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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Stay Close (Harlan Coben)

Megan is a suburban housewife who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she has two kids, a perfect husband, 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 cannot 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 at 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 a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest façades - they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as thin as a heartbeat.

Quote: "Oh, honey, I'm as messed up as the rest. I just learned not to care so much. You know? We fight wars for freedom, right, and then what do we do with that freedom? We tie ourselves down with possessions and debt and, well, other people. If I seem happy, it's because I do what I want when I want."

Why this book speaks to me: I am a big fan of crime/police fiction and this is another great one, with the additional peculiarity of having a totally surprising end - not expected at all.
It was very entertaining to read - a real page-turner - and I will definitely keep a watch for other Harlan Coben books!

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