The Stranger by Harlan Coben
The Stranger – #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Harlan Coben delivers his most shocking thriller yet, proving that a well-placed lie can help build a wonderful life—and a secret has the same explosive power to destroy it.
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 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.
Praise for The Stranger
Coben describes Adam’s search for the truth behind these allegations — and the identity of the person who made them — with masterly skill, springing surprises, raising stakes, seamlessly integrating other victims of the ‘stranger’ into Adam’s tale. He’s also a smooth, funny writer.
— New York Times Book Review
This page-turner is one stranger that readers will want to meet. — Associated Press
Seamless storytelling at a breathtaking pace. — Houston Chronicle
Coben can always be relied on to generate thrills from the simplest premises, but his finest tales maintain a core of logic throughout the twists. This 100-proof nightmare ranks among his most potent. — Kirkus, starred review
Coben’s latest stand-alone is a great story for people who like to examine the ephemeral nature of those strings that bind our dreams to our reality. — Library Journal
The Stranger isn’t just a great thriller, it’s a stunningly effective, probative novel about one man’s search, essentially, for his own identity…Flat-out great and not to be missed.” — Providence Journal
Master of ‘the hook’ — Charlotte Observer
Another suspenseful thriller whose gripping and intricate plot is completely plausible, and chilling.” — Huffington Post
Thoroughly entertaining.” — Publishers Weekly
Praise for Harlan Coben and his novels
Coben is simply one of the all-time greats—pick up any one of his thrillers and you’ll find a riveting, twisty, surprising story with a big, beating heart at its core.” —Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Gone Girl
Once again, Coben has brilliantly used a current trend, in this case Internet dating, to create a can’t-put-it-down thriller.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Missing You
Coben… has written another twisty ripped-from-the-headlines page-turning stand-alone that could be his best yet.
— Library Journal (starred review) on Missing You
Once again, Coben has expertly constructed and then dismantled a time bomb of a plot.
—Booklist on Missing You
Missing You is another winner in Coben’s stack of winners.
— Huffington Post
This is a dive-in, lose-sleep and miss-your-bus-stop reading experience.
— Associated Press on Missing You
The narrative is immersive, and the well-drawn characters and twisting plotting are stellar. With such a cool hook and a surprising and satisfying payoff, don’t wait six years to read what might be Coben’s best since Tell No One.”
—Library Journal (starred review) on Six Years
Any new book from Coben is a cause for celebration, and one as good as Six Years is cause for jubilation.”
—The Huffington Post
With Six Years, the author shows once more how it’s done. . . . The beauty of Coben’s craftsmanship here is how often he can lure us into not perceiving what’s clearly right in front of our eyes.”
—The Washington Post
A Harlan Coben Home Run. Stunningly effective. This is Coben’s Vertigo, his masterpiece.”
—Providence Sunday Journal on Six Years
Energetic and action-packed, this is one of those novels that has you flipping pages at warp speed.”
—USA Today on Six Years
A tour de force stand-alone . . . satisfying on every level.”
—Booklist (starred review) on Stay Close
About the Author
With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty-five previous novels. His last nine consecutive novels have all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.