Book Review: Stay Close by Harlan Coben

“Hope could be a wonderful thing. But hope could crush you anew every single day. Hope could be the cruellest thing in the world.”

Originally published in 2012, Stay Close by Harlan Coben suburban soccer mum Megan whose life used to be more on the wild side. Now, she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, and a picket fence around her perfect family home. But someone knows who she really is, and of her part in the disappearance of a local husband and father seventeen years ago. Now, another man has gone missing. Detective Jack Broome is on the case, and he’s determined to solve it once and for all.

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Book Review: The Boy From The Woods by Harlan Coben

“Memory makes demands that you often can’t keep. Memory is faulty because it insists on filling in the blanks.”

The 2020 book by Harlan Coben, The Boy From The Woods follows a man with a mysterious past who must find a missing teenage girl. Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn’t know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing. No one seems to take Naomi’s disappearance seriously, not even her father. Wilde can’t ignore an outcast in trouble. But in order to find Naomi, he must venture back into the community where he has never fit in, a place where the powerful are protected even when they harbour secrets that could destroy the lives of millions… secrets that Wilde must uncover before it’s too late.

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TV Review: The Stranger (Netflix) – Season One

Written by Danny Brocklehurst and based on the Harlan Coben novel of the same name, The Stranger premiered on Netflix in January 2020. The series follows a happily married father of two, Adam Price (Richard Armitage), whose life is turned upside-down after a stranger (Hannah John-Kamen) tells him a secret about his wife. The revelation has a devastating impact on his seemingly perfect life, catapulting him into a world of danger.

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