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The Stranger 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. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two woThe Stranger 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. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.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.Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them....

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ISBN : 9780525953500
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Number of Pages : 386 Pages
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The Stranger Reviews

  • Patrice Hoffman
    2018-11-16 19:13

    I am not ashamed to say that I am one of Harlan Coben's loyal fans. I love his fast-paced, all engrossing mystery suspense thrillers. He is my go to when I just want to forget about my crappy life and read about someone else's crappy life. These stories remind me how things could be so much worse. Coben has mastered the art of convincing people the ones we love the most just might not be who we think they are or they may harbor some type of secret that could shatter our lives and cause everything to unravel. The Stranger is no exception.Adam Price was living a comfortable life with his wife Corinne and their two sons when a stranger tells him that his wife has a secret that could destroy their matrimonial bliss. As Adam begins to investigate the validity of the stranger's claims, he is (as most characters from Coben's novels are) ill equipped for the battle that will occur. At almost the same time, a detective named Johanna Griffin is investigating the death of a close friend. And it seems that she and Adam both have the stranger in common. Before long, it becomes a cat and mouse game where everyone is looking for someone. Adam is looking for his wife who has disappeared without a trace after being confronted with the secret, while Johanna is looking for the person responsible for the ruthless killing of her good friend. All roads lead to the stranger.So why my 3-star rating? Well... where do I start? No it's not that bad really. I just felt a strong disconnect with The Stranger. Usually I'm able to support the charmingly befuddled lead in Coben's novels but this time I couldn't. Adam never really came to life for me. He's a prestigious lawyer who has every resource at his fingertips yet still chooses to go about things the wrong way. His investigations are flawed. His followup is flawed. His naivete makes for an exhausting read.The Stranger is not only flawed with Adam Price. Sorry Coben! I'm still a fan but this one just had my head spinning. Yes, in every mystery novel you want your head to spin but not so much so that you can't pinpoint a single possible lead to solving the mystery along with the characters. And I didn't buy Coben trying to humanize the "stranger" and his crew who only wanted to rid the world of lies. I didn't buy this whole just maybe they're doing a good thing view. It's not all bad. Really it isn't. Harlan Coben still allows me the chance to get lost in a story that I can only be happy isn't happening to me. Although this time around his characters are a little thin, it's still frightening to think that someone is tracking my moves online and waiting. They are offering that information to the highest bidder just so they are able to continue ruining other people's lives with their revelations. Overall, The Stranger is a fun read with lots of twists and turns. There's no shortage of possible suspects. Yet, sadly, there's too much going on to ever fully digest the curveballs that are thrown our way. Newbies shouldn't read this novel and expect to become fans of my same caliber. Harlan Coben's The Stranger has reminded me not to ever expect anything good from a conversation with a stranger in a smoky, dim lighted bar. Copy Provided by Penguin Group via Netgalley

  • Kaceey
    2018-11-28 22:07

    I am a huge fan of Harlan Coben. My favorite, like everyone else, is the Myron Bolitar series. Just the best! This one is a stand-alone suspense novel that fully delivers in true Coben style. Can you keep a secret? Not if The Stranger is nearby.... There is a man, who refers to himself as The Stranger, traveling the country revealing everyone's darkest secrets. The consequences can destroy families. The focus is on Adam and his wife Corinne. The stranger approaches Adam one evening to reveal a secret his wife has been hiding for the past few years. Adam is then on the hunt to find the truth behind the secret AND the stranger. What is the stranger's motive? Is he trying to right a wrong? Or are his reasons more sinister? Hard to put down. Many twists that shocked me....never saw that one coming! Loved it!!

