this spot, they go for a dip in the lake and this is when Elizabeth disappears as David is knocked unconcious. He awakes to find her gone. Her body is found, she has been brutally murdered. He tries to pick up the pieces and move on with his life, but 8 years on as he realises he may never be able to move on and be happy ever again, he receives a mysterious email, which when he opens it loads up a picture of his wife and the message 'tell no one'. Beck embarks on a hunt believing his 'dead' wife may not be dead after all, but finds himself quickly becoming the hunted. There follows a lot of twists and turns as more emails appear and it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems regarding the circumstances surrounding his wife's murder. I simply could not put this down and it kept me guessing right until the end. I would begin to think I had worked it out, only to turn the page and realise I was wrong! I am not going to spoil it for anyone by revealing the ending - you'll just have to read it yourself, and maybe you too will develop an addiction to everything he has written! I understand this book has been made into a film. I would like to see it, although like so many films I doubt it will be as good as the book. For anyone who likes a good thriller that keeps you guessing until the end I highly recommend Harlan Coben. I can't read them fast enough!

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            01.10.2008 17:50
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            Great book from start to finish - hard to put down!

            I first started reading Harlan Coben's books about 6 years ago, with his series of books featuring the privatge investigator Myron Bolitar. However, Coben has written a number of excellent stand alone novels with one-off characters, and Tell No One is the first of these that I read. It has been made into a film in France, although I haven't seen this yet, and is hopefully the start of a number of his books to be made into films. Rumours are that Deal Breaker, a Myron Bolitar book, is to be made into a film, but as far as I know, this is currently in talks. Tell No One starts off telling how Dr David Beck lost his wife, many years previously, and sets him up as a respectable character and part of the community he lives in. Then his whole world is turned upside down when he hears of two deaths near to the area where his wife died, and when he is sent a picture of his wife, taken recently, he starts to wonder what exactly is going on, and who is playing games. David's mental state starts playing havoc with him as he questions what he saw years previously, whether his wife is dead or not, and who is behind it all. Things take a more dramatic turn as he is made a scapegoat and is accused of murder. Going on the run, he dives into a world full of likes and deceit, and exposes a conspiracy of silence. Who is behind everything, and what will he have to do to find out the truth? Coben gives us an excellent tale, and I have to say, this book kept me on my toes from start to finish. I regard as the best of his stand alone novels, and I only prefer the Bolitar books as I can link them all together and I like the character developments. On their own, they don't come close to this. Coben tests an area of paranoia in the reader as he questions what his lead character knows and saw, and throws his life into question as he gives him a straw of hope that his wife may still be alive then delives him a swift blow as he is made out to be the villain. Desperation is described very well by the author, as are most of the emotions involved, and the action is also well documented and convincing. You really get a good vision of what is happening. The twists and turns of the book don't stop until the very end, by which point it was nearly 3am for me, first time I read it. I couldn't put it down. At the time, I had another Coben book to read, and spent maybe a couple of minutes contemplating whether to dive in straight away, so good was this book. However, I erred on the side of being sensible, and went to sleep. The book is that mesmerising that I felt like I wanted to carry on reading, even after the story had finished. I highly recommend this book. Coben is very good at captivating an audience with clever characterisation and careful plot creation, constantly making the reader guess. I have been impressed with all of his work, but none moreseo than this one. The book retails at £6.99, although you will be able to get it cheaper if you look around a bit.

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              12.01.2008 20:19

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              Firstly, I have to say, Harlan Coben, there is no other like you or likely to be. You have captured imgination, thoughts as well as feelings in ways impossible to expressI feel really close to all the characters you have presented in all of your books and have become very real to me in ways that I am now placing myself in their world.....you can take anything and give it life.I have read all of your books and most of them I have read even twice. I feel very close to Myron and his family, not to mention the one and only Win. I have to say thou that I was more than pleased when you got rid of Jessica.Number one fan.....Kayla RatteryLondon

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              28.09.2007 11:44
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              Dr.David Beck's wife was murdered eight years ago...or was she? And how much do her family know?

