Harlan Coben is one of my all time favourite authors and I wasn’t disappointed by Stay Close.
We have the usual mix of damaged characters, who are never quite what they seem, and an ending that I simply didn’t see coming at all.
One of the damaged is Megan, seemingly happily married with a loving husband and family. But seventeen years ago Megan used to live on the wild side and is now finding her longed for domesticity stifling. Taking a trip into her past connects her with a series of unsolved murders, threatening her life and present day happiness.
The other main character, Ray Levine, is a photographer who used to be at the top of his field. Haunted by a blood-soaked crime scene seventeen years earlier, his career nosedived and he now takes on sleazy faux paparazzi assignments to keep a roof over his head.
Detective Broome is still determined to solve a seventeen year old case. When another man disappears, the paths of Megan, Ray and Broome cross, with devastating consequences.
As the death-toll rises the plot twists and turns in completely unexpected ways. Just when the reader thinks they know what is going to happen next, Coben takes them off in a new direction.
I can usually work out who did what and why – but not in this case. It is, quite simply, a wonderful read and I cannot recommend it highly enough.