  • Carol
    2018-12-10 22:05

    The Hook - My number came up on the reserve list at the library and I thought “Why not?”The Line –“Feeding teenage boys was like filling a bathtub with a grapefruit spoon.”The Sinker – ”The Stranger 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. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.”If that isn’t an intriguing blurb by a publisher, I don’t know what is. It draws you in with a promise but whether it delivers is the question. I’m on the fence on this one. I liked the plot well enough and after two days I’m still thinking about some of the themes so why am I not going to sing its praises by giving it 5 stars. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I believe it was over plotting and the quest for the twist that blew it for me. When Adam Price confronts his wife Corinne about a secret she has kept from him, one that is revealed to him by a stranger, Corinne packs her bags and asks Adam to give her a few days to herself. She swears to Adam there is more to the story than the secret. This seemed a key point and I kept looking for the explanation and when I finally got it I thought “oh baloney”. I wanted something more sinister I think. I found motive as a whole unbelievable and slightly convoluted. The ending…well, it was ok.What I did like. One in my face clue that should have nailed the outcome I totally missed. This surprised me, as I’m pretty good at these. I loved the idea of “The Stranger”, a person who out of the blue shows up in your life and tells you something about a person you love that may change that relationship forever. Many of my GR friends liked The Stranger far better than I. I am not an expert on Coben and don’t know if this is one of his best or just an average read. If this is the best he’s got then he may not be the right thriller writer for me.

  • Diane
    2018-11-18 22:10

    This latest Harlan Coben novel is all about secrets: Who has them? Who reveals them? What happens when a dangerous secret is told?Adam Price has a good life with his wife, Corinne, and their two sons in a wealthy New Jersey town. One day a stranger approaches him in a bar and says Corrine faked a pregnancy a few years earlier. The news devastates Adam. He investigates and confronts Corinne, who then disappears. Meanwhile, we see the stranger approach others and share more devastating secrets. Who is this stranger, and how does he know so much personal information?The novel is more of a slow burn compared to Coben's other thrillers, and it took longer for the pieces to come together. There were some good twists, and I liked the different law enforcement characters who helped Adam solve the mystery.Coben does a good job of weaving in technology and modern details. In this book, there is computer and smartphone sleuthing, and there is also a backstory involving a police officer who was accused of being a racist for killing a black guy, which seemed to be inspired by the Eric Garner case. Since Coben writes a book a year, it seems natural to pull some ideas from the news cycle.While Coben's dialogue can be a little cheesy (there was too much discussion of a 1970s cover band, for example) I can overlook that because I enjoy his stories so much. I would recommend this to fellow Coben fans. Favorite Quote"Today he was being reminded yet again of the obvious: The world doesn't give even the slightest damn about us or our petty problems. We never quite get that, do we? Our lives have been shattered — shouldn't the rest of us take notice? But no. To the outside world, Adam looked the same, acted the same, felt the same. We get mad at someone for cutting us off in traffic or for taking too long to order at Starbucks or for not responding exactly as we see fit, and we have no idea that behind their facade, they may be dealing with some industrial-strength shit. Their lives may be in pieces. They may be in the midst of incalculable tragedy and turmoil, and they may be hanging on to their sanity by a thread. But we don't care. We don't see. We just keep pushing."

  • Debra Gray
    2018-11-23 18:45

    I gave this book 2 stars for 2 reasons- 1, the author was Harlan Coben whom I love and 2, it kept me needing to finish it to find out how the ridiculous plot and storyline ended. It was like watching a train wreck-- you know you don't want to look, but you have to. This was by far the WORST Harlan Coben novel I have ever read -- and I finished it! The storyline was convoluted, the characters were unbelievable and the ending was so perfectly tied up it almost made the book a joke. However, I will continue to read Harlan Coben's books because he is a fantastic author--I just wonder what he was taking when he wrote this trash!

  • Deanna
    2018-12-11 18:45

    4.5 starsHarlan Coben is a favorite author of mine. I was really looking forward to this book.The book was even better than what I had hoped for!! I only started reading his books a year or so ago and I am so happy I found him. I would suggest starting this book if you have a bit of time on your hands as it's very hard to put down once you start. Just when I thought I figured out where the plot was going I was surprised again. Fast-paced and easy to read but with fantastic twists and turns.Highly recommended!