              This is the first Harlan Coben thriller I have read, reccommended to me by my close friend Miss Muppet, and unlike many of his other books is a stand-alone novel that doesn't form any part of a series. Which is always good. Because then you don't need to rush out to get the books that come before it just so that you can understand any of the backstory. With TELL NO ONE, the backstory is simple.....Dr.David Beck is witness to the abduction of his wife and he himself is assaulted. Months later, her body is discovered by police and laid at the hands of a serial killer who brands his victims with the letter K. Eight years pass and then police discover two bodies close to the site where David's wife was abducted. Simultaneously David begins getting E-mails purporting to be from his wife and it quickly becomes apparent that everyone around him has been keeping secrets about what actually happened. Determined to discover the truth, David sets out on a path of discovery that leads to all manner of skeletons falling from their closets and exposes a conspiracy of silence. But when David becomes a prime suspect for the murders of both his wife and the two other bodies that have been found, he is forced to go on the run untill the truth will out. Although the whole "is she dead or isn't she?" storyline has been used before (most notably by Dean Koontz in his supernatural thriller,The Door To December) and Beck's flight from justice to prove his innocence is also reminiscent of "The Fugitive" (both the sixties t.v show and the modern day Harrison Ford remake), Coben still manages to give the whole thing a modern twist and provide a thriller that comes across as both unique and original whilst really being neither. The fact that it is told mostly from the perspective of Dr.David Beck helps keep the whole thing moving nicely as well and the revelations when they come are often as much a surprise to the reader as they are to Beck himself. The book is very well written, easy enough to read and short enough that you could take it away on holiday with you and quite happily read it on the beach. I, for one, am very glad I have discovered this author and will certainly be looking for one of his titles again though I don't think I like this quite enough to spend money on him so will probably try for a swap on the book-swapping site I use instead. Overall this is a refreshing change from the slew of female medical forensic novels that seem to have swamped the genre of late and a gripping thriller that keeps you hooked untill the end. Intrestingly enough, this novel has recently been filmed as a french language film moving the location and plot to France- why this should be, I do not know but it has intrigued me enough to want to check it out!! It will be curious to see how this translates to the big screen and, as a big fan of foreign language films, will definetly be one film I will be looking to add to my collection.

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                An addictive read, despite being slightly too violent in parts

                Dr David Beck and his wife Elizabeth were one of those nauseating couples that fell in love at age 12, spend the teenage years of lust with one another and then ended up married in their adult lives. Every year they go to the same place to celebrate their anniversary and to make another notch under their initials in the tree in front of which they shared their first kiss so many years ago. It's on their 13th anniversary that the harmony is suddenly broken when Elizabeth is kidnapped and murdered. Beck tries to move on with his life, dating women here and there, but never being able to form a meaningful and permanent relationship. Eight years after the anniversary of Elizabeth's disappearance, Beck suddenly realises that he may never be able to move on - as he receives a mysterious email and an image of Elizabeth on his computer screen that make him run around New York City in a wild goose chase to capture this ghost. And Beck is alone in his hunt as the mysterious message warns him to "tell no one" of what is happening. As Beck the hunter becomes the hunted he has to make various judgment calls in other to ensure his survival. The moment I started reading this book I knew I was hooked. It was yet another one of Coben's brilliantly written mysteries that throw open so many questions and lead the reader astray at every turn of the page. It instantly became clear that the events on the night of Elizabeth's kidnapping and murder were not as clear-cut as they seemed. And as the reader, Coben invites you to explore and discover the truth with the main character, Beck. As always, Coben's passion is unpredictability. Even as I thought I had figured out every nuance about half-way through my read, Coben changed the angle in such a way that I had to admit once again that his story was thoroughly unpredictable. And that is just how I like my thrillers. Each and every character was thought through into its minutest detail. Several of the characters instantly made themselves at home in my heart. I simply loved Beck, he was portrayed as such a caring and loving individual, that from start to finish I just wanted to protect him. There were a couple of other characters that I quickly warmed to, especially Tyrese, the drug-dealing father of one of Dr Beck's patients, who despite being an inherently "bad person" did show so many streaks of goodness in him that it was hard to dislike or judge him. The appearance of Eric Wu, a Korean martial arts expert and brutal killer who I had encountered in Coben's "Just one Look" was a special treat for me. Believe me, seeing Eric Wu around is not a pleasant surprise - it sends chills right down your spine and reminds you of the fact that there are no guarantees in Coben's novels. Your main characters, especially the ones you like the most, are not invincible. They may well die at the hands of one of the "bad guys". Coben's writing style is beautiful - especially when it comes to conveying Beck's thoughts and feelings. With detailed imagery of memories and scents, Coben clearly knows how to relay emotions felt by one of his characters to another. I especially loved it when he let the reader reminisce with Beck - conveying clearly how his late wife Elizabeth smelled, felt and looked and imparting clearly the desperation Beck feels when he thinks that there may be a minute chance that she is still alive. The use of first person narrative from start to finish certainly assists the reader to see everything more clearly from Beck's perspective. For those readers who have a slightly sensitive stomach and a vivid imagination, a word of caution is necessary. There are a couple of incidents in the story that are very violent and very graphic - and they certainly can make your stomach turn. It is not the most violent of Coben's stories that I have read - but it is still slightly nauseating in parts. At the end of I did wonder when I closed the book whether Coben was trying to impart a meaningful message with his story. Once you get to the end, you suddenly realise that none of the horrible events that kept you on the edge of the seat would have happened - if only the characters had been honest with one another from the outset. It is not like any of the characters are compulsive liars or bad people - they just got caught up in keeping things to themselves - things that lead to more and more tragedy and in the end cost nothing less than human lives. It is probably not worth analyzing Coben's intentions too much - but one thing is clear. Here is yet another one of those grabbing thrillers that is best devoured in one-sitting at that may just keep you up all night. ***Further information*** Orion Books Pages: 346 Price: £6.99

