Author: Harlan Coben
Performed by Eric Meyers
Category: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Audiobook, Book Review
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 leads a contented life in a well-to-do neighbourhood with his wife, Corinne and his two boys, little knowing his world was about to be shattered by a stranger. Adam was with the other dads enjoying a drink before the lacrosse team selections when a stranger approaches him revealing a secret his wife had kept. One that would forever change their relationship. Adam is at first unbelieving, then devastated as he investigates the stranger’s so called evidence. When Adam confronts Corinne, she is reluctant to discuss the matter and makes arrangements to meet Adam and talk over dinner. Corinne doesn’t show up. Then Adam receives a text from Corinne saying they need some time apart.
Adam trusted Corinne with his life. And yet…
He had seen it a million times in his work. Put simply, people fool you. He and Corinne might be a cohesive unit, but they were also individuals. It would be nice to trust unconditionally and forget the stranger ever appeared—Adam was tempted to do just that—but that felt a tad too much like the proverbial sticking your head in the sand.
Meanwhile the stranger is dropping bombshells on other unsuspecting people, with terrible consequences for one of his victims.
What a tangled web we weave… was the phrase that kept coming to mind while listening to this book. Adam is a good man who loves his family but once the seed of doubt had been planted he couldn’t just pull it out and discard it. He had to follow it through. And it led him into a web of secrets, deceit and murder.
The Stranger has several threads running through the narrative and, although belief had to be suspended at some of the plotlines, it was a very enjoyable listen. I wasn’t completely sold on the idea of someone being able to know the deepest secrets of random people and the reason for the reveals, but I still needed to know how the threads connected and what the outcome would be. Harlan Coben always manages to draw me in with a realistic and likeable protagonist and a great storyline that keeps me guessing. Fast paced, lots of action and Eric Meyers does a great job with the narration.
About the Author
Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US. He is now global bestseller with his mix of powerful stand-alone thrillers and Myron Bolitar crime novels. He has appeared in the bestseller lists of The Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.
Author: C.J. Tudor
Performed by Richard Armitage
Published: January 2020 by Penguin Audio
Category: Contemporary, Psycological, Suspense, Audiobook, Review
She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .
Three years ago, Gabe saw his daughter taken. In the back of a rusty old car, covered in bumper stickers. He was driving behind the car. He watched her disappear. But no one believes him. Most people believe that his daughter, and wife, are dead. For a while, people believed that Gabe was responsible.
The Other People is told from three main perspectives—Gabe, Fran and Katie. Three people with their own distinct stories that will become inextricably and insidiously linked along the way, although I could never have guessed how. And then there’s the sleeping girl in a white room…
Author: Jo Spain
Published: February 2019 by Quercus
Category: Murder, Mystery, Domestic Noir, Book Review
Death stalked the Vale.
In every corner, every whisper.
They just didn’t know it yet.
Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.
In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good.
The small and affluent gated community of Withered Vale is home to six sets of neighbours and Olive Collins, a long time resident of the area and whose small cottage was surrounded by the other, more recently built houses.
Author: Lisette Brodey
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Comedy, Book Review
Twenty-nine-year-old Sage Gordon has had it with love. When she’s not busy running her metaphysical gift shop in the old-money town of Swansea, New York, she’s content with the company of her dog and two cats.
Impressively named Godiva Genevieve Jones entered Sage Gordon’s life, and gift shop, at exactly the right time. The fact that Godiva managed to get rid of an angry customer and step into a very recent job opening worked just fine for Sage. Godiva was perfect for the store, calm and professional, totally unlike her predecessor.
Author: HS Chandler
Published: May 2019 by Trapeze
Category: Courtroom Drama, Legal Thriller, Book Review
Maria is on trial for attempted murder.
She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.
Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.
She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.
You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.
You will be wrong.
If ever there was a hook into a story, this is one for sure. Edward Bloxham is lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood.
Author: Peter May
Performed by Peter Forbes
Published: January 2020 by riverrun
Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook, Book Review
A silent vow.
A silent life.
A silent death.
Spain, 2020. When ex-pat fugitive Jack Cleland watches his girlfriend die, gunned down in a pursuit involving officer Cristina Sanchez Pradell, he promises to exact his revenge by destroying the policewoman.
A phone call from a concerned neighbour sets in motion a chain of events that results in bloodshed and ruined lives.
Author: William Shaw
Published: May2019 by riverrun
Category: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Police Procedural, Book Review
You Can Run
You Can Hide
You Can Die
The two boys never fitted in.
Seventeen, the worst age, nothing to do but smoke weed; at least they have each other. The day they speed off on a moped with a stolen mobile, they’re ready to celebrate their luck at last. Until their victim comes looking for what’s his – and ready to kill for it.
Two jobless and broke seventeen year old boys, Tap and Sloth, are venturing into a life of crime, cruising on a ‘borrowed’ scooter looking for a likely person they can relieve of their mobile phone to get themselves some cash.