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2018-12-09 19:54

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.4.5 Stars!I have been a fan of Harlan Coben for a very long time. I have read almost every book that he has published and I have been lucky enough to meet him twice. I am always eager to get my hands on any new book that has his name on the cover. I realize that I expect a lot out of a Harlan Coben book. I not only expect not only to be entertained but to be completely sucked into the story having no idea what twists will happen next. This book was trademark Harlan Coben and was full of twists and turns and I found myself guessing until the very end. Adam is living the dream. He is a married father of two boys and works as a lawyer. Adam's life is turned upside down by The Stranger. Adam doesn't know who The Stranger is but the things that this man tells hims makes him doubt the trust that he has in his wife, Corinne. Everything about his life suddenly feels threatened and he confronts his wife with what he has learned. Corinne leaves telling Adam that she needs some time through a text message. As you would expect in a Harlan Coben book, this book takes a few turns and at times it is hard to see how everything is going to come together. Several different storylines play out during this book each one have a role in the final outcome. I didn't fall in love with Adam during this story but I found myself imagining what I would do if I were in his situation. I really liked Johanna's character. She seemed to be able to see what was really going on and worked to solve the problem. This was a book that I had a very hard time putting down. I read it every chance that I got and would have finished it in a single day if I hadn't need to go to my daughter's band concert. The pacing of the story was perfect. Coben is a master at keeping a reader completely interested in the story and his writing was fantastic. I did think that some of the things that happened in this story were a bit far fetched but nothing was completely out of the realm of possibility. My one issue with this book was the ending. I am still not completely sold on how this story came to a conclusion. In that final dramatic scene, I am not sure that all of the characters acted in a manner consistent with the rest of the story. More than anything the ending left me wondering about whether or not they would have behaved as they did. I definitely found myself surprised by the end and that is a very good thing.I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced mystery with lots of twists and turns. If you have not yet read a Harlan Coben book, please do yourself a favor and pick one up as soon as possible. I cannot recommend this author enough.

  • Liz
    2018-11-17 00:01

    I am a big fan of Harlan Coben, so I was anxious to listen to this book. Now, the premise of this book is that a stranger shows up in town, tells you a secret about your family member and then disappears. And he does this over and over again. For example, Adam Price learns that his wife of 18 years faked a pregnancy two years previously. Ok, I can understand why he would be upset. But I had trouble with the idea that she would bother. I could have bought into it if she had done it to hook him into marriage. But they already have two teenage boys. It didn't feel quite believable to me. Some of the other secrets “shared” are much more believable but aren't part of the main story line like this one is. I struggled with the whole idea of the Stranger. That there would be a “company” devoted to telling people’s secrets sometime for money but often just for the justice, felt false to me. Coben tells a good story and when you're listening to it, it's enjoyable. He gets marriage, having teenagers, the suburbs and all the ordinary facts of life. You find yourself nodding at his comments. But I kept coming back to the weird premise of this book and not being able to accept it. It was just too “out there” to be plausible. The ending was also a bit of a muddled mess, an attempt to try and tie up all the loose ends. Barely 3 stars. This is the audio version. Kudos to the narrator who did a very good job differentiating the voices.

  • Lee
    2018-12-02 00:59

    Wow another great book from Harlan Coben, if you are a fan of his this one will not let you down. We are taken straight into a world full of suspence, excitement and tension, just the way I like it. Great plot and characters that were well developed, you felt like you actually got to know them.How would you react if you were sitting there, minding your own business, and then someone aka "The Stranger" sits down next to you and says something that will dramatically change your life and make you question everything you have ever thought was real. This makes for a gripping book, I did not want it to finish and now will have to wait till his next novel comes out.

  • Perry
    2018-12-14 18:12

    "Well, Mr. Secret Revealer!!!!"This quote from dialogue between a victim and the titular character bears repeating: "Well, Mr. Secret Revealer!!!!." This is not a line in a romantic comedy nor a line offering comic/satiric relief in an otherwise serious novel. No. Instead, and I am not joking, this line is a direct quote taken from serious dialogue in what was intended to be a suspenseful scene. I acknowledge I'm partly to blame for my inability to overlook scat left floating in the pool of important dialogue. It might have been side-splitting if it had been intended as comic. I got a laugh no doubt when thinking of it later because it reminded me so much of an exchange in the film Dodgeball when Ben Stiller's buffoonish character serves up corny cutdowns at straight-faced Vince Vaughan, including: "Go ahead, make your jokes, Mr. Jokey... Joke-maker.".This was my last time to be duped by the flap description into thinking that this Harley Coben novel won't be like the one before; no, this one will be realistic and memorable, with intelligent dialogue.Go ahead, come at me, "Well, Mr. True-Life Talkie Sukiyaki! Isn't that special?!