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                  13.02.2006 06:24
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                  Full of intrigue and suspense with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster!

                  INTRODUCTION I can’t recall where or when I first came across the author Harlan Coben but I have now read two or three of his books and thoroughly enjoyed them all. However, I’ve just finished reading “Tell No-one” and devoured it in less than two days. I often get really into books and find them quite compelling but it really is quite unusual for me to find it almost impossible to put them down but this one really hooked me straight from the off. Harlan Coben hails from Newark, New Jersey. He studied politics and worked in the travel industry before launching into a highly successful writing career that has seen him gather a veritable treasure chest of coveted awards. In his first novels Coben concentrates on a sports Agent character called Myron Bolitar, but in 2001 came up with an idea that didn’t fit in with this character … Tell No-One was the result. It was critically acclaimed and nominated for a whole series of awards from the Edgar Allen Poe Award to the Macavity Award. It also won the French “Le Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle” for fiction. THE STORY Childhood sweethearts Elizabeth and David Beck set off on a romantic 13th anniversary trip to Lake Charmaine. Lake Charmaine has been an integral part of their upbringing all through their childhood. On that 13th visit, tragedy strikes and Elizabeth is kidnapped and murdered, whilst David is attacked and left with life threatening injuries, but he survives. The eight years that follow David spends “existing” rather than “living” and throws himself into his career as a paediatric doctor in a social care setting. All of a sudden his life is turned upside down when an image of his late wife appears on a computer screen, where all the buried, desperate memories are ripped wide open. David has to decide whether the image is some sick practical joke; an evil hoax or whether by some miracle his dead wife is somehow alive. This is where the story really begins. David’s rather safe, staid, ordinary life is thrown into turmoil whilst he starts investigating. The story focuses on the power of technology and coded messages being received by David that suggest Elizabeth is very much alive. The widowed David is, understandably, driven by the “live” image of his wife on a computer screen and the coded messages that he sincerely believes could only possibly come from her. But is he really chasing a “ghost” that sets him against all the people he trusts; pursuing an impossible dream? His most trusted friend Shauna goes to desperate lengths to try and help David, including hiring a “media” friendly lawyer. Although David tries to let Shauna help the sequence of events dictates that he has no choice but appear to “bite the hand that feeds him”. Despite Elizabeth’s killer having been identified as a serial killer and the perpetrator being on death row, the killer was never charged with her particular murder. The series of events that follow lead to the Police and the FBI hunting David down as the prime suspect in this eight year old murder. The narrative sees David picking up and translating the coded messages that send him searching for old friends; friends that he neglected after his wife’s death, because they brought back tragic memories. More tragedy follows when one of these friends is tortured and left for dead. One of the coded messages tries to set up a meeting – a meeting David is so desperate to attend that he flees from the Police and the FBI who are both convinced that he was the real perpetrator of his wife’s murder. Whilst fleeing from the authorities, he assaults a Police Officer and hooks up with a black guy drug dealer whose child is one of his patients. The drug dealer leads David into a horrifying environment that previously David could only imagine, but provides him with escape and the highest level protection so that he can follow his impossible dream; the dream being that