The Stranger

Harlan Coben (, born January 4, 1962) is an American author of mystery novels and thrillers. The plots of his novels often involve the resurfacing of unresolved or misinterpreted events in the past (such as murders, fatal accidents, etc.) and often have multiple plot twists. In Coben’s series of ‘Myron Bolitar’ novels the setting is in and around New York and New Jersey.

Reading Coben’s latest thriller, The Stranger, reminded me of the 1986 film The Hitcher ( with Rutger Hauer. It’s the unaccountable appearance of malevolence from nowhere that’s a tad unsettling!  The summary is as follows.  ‘He’ appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. The information he presents is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world. OMG. Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life. The ‘Stranger’ is not a welcome encounter. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corrine, he confronts her, and the fantasy of the perfect life evaporates. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corrine’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will do more than ruin their lives…

Don’t talk to any strangers today. Instead settle down to the frisson of a good thriller in the comfort of your own home. For the book enquire at your local library or consult the link  for full bibliographic detail.


400 pages in Orion

First published 2015

ISBN  978-1409144632


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Harlan Coben


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