  • Liz Barnsley
    2018-12-02 23:44

    I am a fan, generally speaking, of this author. I havent loved EVERYTHING but for the most part I never fail to get a darned good yarn when I pick up a Harlan Coben novel – I was especially fond of the Myron Bolitar series and his standalone books always have a gorgeously twisted centre to them, a mysterious edge that means you cannot help getting involved.With “The Stranger” I was utterly hooked. I read it all yesterday, a one sitting read (well interspersed with real life stuff like feeding the kids) that had me romping through the pages, desperate to know what was going on.We meet Adam Price, happily married, two great kids, who one day meets a stranger. What this stranger tells him rocks the very foundations of that marriage and sets off an insidious chain of events that will put everything Adam loves on the line.In classic Coben style we have a seriously addictive mystery element interspersed with some great characters who you want to root for. The really good thing about all the stories is the people that pepper the pages could be anyone – your neighbour, friend, loved one – they are all realistically drawn, often start off with fairly mundane normal lives, then BAM Mr Coben throws them (and the reader) out of that comfort zone and offers up a problem not easily solved.In the case of The Stranger, there is a strong emotional edge to it – after all, what if someone told you that the person you trust most in the world is not actually trustworthy. What if, then, you start to look back on your life and the events therein with different eyes and a different outlook. This is what Adam faces here – those elements of the tale are cleverly done.Overall this was really very satisfying. The story twists and turns its way to a stunning conclusion, there is a far wider picture to be had here which is drip fed to us in chapters not devoted to Adam, you may work this one out you may not – but the themes are varied and intelligently interwoven into the plot and this made for a really really great read. One of my favourite Coben novels so far.Definitely highly recommended. Plus I somehow missed “Missing You” last year so I have that on my pile to read, which makes me very happy.

  • Cathrine ☯️
    2018-11-15 23:09

    2.5★Meh. Just too typical and over stocked with the all too common over-stretched ending. In particular a main character is referred to as "The Stranger" which struck me as rather silly. I kept thinking of stranger danger and the shadow knows. Pretty much only read the dialog the last quarter of the book in a quest for closure. It left me feeling as lukewarm as this review and obviously outside of the pack with my rating.

  • Jonetta
    2018-11-23 00:08

    Originally posted on The Book NymphoSomeone, a stranger, approaches Adam Price and tells him something provocative about his wife, Corinne...a secret she's kept from him. And so begins a story of deception, mystery and conspiracies that escalate dangerously. I was immediately drawn into this story, even though much of what we know about all the players is learned after the initial conflict. Determining who's lying, telling the truth or just being deceptive was made much more difficult until I could burrow under their skin and public veneers and try to make sense of it all. It's one of the more complex stories I've read by Coben and it kept me enthralled through the end. Speaking of endings...it's the sole weakness. It didn't live up to the strength of what came before it and I just didn't like it. It wasn't a terrible finish, just not one of the finest. To say more would be unfair. However, my strong rating is testament to how much I enjoyed the reading experience overall. And, George Newbern delivers a strong performance, especially with his interpretation of the main character, Adam Price. (I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)

  • Linda
    2018-11-14 17:54

    Secrets....everybody has them. But there are those individuals who store past actions in a dusty locked box away from prying eyes. Feeling safe? Not necessarily.The Stranger begins with a beckoning premise. What if someone is privy to that stored information? Just how far would the concentric circles from the thrown stone extend?Harlan Coben presents the supposition of how safe is safe? Technology allows us access to gazillions of bits of information. Social media spreads nuggets of background info like nobody's business (pun intended). And even with all this data, how well do we really know the ones that we love?I'll let others give a synopsis of the storyline. I was drawn in hook, line, and sinker. Unfortunately, there was no catch at the end of that hook. No fish in the frying pan. With so many characters (extending the "who done it?") I felt the author tripping over too many feet. Just too many, many secrets held by too many, many people. The result was an ending that makes the reader moan in despair. Coben is a fan favorite. His writing is stellar. Just hope that he chooses to streamline his next offering and not bog it down with so many dance steps. A good thriller does tend to ricochet, but not to the point of extreme "vertigo" (that being done by Hitchcock brilliantly many moons ago). Don't take us for a ride with no destination in mind.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-14 21:51

