'When the first bullet hit my chest, I thought of my daughter.' Dr Marc Seidman is living in a classic American suburb in New Jersey with his new wife, Monica, and their baby daughter, Tara, when the shocking attack occurs. Marc is left barely clinging to life. When he wakes up at the hospital, he learns that Monica is dead - and that their ...
'When the first bullet hit my chest, I thought of my daughter.' Dr Marc Seidman is living in a classic American suburb in New Jersey with his new wife, Monica, and their baby daughter, Tara, when the shocking attack occurs. Marc is left barely clinging to life. When he wakes up at the hospital, he learns that Monica is dead - and that their daughter Tara is missing from her crib. For two weeks there is no word. Then a ransom demand is made for Tara's return. But Marc makes a mistake. Something goes terribly wrong during the money drop. The ransom money vanishes. The kidnappers get away. Crushed, Marc waits by the phone for another call. Days turn to weeks as Marc remembers the ransom note's ominous warning: THERE WILL BE NO SECOND CHANCE. The police, believing that Tara is probably dead, start to move on. Eighteen agonizing months pass with no word and no new clues. And then, when Marc has just about given up all hope of seeing his daughter again, he gets a package with a chilling note attached: WANT A SECOND CHANCE? And inside the package the kidnapper provides proof that Tara is still alive...
Dr. Marc Seidman is a humanitarian, a plastic surgeon who travels the world, repairing the most horrendous wounds and birth defects for people who couldn't afford him in a million years. Who would want to attempt (and narrowly miss succeeding at) killing such an admirable man; to murder his wife, and abduct his six-month old daughter? I read a lot of mystery/thriller novels, and have to say I never figured this one out. The last chapter and epilogue were both stunners. Highly recommended, if you like your mysteries truly puzzling, and your heroes emotional and sensitve. Harlan Coben knows how to write 'em, for sure.
Mar 26, 2009
Lots of twists and turns. I was very surprised with the ending. All of Coben's books are great.
Mar 9, 2008
Dare you to put it down
This author rarely gives you a totally wrapped-up, happy-ending, global solution. And the guilt seems to seep around mightily. But maybe that is his realistic tribute to the human condition. This plot is very convoluted: a couple of cops zoom off on "solutions" that--of course--make a suspect of the protagonist, and new people burst onto the scene just when you have almost absorbed the presence of the original crop of characters. It's fun to reconstruct the journey in your mind once you know its ending, and oh what a wild ride to get there. The first person narrator is both flawed and sympathetic, as he goes through every conceivable twist and complication and ego-diversion to reach his kidnapped daughter. There are a couple of wierdos straight out of Dickens, a manic-depressive wife and a delightful gun-toting farmer with a web bride. Murder, kidnapping, male bonding, and the slipped stitches of an old romance--the old cliche fits: hard to put down.
Mar 6, 2008
A great book and fun to read, Coben brings you hard and fast into the story and makes you lose your ability to put the book down. A great book from start to finish
Publishers Weekly, 2003-03-24 Supercharged by a father's fierce drive to rescue his kidnapped daughter, Coben's third stand-alone thriller proves far more gripping than his second, Tell No One. Marc Seidman, a plastic surgeon near New York City, wakes up in a hospital to learn that he has been gravely wounded, his wife shot dead and his infant daughter, Tara, snatched. The ensuing narrative, which shuttles between third person and Marc's first person, covers more than a year in Marc's hunt for Tara and climaxes twice with his fumbling of payments in response to ransom demands, plunging him into despair. A smartly drawn supporting cast supports Marc in his quest, including an old girlfriend-an ex-FBI agent-who reappears in his life; Marc's lawyer, who's also his best friend; a cop/FBI duo who for a while suspect Marc of engineering the snatch and ransom demands; and a working-class hero who joins forces with Marc near the end of his hunt and steals every scene he's in. On the villain's side lurk several shady folk, including a psychopathic former child star and her hulking boyfriend. The plot is overly complicated, and there's a revelation at book's end that veteran thriller readers will have sussed out long before. Those flaws matter little, though, in the face of the emotional onslaught of Marc's gut-wrenching, self-questioning, relentless narration, which will carry readers like a tidal wave through the novel's twists and turns. What Coben's thriller lacks in originality, it makes up for in sheer vigor; few browsers or dippers will put this down. (Apr. 28) Forecast: Dutton is seriously behind this book, and Coben may get an extra push with Tell No One in pre-production at Columbia Pictures, with Michael Apted scheduled to direct. Look for this to be Coben's bestselling novel yet, with a real shot at making premier national lists in hardcover. Simultaneous Penguin Audio Book; BOMC, Doubleday Book Club and Mystery Guild Main Selection; featured alternate of the Literary Guild. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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