Elizabeth, his only love, is still alive and that there might possibly still be a future together. The plot is complex but very intelligent and as a result is entirely believable. The author structures the story in such a way that the intricate threads are woven together with the quality of a first class seamstress. About mid way through the book, I started to think that the ending was going to be too predictable and although my prediction was correct, it was offset by an extremely clever twist in the tale right on the last page. CHARACTERS David, the young 33 year old grieving widower, is the central character in this novel and his narrative is delivered in the first person. In this story, it works extremely well and the author draws you in to such an extent, that you believe you are in David’s psyche. However, the explosive ending goes to prove that you haven’t been at all, but I liked that. Shauna (an Amazonian built woman and a model) is David’s best friend and his sister’s lover. Shauna was David’s room mate in his University days after a spelling mix up so instead of having a same sex “roomie” he got Shauna. They got on so well that they decided to live with it and had been firm friends ever since. Despite having implicit trust in Shauna, David cannot share everything with her because the “coded” messages all end with “Tell No-one”. Hester Crimstein is a high profile criminal lawyer who loves the media. She’s recruited by Shauna to defend David and to get him bail upon arrest … before he flees from the Police. Hoyt Parker is David’s father in law and an NYPD veteran hides a dark and heart breaking secret whilst grieving for his murdered 25 year old daughter. The characterisation in this novel is first class. The major characters are well developed, mature and believable. One of the most striking things in this dark thriller is that Harlan Coben demonstrates a wicked sense of humour that is borne out in his characters. Personally, I think that’s an incredibly skilful feat to achieve in this genre. Coben has focused in on two central characters really and the minor characters are woven in and out of the plot and sub plots in a way that works really effectively. I like this as it means that you get to identify with the main personalities and don’t feel like you have to get to know every character in the story itself. MY OPINION This has to be one of the best thrillers I’ve read in quite some time. It was a real page turner with action, twists and turns on every page. I consumed it in two days which is pretty quick for me. At 346 pages it’s not that long but I only really read during my commute and at weekends so two days was record time for me. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next and so picked it up at every opportunity. The writer is mature, clever, and skilful and his characters are well developed within the overall structure of the plot. The sub plots are intriguing, sinister and amusing all at the same time; like I said before I think this is a real achievement and not easy to do. The concept of the story itself was also fresh and different. I didn’t feel that there was anything formulaic in here as I have read a couple of other Coben books and although the writing style is consistent, the idea is unique and the imagination used in this particular novel far surpassed anything that I was expecting. I WILL read this again and that fact alone is testament alone to how brilliant I thought this book was. I’m almost certain that upon a second read I will gain more insight into the author as well as the story itself. This thriller does contain levels of violence that are hard to stomach and descriptions can be explicit, although I don’t find Coben’s delivery as off putting as some other authors I like in this genre. It’s difficult to explain but the violence here is in context and as a result probably not quite as shocking as it can be sometimes. Overall, a good, entertaining story and a darned fine mystery. The twist in the tale at the end is one of the best that I’ve come across to date. Read it and see for yourself. 346 pages Published by Orion Fiction (paperback) £5.99 ISBN 0-75284-471-7 © Christina ;-) x

