The Stranger by Harlan Coben

The Stranger(Dutton, 2015)

Glenn’s fiction pick..

Adam and Corrine are a typical example of many married couples.  They enjoy a relatively happy existence, have committed to raising their two teenage sons, and are not exempt from the usual problems and difficulties that life hands to everyone.  However, a secret is revealed in their lives that will change their course in a profound way … A stranger reveals information about Corrine that Adam in turn confronts his wife with.  Turmoil ensues after Corrine disappears.  Adam, in torment, struggles to contact her but she has in effect fallen off the map…

Admittedly, this is the first Harlan Coben book that I’ve read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  His writing compels the reader to continue reading…  The tag-line on the book states that “a well-placed lie can help build a wonderful life” but I would argue that it’s living truthful, honest lives and fearlessly confronting problems is what ultimately ensures peace of mind while minimizing anxieties.  Four stars out of five for Harlan Cobens’ ‘Stranger’.

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