Author(s): Harlan CobenDownload
Harlan Coben’s first novel, now back in print. No sooner had supermodel Laura Ayers and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reed, David went out for a swim-and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura’s search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years…
Some Reviews: 1477 in Goodreads.com
It’s official. Major crush on Mr Coben. Loved his letter at the front of his book stating please don’t start with this particular book if you haven’t read any of his work before, he’ll happily wait for you to come back, as he was only a young lad working in advertising and he’s a tad fresh.
This is his debut, and it was so cool! I think he’s a legend, you could tell he was green just from simple things like lots of parenthesis and a large use of italics, but suspense, entertainment and style is there in bucket loads.
This guy is good, no sorry.. actually he’s awesome. I’ve got my own like fan club right here, but in absolute seriousness, Harlan Coben is damn good. A fine writer and I just love him. I have just this moment chosen my next read, what are the chances that low and behold, I’m smiling again as it starts off with the same letter to his readers.
So, come on! What are you waiting for? Go get yourself a piece of this goodness!
Can I give this book 10 stars?! 20? 50? 100?! Oh my gosh please pardon my language but reading this book and getting to the end was like a really good orgasm 🙂
This was Coben’s first novel and it reads like his most recent. I’ve never been so entranced in a novel as I was with this one. The story was freaking fantastic. Laura and David on their honeymoon and then David dies?!
Then the spider web starts to unravel… Laura finds things out that were supposed to be hidden forever but two can’t keep a secret if one is still alive threatening to reveal that secret.
Death, murder, a 30 year old secret so twisted only Coben could come up with it. Amazing freaking story.
Go freaking read this book. You won’t be sorry and you won’t be able to put it down. One of my top favorites! Go read this! You’ll be glad you did.
At the beginning of this book Harlan Coben apologises for it saying he wrote it when he was very young. Well maybe he did and maybe it is not perfect but it is very, very good! I read the whole thing over two days and it was actually unputdownable. I suppose it has some over the top moments and the reader has to be prepared to suspend belief occasionally but it is an excellent mystery and I was way out on the identIty of the killer. The main characters are very likeable, especially Laura who carries the whole book and is always smart and able to care for herself. There is also some very entertaining stuff set in Australia. I don’t think the author has ever been here. Or if he has he saw a different Australia to the one I live in. But that is a small thing and the book was still very good.
I am a huge fan of Harlan Coben. I love reading his books. This particular book is his first ever novel and I can honestly say, that I have never read a book before that had a disclaimer in front written by the author himself. I laughed out loud when he gave a warning that this book contains faults and that he wrote it when he was in his twenties. I was glad that this disclaimer was in there because it saved me from excessive eye rolling and I felt less critical. So that alone is the reason this was 4 stars and not 3.
The importance of the characters in this story was in direct proportion to their physical beauty. Characters with little roles, were short and stubby. Characters with main roles were practically deity. The story went round and round. It felt longer than it actually was. But even with the flaws in the story and with the characters, I liked the story. It was typical Harlan Coben.
You know, I didn’t have very high hopes when jumping into Play Dead because first of all I read a lot of mixed reviews, and secondly it’s Harlan Coben’s first published book and I guess it was reissued in the late 2000’s, and also for those of you who have read the book or have seen it you’ll notice a note to readers that Coben wrote, that if you’re just getting introduced to him or his writing style, to not start with Play Dead, which I never understood because I personally liked the book! You can tell it’s his first book because of his style of writing and dialogue.
Play Dead is about newlywed supermodel Laura Ayars and Boston Celtics superstar David Baskin, who go on their honeymoon in Australia, with supposedly their whole life ahead of them, then David goes out for a swim, but never returns. Now pronounced dead, Laura is a widow who has questions and speculations regarding her husbands disappearance, as she digs deeper and deeper, she finds herself facing a deep, dark mystery that goes back 30 years.
While you figure out almost right away, you think you know who the bad guys are, and what direction it’s going in, but then the story takes you in a direction that you’ll never see coming! I don’t care how bad others thought this book was, and why it got so much hate, I LOVED IT!!
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