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                    24.11.2002 18:24
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                    I am not a book worm at all, in fact I hardly ever pick up a book. The nearest I get to a book is when I?m sitting next to my girlfriend, when she has her nose buried in one for best part of the day. Let me take you back to 3 weeks ago. It was rainy day up here in Newcastle, and me and my better half were spending one of those rare occasions when we get to spend a full day together. I got up early and took myself of to the gym (a regular occurrence) while my girlfriend watches her much loved weekly morning t.v. Whilst at the gym, I had allsorts of things going through my mind as to what we should do that day, however on my return I find my girlfriend still in bed reading this blasted book. Two days later, and all I hear is ?you should read it? . So just to see what all the fuss was about I decided to do just that. I am now glad that I did, and am now waiting in anticipation for the film to see if it matches up to the brilliant intensity of the book. After 346 pages of sheer brilliant writing I am about to tell you my view on Tell No One. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------- Tell No One by Harlen Coben is a suspense thriller. A young woman appears to be the victim of a serial killer, leaving her husband behind. Then one day out of he blue, something happens that is so unsettling that it turns his world upside down. The story begins with Dr David Beck and his wife Elizabeth arriving at a lake in Pennsylvania, one summer.They have been married for seven months,although they met when they were children and have never been apart since. Then Elizabeth is taken from him by a serial killer on their holiday at the lake. David survives, although left for dead. Eight years on and David is trying to get on with his life , he is not doing too good. He just cant let go. Everyone is telling him to move on and forget the past, but he cant. One night out of the blue, David gets an e-mail, an e-mail of a phrase that only him and his wife knew. The e-mail points him to a website, on the website page there is a webcam , it shows a busy street with his supposedly dead wife looking at him. The caption says ?tell no one?. Suddenly David is thrown into turmoil. Is his wife somewhere, somehow alive? All of a sudden the F.B.I are on his case over the murder of his wife. At the time of the supposed killing of his wife the police arrested and put behind bars a man called Kilroy. The case re openes again because the police have found two dead bodies and a baseball bat, that was used to injure David at the time of his wifes abduction. David runs from the people he trusts, and is on a mission to find this figure from his computer. He is desperate .David is heading straight into a deadly secret, a dark secret. Someone is trying to stop him before he gets there. David confides only in his best friends Linda and Shana. He tells them that he believes Elizabeth is still alive.Shana does her best to make him realize that tricks are possible through photography .David still pursues what he thinks he has seen. If the message is bogus how did the fake it? If it is genuine, why has Elizabeth waited until now to get in touch?. And how did Elizabeth?s father identify a body that wasn?t hers? With the help of a drug dealer, Tyrese.( tyrese owes David because he saved his son) The patience and help of his sisters lover Shana ,David is aided in his quest for answers. Assisted along the way by a celebrity lawyer, David comes up against some ruthless people. These being zillionaire Griffin Scope and killer Eric Wu. What David finds destroys his life as he knows it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------ The ending of this is predictable once you have read the best part of the book ( I?m not giving it away). Howe ver the events that lead up to it are not. The book is a gripping thriller with enough humor to break the tension and suspence. The story moves along well, and had me turning the pages faster than I turn my local newspaper pages to the sport section. The book is written from Davids point of view, so it is easy to relate to what he is feeling.The style of the book was a good easy read.I didn?t have to concentrate to much. I felt though that I couldn?t put this book down. Each twist in the tale ha me wanting more, and I was burning the midnight oil for two solid nights.I have heard that they are making this into a film .I cant wait to see if it lives up to the book. I recommend it, especially if you are into crime thrillers. I am now going to sit down with a bottle of wine and read another of his books ?gone for good?. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------- Tell No One is available from most books stores for 5.99 in paperback. Thank You to Rachael (my girlfriend) for making me read it. I am now a fan.

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                      22.06.2002 21:48
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                      David Beck and his wife have been together forever........ they met when they were small children and have never been apart, that is until Elizabeth is taken from him by a serial killer one night when they are visiting an old haunt. For eight years David tries to get on with his life, but he's not doing it too well, he just won't let her go. One night, working late, David gets and email........ the email points him to a website........ on the website is a webcam image........ the image is Elizabeth, eight years older now, standing on a busy street corner looking at him! "Tell No One" the email says. Is David cracking up? Was that really Elizabeth back from the dead? Is someone's idea of a joke? "Tell No One" - David can't even ask anyone for help and suddenly the FBI are on his case for the murder of his wife. I saw this book in Safeway a number of times but never bought it - it sat in my Amazon basket for months until I finally got round to buying it. Then it sat in the "too read" bundle for a few weeks. I finally got round to reading it though and quite enjoyed it. It is full of plot turns and the answers are not too obvious, I never saw the ending coming. Although it is certainly not as exciting as a lot of other thrillers I have read, I would still put it in the 4 out of 5 range (there is no 3.5 and the book is better than a 3 star!!). It is written as David Beck telling the story so everything is looking from his point of view and it is quite easy to relate to everything that is going on. It is a nice light read in two senses - the style or writing lets you read the book without having to concentrate too hard, and it's only 346 pages so doesn't break your wrist when reading in bed! I had never read any of Harlan Coben's stuff before, infact I assumed that this was his debut novel but I have since seen others of his in WH Smith and might just go out and get some more. Tell No One Harlan Coben ISBN 0-75284-471-7 346 pages - paperback £5.99 publisher's price

