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June 2013 Read of the Month Review

I was able to complete my June 2013 Read of the Month, Tell No One by Harlan Coben.  The novel follows Dr. David Beck.  It has been eight years since his wife was murdered by a serial killer while they were on a yearly get-a-way to a remote cabin.  Dr. Beck was brutally attacked as well and was lucky to survive.  Now, eight years later, clues come to the surface that may point to a new suspect.

I really am limited to how much plot I can describe without giving away a major surprise that is revealed in the first 100 pages.  The surprise literally shocked me; my mouth was wide open as I was reading in the gymnastics waiting room a few weeks ago with my daughter.  I will just say that Dr. Beck's life spirals out of control as new events (and crimes) take the reader on a wild ride.  This is part of my problem with both Harlan Coben novels I have read so far; crazy events that seem to happen to average guys.  The plot twists are absolutely crazy.  Part of me hates it, but another part of me loves it and keeps me flipping ePage after ePage.  I guess I would rather be entertained with wild plot twists than bored with realistic drama.

I gave some of my other thoughts on this novel in an earlier post.  If you will be bothered by some outdated technology you may want to pass on this novel.  The book was released in 2001, so some of the plot elements are dated.  These are minor aspects of the novel and should not interfere with reader enjoyment.  The novel does conclude with a "perfect ending" with everything falling into place.  Some may be annoyed by this, while others need this in every book they read.  This type of ending seems almost too perfect for me.

On a final note, I really enjoyed the character Eric Wu, a extremely violent character chasing Dr. Beck.  Coben makes him nearly superhuman with his abilities to incapacitate and torture individuals.  He appears to not have a soul and I should probably hate him, but every scene he appeared in had me enthralled.  He appears in other Coben novels, so I may have to pick one more Coben book up for another read.

Now I am off to find a read for July.  Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Comments

  1. Eric Wu appears in JUST ONE LOOK and he has POV chapters there and he's just as chilling but at least you get to read his thoughts. He's more of a pragmatic killer than a monster. I personally believe he has a schizoid personality which is understandable considering his childhood in North Korea.

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I will check it out. Like I said, I really enjoyed his character and would like to ready more!

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  2. Yay! I hope you can review the book soon and tell me what you think about his POVs there because I think he has more connection to the readers in that book even if he's the villain, much probably because you can now read his thoughts as he goes about his assignments. He's--robotic, sure, but he's surprisingly good in reading people in reflection of their histories and motives but he's able to detach himself particularly well too. Sorry for rambling. Enjoy reading!~

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    1. Going to read this for September. Sorry, took most of August off!

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    2. Thank you! Just saw it! And you're right, Coben's plots can be so unbelievable at times and JOL is another one. It's pretty good but too many twists and the one shining moment for me is the presence of Eric Wu :) I'm looking forward to your thoughts!

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