    WHO IS THE STRANGER & WHY DOES HE TELL ADAM PRICE A DEVASTING SECRET ABOUT HIS WIFE?? that's what we want to know, I could not stop reading this book I think Harlan Coben is at the top of his game with this one his characters are strong & the plot outstanding I was gripped by every chapter the tension kept building up to a peak then bang were off again.He is the master of the twist that you didn't see coming I think he is a very highly talented author that keeps up the pace.What we have in this story where a husband Adam Price has everything a good marriage, good job 2 beautiful boys but it all falls apart when a stranger tells him something about Corrine that will change his life forever, at first he doesn't believe it but decides to confront Corrine about the secret which she denies from here on in its a story of lies death & heartache only Harlan Cobem can write.Adam eventually goes to a website Fake a pregnancy .com but still cannot believe Corrine would do this he eventually gets a lead a Suzanne Hope she helps adam get to the truth, what we find out is that Corrine was not all that she seemed.What happens in the end is mind boggling just loved every minute do yourself a favour read this if you haven't already its a real page turner.

  • Carolyn
    2018-11-18 21:01

    Harlan Coben has been one of my favorite mystery writers , but I was disappointed with this book. I understand I am in the minority here as most readers have rated it highly. I found the many supporting characters lacked sufficient development to make them interesting to me. Coben is the master of suspense and surprising twists, but thought it lacked character development. You may guess the direction it is going from the Gone Girl story, and you may be wrong.

  • Paula Kalin
    2018-11-28 19:52

    Harlan Coben's thriller, The Stranger, is a terrific fast-paced book. Coben, a favorite author of mine, has come up with an interesting novel about web-based secrets. Out of nowhere a "stranger" approaches Adam Price and tells him about a devastating secret that his wife, Corinne, has kept from him. Then all hell breaks loose. First his wife takes off and a lot of surprises follow. Interesting is all the characters in the book trying to maintain the "American Dream".Although not Coben's best, it's quite enjoyable. Highly recommend for any of his fans out there.4 out of 5 stars.

  • Alafair Burke
    2018-11-22 19:52

    It's impossible to say why THE STRANGER stands out as one of Harlan Coben's best works without giving away too much. So here's what I can say. It has all the trademark stuff that brings you back to his books: a good, decent guy (from Jersey, natch) whose world is turned upside down, dangerous secrets, plenty of nice twists provided by technology and the internet. But on top of familiar landscape, THE STRANGER lays down surprising and risky layers that pay off in spades, putting it right up there with TELL NO ONE, THE WOODS, and SIX YEARS. Read it!

  • Brenda
    2018-11-17 21:13

    4.5★sAdam Price was minding his own business, waiting for the results to see if his son had made the team, enjoying a beer when he heard a quiet voice in his ear – astounded he turned around. The stranger had news to impart; shocking words which were destined to shatter the family unit he was secure in – had been secure in for many years. His wife Corinne, sons Ryan and Thomas and he were extremely happy with their lives; was it all about to come to an end?Adam was sure what he’d been told wasn’t true – but the seed had been planted; the niggling doubt was there. When his research turned up more questions than answers, he confronted Corinne. A devastating secret was out there; Corinne disappeared – Adam was suddenly deep into a conspiracy of murder and mayhem he had no idea how to handle. With a shocking suddenness, Thomas and Ryan’s quiet and happy childhood was broken – the danger was touching them; would they ever be happy again? The Stranger by author Harlan Coben was an extremely well done crime/mystery/suspense novel – dark, gripping and intense, the pace was fast; the plot was different and filled with intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and have no hesitation in recommending it highly. This author definitely knows how to spin a tale!

  • Andrew Smith
    2018-11-15 01:57

    Adam Price has it all, the beautiful wife, two boys he dotes on, a house in the right part of town and a well paid job as an attorney. He’s living the dream. Then one night a stranger sidles up beside and whispers something in his ear. The nightmare has begun.I’ve read quite a few Coben thrillers over the years and have found the quality to be variable: from the excellentTell No One to the direThe Woods. I’d picked this one up cheaply some while ago and was prepared to ditch it if it didn’t grab my attention early doors. But it did. I liked the ‘voice’ of Adam, he felt real and I was immediately sympathetic to his plight. The actions he took and the conversations he had felt logical and real. There was nothing jarring here to switch me off.It’s a pacey and inventive thriller that kept me guessing. I didn’t work this one out, I must admit, and consequently found the wrap-up satisfyingly surprising. With this type of book, I’m never too bothered by the plot. I’m always more interested in the human interactions and what counts is whether the characters engage me or not. Here they did.Most people will probably list this a s a routine thriller and heart it is. Nothing about it is outstanding but it is competently written and it was absorbing enough to hold my attention throughout. It won’t get me rushing out to find another Coben thriller but it will ensure I return to his work at some point. Probably a three and a half star read, for me.