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                        This book to me was one of the best I have read I had never read a Harlan Coben book before, but since reading this one I have now started on his first series of books The Plot Eight years ago Dr David Beck was left for dead and his wife kidnapped and murdered after their annual visit to Lake Charmaine. Now eight years since that day Dr Beck receives an e-mail that results in his wifes image starring back at him from the screen. Dr Beck now finds himself running from his current life and chasing someone whose messages to him contain codes to which only himself and his wife would understand. These codes instruct him where to be, at what time and what to do. Codes which no one else would understand. I read this book as soon as it was released so having never read one of Cobens books before I didn't know what to expect (I was atually quite dubious of it when I read the details of the story), but I found myself completely hooked from the first page and I could not put it down, I never knew what was coming next and I could not read it fast enough. As well as being full of suspense and very pacey it is also a very moving story. I have not read a book like it. I really can not think of a disadvantage to this book.

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                          10.03.2002 20:23
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                          Thrillers? Yes, thrillers, a genre of novel that is well represented in the book shops, fast paced, page turning, suspense filled and usually easy to read. I am not the worlds biggest fan of the thriller, there are some good ones out there, but most of them are forgettable, read it quickly put it down and 2 months later, you can't remember the plot, the characters, the language or any of it. This offering by Harlan Coben falls into that category, it entertains, just, but it is not a book that I would ever read again, in fact I almost didn't read it all, but I did. Well, you cannot start a book and not finish it, well I cannot anyway and some books pick up. Harlan Coben is an American author, apparently he has been big news state side for a while now with a series of books based around a character called Myron Bolitar. It is only recently that he has been published on this more sedate side of the Atlantic and according to the praise on the cover of this book, this is one author that we should not have been able to live without. Tell No One is a tale of loss and hope, eight years prior to the time period of the novel, Dr David Beck was left for dead at a remote American lake and his wife, Elizabeth murdered. A serial killer, KillRoy, is on death row, thought to be the killer of Elizabeth and the good doctor has been trying to get on with his life ever since. David is clearly the good guy, he is a good doctor, but he spends his life providing care on the American Medicaid system a kind of American NHS, when of course he could earn big bucks by being a private doctor. There are no shades of grey in this character, David is the good guy, and he is good beyond good. Everything he does is for good. This is the first big problem that I have with this novel, all this moralising, nobody is all good and nobody is perfect. David has clearly struggled to get over the loss of his wife, he still grieves and then all of a sudden h e receives a number of cryptic e-mails, these e-mails contain information that only Elizabeth knew, is she alive, or is somebody playing cruel tricks? From here we embark on the discovery of a huge conspiracy involving Griffin Scope a multi-billionaire and the previous murder of his son Brandon and of course the running around of our good doctor. Is Elizabeth alive? Tell No One is written from the first person perspective of David Beck, it is fast paced, it uses blunt prose, one word is used when two would have added more depth. This book takes fast paced writing to the extreme and as a result there is more depth in a one inch puddle on the pavement. The characters are stereotypical, more stereotypical than a poor Grisham novel, the baddies are very bad and the goodies very good. There is the crusading FBI agent, the lazy FBI agent, the good lesbian sister, just to make sure that the book is politically correct, the rich are evil, the poor can be evil, but it is not their fault because they are just trying not to be poor. What makes the book worse is that the plot does not flow, sections are added in the early part of the book, which don't fit and don't flow, they just serve to lever into place part of the plot. Characters appear from nowhere, in no way set in the context of the novel serving purely to disrupt any flow that the novel has and so the first half of the story has no cohesion and is not all that griping. It still leaves you a little curious though and that is this book's saving grace. It is ironic that a book that is about the fact that nothing is as it seems at first glance, should be everything that it seems at first glance. It is a slick, sanctimonious, moralising American thriller. The ending is not that hard to work out, come on what do you think, happily ever after or not. Once you are half way, the basis of the rest of the plot is clear. Morals are shades of grey, not black and white, there are some half h earted attempts to convey this, but in the end it is all black and white. If you want an easy read, do not want to be challenged at all and want to be taken by the hand through the plot, then this is fine, I am sure it would while away a long train journey. There is nothing original in Tell No One, it is formulaic and in the end a little boring. If you like thrillers and mysteries there are better authors around, Ian Rankin's Rebus series has far more depth and Colin Dexter's Morse books are far less predictable. If you pick this up and like it, as I am sure people will as it has that kind of harmless appeal, then there is a website all about Harlan Coben at harlancoben.com, be warned he is not shy about telling everyone how good he thinks he is. They are also making this book into a film, apparently starring Jennifer Lopez. We can all guess what type of film this book will make, formulaic and done to death are two phrases that spring to mind. Tell No One is published by Orion and costs £5.99 in paperback. I got mine for half price from Amazon, it is heading very quickly to the charity shop. At 346 pages it is an easy read and one that passes, thankfully, quickly. It just manages to entertain, hence a generous 2 stars. I can quite happily live without anymore of this churned literature being published. Ring any bells?

