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Tell No One: A Novel Paperback – June 29, 2021
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Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible–that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.
Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.
But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret–and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.
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- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (June 29, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593355865
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593355862
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #136,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As David remembers their thirteenth anniversary, glimmers of warning shift into the memories. By the end of the first chapter the foundation of the tale. I already felt as though I knew the happy couple. The story picks up eight years later as Dr. Beck cares for his patients in a low-income neighborhood. He’s everyone’s dream of a good guy, a doctor who cares more about his patients than making big bucks. He’s the kind of character you root for from the beginning. And when he is thrust into situations where painful memories are rejuvenated you ache for him.
The good doctor starts receiving mysterious e-mails and they send him into a tail spin. Although warned to tell no one, he is desperate to talk about the bizarre occurrences. Is his beloved wife Elizabeth alive or is someone playing a terrible and cruel joke on him? And who can he trust?
This is a brilliantly woven tale of dark secrets, deadly misunderstandings, and a love that won’t die. Even when things seem most bleak, David hangs on by a thread, desperate to believe Elizabeth has survived. But why has she been hiding for eight years and why won’t she come out now?
Most people have favorite characters in the books they read. While all the characters in this book have solid personalities, my favorite is Tyrese Barton. The only thing I’ll say about him is he reminds me a lot of guys I knew growing up in New York City. I think Coben must know the people in the neighborhood where I was raised, and I thank him for representing Tyrese with a raw honesty that gives a genuine picture of New York “gangstas”.
There is a delightful twist at the end of the book that I confess took me completely by surprise. There was a secret hinted at throughout the book and I believed I had figured it out. But Coben tricked me again and I’m grateful.
Mystery lovers, readers who need suspense with the flavor of reality, and the kind of tension that makes you clench your teeth and stay awake all night reading, need to grab a copy of this book and settle in for a ride down a dark and dirty road.
First of all, the author was able to get my attention from the first page, and I knew immediately that this was a book I was definitely going to finish reading. This standalone novel from Coben was published a decade ago if I recall (2009), thus I really can't see the point in regurgitating a brief synopsis of the story line, or similarly revealing any "spoilers" that may inadvertently be read and spoil some future reader's enjoyment. It was a quick, and generally interesting read which is why I am unable to go below a rating of Three Stars.
By the time I read the last line of this book, I felt a blend of disappointment, puzzlement, and irritation. I knew that I had to think about it in order to put my finger on what it was that really put me off the novel and the author. I picked up on a liberal bias or slant at the outset, that is our two protagonists David and Elizabeth were the quintessential young liberals in both attitudes and actions. We then add a liberal sister who manages a charity for the underprivileged and downtrodden young people in the streets, and a gay lover in the fashion industry (also our main hero's best friend). The father-in-law and his brother (both in law enforcement and comfortable with firearms) were not depicted with the charitable, loving nobility of the characters populating this book. The billionaire with a blind eye to the faults of his boy, and his two primary henchman, lacked depth, and WU (the lethal villain) was right out of Ian Fleming's foes pitted against 007.
It finally came to me what I was so disgruntled about. The author wrote a novel chock full of stereotypes! The whole cast of characters were good hearted wholesome liberal do-gooders and the bad guys were "typecast" as well! One self-reflection made me want to gag---it was when David pondered whether his beloved Elizabeth would maintain her idealistic, giving nature, seeing everyone as basically good---up until the very end of her life at the hands of a sexual sadist.
I wasn't able to relate to David, or to any of the protagonists. They did not come across as genuine or real people to me. In my 20's I held many lofty notions about many serious issues in society, and coupled with an alternative life style it is safe to say that I can understand a liberal point of view. However, all of us are inherently human and three dimensional, not cardboard characters with scripted ideals. This book satisfied my curiosity about Cohen's writing and I am glad I read it.
I had never heard of Harlan Coben and happened to see a signed copy of this in a bookstore. I bought it just because it was signed and the story looked good. Yes, I am THAT shallow. :) This is one of those books that I keep handy and read again and again and again....
Lots of others have described what the book is about. I'll just say that I read a lot. I am rarely shocked. The ending of this book had me GOBSMACKED. It was amazing.
Granted, I was able to figure it out about 75% in, the author did throw a lightly (when I say lightly I mean LIGHTLY) foreshadowed twist in at the end. I'd recommend this book to people who care more about the story than the writing, formatting, etc. It was a great story.
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I would not hesitate to recommend this book to those who enjoy mystery thrillers.
Tell No one is a fast paced, action packed thriller which tells the story of Dr David Beck whose wife Elizabeth was kidnapped and murdered by a serial killer 8 years ago following an attack on them both where he was knocked unconscious and left for dead.
Beck receives a strange coded message which leads him to question what happened 8 years ago and start to ask questions about his wife’s death. This leads to the murder of a friend, and him becoming a target for law enforcement and several criminal thugs.
I enjoyed the premise and the pace of this book. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. I enjoyed this book and intend to read more by the same author.
I was not disappointed. I'd forgotten a lot of the narrative so it was as fresh as the first time I read it.
Fast paced, exciting, intriguing, great characters, this book has everything a good thriller should have. Holds the interest to the very end.