‘The Stranger’ is the 2nd Harlan Coben novel that I’ve read and once again I have been completely pulled in by an absolute thriller.
Adam and Corinne are happily married and leading a comfortable life with two teenage (sports mad) sons. Then Adam is approached by a stranger who gives him life changing information about Corinne.
Suddenly Adam doubts the trust he has in his wife and as time goes on he begins to doubt other aspects of his perfect little life. When Adam confronts Corinne, she asks for a bit of time before explaining to Adam. Then she disappears.
The stranger has also approached others with life changing secrets, one of whom has now been brutally murdered.
Detective Johanna Griffin, investigating the murder of her friend Heidi Dann starts to track the stranger independently from Adam Price, but fairly soon Johanna’s and Adam’s paths cross.
The story becomes even more gripping as it progresses. The Price children miss their mother, the Lacrosse club accuses Corinne of embezzling funds and Adam ends up suspected of murder by the police and by the stranger and his associates.
There were multiple crimes and subplots in this story and lots of twists and turns and red herrings. The book had me on the edge of my seat and I found it difficult to put down.
The characters were excellent although I didn’t warm to Adam or Corinne or most of the other people in their synthetic little town (the exception being ex police officer Rinsky). I’d hate to live in a place where people fear being exposed for not earning enough and one of the main past times is pacing your children’s sports fields and yelling at the umpires.
The mystery was brilliant and very original. It was an excellent reminder that there is no real privacy on the internet and I’m surprised that we don’t see more books using this plot device. As far as the keeping of secrets goes – there is no black and white.
I’m hoping to read a lot more of Harlan Coben’s books in the future – there are a few on my bookcase now.
Book Published 2015