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"What Coben does best is take readers into his characters' hearts and minds. His protagonists are just common folks, minding their own business when--bam!--they are drawn into a terrifying world of sordid crimes and mayhem."--USA Today "A twist-filled triumph."--Life
"Intriguing right up to the final chapter."--Associated Press
"Coben does for thrillers what Hitchcock did for the movies."--South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Ranks as one of his most exciting."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Modern suburbia unravels in this latest puzzler from Coben...Don't make the mistake of not reading it!"--Library Journal
- File size : 1106 KB
- Print length : 393 pages
- Publisher : Orion (23 December 2009)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B004I8WQB6
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,432 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Of course I was hooked very quickly and it struck me how well the story was constructed. As the plot thickened, the various strands started to come into focus and slowly but surely started to intertwine. The characters were interesting and I became hooked on them as well. Even the lesser players were sharply defined and realistic characters. Eventually I did go back to my Kindle's menu and noticed the author. That was my little mystery solved. Of course it was a Coben book!
I'm not going to say anything more really about this book. Harlan Coben's books get more reviews than a new Beatles album would, so there's enough to go at there. All I'll say is that in every respect, it's up to his usual exemplary standards.
This authorial quirk aside, however, The Innocent contains all Coben's usual mix of tension, pace, suspense, and complex plotting. Great characters, too, with Coben's ingenious layers that make the reader wonder who is who and if anyone is who they seem to be. I mean, there's a nun in there who used to be a stripper.....
It must be said that there are one or two rather facile plot resolutions as the book ends but these don't prevent The Innocent from being an absorbing and exciting novel that races to a fiendishly clever conclusion. A very enjoyable read for lovers of the crime/thriller genre.
Although 'The Innocent' isn't a bad book by any means, it is just too similar to other HC offerings. Also, the plotting here was particularly convoluted, with the reader having to concentrate to keep up with the connections at the end. Personally, I'm not sure it all really worked either, with too many lose connections and unlikely behaviours (something I've noted before in HC's plotting). It was however a page turner though in usual HC style. In my view he is a bit of a conjuror when it comes to the thriller genre; twisty plots and a sensational style takes the reader's eyes away from the implausibility of it all.
The end may just have been a little predictable but the route you take that gets you there is enjoyable, every step of the way.