In Stay Close, Harlen Coben introduces us to three very different people who share one important quality . . . each is hiding the truth. Megan is living the perfect life as a suburban wife and mother, but a secret from her past and the desire for the excitement it brought might put that life at risk. Detective Broome has trouble letting go. He still has feelings for his ex-wife who has happily moved on, and he can't stop pursuing the cold case disappearance of Stewart Greene seventeen years ago. And then there's Ray, a forty-year old photographer who, once a respected, talented photographer now spends his time as a phony paparazzo, hired by rich celebrity-hungry losers to give them the illusion of fame.
Coben takes the three back stories and weaves them into the current case of Carlton Flynn, who vanishes precisely seventeen years from the day of Greene's disappearance. Lives intersect, secrets are revealed, the body count rises, and a series of odd and disturbing characters provide compelling reading. Throughout it all, Coben reminds us that the past is never really far away and every action has a consequence.
If you are looking for a way to escape the summer heat, I recommend diving into Stay Close. It will take you on a journey through the darkest secrets, introduce you to the coldest hearts and keep you riveted.
Recommended by Carol Brannock