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                            03.02.2002 21:34
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                            Tell no one was a book I came across in Tesco’s at the great price of £3.89. (Later that very same day I found out it was WHSmiths offer of the week at £2.99!) RRP £5.99 Never mind that anyway, after I had finished the book found it was worth every penny. The reason I picked the book up to start with was a snippet of a review from the Observer that said.. ‘A pulsing pacy, devour-at-one-sitting thriller… Coben grabs you with the opening paragraph and never lets you go. A class act’ Well, with a review like that how could I resist? I stood in the book & music isle in Tesco’s on a Friday afternoon & commenced reading! It wasn’t quite the first paragraph, maybe the first chapter that grabbed me. The book starts with Dr David Beck & Elizabeth, his wife of seven months going on the annual soppy trip to the tree where they had had their first kiss 13 years earlier. Don’t be put off by the soppy wet stuff that goes on at the beginning, it’s nothing like that at all! From there Elizabeth gets kidnapped & murdered while David is left for dead. The case is closed & the serial killer ‘Killroy’ is waiting on death row. All sorted? Story over? No chance! It all begins 8 years later when he receives mystery e-mail, it consists of their initials & 21 lines, what would have been on their ‘kissing tree’ if she had survived. Is this a sick joke? Is Elizabeth still alive? Dr Beck doesn’t know what to do. The case is then reopened due to 2 other bodies being discovered by the lake where his wife was kidnapped & once again he is a suspect for her murder & more investigation is needed. (By the way, I am home by this time – not still stood in isle 8 of Tesco’s!) There are plenty of hidden secrets in this book, Brandon Scope was also murdered 8 years ago, what a coincidence, or is it? Brandon Scopes father Griffin is a very rich p owerful man & he won’t settle until justice/revenge has been done. From here Dr Beck is on the run, being hunted down by some of the most dangerous, powerful people he could ever have had the misfortune to bump into. His sister Linda works for the Griffin’s & in fact runs the Brandon Scope charity, set up in memorial of his death. Linda’s partner Shauna, famous model & great back chatter helps David with the help of a hotshot lawyer. What happens next? Why have pictures of Elizabeth appeared with bruises? Why has his apartment been bugged for the past 8 years? What does Elizabeth’s father have to hide? & Does his Dr Beck’s father’s death enter into this in any way…? Is Elizabeth really dead? Is it a trick? What really happened on Lake Charmaine those 8 years ago? I really think I should leave it to your good selves to find out, the book is fantastically written, pacy & it really doesn’t let you go. I’m now trying to track down other books by Harlan Coben. He is the only writer to have scooped the Edgar award, Shamus award & an Anthony (I have no idea what this is though!) Other Novels: Deal Breaker Drop Shot Fade Away Back Spin One False Move The Final Detail Darkest Fear Tell No One If you read one book this year, make it this one.

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                            Eight years ago David Beck was knocked unconscious and left for dead, and his wife Elizabeth was kidnapped and murdered. For the next eight years Dr Beck re-lived the horror of what happened that day every day of his life. Then one afternoon, he receives an anonymous e-mail telling him to log on to a certain web-site at a certain time, using a code that only he and his wife knew.