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Chicklit romance masquerading as crime fiction

Advantages: If you like to read Jackie Collins this could suit you
Disadvantages: predictable plotting, one dimensional characterisation, poor writing style

Having selected this novel from a pile of offerings by this author, I wish I had bothered to read the introduction before checking it out of the library. It begins like this: “Okay, if this is the first book of mine you’re going to try, stop now. Retur ...

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Play Dead, a Dangerous Game!

Advantages: Despite the author's warning, a great read!
Disadvantages: Not as sharp as following novels from the author

Review of 'Play Dead', a novel by Harlan Coben. I am reviewing the paperback version of this novel, published by Orion books under ISBN 9781409120483. The book contains 518 pages and carries a cover price of £7.99. Genre:- Crime. I belong to a local b ...

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A very raw Coben thriller full of holes

Advantages: Fast and easy to read
Disadvantages: Full of holes and in serious need of editing

Acclaimed thriller writer Harlan Coben opens this book by stating that this is an earlier work of his and as such is raw. He himself looked at it well after the fact and decided it was considerably substandard when compared to his other works, but that we ...

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Playing The Long Game

Advantages: Easy enough to read, a few twists, easy to visualise scenes
Disadvantages: Too drawn out in parts, elements of cliche, weak ending

I've read and reviewed a few Coben novels now and consider him to be one of my favourite authors. Unfortunately, because this was one of his far earlier pieces, it doesn't have the same flair as the rest of what I've read and so it's not really one I'd re ...

gothic_moon 30.04.2012 · Read full review
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Not the best from Coben

Advantages: Good summer beach read
Disadvantages: Preposterous plot

The synopsis of the story is quite simple. Laura Ayars, ex-model now successful business woman, has it all including the perfect basketball playing husband. Until he mysteriously dissappears on their honeymoon. The police believe David Baskin (sport super ...

splendid23 05.08.2010 · Read full review
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