  • D.B. Woodling
    2018-12-15 17:58

    3.25 StarsAdam Price, attorney, has a beautiful wife, Corinne, and two sons (Thomas and Ryan) who excel on the Lacrosse field and off. He has a good thing going. Until he doesn’t. The Stranger brings it all to a crashing end when he reveals Corinne’s well-kept secret.In this cat and mouse tale, Adam’s low-key reaction regarding his missing wife seems discordant, but, in the end, perhaps his lack of concern speaks to the crux of Corinne’s deception. And, as is often the way with fanatics, The Stranger’s decision to play God begins a domino effect he somehow doesn’t see coming, resulting in murder and lives shattered.Despite the main character possessing the abysmal judgement of a sheltered twelve-year-old, the novel is believable, relatively fast-paced — brimming with twists, turns, and dead-ends — and reminds us that anonymity isn’t an option when ‘surfing the net’. For me, its primary appeal is the atypical premise — Coben’s unique approach, a welcome departure from the run-of-the-mill mystery. I’m looking forward to reading other titles by this author.

  • Monnie
    2018-11-22 21:07

    Well, the first thing I'll say is wow! It's been a long time since I really, really didn't want to put a book down - and even longer when I actually put off something important (like cooking dinner) so I could have a few more minutes to read. Okay, you say, then why just 4 stars?In fact, the dropping of the 5-star rating was decided somewhere around the 80% mark; all the loose ends were tied up neatly by the end, as far as I could tell, but somehow the final package wasn't quite as satisfying (or believable) as I'd expected. And, as other reviewers have said, there's a truckload of characters to keep track of; except for those who appear with some regularity, it was a little hard to remember who some of them were when they popped up after a multi-chapter absence.Ah, but that first 80% had me hooked every word of the way. Truth is, so did the rest - even if I wasn't totally happy with the ending, I couldn't wait to get there. The book begins as a man who calls himself the Stranger suddenly appears, cornering "innocent" people who are going about their daily lives. Once he's got their attention, he shares a bit of information and saunters off leaving the recipients almost in shock. That happens to Jersey suburb dweller and attorney Adam Price, who has a beautiful wife, two lacrosse-loving sons and what appears to him to be the good life.But those few words, and the realization of his wife's deception, turns Adam's world upside down. When he confronts his wife, she not only doesn't deny it - she runs away, leaving a cryptic text message that she wants to be left alone for a few days. Adam doesn't buy it, especially since she packed up with no word to the sons for whom she lives and breathes and absconds from the teaching job she normally wouldn't skip out on for the world. Unbeknownst to Adam, other people are having similar experiences; suddenly, they're told that the Stranger knows a deep, dark secret; for some, that knowledge turns out to be deadly. For Adam, all it does is raise more questions - and he sets out to find the answers (and, of course, his wife).There's a fair amount of reliance on technology here (of the Big Brother is watching you variety), and if you're one of the few folks left on this planet who think none of this can happen, hopefully your eyes will be opened and you'll at least take a closer look at the security features on your smartphone.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-10 21:07

    Adam Price, husband and father of two sons - Ryan and Thomas - attends the youth lacrosse team draft in his New Jersey town to make sure Thomas makes it onto the premier team. Just before the draft begins a young man - who identifies himself as 'the stranger' - tells Adam that his wife Corinne faked her recent pregnancy and miscarriage. Shocked, Adam finds proof and - when Corinne returns from a teacher conference in Atlantic City - confronts her. Corinne basically admits the deception and asks for a day to explain herself. She then disappears, sending Adam a message that they need time apart and asking him to take care of the kids. Adam then proceeds to search for Corinne, discovering information about 'the stranger' along the way. Turns out the stranger is part of a group that makes it their business to discover and expose people's secrets, sometimes engaging in blackmail along the way. This is a dangerous endeavor that leads to a couple of murders, about which Adam is questioned. To add to the hubbub, a large amount of money is missing from the lacrosse team funds, and Corinne - who's on the lacrosse team board - is a suspect. There are a number of characters and threads in the story: the lacrosse board members have personal problems; 'the stranger' confronts several people with secrets they don't want exposed; an ex-detective has a son with cancer; Ryan and Thomas are upset about their mom's disappearance; a woman police chief from Ohio inserts herself into the murder investigations; Adam Price has a secret of his own; and so on. I have a couple of problems with the book: First, the motives and actions of 'the stranger' and his friends doesn't ring true. A group that feels compelled to reveal people's secrets for the good of society? Really? Second, in real life Corinne would probably have told Adam some things she kept secret. Because of this the plot seems more contrived than realistic. Still, the book's a suspenseful page turner and an enjoyable mystery. Overall, I'd recommend it to mystery fans. You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/

