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Author: Harlan Coben Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781597376419
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It was twenty years ago, when the murders happened. Six teenagers made their way into the woods at night, perfect fodder for any scary story. Two were found murdered. The other four disappeared like ether into the trees. Now, for Paul Copeland, life has become too much to bear. In addition to mourning the twenty-year loss of his sister, his wife has died of cancer, leaving him stranded, alone, to raise their six year old daughter. The weight on his shoulders is almost too great until a light starts to spark through: a homicide victim, with connections to Copeland's family. All at once his family secrets begin to come unraveled, and he begins to wonder: is this the key to his long-missing sister's death? Will he be reunited with her or will his life continue to spiral out of control? The questions build as quickly as Cope's prosecutor career.

Harlan Coben is an American fiction writer most famous for his crime and suspense stories. He graduated from Princeton in 1999, and decided his senior year of college that he wanted to write for a living. His first novel was published almost immediately, and more followed after that. Since, his career has built into a very successful franchise of both adult and young adult fiction. He has received many literary awards and is lauded as one of America's top mystery writers.

Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

For Paul Copeland, the county prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey, mourning the loss of his sister has only recently begun to subside. Cope, as he is known, is now dealing with raising his six-year-old daughter as a single father after his wife has died of cancer. Balancing family life and a rapidly ascending career as a prosecutor distracts him from his past traumas, but only for so long. When a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the prosecutor’s family are threatened.

Is this homicide victim one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Could his sister be alive? Cope has to confront so much he left behind that summer twenty years ago: his first love, Lucy; his mother, who abandoned the family; and the secrets that his Russian parents might have been hiding even from their own children. Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to the light.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Coben has spun a gripping, chilling tale, whose plot has more tributaries than a swamp. The unexpected turns of events and characters with less-than-wholesome agendas or secrets from the past are astonishing, yet you never get lost in the complexity.”


  • “The exploration of ordinary people with life-shattering secrets is a common thread in Coben’s novels. Instead of this premise becoming stale, though, he has created another surprising and emotional story that will remain with the reader long after…One of Coben’s best.”

    Library Journal

  • “I suppose there could be a better reader of this tense, complex, thoroughly entertaining novel than Scott Brick, but it’s hard to see how…Unturnoffable.”


  • Finalist for the 2007 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 5/15/2011

    " A brilliant page turner. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 5/14/2011

    " Not disappointed. Another great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 5/13/2011

    " He is a great author! This book (as all his books are) was full of twists and kept my interest. I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 5/10/2011

    " A fast-paced mystery about the disappearance of four teenagers at summer camp. I liked his writing so much I got another book by the same author called "Hold Tight" that I'll read next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/3/2011

    " He had a different style of writing from what I've been reading, so I had to get used to that. It was an easy read, but I enjoyed the suspence and trying to figure out the 'who done it' in the end. I don't like the 'cliff-hanger' or 'you decide' type of endings, but it is what it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 5/1/2011

    " This book had me hooked from the first chapter.. Some many great twist and turns.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donni | 4/27/2011

    " Always a wonderful twist at the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 4/26/2011

    " Although some twists it was a little too predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 4/21/2011

    " Read this book in two days. I *needed* to know what happened! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 4/15/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was very suspenseful and had me thinking I knew what happened most of the time, but I didn't!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bluetorch | 4/14/2011

    " A solid page-turner. The reviews on Amazon nail it pretty well. The plot was complex enough that I was left guessing without knowing what was to come. I really enjoyed it. "

About the Author

Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including nine novels that have made the #1 New York Times bestsellers list. He is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, and in 2010, Live Wire won the world’s most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing, worth €125,000. His books are published in forty one languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in over a dozen countries.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.