Friday, November 13, 2009

A review of "Tell No One"

Tell No One by Harlan Coben
(Dell, ISBN 978-00440-24590-2)
"For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive."
Eight years ago, Dr. David Beck seemed to have it all. Most of all, the love of his life, his wife Elizabeth. They had know each other since they were children and at the age of 12 had shared their first kiss and carved their initials in a tree at the lake front summer camp of David's grandfather. Every year since, they returned to that tree for their "kiss time" anniversary. Or they had until that night eight years ago, when they were attacked at the lake, David knocked unconscious and Elizabeth dragged away to her death at the hands of a serial killer, KillRoy.

Or was she?

On the anniversary of her murder, David receives an e-mail, making a reference to something only he and Elizabeth would understand. But how could it be? Her body was found, her killer is in jail. Is this some horrible joke? Is he going mad, wishing to believe something that is impossible or could, somehow, Elizabeth possibly be alive. He is warned to tell no one. Can he trust anyone to help him find the truth? The police, the FBI, his best friend since college, Shauna...will asking for their help put Elizabeth in more danger if she is alive and what price is David willing to pay to find out the truth of what happen that night.

This is the first one of Coben's books that I have read and a fine introduction to his work it is. It is a well written, fast paced thriller with enough action and twists and turns to keep you interested from the first page to the satisfying conclusion. And he also treats us to a good cast of characters to accompany us on the journey, characters that are never one dimension. There are good cops and bad, fine upstanding citizens that may have some very nasty secrets and even our "hero" David may have a few skeletons of his own that he would rather keep unknown. But the price of truth may have a very high cost that will play out until the very last page.
Overall, a satisfying, entertaining thriller that will certainly have me checking out some others of Mr. Coben books. Tell No One is a stand alone mystery but I am also anxious to check out his Myron Bolitar series, for which he is perhaps best known.


  1. Great review, Caite! This sounds like a very good murder mystery. I haven't read anything by Coben yet but a good friend loves his books and recommended him to me. I now have "Promise Me" waiting for me on my "to be read" list!

    I'm happy to know you enjoyed your first Coben so much!

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  3. This book was my one and only foray into Coban, and I loved it. Twists everywhere, action, flaws protagonists, everything you need. The movie was pretty good too, but I must say if I had not read the book first, I would have been LOST. I need to chase some more of his books down at the library!

  4. how bizarre. I was googling an authors name and somehow I posted that as my comment. now I forget what I was going to

    Sandy, I saw the clip of the movie and it looked interesting. I must see if I can get it on Netflix...even if I now know what happens.

  5. Great review. I highly recommend Harlan's books especially the Myron Bolitar series.

  6. I have one of Coben's books in my TBR pile since several of my friends have assured me I'll enjoy his work. Great review.


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