  • Gary
    2018-11-24 01:47

    Another great read by Harlan Coben. This outstanding stand alone novel is action packed and I felt the need to finish it in almost one sitting. I really enjoy the way he writes with a touch of humour and lots of action intermingled with twists and turns. A must read for his fans but I really do recommend his books to any mystery thriller reader.

  • Jan
    2018-11-26 02:13

    Being a huge fan of Harlan Coben, the long waiting list from the library for the ebook version of Stranger was painful, but expected. (Its now at 169 people waiting so it looks like I jumped on the bandwagon at the right time)While this certainly wasn't one of his best books that I've read, it certainly doesn't disappoint.With his usual style he draws you in with solid characters and story lines that keep you guessing and wanting to know more. The pace is perfect, never dragging on, sharing just enough to make you think you know what's going on then BAM, another twist you didn't see coming. The only thing I struggled with was keeping track of the numerous names of characters and how they fit in, but in typical Cobin style, he tied it all up in a pretty bow in the end.

  • Carol
    2018-12-14 21:07

    When the pretty wife of attorney Adam Price disappears after an unresolved confrontation regarding a big lie, he seeks out to locate the mysterious stranger who divulged the secret to him discovering a conglomeration of deceitful and ruthless characters.Although not my favorite COBEN novel. (the Myron Bolitar series remains top dog for me...pun intended) this super fast-paced and engaging mystery was entertaining and filled with a multitude of surprising secrets!

  • Mandy
    2018-11-17 18:57

    Coben has done it again. Another fast paced mystery with a 180 head spin at the end. This novel really makes you think about the "American Dream" and the secrets that our neighbors might harbor. Great novel and I look forward to more of his. Where does he get these great ideas?!?!?!

  • Emma
    2018-12-08 22:51

    This was a 3.5 star read. I find myself at that place again: the one where I look for that perfect ratio balance between readability and memorability ( is that even a word?!).This was 5 star readability but will I recall much of it a month from now? Doubt it. It was formulaic in that most comforting of ways- one I often seek after a tough work week- where I do everything the author is wanting me to do..I ask myself the right questions at the right points in the book, I puzzle over the whodunnit, I come up with theories....just one more chapter...I really haven't said much about the actual story, maybe there isn't really that much to say..I found the ending of the original and main mystery from the MC's point of view a bit of an anti- climax.This was the perfect quick fix weekend stress buster.

  • Carolyn
    2018-12-12 01:10

    Adam Price is living the American dream, happily married to a woman he loves, two handsome sporty boys, nice house in a peaceful American town. That is until The Stranger comes up to him and whispers a secret in his ear that will threaten everything he holds dear. This was another excellent mystery from the master storyteller Harlan Coben. The Stranger is a spooky character who goes around wrecking people's lives by telling them secrets about their loved ones. Who is he and why does he do this? These are just two of the questions that Adam must answer when his wife goes missing and his life is turned upside down. A great read that will keep you glued to the pages as you try to work out the mystery that has caused Adam's wife to disappear. 4.5★

  • ☮Karen
    2018-11-17 21:09

    Adam finds out from a stranger that his wife has deceived him; and after he confronts her with it, she goes missing. While he's trying to figure out who the mysterious  stranger is and where his wife has gone, the stranger has a hand in multiple other such revelations and blackmail schemes.  What  would you risk to keep your perfect life perfect?  I was reading two other books at the time that this one  came in at the library for me.  Those other books were really good, too, but once I read just a few pages of The Stranger -- whoa, Nelly.... Other books back burnered!  I should have known better. This author always keeps me up  nights. This guy knows how to push each of my buttons one by one until I can't stand the suspense any longer.  It's a good one.