When his child is taken, a father will stop at nothing to get her back in this explosive, white-knuckle thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben.
When the first bullet hit my chest, I thought of my daughter...
Shot twice by an unseen assailant, Dr. Marc Seidman lies in a hospital bed. His wife has been killed. His six-month-old daughter has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, the ransom note arrives: We are watching. If you contact the authorities, you will never see your daughter again. There will be no second chance. With no one to trust, and mired in a deepening quicksand of deception and deadly secrets, Marc clings to one unwavering vow: bring home his daughter, at any cost.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Harlan Coben has a way of elevating suspense so that the tension is almost unbearable—yet we weren’t about to put this book down, even for dinner. This thriller revolves around Marc Seidman, a surgeon who survives a murder attempt to find that his wife was less fortunate and that his infant daughter has gone missing. What follows is a sweat-inducing race to meet a ransom demand. Coben guides us through an impenetrable snarl of questions around who the kidnappers are and what their motives might be. The book’s ending had us swiping backward to reread key passages, just to relish that “aha!” feeling.
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.
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One of the best books I've ever read. Even though there are an over-abundance of characters, as well as twists & turns, I was still able to keep up. Amazing storyline. Definitely going to read ALL of Harlan's books, but will be going to my local library for FREE. There are waaay too many editing probs in this book. I'm not criticizing the author but the editing was the WORST I've ever seen. The 1st paragraph in EVERY chapter has words that run together & it was difficult to read. This isn't a "font" problem or that the book downloaded incorrectly. The problem was the same on my iPhone & iPad, and there were numerous combined words throughout the book as well. Pretty aggravating for a $9.99 book, and haven't had this prob with any other books downloaded into iBooks (I read 3 per wk) This book is a MUST READ but don't pay through iBooks. Not sure I'd trust the editing.
No Second Chance
Excellent read. No r-rated scenes. Great plot with a twist I never expected!
Great Story, confusing character switches
The story itself was thrilling and kept me wanting to read as often as I could. It bothered me that the context too seamlessly would change from one set of characters to another, causing confusion and the need to re-read so I could understand. You’d finish a paragraph with one character and suddenly the next paragraph started with dialect of another character in a completely different location in the story. Other than that....great read!